IOS 12.1.4 Update Released, Fixing Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

Apple Has Finally Released A FaceTime Fix That You Need To Download Right Now

Apple has also recognized Grant Thompson, the 14 year old teenager who originally discovered the Group FaceTime bug and tried to report the bug to Apple. The company has come under fire for its delayed response.

Over a week ago, it was discovered that 3rd party callers could potentially eavesdrop via FaceTime if they initiate a Group FaceTime without having you to accept the call.

On Thursday, the tech giant announced the release of a software update for iPhones and iPads to fix the security issue, CNBC reported.

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. The company pulled the Group Chat feature from FaceTime shortly after the security flaw was revealed.

And as noted by security researchers with Google's Project Zero, iOS 12.1.4 also fixes two other potentially serious security issues: CVE-2019-7287 (a memory corruption flaw in the IOKit) and CVE-2019-7286 (a similar glitch that could allow an application to gain elevated privileges). If you aren't in any particular rush to install the new software, and if you have the "Automatic Updates" feature turned on, then your iOS device will update in the background the next time you plug it in.

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The bug allowed eavesdropping by someone calling their FaceTime contacts, receiving audio from them without their knowledge before they answered the call.

With that bug, a person could spy on you using FaceTime, even if you didn't answer the call.

The iOS 12.1.4 update is compatible with all the iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12.

Launch System Preferences and open Software Update. 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.

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