Last week, Apple’s FaceTime chat revealed a security breach that allowed users to hear audio before the other party answered a call. Apple quickly blocked the vulnerability through the offline FaceTime Group Chat server and said it would be permanently fixed through software updates. Apple initially said that software updates to fix the FaceTime group chat vulnerability will be released last week, but according to Apple’s latest statement, the update has been postponed until this week. Now, the company has issued an official apology to the family who reported this bug and Apple’s users at large. Apple’s statement is as follows:
“…We thank the Thompson family for reporting this error. We sincerely apologize to the affected customers and all those who care about this security issue. We thank everyone for their patience as we complete this process. We want to assure our users that our engineering team quickly disabled FaceTime Group Chat and started fixing it after learning the details of this vulnerability. We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and report bug reports so that they can be made available to the right people as quickly as possible. We value the safety of our products and are committed to continuing to earn the trust of our customers”.
After the FaceTime vulnerability was exposed, MacRumors reported that Apple’s fix for this vulnerability will be completed in the iOS 12.1.4 update, and has found active access records for some devices running iOS 12.1.4. If all goes well, iOS 12.1.4 will be pushed to users this week.