Apple said to remotely disable feature in Zoom conferencing app after webcam scare

Given that my business has automatic updates turned on for all Apple devices, it looks like we’re covered. Yes, auto-updating brings its own risks, but we don’t have the time to test and deploy updates manually…:

[…] Apple sent out a quiet security update to Mac computer users two days after a security researcher detailed a security flaw in the web conferencing software maker Zoom’s software that could remotely turn on a person’s webcam. The update, removed a feature that quickly connected people to conference calls.

Zoom’s software installs a web server on user’s computers, designed to quickly launch Zoom’s software when users click a link. It also re-installs Zoom’s software if it’s been removed. That server is what Apple’s update removed, according to TechCrunch, which reported on the update earlier.

“We’re happy to have worked with Apple on testing this update to resolve the web server issue. We appreciate our users’ patience as we continue to work through addressing their concerns,” Zoom spokesperson Priscilla Barolo told CNET, confirming the TechCrunch report.


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