Firefox v57.0.4 Released With Fixes for Meltdown, Spectre Attacks

Apple Alerts Users to Security Flaws in iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple Alerts Users to Security Flaws in iPhones, iPads, Macs

The flaws affect modern processors including Intel, AMD and ARM that use "speculative execution" to enhance performance.

Governments and security experts say they have seen no cyberattacks seeking to exploit either vulnerability so far, but they expect attempts to come as hackers digest technical data about the flaws.

APPLE, Google and Microsoft are scrambling to fix a major security bug that could leave your passwords and private information exposed to hackers. The other, Spectre, is harder to fix, but also harder to exploit, making it less of an immediate threat to consumer devices.

The vulnerabilities could allow a hacker to steal your passwords and other sensitive information.

Both the chipmaker and Google, which informed Intel about the vulnerability in June, said they were planning to disclose the issue next week when fixes will be available. Researchers say one of the bugs, called Meltdown, affects almost every processor it's made since the mid-1990s. Apple users, who may historically have had a reason to feel more secure than others, are all also in the same boat now as Spectre affects almost all computer chips while Meltdown affects only Intel Corp chips. The company said it will soon release a new version of its Safari web browser to protect customers against Spectre. "We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and released security updates on January 3 to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, Arm, and AMD", the company said.

There's no evidence that bad actors have yet exploited the bugs, but companies from Microsoft to Mozilla said this week they have worked to patch up vulnerabilities to their operating systems and browsers to protect against one of the bugs. However, Google has a list of computers that won't receive the update because they are older models.

The company already released updates for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 operating systems.

However, you need to make sure your antivirus provider is compatible with the update. All computers - desktops, laptops, mobile phones and cloud servers - are vulnerable because of two processor flaws called Spectre and Meltdown that were brought to light last week. Mozilla says it's also implementing a short-term mitigation that disables some capabilities of its Firefox browser.

Intel says normal users shouldn't worry too much about the potential power dip however, saying that it won't be "significant" for the average computer user.

The latest versions of Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer include fixes for the bugs.

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