The US technology firm has just released a major security update for its mobile devices which fixes a serious flaw with the popular FaceTime app.
On Thursday, the tech giant announced the release of a software update for iPhones and iPads to fix the security issue, CNBC reported. It is likely that Apple will keep Group FaceTime disabled for devices that are running earlier versions of iOS than iOS 12.1.4, though. Cupertino blames the problem on "a logic issue.in the handling of Group FaceTime calls". The company pulled the Group Chat feature from FaceTime shortly after the security flaw was revealed.
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Apple iOS 12.1.4 hit users' devices this afternoon. Callers were able to activate another person's microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected the call. 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. 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.
A spokesperson told Reuters that the company is already working on improving its reporting processes to make it more accessible to the public having already "conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service". The CVE-2019-7286 vulnerability is apparently a "memory corruption issue" that potentially allowed "an application to gain elevated privileges", with a different "memory corruption issue" referenced as CVE-2019-7287 as it opened the door for "an application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges".
To update your Mac, open System Preferences (Apple Logo System Preferences), click Software Update and click Update Now.