Apple’s statement also said there are no known exploits currently impacting customers. The Cupertino-based technology giant added that to actually exploit these vulnerabilities and carry out an attack will require that a malicious app be loaded onto the particular Mac or iOS device.
Apple says it has already “released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown.” However, the Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown bug. The statement further adds that the company will release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre. “We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS,” reads the statement.
Microsoft also issued an automatic update for Windows 10, though Windows 7, Windows 8.1 users will have to wait till patch Tuesday to get the latest security update. However, as some reports have pointed out that firmware updates will be required as well from Intel, AMD or the processor manufacturer in question in order to protect users against the Meltdown and Spectre flaws.