Reward Goes to Teen Who Discovered the Glitch

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Apple confirmed it's going to pay Grant's family in addition to making a gift of an undisclosed amount toward his education.

German bug hunter Linus Henze said he would not release details of the problem to Apple until it included MacOS in its bounty programme.

We would be remiss, however, if we didn't mentions someone else too, at this point. 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. Apple also gives credit to someone else, besides Grant, for helping bring it to the company's attention in advance of the widespread media coverage the bug generated.

The update applies to the iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and the 6th generation iPod touch.


The bug was first discovered on January 19 by a 14-year-old Arizona teenager. "He apparently discovered the bug a week earlier while planning a group trip with friends".

That led the company to temporarily disable the Group FaceTime feature altogether as it worked on finding a patch.

And how can Apple expect people to report security flaws, which have potential negative repurcussions to its dedicated users, if getting the flaws acknowledged requires jumping through hoops and signing up for a developer program, which you very well may have no interest in?

While an Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment on the bug bounties, on Thursday it apologized to its customers regarding the FaceTime flaw.

While you may think that's due to a lower severity level for issues relating to the Live Photos feature in FaceTime, the iOS Foundation framework, and the I/O Kit framework, Twitter user Ben Hawkes claims two of these lesser-known vulnerabilities were in fact "exploited in the wild as 0day".


The bug allowed some people to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime.

Todays software update fixes the security bug in Group FaceTime.

The company also says they uncovered another flaw during a "thorough security audit of the FaceTime service".

Launch System Preferences and open Software Update.

The fix is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install Thursday.


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