Apple takes the security of its users very seriously, to the point that they do not hesitate to remove applications from the Mac if they are dangerous. In this case, the app in question is Zoom, a famous communications program that allows meetings through remote conferences. According to The Verge, Zoom would have been removed from the Mac after finding an important vulnerability in its code that could put users’ privacy at risk.
This move is made by Apple after an emergency update that Zoom made yesterday to disable the webserver of the app, which was designed to facilitate access to Zoom Safari users. The company was informed that if Zoom was uninstalled, the webserver software was kept on the computer. Therefore, and to ensure that those who had not updated the update could also protect themselves, Apple issued a silent update.
Thanks to this update, vulnerable software has been removed from computers. Of course, this update has been created together with Zoom, so that the program can continue to function normally.
This vulnerability allowed any web page to open a conference through Zoom with the webcam enabled, with what that may mean. This could happen even with the uninstalled app since it could force the reinstallation of the same one. In itself, it could not be considered as an error, since it was designed to facilitate users access to the program. The problem comes when any page could activate this program and our webcam with it.
In any case, the security of Zoom users is guaranteed. Thanks to the silent update, the webserver software should have been removed from all Macs, so that it is not possible to activate the app from Safari. One less problem for all Zoom customers.