Apple releases bug fix for embarrassing security flaw that allowed FaceTime eavesdropping

08 February, 2019, 15:24 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

The major security issue in Group FaceTime that was unveiled late last month is now finally fixed with the iOS 12.1.4 update that started rolling out to all supported Apple devices today.

The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime.

"While these are wonderful tools when used right, the serious privacy issue with Group FaceTime demonstrates how these devices can also become the ultimate spying machines", Pallone and Schakowsky said.

Apple told outlets that a fix would come later that week, but it instead arrived this week, delivering to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch. It remains unclear how long Apple was aware of the Group FaceTime security flaw. The arrival of the new version of iOS comes just two days after a pair of congressmen sent a letter (which you can read here) to CEO Tim Cook that included a list of questions they'd like him to answer in the wake of the bug. The company pulled the Group Chat feature from FaceTime shortly after the security flaw was revealed. 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.

Flu shuts down United Kingdom racing until February 13
Cases of equine influenza had been reported in recent weeks, originally in France but spreading to Ireland and Britain. BHA procedures state that a racecourse can not race for at least four days following a deep clean having taken place.

If they are, you'll see the upgrade displayed on the screen with a Download and Install option also visible.

Apple has also credited Grant for discovering the FaceTime bug in its software update, almost a week after thanking him for reporting the it in the first place.

The recommended way to update your devices is to tap Settings General Software Update and carry out the update from there.

Following the release of these patches, the system status page on Apple's website has also been updated to reflect the situation.



Princess Steps Into Thailand's Tense Political Fray
She received her Bachelor of Science from MIT and went on to receive her Masters in public health at the University of California. Thailand has not had a royal as premier since becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1932.

Unai Emery urges Arsenal to improve away form amid criticism
The 25-year-old made his Arsenal debut from the bench against Manchester City - his former club - playing 24 minutes in the 3-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium.

Baseball legend Frank Robinson dies at 83
His career didn't end there, as he would go on to become the first black manager in the National League with the Giants (1981-84). Robinson won the 1966 and 1970 World Series with the Orioles, and was named World Series MVP in 1966.

Max is the man Hamilton fears the most, says Horner
Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso is now set to be the first team to reveal its new auto for the 2019 season, one week from today. He's just much more rounded through experience", added Horner. "He's just more worldly, more experienced".

James picks Durant first for All-Star game
James also reportedly took Davis out for a postgame dinner in Los Angeles after New Orleans visited Staples Center. It took a trade, but Paul George and Russell Westbrook will both play for Team Giannis in the All-Star game.

Pop Band BTS Among Presenters At Grammy Awards
Love Yourself: Tear's nomination in the Grammys serves as a breakthrough milestone in the K-Pop industry. Now, completing for their first Grammy , BTS will go up against the likes of St.

One Measles Case Confirmed In Denton County
The Northwest cases are among three ongoing measles outbreaks in the USA that sickened 79 people in January, according to the CDC. A hallmark of measles is a rash that begins as flat, red spots on the face and spreads down the neck to the rest of the body.

Bradley Cooper Tells Oprah He Was ‘Embarrassed’ Learning About Oscar Snub
As for the Oscars, A Star Is Born will compete for best picture when the ceremony takes place on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Cooper, Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott received nods for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

NBA Trade Grades: Wizards sending Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls
Bobby Portis will be a restricted free agent this summer and was originally a first-round draft choice of the Bulls in 2015. It is looking very likely that the Chicago Bulls have their eyes set on drafting Murray State's Ja Morant .

Iman Shumpert Traded to Rockets from Sacramento Kings in 3-Team Deal
For the Cavs, they're scooping up yet another future draft pick for taking on bad contracts and sending out a useful bench scorer. The Cavaliers acquired these two players in Sunday's trade with Portland that sent Rodney Hood to the Trail Blazers .