Apple finally released an iOS update to address a major security flaw in group FaceTime call feature. The flaw was running since the release of iOS 12.1.2 and iOS 12.1.3. This bug affects all devices which were updated to iOS 12 or higher including iPhone XS Max, iPad Pro, iPhone 8 etc.
What was this creepy FaceTime bug?
Apple recently released a feature called group FaceTime call. This feature was meant to allow multiple Apple users to have video and audio chat via FaceTime.
The bug in this feature could allow an attacker to spy on you without the user’s permission. This could be done in stealth mode so the user would not even know that the spying was going on his device. And even worse, the attacker could have access to the user’s iPhone camera if he tried to press the power button for canceling the call.
The bug was so easy to exploit that Apple immediately made group FaceTime feature unavailable to all the devices which have not updated to iOS 12.1.4. Let me tell you how the exploit was done.
The attacker would initiate a FaceTime call and then add his own phone no. again to the group call. This would initiate a group call. The call appeared to be still pending connection but the person on the other end was able to hear all audio. If the user pressed the power button to silence the call, it would give the attacker access to the user’s camera.
Owing to the critical nature of this bug, it is recommended that you upgrade your Apple software to the latest version. There are two ways to do that, either you can update it directly from your device or download it from the links given below.
How to update your iPhone and iPod Touch OS to iOS 12.1.4?
To download and install the latest iOS version automatically, go to the following location:
Go to Settings –> General –> Software Updates
If there is an update available for your version of iOS, it will get listed here and you can download and install it automatically.