Earlier this week, we have seen a major vulnerability with the Zoom video conferencing app for macOS that let websites to hijack Mac cameras.
This vulnerability was there in the Mac because of Zoom’s web server that was automatically installed on the users’ computer. This hidden web server automatically answers the calls without users’ permission. Due to this issue, many users started to delete the Zoom app from their MacBooks, but unfortunately, this web server was not being removed even on deletion. As a result, users who had previously deleted Zoom might not even realize they were vulnerable to this potential attack.
Just after looking forward to this severe issue, Zoom pushed a patch to remove the Web server from the users’ computer. But according to a report by TechCrunch, Apple has taken a more step toward this issue and has pushed a silent update to the macOS that removes the Zoom web server from the machine. This update has been rolled out automatically, that means users doesn’t have to manually apply it in order for it to take effect.
Zoom told TechCrunch it was “happy to have worked with Apple on testing this update” and that it should resolve all issues with the web server.
In a blog post, Zoom says it will take further action this weekend by automatically having its first-time users who select “Always turn off my video” default to having a video off for all future meetings. In addition, Zoom will be improving its bug bounty program and security-related issue escalation process.
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