Reward Goes to Teen Who Discovered the Glitch

Reward Goes to Teen Who Discovered the Glitch

Reward Goes to Teen Who Discovered the Glitch

The software glitch allowed a caller to eavesdrop on audio from a target iPhone before they either picked up or rejected the FaceTime call. While they were fixing the bug, they disabled Group FaceTime, so that the bug could not be abused.

Apple, which just released iOS 12.1.4 that includes a fix for the bug, said it also plans to compensate Grant Thompson, the Arizona-based teenager, who notified them about the problem in early January.

You can read the full security update details here.

How to update your iPhone or iPad Do it now!

iPhone owners should update their Apple iOS software right now. Plug your device into a power source and click on the Download and Install button.

The update is about 335MB is size and you'll have to connect to a WiFi connection to download.

By the way, that term is extremely generic, describing any sort of software vulnerability that is unknown to said software's developers for any period of time while hackers take advantage of a security flaw.

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On an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings FaceTime and toggle FaceTime on.

"My motivation is to get Apple to create a bug bounty program". 'Want to see a really bad bug?' Baio asked in his post. Someone could initiate a FaceTime call, activate their intended target's microphone and then listen in without that person's knowledge.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee and its subcommittee on consumer protection also slammed Apple's FaceTime flaw on Tuesday as "a significant privacy violation". "The issue was addressed with improved state management", the company wrote on the support page while briefing the fix.

How was the flaw discovered?

More importantly, the iOS update ships with an acknowledgement of the discovery that credits 14-year-old Grant Thompson for finding the bug.

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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