The Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app was turned off after Apple discovered a vulnerability that could allow people to listen to other iPhones, the company announced. TechCrunch. Apple is unaware of the use of the vulnerability and has not provided details on its operation, except that "specific conditions and event sequences are required to exploit it".
Here is Apple's statement to TechCrunch:
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 an Apple Watch application that offers push-to-talk calls via a modified version of FaceTime Audio. The app itself is still installed on users' watches, but calls do not pass.
This is the second time this year that Apple has to disable a FaceTime call feature. In January, a vulnerability was discovered in the new group call feature that allowed people to listen on devices before taking a call. Apple has been slow to respond to this bug, which was reported to the company the week before the attention.
It seems, however, that Apple was able to anticipate the problem this time and that the timing is opportune for another reason: yesterday, Apple took decisive action to remove Mac's Zoom Web server software after the videoconference application had a major impact. vulnerability bug of his own discovery.