San Francisco — Apple will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chip makers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers. Browser makers Google, Microsoft and Mozilla’s Firefox all confirmed that the patches they currently had in place did not protect iOS users. With Safari and virtually all other popular browsers not patched, hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users may have no secure means of browsing the web until Apple issues its patch. Apple stressed that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw to date. On Wednesday, Alphabet’s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws: one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips, and one called Spectre affecting nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. The news sparked a sell-off in Intel’s stock as investors tried to gauge the costs to the ch...

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