MAJOR FaceTime Bug!

There is a new FaceTime bug that has been announced. The bug allows any third party to be able to hear the audio of another user’s device WITHOUT accepting the FaceTime call.

The steps are incredibly easy to perform also. I’m listing the steps below for educational purposes only. The steps to test this are below:

  1. Initiate a FaceTime video call with someone.

  2. While the call is ringing, swipe up from the bottom of the display.

  3. Tap on the “Add Person” button.

  4. Add your own phone number to the call.

There is no known fix at this time besides disabling FaceTime, which is what I recommend. Apple states that this will be addressed later this week. To disable FaceTime until this is patched, perform the following steps:

  • Open your Settings app
  • Go to FaceTime
  • The first option toggle switch will disable FaceTime.

 

Additional links and reading:

https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/28/18201383/apple-facetime-bug-iphone-eavesdrop-listen-in-remote-call-security-issue