iOS 12.1.4 is rolling out to iPhone and iPad users right now. The software update patches an eavesdropping bug in group calls made through FaceTime.
The bug was discovered in December by 14-year-old Grant Thompson. His mother Michele had been contacting Apple and media for days to make them aware of the issue. Users could listen in on their intended call recipient by adding them to a Group FaceTime call, then adding their own account to the same session.
CEO Tim Cook said that he is thankful for the Thompsons and has promised a monetary award through the company’s bug bounty program as well as an extra contribution to Grant’s education savings.
Another developer, Daven Morris, was also credited with finding the bug.