The Walkie-Talkie function of Apple Watch, which came with watchOS 5, has been disabled by Apple due to an important vulnerability that has been discovered. This ruling allowed a person to listen from the iPhone to another without their consent as revealed by TechCrunch this morning.
Remember that the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie application allows two users, who previously accepted the invitation, to receive live audio messages similar to a Walkie-Talkie, that is, you press to talk and the other user listens to you.
Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie temporarily disabled
It is not the first time that something similar to Apple has happened to him, a few months ago FaceTime in the group gave similar security problems and Apple was forced to deactivate this function for a few weeks. Now as Apple has declared to TechCrunch, Walkie-Talkie is disabled until this error is solved:
” We just learned about a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie application on the Apple Watch and have disabled the feature until we solve the problem quickly. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of this vulnerability against a client and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of our clients very seriously.
We came to the conclusion that disabling the application was the right thing to do since this error could allow someone to listen to another client without consent through the iPhone. We apologize again for this problem and the inconveniences. ”
It seems that Apple was alerted to the error through its fault reporting portal and, although there is no evidence that anyone could have used this vulnerability to spy on other users, the best thing has been to disable the app until it is 100% safe.
It seems that Apple has reacted quickly to this failure, it does not seem that it was something simple to achieve, but privacy has always been fundamental at Apple. They have made the right decision and we hope that the problem is solved as soon as possible.