Apple Watch disables Walkie-Talkie app functions after the company found a vulnerability that the app lets people listen in on other iPhones, Apple says to TechCrunch. However, Apple isn’t aware of the vulnerability that was using and still hasn’t provided any information about how it works. The company said that there are specific conditions and sequences of events that required to exploit it.
Apple Watch disables Walkie-Talkie App after a vulnerability found
Here’s what Apple says in its statement to TechCrunch:
“We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it. We take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously.” Further in the statement, “We concluded that disabling the app was the right course of action as this bug could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent. We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience.”
Walkie-Talkie app is for Apple Watch that allows push-to-talk calls through a tweaked form of FaceTime Audio. Apple Watch added this in last year’s release of watchOS 5. However, the app is still installed on users’ watches, but the calls feature won’t work.
This is not the first time when Apple has had to disable a FaceTime calling feature, but the company is doing this second time. In January too, the company has found a vulnerability in the new group-call function that offered people to listen in on devices just before picking a call. Apple was slow to reply to the bug. Just a week before the bug has got huge attention, the company has been informed about it.
It seems that Apple will overcome the issue after disabling the Walkie-Talkie app. However, along with this, in last days, Apple also took action to remove Zoom’s web server software from its Macs. Which was just after the videoconferencing app had a major vulnerability bug. The company found itself.