Update your iPhone now to fix the FaceTime security flaw

10 February, 2019, 12:27 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • Apple Has Finally Released A FaceTime Fix That You Need To Download Right Now

The delay in responding to the flaw raised questions about Apple's handling of it.

In a security note on Apple's website, the company acknowledges that a glitch meant "the initiator of a Group FaceTime call may be able to cause the recipient to answer".

Apple has since fixed the Group FaceTime issue with the release of iOS 12.1.4.

Apple has rewarded the 14-year-old kid who discovered Apple's FaceTime bug, letting people eavesdrop on other users in Group FaceTime calls. It further said that the bug was reported by a "Grant Thompson of Catalania Foothills High School, Daven Morris of Arlington, Texas".

"In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security", Apple said in a statement.

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The Arizona 14-year-old, Grant Thompson, originally happened upon the bug on January 20. To make matters worse, if the person receiving the call pressed the power button to mute the ringing, their front-facing camera would turn on allowing the caller to see what was happening in the room.

Apple has now released their iOS 12.1.4 software update and now we have some speed test videos of iOS 12.1.4 vs iOS 12.1.3.

The company has not revealed the exact amount it will be paying to the family. This runs counter to how most tech companies handle bug reports, especially those involving vulnerabilities in their products. "The issue was addressed with improved state management". At least one other person has come forward to say they disclosed the flaw to Apple before it was publicized.

Alternatively, if you have Automatic Updates enabled (you can find this setting in Settings General Software Update), then you can just wait for it to automatically download and install.

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