The bad news was you couldn't use group FaceTime for more than a week while Apple worked on the fix. It is likely that Apple will keep Group FaceTime disabled for devices that are running earlier versions of iOS than iOS 12.1.4, though. Sometimes they could even see through the recipient's front-facing camera (reportedly when declining the call by pressing the power button).
The Arizona 14-year-old, Grant Thompson, originally happened upon the bug on January 20.
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 company pulled the Group Chat feature from FaceTime shortly after the security flaw was revealed.
Apple has finally pushed out a software update that offers a permanent fix for that embarrassing FaceTime bug that was disclosed nearly two weeks ago and which resulted in an unwelcome barrage of negative publicity for a tech giant that's made privacy a centerpiece of its corporate brand. So, if you like group FaceTime calls, this update is a must-have for you (and those you called). So if you've got an iPhone or iPad, go grab the iOS 12.1.4 update to ensure that you've got the fix.
Apple plans to contribute to his college fund and will also pay a bounty to him and his family for reporting the bug. In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security.
For macOS users, the 10.14.3 update may automatically be installed.
iPhone and iPad owners, there's a new software update coming your way.