Apple to patch audio bug in FaceTime that allows users to hear audio and see video from users who have not yet accepted a call

“Apple Inc said on Monday it will issue a software patch later this week for a bug that lets iPhone users hear audio from users who have not yet accepted a video call,” Reuters reports.

“The bug, which Reuters was able to replicate, allows an iPhone user placing a call using Apple’s FaceTime video-calling feature to hear audio from the recipient’s phone even if the recipient has not yet picked up the call,” Reuters reports. “The bug appears to rely on Apple’s group video-calling feature.”

“In certain situations, the bug also broadcast both video and audio from the recipient’s phone, the technology news website The Verge noted,” Reuters reports. “‘We’re aware of this issue and have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week,’ an Apple spokesperson said. Apple’s group FaceTime was temporarily made unavailable due to an ongoing issue, according to Apple’s system status webpage.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, seems like an issue:

Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook
iPhone rings.

Receipient: “Oh, no not that asshole again. I’m on the toilet!”

Caller listens and, uh… observes.

Receipient quickly finishes up and “answers” call, “Hi, so glad you called!”

Caller hangs up.

This seems like something a competent developer would catch in basic testing (had there been any).

Apple and the details. The gulf widens.

Apple, champion of ‘privacy,’ utterly blows it with massively stupid FaceTime bug – January 29, 2019
Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015


    1. You are absolutely right (or is that… ‘far left’)! I’m now waiting for Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet about how this new “feature” must be mandatory on ALL smart devices. DumB devices, too, while she is at it.

      1. It’s interesting that so many civil libertarians seem to imply that only left-leaning politicians support dangerous police surveillance technologies. Actually, it’s really annoying.

        Let’s be honest – there are a LOT of politicians in both parties who love government surveillance technology. It tends to be specific sub-groups – both left and right – that denounce these kinds of invasions of privacy. I may be wrong, but I think AOC would lean towards less government surveillance, unlike many centrist Ds. The centrist Ds seem to love spying on people, as do the majority of the Rs. 🙁

  1. To be fair, there’s a big difference between a bug releasing an audio stream to someone directly calling you, and a business model of selling all your personal web history to the highest bidder, or a security hole releasing that data to the internet for free.

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