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After delay, Apple releases a fix for FaceTime bug

10 February, 2019, 12:25 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
  • Apple has released a software update that fixes a glitch that allowed users to listen to and watch other Face Time callers

On it support page Apple noted, "A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls". Apple had disabled Group FaceTime last week - after the bug that allowed eavesdropping to users was reported publicly.

A U.S. teenager who discovered a security flaw in Apple's FaceTime video-calling system has been given a bug bounty.

Now, Apple has finally credited Thompson and Daven Morris from Arlington, Texas in the patch notes to its latest update.

Apple has announced that it will pay an undisclosed sum to the Arizona teenager who discovered a major security flaw in the company's FaceTime video calling app.

Along with correcting the original error, Apple says they have also improved the overall security of FaceTime. So, if you like group FaceTime calls, this update is a must-have for you (and those you called). Sometimes they could even see through the recipient's front-facing camera (reportedly when declining the call by pressing the power button).

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

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'We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible, ' Apple said.

Apple sent a software-engineering manager to visit Grant and his mother to thank them for reporting the flaw and to learn about their experience in reporting it, said Ms. Thompson.

Now the questions are whether or not this will lead to structural change at Apple and how other people who attempted to disclose the same flaw will be compensated.

Alternatively, if you have Automatic Updates enabled (you can find this setting in Settings General Software Update), then you can just wait for it to automatically download and install.

So if your phone seems sluggish after iOS 12.1.3 upgrade and if you wish to downgrade back to a lower version, it seems you simply can not as Apple has blocked it.

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