IOS 12.1.4 is now out, fixing Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug


If you haven't received any notification, you can download iOS 12.1.4 by going to Settings General Software Update. If you haven't updated your iPhone yet to regain access to Group FaceTime, this is an even better reason to switch to iOS version 12.1.4 as soon as possible. News of the bug first hit last Monday, (Jan. 28), and Apple disabled Group FaceTime later that night, to prevent users from being spied upon.

Over a week ago, it was discovered that 3rd party callers could potentially eavesdrop via FaceTime if they initiate a Group FaceTime without having you to accept the call.

Two key US House of Representatives Democrats on Tuesday asked Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to answer questions about the bug, saying they were "deeply troubled" over how long it took Apple to address the security flaw. Apple's release notes also acknowledge an included security fix involving Live Photos and FaceTime that solves a bug the company found when performing "a thorough security audit" of FaceTime.

The same flaw that was discovered in iOS 12 by Thompson was also present in macOS Mojave with an update to macOS 10.14.3 also issued. It's now available to all iPhone and iPad users worldwide including Malaysia.

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Apple says it has fixed the Group FaceTime issue, discovered by 14 year old Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School, in all iOS devices including the often forgotten iPod touch.

From this menu tap Software Update and check if any updates are ready for your device. If that option is grayed out, make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network and/or start charging your device.

Following the release of these patches, the system status page on Apple's website has also been updated to reflect the situation.