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

Apple pushes fix for “FacePalm,” possibly its creepiest vulnerability ever


The bug enabled interlopers to turn an iPhone or iPad into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. They could also sometimes see your video if you pressed the side button to silence the call.

A 14-year-old boy from Arizona is reportedly who helped discover the bug and start the process of bringing it Apple's notice. You can read the full security update details here.

Ever since it was discovered that Thompson tried to responsibly disclose the bug to Apple, many have been calling for Apple to issue him a bug bounty reward.

Apple has finally pushed out a software update that offers a permanent fix for that embarrassing FaceTime bug that was disclosed nearly two weeks ago and which resulted in an unwelcome barrage of negative publicity for a tech giant that's made privacy a centerpiece of its corporate brand.

Apple has started to roll out its latest iOS 12.1.4 update which solves the Group FaceTime privacy issue.

Exploiting the bug did not require any technical expertise.

In addition to the macOS and iOS updates, Apple also released Shortcuts 2.1.3 to fix vulnerabilities found in Shortcuts for iOS.

That led the company to temporarily disable the Group FaceTime feature altogether as it worked on finding a patch. Apple has not stated if they are planning on doing so.

The update applies to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch. If you aren't in any particular rush to install the new software, and if you have the "Automatic Updates" feature turned on, then your iOS device will update in the background the next time you plug it in.

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

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