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Following the rollout of iOS 12.1.4, Apple will switch group FaceTime calls back on, but only for those who have applied the update.

Apple stated that they would create a security update and release it the following week. It's a patch that fixes a bug that allowed users to spy on others by activating a group FaceTime call without the user's consent.

You can read the full security update details here.

Apple has released an update for its flawed FaceTime video calling feature that allowed users to listen to and watch other callers through their devices, even if they didn't give their permission.

"A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls".

The same flaw that was discovered in iOS 12 by Thompson was also present in macOS Mojave with an update to macOS 10.14.3 also issued.

A report on Wall Street Journal had highlighted how the 14-year old has discovered the bug while using FaceTime to set up a Fortnite gaming session with friends. It was reported publicly by major publications last week, though.

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The Cupertino-based tech giant has made a decision to contribute to the education of the teenager who discovered the bug in FaceTime. It further said that the bug was reported by a "Grant Thompson of Catalania Foothills High School, Daven Morris of Arlington, Texas".

Apple reacted by disabling the Group FaceTime option within the app later in the day.

This happened for as long as the call was ringing, and ended when the call was rejected or timed out.

The company also says they uncovered another flaw during a "thorough security audit of the FaceTime service". The two vulnerabilities, known as CVE-2019-7286 and CVE-2019-7287, were related to a "memory corruption issue".

You should see a message stating that the iOS 12.1.4 update is available to install.

Users can update their software by going to "Settings" on their device, choosing "General" and selecting "Software Update".


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