Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues

Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues
Yesterday, we told you about a pair of exploits called Meltdown and Spectre. We focused on the latter because it can affect ARM flavored processors which are used on mobile devices like Android and iOS smartphones. As we told you, Google's Android Security patch for January will help protect Android users from having passwords held in a browser, or in a password manager, stolen by a nameless, faceless hacker.

Apple has joined the club. The company said today that all of its Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to the same issues. However, Apple says that it has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2 that protect iPhone units, iPod touches and iPad tablets from Meltdown. Apple Watch is not at risk since it runs watchOS. Apple says that despite fears from users, these updates have not slowed down the performance of the Apple devices that received them. Another update is coming to protect the Safari browser from Spectre. Apple says that this update can slow the browser, but by no more than 2.5%.


Apple says that currently there are no known exploits that are impacting users at this time. Apple also added that since it would take a malicious app to set off Meltdown or Spectre, it recommends that iOS and Mac users install apps from a trusted source only, such as the App Store.

source: Apple

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17 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Ok I didn't really have time to explore my iPhone that much but like is there any other way to install apps other than visiting the App Store?

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

There are a few afternarket apps that allow you to do that. I’ve experienced them myself on both iOS and Android, and they don’t even require you to root or jailbreak your phone. But the problem is, me sharing that info could cause your devices to get infected......provided you install them.

13. nodes

Posts: 1140; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

why would one do that? piracy?

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

To install apks, and other apps Apple doesn’t allow you to install.

43. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Why would one do that? Because for one, its HIS phone HE can do what he likes with it. What's it to you? Why is it every time someone wants to sideload apps, you people think it has to do with piracy? When I installed apps from Amazon, because they didn't come from the Google Play Store, they require sideloading, because they are not signed by Google. Just because people want to side load doesn't mean they are stealing, and even if they are; what business is it of yours? Is it your phone? I sideload apps on iPhone because I am a developer and I make apps, that are not always sold on the App Store. Does that mean I am stealing? I guess owning a Fire Stick must mean I use it to stream bootleg movies automatically too. Right? The nerve of some people.

24. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Have anyone try tweakbox or appvalley?

2. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

iOS = Most insecure OS of All Time Add their amazing updates to it. It just works!

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Can you tell us how we can reach such degree of stupidity? You have a good experience.

44. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

A phone or any computer is only as secure as the person who is using it. iOS is not more secure than Android. If you always and only install applications from verified or signed sources, you will usually NEVER have a problem, Android at least is more transparent, because any app you install, it give you the info on the screen as to what it needs access too and warns you of things like this app may have heavy network traffic. Which IOS does not do, and people get there $1000 phone bill because data was eaten up by some rogue app and the users says he didn't know, because iOS gives zero warning. Which means iOS is less secure because it isn't transparent to the user. Apple is the parent who think they know best. Which is why they are being sued

8. Newguy

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 04, 2018

Do you j*rk off while imagining yourself s*cking off some Apple entity? Or are you a bot?

34. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1275; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Didn't you know? It's 2 more unannounced features.

19. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Throttle or vulnerabilities. Pick one.

30. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Considering all the bulls**t issues with Android, I'm now starting to see iOS to be a better fit for modern life. Wifi issues from Android 4.0 to Nougat. "Obtaining IP address" after some crap Android OS pulls from time to time, battery life is highly inconsistent and doze just switches on when it feels like. People need to stop making excuses or fanboying over Android because Google won't learn until people hold their feet to the fire.

32. Tipus

Posts: 765; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

You need to stop making excuses or fanboying over buggy iOS :))

35. sissy246

Posts: 6907; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Try harder to defend apple ifanboy. LMFAO

47. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

If you just liek iOS, go use it an be happy. You don't have ot make lame excuses. The rest of us don't have issues using Android everyday!. If you "think" iOS is better, no one is preventing you from using it. But you don't have to crap on what others use simply because you don't like it. Just because you have Google issues, doesn't mean the rest of us want to go down with your ship. If you use a better quality phone running Android, you won't have issues. For me, I personally think phones that run Vanilla Android are less secure, which is why they need to get updates rather quickly. Samsung phones at least have several layers of protection, including Samsung Knox.

41. Leo_MC

Posts: 6141; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

My next update better be having this fixes and battery data statistics.

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