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Apple FaceTime Glitch Update


apple-facetime-logoLast week in a blog post entitled The Apple FaceTime Glitch Explained we discussed a FaceTime bug that allows callers to hear the audio coming from the numbers they called, without the recipient’s knowledge.  In some cases, callers could also see recipient’s video feeds without their knowledge.  As first reported by 9to5Mac, Apple planned on fixing this issue with a security patch this week.  So, have they?  Find out below in our Apple FaceTime Glitch Update.

Is FaceTime Fixed?

Despite promises to patch the FaceTime security flaw last week, it seems we will have to wait a little longer to make video calls from our iPhones.  Apple has announced that it is delaying the release of the FaceTime patch until this week.  The patch will be bundled with the release of iOS 12.1.4.  Until then, FaceTime will remain disabled on all devices.

We’re Sorry

Last week, Apple an apology for their largest security gaff in recent memory.  In a statement issued to ZDNet, apple said the following:

“We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process.

We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began work on the fix. We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible. We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.”

What’s Next?

We wait.  iOS 12.1.4 is coming this week, but a solid eta has not been announced.

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