Apple simply distributed another help archive clarifying that iOS and macOS could be assaulted by the newfound (and exceptionally risky) Meltdown and Specter misuses. That could affect not only business and consumer PCs but servers run by cloud services giants, such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. "The fix is to separate the kernel's memory completely from user processes using what's called Kernel Page Table Isolation, or KPTI".
The flaws were first reported by tech publication The Register.
Shares in Intel were down by 3.4 percent following the report but nudged back up 1.2 percent to $44.70 in after-hours trading while shares in AMD were up 1 percent to $11.77, shedding numerous gains they had made earlier in the day when reports suggested its chips were not affected. Fixes for Linux and Windows are already available. Similarly, mobile devices too tend to notify users when an update is available.
However, there are now no known attacks that have exploited these flaws, according to the Google researchers.
The flaws were discovered by researchers at Google and academic institutions past year but were kept secret.
"Deep down, it is a hardware flaw that exists in modern processors with an ARM structure". It also reported that the updates to fix the problems could causes Intel chips to operate 5 percent to 30 percent more slowly.
Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from almost every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings.
Intel said by the end of next week it expects to have issued updates for more than 90 per cent of processor products introduced within the past five years.
Security researchers put out information on the critical bugs online.
Intel continues to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.
Intel denied that the patches would bog down computers based on Intel chips.
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"Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits", Intel said in a statement.
The firm's Cloud VP, Ben Treynor Sloss, said the company's engineering teams have been working to protect customers from the flaw "across the entire suite of Google products" since a year ago, including Google Cloud Platform (GCP), G Suite applications, and the Google Chrome and Chrome OS products.
Both ARM and AMD have released updates to its vendors and manufacturers to mitigate the flaws, but users of affected Chinese smartphones will have to wait until the respective companies push out the updates to their devices.