Apple Roll Out Fix For Zoom Spy Flaw

Security Vulnerability in Video Conferencing App Zoom Allows Websites to Hack Into your Mac’s Camera

Yesterday, video conferencing service Zoom released an update for its Mac client, removing the controversial web server functionality that opened up the possibility of someone launching a video call on user's computer without permission. Gray reported that Leitschuh likely nearly came close to finding a remote-code execution vulnerability affecting the local web server.

The same problem isn't apparent on Windows computers, because they handle Zoom meetings differently - without the server installation.

The first part, which is available now from the company's download page, "completely" removes the local web server from the Mac once the client app is updated. It also acknowledged it didn't now have an easy way to uninstall both the client and the server.

Mr Leitschuh also said in his blog that when he first discovered the flaw, he contacted Zoom to let them know of it and warned that he'll take it to the public in 90 days if it's not resolved. Additionally, you can also disable the option to automatically turn on your camera when you join a Zoom video call.

The company took matters into its own hands by issuing a quiet update on Mac. If someone had uninstalled Zoom and clicks a meeting link, the local web server reinstalls Zoom.

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Security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh on Tuesday disclosed a serious zero-day vulnerability in the Zoom video conferencing app for the Mac that can allow a website to hijack the webcam on a Mac. "This re-install "feature" continues to work to this day".

In a blog post Tuesday, Zoom said it planned to disable the web server feature, which was originally created to make it easier for users to join meetings without extra clicks.

The challenge with something like this Zoom vulnerability is that users might simply be unaware of any danger. But if users thought they'd uninstalled Zoom at a previous time, they're of course unlikely to download the updated version.

However, a malicious website can exploit the web server by sending it a request for a video feed. Zoom also added that it had no indication suggesting that its users had fallen victim to this privacy issue so far.

'This is a breach of transparency and exposes individuals who believe they don't have the software installed to attacks. The fix protects users against the threat of unapproved webcam access. It's underhanded and breaches trust boundaries.

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