We have just become aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie Talkie application on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function while we are quickly solving the problem. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and restore functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a client and that specific conditions and sequences of events are necessary to exploit it, we take safety and security very seriously. the confidentiality of our customers. We concluded that disabling the application was the correct solution because this bug could allow someone to listen through the iPhone to another client without consent. We apologize again for this problem and the inconvenience.
Walkie Talkie is a FaceTime feature that allows users to call in push-to-talk mode, provided they grant permission. The feature has been added to Watch with the release of watchOS 5 and offers users a fun way, similar to that of Dick Tracy, to communicate anywhere in the world.
Facetime is Apple's latest security puzzle. Earlier this year, a teenager discovered a vulnerability that allowed someone to listen to a call before it was taken care of. Apple did not respond promptly to this question, which attracted the attention of a US House committee.
The company seems to have learned its lesson by quickly dealing with the bug (posted on its vulnerabilities portal) and taking steps to mitigate it. Apple also took decisive action yesterday again after publishing a major bug with Zoom's videoconferencing software.