Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 to Fix Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug
- Author: Terrell Bush Feb 09, 2019,
Feb 09, 2019, 0:54
In the days following, it was discovered that the mother of United States teen Grant Thompson alerted the company a week before it took action; Apple is reportedly rewarding the family per its bug hunting policy. The company has come under fire for its delayed response.
According to a new report from theWall Street Journal, Apple just released iOS 12.1.4 which includes a fix for a group FaceTime bug that let people eavesdrop on conversations even if they never answered a call.
Apple on Thursday rolled out software updates to iPhones to fix a privacy issue in its FaceTime video calling service, and said it would contribute toward the education of the Arizona teenager who discovered the problem.
The damage may already have been done, however, as the company is already facing lawsuits over the FaceTime bug as well as an upcoming grilling by concerned lawmakers.
Apple's embarrassing FaceTime flaw, that was discovered by a school kid playing Fortnite, has finally been fixed.
Apple has released an iPhone update to fix the flaw.
The new software is available now, and it should bring back the Group FaceTime feature as well. This means all the devices running iOS 12.1.4 will now be able to use Group FaceTime. Apple had disabled Group FaceTime last week - after the bug that allowed eavesdropping to users was reported publicly. This one exploited a previously unknown issue with Live Photos. The two vulnerabilities, known as CVE-2019-7286 and CVE-2019-7287, were related to a "memory corruption issue".
To download the latest version on your device, go to Settings General Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. Grant also gets a namecheck in the iOS update's developer notes. These will download in the background and install overnight when the device is connected to mains power.