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Apple takes watchOS Walkie Talkie down while fixing new security hole

Remember the FaceTime bug that was discovered earlier this year? Well, something similar happened now with another Apple feature this time the app Walkie talkie, which allows Apple Watch owners to send audio messages to each other.

Ma informed the TechCrunch which disabled the watch app due to a new, unspecified vulnerability, which allowed anyone to access another user's iPhone microphone (and listen to it) without their consent.

Despite the severity of the flaw, Apple says there is no current evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited, so no users are likely to be affected. Also according to the company, the error was reported through a report of its vulnerability and security page.

As we reported, the company has temporarily disabled the feature until a fix can be made and deployed to the devices. The Walkie-Talkie App will remain installed, but will not work until the company comes out with a solution to the problem.

We have been informed of a vulnerability related to the Walkie Talkie app on Apple Watch and have disabled the function while we resolved the issue as soon as possible. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore functionality as soon as possible. While we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against any customer, and that specific conditions and sequence of events exist to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our customers extremely seriously. We concluded that disabling the app was the right way to go, as this failure could allow anyone to listen to another client's iPhone without consent. We apologize again for this problem and the inconvenience.

Last January, a similar vulnerability in FaceTime allowed someone to hear someone else from the call before a call was even accepted. The problem led to serious headaches for Ma (1, 2), who even offered a sum of money to the teenager who discovered the fault.

The Walkie Talkie app was launched last year with the watchOS 5. We even posted a tutorial on how to use the feature.