Apple Releases Fix for Group FaceTime Snooping Bug in iOS and macOS

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Apple has finally released an update for iOS that fixes a serious bug in group FaceTime which allowed callers to spy on those they were calling - even if the intended recipient never answered.

Apple has released iOS 12.1.4.

The update also had a handful of fixes for unrelated bugs in Foundation, IOKit and Live Photos in FaceTime, per Apple's security notes for iOS 12.1.4.

"A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls". Worse still was the fact that pressing the iPhone's side button to decline the call would actually turn on the front-facing camera.

Apple has also recognized Grant Thompson, the 14 year old teenager who originally discovered the Group FaceTime bug and tried to report the bug to Apple.

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In a statement obtained by Business Insider, Apple confirmed the update and said it also conducted a "thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security". "The issue was addressed with improved state management", the company wrote on the support page while briefing the fix. However, Apple's policy of offering a bounty for discovery of bugs is now only for iOS and not macOS.

"My motivation is to get Apple to create a bug bounty program". At least one other person has come forward to say they disclosed the flaw to Apple before it was publicized.

After you've installed the update, you can feel safe re-enabling FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. If it's greyed out, then you might need to connect to a Wi-Fi network.

For macOS users, the 10.14.3 update may automatically be installed.

His mother Michele reportedly used every possible method to contact the company and flag the issue, which ultimately took her a full week, highlighting a lack of accountability when it comes to consumer issues, particularly when they involve egregious lapses in security.

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