Apple gives education grant to U.S. teen for FaceTime bug find

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

Apple credited 14-year-old Grant Thompson of Tucson, Arizona, for discovering the bug, almost a week after thanking him for reporting the flaw in the first place. The company has come under fire for its delayed response.

A USA teenager who discovered a security flaw in Apple's FaceTime video-calling system has been given a bug bounty. Following public backlash, though, it disabled group FaceTime calls on the server side on January 28.

And how can Apple expect people to report security flaws, which have potential negative repurcussions to its dedicated users, if getting the flaws acknowledged requires jumping through hoops and signing up for a developer program, which you very well may have no interest in?

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.

"This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime".

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And that patch is ready with Apple confirming that an update is available for iOS 12 right now. Someone could initiate a FaceTime call, activate their intended target's microphone and then listen in without that person's knowledge.

Apple later apologised for the software glitch and said it would roll out the bug fix soon. 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. The CVE-2019-7286 vulnerability is apparently a "memory corruption issue" that potentially allowed "an application to gain elevated privileges", with a different "memory corruption issue" referenced as CVE-2019-7287 as it opened the door for "an application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges".

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

If they are, you'll see the upgrade displayed on the screen with a Download and Install option also visible. There's also an update for the Shortcuts app on iOS from Apple.

On supported devices, simply open Settings - General - Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions.

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