Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 to Fix Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

Apple Releases iOS 12.1.4 to Fix Group FaceTime Eavesdropping Bug

Apple today released iOS 12.1.4. Apple was quick to disable the Group FaceTime issue within hours after it was widely publicised.

As you might have heard, the bug allows a caller to access recipient's microphone and camera during a Group FaceTime call even though the recipient has yet to pick the call up.

Apple credited Thompson for discovering the FaceTime bug as part of its software update, almost a week after thanking him for reporting the bug in the first place. To make matters worse, if the person receiving the call pressed the power button to mute the ringing, their front-facing camera would turn on allowing the caller to see what was happening in the room. A FaceTime security update is available for the Mac version of the video messaging app as well.

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

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 FaceTime fix is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install on Thursday.

Apple plans to contribute to his college fund and will also pay a bounty to him and his family for reporting the bug.

Live Photos won't work unless you update your device as Apple has updated their servers to block the feature from devices not running the latest security update.

After you've installed the update, you can feel safe re-enabling FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

While you're there, you can choose to automatically install updates.

The update applies to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.

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