Update Now to Fix Group FaceTime on Your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

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

Group FaceTime will remain disabled for all iOS users running iOS 12.1.3 or earlier. 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. It's now available to all iPhone and iPad users worldwide including Malaysia.

Apple has released an iOS and macOS update, which fixes the FaceTime privacy bug that was highlighted last week.

"While these are wonderful tools when used right, the serious privacy issue with Group FaceTime demonstrates how these devices can also become the ultimate spying machines", Pallone and Schakowsky said.

According to the Verge, Apple's history with bug bounty rewards has been mixed over the years.

The changelog for iOS 12.1.4, which does patch the issue, does not suggest when Apple will reenable the feature.

It remains unclear how long Apple was aware of the Group FaceTime security flaw. However, the ability to add new participants to a FaceTime call by swiping up the screen wasn't available at the time of filing this story.

The company also says they uncovered another flaw during a "thorough security audit of the FaceTime service". "To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS", the company said in a media statement, as reported by 9to5Mac. It was able to disable group FaceTime on the server side and bundled a more permanent solution with operating system updates released just a few days later. Here's what's fixed and how to apply the updates.

Users can update their software by going to "Settings" on their device, choosing "General" and selecting "Software Update". These will download in the background and install overnight when the device is connected to mains power.

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