Apple disables its walkie-talkie Watch app due to vulnerability

Joanna Estrada
July 11, 2019

This flaw could allow someone to listen in on a user's iPhone call if allowed to be exploited. Apple hasn't fully disclosed how the vulnerability would have worked.

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At this time, Apple says that it is now working on a fix for the Walkie-Talkie app bug, but fell short of saying when the fix would be available.

The bug was reported to Apple through its security portal, TechCrunch noted, but there's apparently no evidence that it was exploited before the company was alerted. Early this year, a security flaw was discovered on FaceTime's group calling feature that allowed the caller to gain access to your iPhone's microphones even if you don't accept the FaceTime call. Of course, the buzz quickly faded, but the Walkie-Talkie functionality is now back in the spotlight. for all the wrong reasons.

The market-leading Apple Watch lineup owes its huge popularity to not only a groundbreaking slew of life-saving technologies, but also a very convenient batch of smooth wrist communication features.

If you have an Apple Watch, you'll find the app will remain on your device but it won't work until the fix has been issued. While we don't know the "specific conditions and sequences of events" a potential malicious agent could have employed to exploit the vulnerability against actual users, its nature sounds pretty scary. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. We apologize again for this issue and the inconvenience.

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