iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TVs possibly affected by CPU bug

A wide spread, unknown security flaw in Intel CPUs might have gotten to AMD processors and ARM-based processors. An announcement made by Intel CEO States that ‘phones and everything’ is affected by the flaw, in a matter of fact, pretty much everybody.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich can be quoted telling CNBC:

Phones, PCs, everything are going to have some impact, but it’ll vary from product to product.

ARM carried out a processor security update which points that a number of iPhones, iPads, iPods and Apple TVs are not left out as they were also affected. The update listed processors such as Cortex-A8, Cortex-A9 and Cortex-A15 as being vulnerable.

The design of the A-series chipset used in iOS devices is handled by Apple; these are built on ARM hardware.  These makes it inescapable of the Intel CPU kernel bug as some of the A-series makes use of Cortex-A8, -A9 and -A15 processors, and therefore open to hackers.

9to5Mac website further listed the devices affected, they are:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPad (1st gen)
  • iPad 2
  • iPad (3rd gen)
  • Apple TV (2nd gen)
  • Apple TV (3rd gen)
  • iPod Touch (4th gen)
  • iPod Touch (5th gen)

Sad enough, nothing has been disclosed about the bug findings, more iOS gadgets may be vulnerable.

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