Apple Released Fresh Updates To Resolve Group Face Time Security Flaw

Now the tech company has made the iOS 12.1.4 update available that, it says, fixes the problem through "improved state management". Apple said that the additional gift will be towards Thompson's education.

All users had to do was make a call on FaceTime to their contact, and in the middle add their own number to convert this into a group conversation.

Apple initially addressed the issue on Monday 28 Jan, nine days after the report, by suspending the group FaceTime feature. Those who have disabled FaceTime on their devices when the Facepalm flaw was first publicized should do not forget to enable the service again.

Although the issue gained widespread of attention across social platforms last week, there is evidence that Apple was warned about this bug as early as January 20 and did not alert iPhone users.

With the release of iOS 12.1.4, Apple issued another statement apologizing for the FaceTime bug but also revealing the security hole in Live Photos for FaceTime.

"The initiator of a Group FaceTime call may be able to cause the recipient to answer", reads the security advisory.

To run the update on Mac, click on Apple Logo and go to System Preferences Software Update Update Now.

A 14-year old high school student, Grant Thompson, who is from Tucson, Arizona, discovered the FaceTime flaw around two weeks ago, while he was busy in setting up a group chat with the friends for playing Fortnite. It mitigates what the company describes as a "logic issue [that] existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls".

The bug was present in Apple devices running iOS 12.1 or later, as well as Macs running Mojave.

Meanwhile, Apple executives have met privately with the Thompson family and thanked them for bringing the flaw to Apple's attention.

Apple seems to limit the spread of older firmware on its iOS devices in an attempt to keep iPhone and iPad users secure.

Beyond just the three zero-day flaws that were reported to Apple by different researchers, Apple itself also discovered a flaw that is being patched in both iOS and macOS that involved FaceTime.

Vanessa Coleman

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