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Facebook Updates iOS App to Fix Issue That Activated Camera Without User Knowledge

Facebook Updates iOS App to Fix Issue That Activated Camera Without User Knowledge

Facebook has updated its iOS app to address the flaw that enabled a user’s camera without their knowledge, possibly opening a security hole.

The Verge reports Facebook is framing the now-fixed issue as a bug. The much-maligned social network is said to have submitted a fix for the issue to Apple on Tuesday.

The flaw, discovered last week, caused the Facebook app to access the camera on the iPhone while the user browsed their feed, even if they weren’t taking a photograph or engaging in some other task that would involve the imaging sensors.

The issue can be seen in action in the Twitter video below:


The issue only appeared if the iPhone was running iOS 13.2.2, with earlier releases not showing the flaw. It also only appeared if the user had previously given the app permission to use the camera.

Facebook hasn’t explained how the app flaw came to be. If they do explain, we’ll tell you all about it.

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