iOS 12.1.4 Now Available With Group FaceTime Bug Fix

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released a new iOS 12.1.4 update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, with the new software designed to fix an insidious privacy-invading Group FaceTime bug that could be exploited to eavesdrop on conversations.

    The new iOS 12.1.4 software can be downloaded on all eligible devices over-the-air using the Settings app. To download it, go to Settings --> General --> Software update.

    Though Apple's release notes for the update list "security updates" without going into specifics, the issue that's being fixed here is the Group FaceTime vulnerability. After the bug was widely publicized last week, Apple promised a fix, which was delayed to this week.

    The FaceTime bug allowed someone to spy on you without your permission or knowledge. By exploiting the bug, a person could initiate a FaceTime call with you and then add themselves to the call again to force a Group FaceTime connection.

    When this happened, the bug caused the person to be able to hear the audio on your end, despite the fact that the call was never answered and still looked like a standard FaceTime incoming call interface. In some situations, if you pressed the side button to silence a call, it would even give the person access to your video.

    It was a serious bug, so serious that Apple took its entire Group FaceTime server offline as the company took the time to prepare the iOS 12.1.4 update. The Group FaceTime bug was publicized last Monday and Group FaceTime has been offline since then.

    The Group FaceTime bug may have required some major under-the-hood changes to FaceTime given that it took Apple nearly two weeks to fix the issue. Following today's update, the Group FaceTime bug will no longer be able to be exploited and Apple will be able to bring its Group FaceTime server back online.

    It continues to be unclear just how long the Group FaceTime bug was available for. Group FaceTime was introduced last October, and Apple has not let us know if the bug has been around since that launch date or if it was introduced in a later iOS 12 update.

    Article Link: iOS 12.1.4 Now Available With Group FaceTime Bug Fix
  2. M-Life macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2006
    So is Group FaceTime re enabled server side? Or do they wait for a certain percent to upgrade? Those on 12.1.3 will still be vulnerable correct?
  3. AngerDanger, Feb 7, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008

    Still really digging the all caps "MAJOR" in the title of the video, but I think the thumbnail needs more work to really grab people's attention.


    I presume Group FaceTime is re-enabled server side for all those who make a FaceTime call with the newest version of iOS. It probably remains disabled for earlier versions.
  4. centauratlas macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2003
    Is that the only fix in here? If so, no rush.
  5. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Who's going to be first to find the new sequence of steps to retrigger it like the recurring iMessage DoS bug with new sequence of characters.
  6. M-Life macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2006
    Thanks. You can tell my tech background is lacking, I didn't know this was possible.
  7. Jarrodbcall macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2013
    What is the status with Group FaceTime on Macos?
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
  9. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    Very strange. Pressed install, and it asked for my passcode, but also said I'd had three failed attempts already. It was definitely my first.

    Anyway, installing now. Fingers crossed lol.
  10. Jarrodbcall macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2013
  11. GIZBUG macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Seems like it, shrug......
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It shows up for my iPad but not my iPhone yet. Odd.
  13. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
  14. MoreRumors? macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2018
    I figure I may as well do it now. Who knows how many have heard me give off various gas ;).

    I was able to do it on my iPhone, then again some are able to get it at various time. I will have to do the iPads and Mac later.
  15. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
    Just installed phone seems a lot more responsive.
  16. theapplehead macrumors regular


    Dec 17, 2018
    It’s about time Apple. Only a week behind......but who even uses Group FaceTime anyways? Might as well update just in case
  17. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Really? Broaden your imagination. This is a _huge_ tool for companies for communicating when they can’t congregate together or if employees are spread about, or family members that are set apart that can’t can see each other regularly.

    The Agency that I work for, is already planning on using group FaceTime for when we have a scheduled meeting, when not all the employees can attend because we work different shifts/hours. I would say this a nice advantage to have when I can be at home and talk to my supervisor/other fellow colleagues direct with this new feature.
  18. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
    Should they have rushed out a fix to save a week? They disabled it on the server side.

    You people are priceless.
  19. themick4u macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2014
    South Florida
    anyone else experiencing issues with WIFI after this update?
  20. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    Only Apple can do this.
    Imagine if this problem was on Android, users would be waiting for years (probably forever) for an update fix it.
  21. drlunanerd macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2004
  22. kerplunknet macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2006
    They re-enabled Group FaceTime server-side... does that mean users who haven't installed iOS 12.1.4 will be vulnerable?
  23. Baymowe335 macrumors 68040

    Oct 6, 2017
  24. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    People who haven't installed 12.1.4 are blocked from using Group FaceTime.
  25. tridley68 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2014
    Installing now will see if it fixes the issue.

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