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

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Apple has issued iOS 12.1.4 and macOS 10.14.3 to users through their software update tools a little later than expected.

The FaceTime fix is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install on Thursday. It's now available to all iPhone and iPad users worldwide including Malaysia.

Apple on Thursday rolled out software updates to iPhones to fix a privacy issue in its FaceTime video calling service, and said it would contribute toward the education of the Arizona teenager who discovered the problem.

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Originally discovered by the 14-year old Grant Thompson although it took quite a while for Apple to respond which has since attracted some attention from the authorities, the company shut down the Group FaceTime feature through a server-side implementation as a temporary measure once the news of the bug started to spread.

Apple stated that they would create a security update and release it the following week.

Although the FaceTime bug has been addressed, its emergence is particularly embarrassing for Apple.

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iPhone and iPad owners, there's a new software update coming your way. They only needed to call you using FaceTime, then add themselves to the call to make it a Group FaceTime call, and they could then hear your audio, even if you didn't answer. Macs are also getting an updated version of macOS 10.14.3 to fix the Group FaceTime flaw, as this feature is also built into that platform.

While they were at it, Apple also slipped in two other security updates in the iOS and macOS releases for vulnerabilities they found Foundation and IOKit that could lead to code execution or privilege escalation.

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