Apple has released a fix for a FaceTime flaw that allowed users to eavesdrop on other individuals' iPhones, as it faces pressure from the US House of Representatives over its handling of the bug. The company credited the flaw to Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School and Daven Morris of Arlington, Texas. In particular, Apple has been faulted for not responding quickly enough to the bug after the initial reports from Grant Thompson's mother.
Although Apple did not elaborate on the update, the updated security documentation mentions a fix for the FaceTime Group Chat vulnerability.
Apple initially said it would release updates to macOS and iOS addressing the flaw within a few days of its public disclosure. This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. As Apple's system status page points out, the group FaceTime servers are now back online and you can once again make group FaceTime calls- but only after you update.
Apple reacted by disabling the Group FaceTime option within the app later in the day. Apple has revealed that it will reward - the amount hasn't been disclosed - the family and also given an extra "gift" to 14-year-old Thompson.
At first, Apple asked Thompson to sign up as an Apple developer and file an official bug report.
Nor are the calls recorded or stored on Apple's servers, so even government agencies would not be able to gain access to them.
Your device should be using a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update. Apple performed a "thorough security audit" on its FaceTime software, according to the company's security disclosures, and found an additional problem.
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