Apple has temporarily disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch due to a vulnerability that could be exploited to spy on users. The issue was reported to Apple via its report a vulnerability portal.
The Walkie-Talkie app allows users to communicate with other users using a compatible Watch, it emulates the traditional behavior of walkie-talkie.
According to TechCrunch, Apple is already working on a patch, but the application will not work until it will release a fix.
“Apple has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow a person to listen to another customer’s iPhone without consent, the company told TechCrunch this evening.” reads the post published by TechCrunch. “Apple has apologized for the bug and for the inconvenience of being unable to use the feature while a fix is made.”
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“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,” reads a statement from Apple. “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.”
The good news is that Apple is not aware of attacks in the wild exploiting the vulnerability.
Early this year, another major vulnerability in the Apple FaceTime allowed hearing the audio of the person you were calling before he picks up the call.
At the time, privacy advocated and authorities raised concerns about how Apple managed to address the issue.