Apple reacted by disabling the Group FaceTime option within the app later in the day. The update, iOS 12.1.4, was made available for download on February 7 and follows shortly on the heels of two Congressional lawmakers publicly demanding answers from Apple CEO Tim Cook about the major privacy screw up. These will download in the background and install overnight when the device is connected to mains power.
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. Details of this new bug and how it could be exploited were not disclosed by Apple.More news: Jamal Khashoggi's murder planned, carried out by Saudi officials, United Nations finds
On an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings FaceTime and toggle FaceTime on. Callers were able to activate another person's microphone remotely even before the person has accepted or rejected the call.
The operating system updates that address this flaw-and others-are available now.
You can probably see where this is going: the mother-son duo who discovered this flaw attempted to inform Apple's customer support. "To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS", the company said in a media statement, as reported by 9to5Mac. According to the release notes, this bug was caused by a logic issue in how Group FaceTime calls were handled.
'We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible, ' Apple said.