APPLE users have been told to update their devices right away after developers found a bug that could let hackers access the FaceTime app – and even make calls.
The tech giant revealed the worrying glitch as it launched its latest operating system – iOS 12.1.3 for the iPhone, iPad and HomePod.
A glitch in Apple products left them vulnerable to hackers who could infiltrate the FaceTime app[/caption]
While the update does not have any new features, it claims to have patched up major bugs affecting its products.
Among them are slight software glitches affecting Messages and the CarPlay function.
But the update also revealed a shocking lapse in the FaceTime video calling software – that could have allowed hackers to access it.
Apple’s Support website breaks down all the security updates included in iOS 12.1.3.
Apple boss Tim Cook poses for a selfie with an iPhone. The new update protects FaceTime users[/caption]
It reads: “A remote attacker may be able to initiate a FaceTime call using arbitrary code execution.”
The site goes on to state that this has been fixed by addressing a “buffer overflow issue.”
Apple said the FaceTime bug impacted the iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air and later, as well as the 6th generation iPod Touch.
The bug would have allowed attackers to execute malicious code – but it has since been fixed, according to Apple boffins.
Hackers were able to infiltrate users’ FaceTime app using malicious code[/caption]
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America’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center advised Apple users to update their devices to avoid “vulnerabilities in multiple products.”
Another welcome feature of the update is a patch to fix a frustrating error in the Messages app.
The iOS 12.1.3 update’s notes say that it “fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view”.
Some photos shared between users did not appear in the “details” section of a person’s contact details.
But now the update claims to have fixed this.