IOS 12.1.4 is now out, fixing Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

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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.

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

In a statement obtained by Business Insider, Apple confirmed the update and said it also conducted a "thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security".

Although the FaceTime bug has now been addressed, its emergence is particularly embarrassing for Apple. 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. A FaceTime security update is available for the Mac version of the video messaging app as well.

Apple credited Thompson for discovering the FaceTime bug as part of its software update, almost a week after thanking him for reporting the bug in the first place.

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Apple, which has $245 billion in cash, did not disclose how much it is disclosing to Thompson's college fund or the bounty it is paying.

As reported by SoftPedia, Apple has allegedly stopped signing the iOS 12.1.1 and iOS 12.1.2 firmware for all supported iPhones and iPads. She also tweeted about this.

"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.

That led the company to temporarily disable the Group FaceTime feature altogether as it worked on finding a patch.

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