The bad news was you couldn't use group FaceTime for more than a week while Apple worked on the fix. Alongside the latest iOS update, the Cupertino company has also restored the Group FaceTime server.
The FaceTime fix is included in the latest version of Apple's iOS 12 system, which became available to install Thursday. As Apple's system status page points out, the group FaceTime servers are now back online and you can once again make group FaceTime calls- but only after you update.
Over a week ago, it was discovered that 3rd party callers could potentially eavesdrop via FaceTime if they initiate a Group FaceTime without having you to accept the call.
The same flaw that was discovered in iOS 12 by Thompson was also present in macOS Mojave with an update to macOS 10.14.3 also issued. This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime.
Exploiting the bug did not require any technical expertise.
While they were at it, Apple also slipped in two other security updates in the iOS and macOS releases for vulnerabilities they found Foundation and IOKit that could lead to code execution or privilege escalation. However, this time a 14-year-old boy, Grant Thompson, is being rewarded by Apple for reporting one of the biggest - and embarrassing - bug in the company's much-touted feature.
He said: 'Disable FaceTime for now until Apple fixes.' Dorsey's message included a forwarded post by technologist Andy Baio. However, Apple's policy of offering a bounty for discovery of bugs is now only for iOS and not macOS. At least one other person has come forward to say they disclosed the flaw to Apple before it was publicized.