Bug-spotting teen gets a thank you in Apple’s latest iOS update

Bug-spotting teen gets a thank you in Apple’s latest iOS update

Bug-spotting teen gets a thank you in Apple’s latest iOS update

A United States teenager who discovered a security flaw in Apple's FaceTime video-calling system has been given a bug bounty. Apple is compensating Thompson's family and making an additional gift toward his education.

According to Apple the update is for all iPhones newer than the 5s, the iPad Air and later iPads, as well as the iPod touch 6th generation.

Live Photos won't work unless you update your device as Apple has updated their servers to block the feature from devices not running the latest security update.

Apple has announced that it will pay an undisclosed sum to the Arizona teenager who discovered a major security flaw in the company's FaceTime video calling app.

"While these are wonderful tools when used right, the serious privacy issue with Group FaceTime demonstrates how these devices can also become the ultimate spying machines", Pallone and Schakowsky said.

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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.

It turns out, the downtime led Apple to another vulnerability in its LivePhotos feature of FaceTime. So if you want Group FaceTime available for you on your supported devices, then you will want to make sure that you update to iOS 12.1.4 as quickly as possible.

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. Callers were able to activate another person's microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected the call.

The official release notes of the iOS 12.1.4 update don't detail any new additions.

The recommended way to update your devices is to tap Settings General Software Update and carry out the update from there.

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