Apple Says That Fix For FaceTime Bug Delayed Until Next Week… And Thanks The Family Who Discovered The Issue

This morning I was musing on Twitter about whether Apple would meet their self imposed deadline of “later this week” to fix that epic FaceTime bug:

Well, it looks like Apple has answered at least one of the above questions. MacRumors just posted a statement from Apple. It says the following:

We have fixed the Group FaceTime security bug on Apple’s servers and we will issue a software update to re-enable the feature for users next week. We thank the Thompson family for reporting the bug. We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this process. 

We want to assure our customers that as soon as our engineering team became aware of the details necessary to reproduce the bug, they quickly disabled Group FaceTime and began work on the fix. We are committed to improving the process by which we receive and escalate these reports, in order to get them to the right people as fast as possible. We take the security of our products extremely seriously and we are committed to continuing to earn the trust Apple customers place in us.

So this statement sort of addresses one of the main criticisms of Apple since this debacle began. Which is that they appeared to not respond in any way, shape or form when the bug was first discovered. Something that I pointed out via Twitter:

At least they appear to want to make changes. That I guess they believe will blunt the investigation launched by New York State into their response to this issue. But it won’t help their cause in terms of the two separate lawsuits that have been filed over this issue.

As for the fix being delayed, I guess that they want to make sure that it is bulletproof so that this issue goes away once and for all. Though with two lawsuits and perhaps more likely to come, it won’t go away anytime soon. And it doesn’t help with their reputation when it comes to privacy as that’s a bit of a mess at the moment.

Having said all of that, when the update finally comes out “next week”, I’ll be installing it and trying to replicate the issue as well as look for any other changes. Stay tuned for that.

2 Responses to “Apple Says That Fix For FaceTime Bug Delayed Until Next Week… And Thanks The Family Who Discovered The Issue”

  1. Sedate Me Says:

    This is the kind of shit that makes me thankful I’m an (almost) total Luddite. I can only imagine how many more files of unsuspecting “cam whores” will appear on pornsites because of this. It amazes me people still can’t figure out the concept that, like anything else on the Inter-webs, all video is for forever.

    I’ve been on the Web-pipes since 86-87, but the only phone I actually own has a rotary dial. The idea of letting even just the person I’m talking to see me is less appealing than getting a colon-exam from my ham-fisted doctor. I enjoy the freedom of talking to people on the phone in my dirty underwear with a stiff drink in my hand and making mocking faces at them without them seeing. Even for a casual chat, you’re now almost expected to shower, dress up nice and put on makeup like some Hollywood shyster getting ready to preform. Not for me.

    Besides, from the get-go these video-chat things reminded me of the dystopian classic Metropolis. And they also looked like “really leaky faucets”; big juicy targets for government/corporate spies & bored losers living in their mom’s basement. I always presumed anybody with mediocre hacking skills could capture these videos.

    The only surprise to me here is that this incident became public. Normally, this stuff gets buried in basements. I’m sure this is only a temporary setback that will quickly be forgotten, as most people have blind faith in Apple & the Almighty Jobs. He could “shoot a man in the middle of 5th Ave…etc.”

  2. […] their end and given vague promises of when this will be fixed. First it was going to be last week, then at the end of last week it was going to be this week. In the meantime, Apple has been sued, and then sued again. New York State is investigating the […]

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