Apple is compensating the teenager who uncovered FaceTime Group Chat security flaw

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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.

Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a FaceTime flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using its group video chat feature. The teenager uncovered the problem when using FaceTime to talk about strategies for the Fortnite game with friends. The company had also disabled Group FaceTime to prevent anyone from misusing the flaw.

"While these are wonderful tools when used right, the serious privacy issue with Group FaceTime demonstrates how these devices can also become the ultimate spying machines", Pallone and Schakowsky said.

Apple initially said it would release updates to macOS and iOS addressing the flaw within a few days of its public disclosure.

Tech experts on social media, including Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, suggested iPhone and iPad users disable FaceTime until a fix the fix was rolled out.

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.

The system status webpage explicitly shows that the Group FaceTime service has been restored for the latest iOS version. However, the ability to add new participants to a FaceTime call by swiping up the screen wasn't available at the time of filing this story. According to a report on The Verge, Apple will also be offering some compensation to the 14-year old who first discovered the bug. The two vulnerabilities, known as CVE-2019-7286 and CVE-2019-7287, were related to a "memory corruption issue".

The recommended way to update your devices is to tap Settings General Software Update and carry out the update from there. If that option is grayed out, make sure you're connected to a Wi-Fi network and/or start charging your device.

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