Apple gives education grant to United States teen for FaceTime bug find

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Credit: Tom's GuideIf you've been hiding under a rock for the last two weeks, a flaw in Group FaceTime allowed anyone on the call to hear the audio from any recipient, regardless of whether the person on the other end had picked up. While Apple had already addressed the issue on its servers, AppleInsider pointed out, iOS 12.1.4 fixes this exploit on devices.

Alternatively, if you have Automatic Updates enabled (you can find this setting in Settings General Software Update), then you can just wait for it to automatically download and install.

Thompson figured out that he could essentially force a call to connect to a selected device by simply attempting to Group FaceTime call another person before the first had answered.

According to the Verge, Apple's history with bug bounty rewards has been mixed over the years. On a Mac, head to Apple menu System Preferences Software Update.

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. 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.




It turns out, the downtime led Apple to another vulnerability in its LivePhotos feature of FaceTime.

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". Also, it is recommended to back up your data, and ensuring your device has over 50 percent of charge or connected to a power source before beginning the update process.

Your device should be using a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update.

Launch System Preferences and open Software Update.

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