IOS 12.1.4 is now out, fixing Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug

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Apple stomped the group FaceTime bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on other iPhone users.

Apple had swiftly disabled Group FaceTime after news of the bug started trending on social media. The teenager uncovered the problem when using FaceTime to talk about strategies for the Fortnite game with friends. By initiating a Group Call and adding your own number after calling someone on FaceTime, it was possible to hear the recipient's audio before they answered.

In addition to the macOS and iOS updates, Apple also released Shortcuts 2.1.3 to fix vulnerabilities found in Shortcuts for iOS.

Following the release of these patches, the system status page on Apple's website has also been updated to reflect the situation.

This bug, likely the most serious to hit iPhone and iPad users, has already resulted in at least one lawsuit.

As we see from the video there are no major speed improvements in the new iOS 12.14 over the previous iOS 12.1.3 software. However, this time a 14-year-old boy, Grant Thompson, is being rewarded by Apple for reporting one of the biggest - and embarrassing - bug in the company's much-touted feature.

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This happened for as long as the call was ringing, and ended when the call was rejected or timed out.

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. The two vulnerabilities, known as CVE-2019-7286 and CVE-2019-7287, were related to a "memory corruption issue".

After you've installed the update, you can feel safe re-enabling FaceTime on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Users can update their software by going to "Settings" on their device, choosing "General" and selecting "Software Update".

Your device will now download and install the update and restart your device.