If you aren't in any particular rush to install the new software, and if you have the "Automatic Updates" feature turned on, then your iOS device will update in the background the next time you plug it in.
The fix comes in the form of iOS 12.1.4 patch for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch 6th gen while Mac users are able to obtain it via macOS Mojave 10.14.3 Supplemental Update.
Information about the bug first emerged in late January and revealed that some Apple users could secretly listen to people they called via FaceTime even if the recipient did not accept the call. It was also reported that Apple will be compensating Thompson under their bugs bounty program along with additional unspecified gifts to his education.
The company did not disclose the amounts.
According to the Verge, Apple's history with bug bounty rewards has been mixed over the years.
A report on Wall Street Journal had highlighted how the 14-year old has discovered the bug while using FaceTime to set up a Fortnite gaming session with friends. The feature expanded the capabilities of Apple's popular video calling service but also introduced security problems. So, if you like group FaceTime calls, this update is a must-have for you (and those you called). Apple's release notes also acknowledge an included security fix involving Live Photos and FaceTime that solves a bug the company found when performing "a thorough security audit" of FaceTime. While they were fixing the bug, they disabled Group FaceTime, so that the bug could not be abused.
His mother Michele reportedly used every possible method to contact the company and flag the issue, which ultimately took her a full week, highlighting a lack of accountability when it comes to consumer issues, particularly when they involve egregious lapses in security.