Apple is compensating the teenager who uncovered FaceTime Group Chat security flaw

Donna Miller
February 8, 2019

Although the FaceTime bug has now been addressed, its emergence is particularly embarrassing for Apple.

Apple has also credited Grant for discovering the FaceTime bug in its software update, almost a week after thanking him for reporting the it in the first place.

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 also formally credited Thompson and Daven Morris from Arlington, Texas in the release notes to its latest iPhone software update. They could also sometimes see your video if you pressed the side button to silence the call.

Apple did disable Group FaceTime servers after news of the bug came out, but now this update is available to completely fix the issue and re-enable Group FaceTime calling.

Apple turned off the group-chat feature last week, after a 14-year-old boy in Tucson, Arizona, discovered the flaw.

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

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

Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment. So if you want Group FaceTime available for you on your supported devices, then you will want to make sure that you update to iOS 12.1.4 as quickly as possible.

The update is about 335MB is size and you'll have to connect to a WiFi connection to download. These will download in the background and install overnight when the device is connected to mains power.

For macOS users, the 10.14.3 update may automatically be installed.

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