Apple Fixed the FaceTime Flaw, but Questions Remain

Apple Fixed the FaceTime Flaw, but Questions Remain

Apple says it has fixed the Group FaceTime issue, discovered by 14 year old Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School, in all iOS devices including the often forgotten iPod touch.

Apple initially said it would release updates to macOS and iOS addressing the flaw within a few days of its public disclosure.

Apple did disable Group FaceTime servers after news of the bug came out, but now this update is available to completely fix the issue and re-enable Group FaceTime calling. It's a patch that fixes a bug that allowed users to spy on others by activating a group FaceTime call without the user's consent. Finally, Apple acknowledged the problem on January 29, and shut down group chat on FaceTime.

Separately, the engineers at Apple have also found an unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime while conducting a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made changes accordingly.




The issue was discovered by a 14-year-old boy from Arizona, whose mother Michele Thompson then reported it to Apple. 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. "The issue was addressed with improved state management", the company wrote on the support page while briefing the fix. Apple unfortunately never responded to these attempts and only paid attention when videos of the bug started circulating on social media.

The reward comes as one security researcher refused to tell Apple about a bug because no bounty was on offer. You will need Wi-Fi access and your battery to be charged above 50 percent, or the device will need to be connected to a charger.

While you're there, you can choose to automatically install updates.

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