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Technology Apple to issue software fix for chip flaw

21:06  05 january  2018
21:06  05 january  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Apple said Thursday that it is planning a software update to counter two cyber vulnerabilities that affect computer chips manufactured by Apple , Intel and other tech companies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance on the software flaws this week, noting that while

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  Apple to issue software fix for chip flaw © Provided by The Hill Apple is planning a software update to counter two cyber vulnerabilities that affect computer chips manufactured by Apple, Intel, and other tech companies, according to a statement on Apple's website.

An update will be rolled out "in the coming days" that is meant to counter two different exploitation techniques known collectively as the "Spectre" vulnerabilities, which was previously believed to only affect Intel chips.

The vulnerabilities could potentially allow Javascript running on web sites to access sensitive information on computer systems without permission by taking advantage of the time it takes an operating system to run a permissions check for a memory access call, according to the statement.

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Apple has released an updated version of its operating system software to fix a major microchip security flaw that affected nearly all computer chips made in the Apple Watch is not affected by the issue . Every iPhone, iPad and Mac device could be at risk of being hacked, it had previosuly warned.

Companies are scrambling to fix the serious security issues after it was determined the two Apple warned customers to only download software from trusted sources. Apple has confirmed that all of its Mac and iOS devices are affected by two major chip flaws called Spectre and Meltdown.

"Apple will release an update for Safari on macOS and iOS in the coming days to mitigate these exploit techniques," the statement reads. "Our current testing indicates that the upcoming Safari mitigations will have no measurable impact on the Speedometer and ARES-6 tests and an impact of less than 2.5% on the JetStream benchmark."

The statement adds that Apple will continue analyzing the Spectre vulnerabilities, and produce future software updates as needed.

Apple's statement also addressed another similar vulnerability, nicknamed "Meltdown," which the company says affects all Mac and iOS devices but was bypassed by a previous software update. Patching out the Meltdown vulnerability resulted in "no measurable reduction" to performance, the company reports.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance on the software flaws this week, noting that while software patches could improve performance the only true solution was to replace affected computer parts.

DHS estimates that the vulnerabilities affect an array of computer chip vendors including, AMD, Google, Microsoft and Apple, and that the flaws impact millions of modern computing systems developed over the last decade.

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