IOS 12.1.4 Update Released, Fixing Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

IOS 12.1.4 Update Released, Fixing Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

IOS 12.1.4 Update Released, Fixing Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

On it support page Apple noted, "A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls".

As expected, Apple has rushed out a fix for a bug that allowed folks to eavesdrop on others through Group FaceTime.

The FaceTime fix is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install Thursday. In fact, Apple has acknowledged that it's paying Grant for discovering the bug, which he did about two weeks ago while playing Fortnite and trying to get a group FaceTime chat with friends set up. What made this bug so serious was how trivial it was to leverage, and it forced Apple to pull the plug on the feature at the server end while it developed a fix.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Grant and Michele Thompson revealed that an Apple executive (they wouldn't reveal who) flew out to meet with them both after the news broke about the FaceTime bug.

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Along with correcting the original error, Apple says they have also improved the overall security of FaceTime. Sometimes they could even see through the recipient's front-facing camera (reportedly when declining the call by pressing the power button).

Without disclosing the exact amount, Apple said it plans on compensating Thompson for discovering the vulnerability and will also provide an additional gift to fund his education. The iOS 12.1.4 update is available for download for compatible iPhone and iPad models.

Now, Apple has credited Grant, who's from Catalina, in Arizona, with finding the flaw. "The issue was addressed with improved state management". Apple has not stated if they are planning on doing so.

And how can Apple expect people to report security flaws, which have potential negative repurcussions to its dedicated users, if getting the flaws acknowledged requires jumping through hoops and signing up for a developer program, which you very well may have no interest in? Currently, Apple only pays for bugs found in the iOS operating system for phones.

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