FaceTime bug lets callers hear you before you answer (really)

From Ars Technica

Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018.
Enlarge / Apple demonstrates Group Facetime at WWDC 2018.

Users have discovered a bug in Apple’s FaceTime video-calling application that allows you to hear audio from a person you’re calling before they accept the call—a critical bug that could potentially be used as a tool by malicious users to invade the privacy of others.

When Ars reached out to Apple for a statement, the company replied, “We’re aware of this issue, and we have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.” An hour or two after this post went live, Apple disabled Group FaceTime to mitigate the bug.

The bug requires you to perform a few actions while the phone is ringing, so if the person on the other end picks up quickly, they might not be affected. Knowledge of how to use the bug is already widespread. The steps include:

  • Tap on a contact on your iPhone to start a FaceTime call with them.
  • Swipe up and tap “Add Person.”
  • Instead of…

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