Recently, a 14-year-old made an interesting discovery on Apple‘s proprietary videotelephony device, FaceTime. He discovered that you might add yourself to a Group FaceTime call and force recipients to answer immediately. To induce this, the user starts a FaceTime video call with a contact, then although the call is “ringing,” they add themselves to the call as a third party by tapping “Add Person” and entering their own cameraphone number. If properly performed, a Group FaceTime call is started and the native recipient’s audio begins to stream before the call is accepted.
This discovery has currently earned the teenager identified as Grant Thompson a recognition and reward from Apple. The technical giant has established that it will be providing the family with compensation for finding the bug as part of its bug bounty reward program. The teenager will moreover receive a scholarship for his education what is truly a gift from Apple. No volume was mentioned however if the compensation is part of the company’s Bug Bounty program, the volume might be anywhere between $25,000 and $200,000.
Apple was at first slow to acknowledge the bug whenever Thompson’s mother Michelle attempted to warn Apple about the exploit a week before it became important news. The company was prompted to acknowledge the problem! and the discovery after several tweets about the issue. The function was temporarily disabled but the bug has now been fixed in the newest iOS 12.1.4 and macOS Mojave updates. The release note for the fresh iOS 12.1.4 version contains an acknowledgement of the discovery, crediting Grant along another individual identified as Draven Morris.