Apple quietly updates Macs to remove Zoom's risky web server

Apple quietly updates Macs to remove Zoom webcam exploit

"The little adhesive camera covers available by the dozens at every computer conference or for a couple dollars on Amazon are a much better solution that relying on software to do the right thing", said Bailey.

Zoom spokesperson Priscilla McCarthy told TechCrunch: "We're happy to have worked with Apple on testing this update".

In a blog post Tuesday, Zoom said it planned to disable the web server feature, which was originally created to make it easier for users to join meetings without extra clicks.

'Once the patch is deployed, Mac users will be prompted in the Zoom user interface (UI) to update their client, ' Zoom says. It's used by 750,000 companies around the world to conduct their business, including such big names as Nasdaq, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Ultimately, the voice of users and security professionals led to Zoom deciding that the risks outweighed convenience factor provided by the local web server.

Mr Leitschuh also said in his blog that when he first discovered the flaw, he contacted Zoom to let them know of it and warned that he'll take it to the public in 90 days if it's not resolved.

If you uninstall Zoom, that web server persists and can reinstall Zoom without your guidance.

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Users who want or need to continue running Zoom can simply enable the option to "Turn off my video when joining a meeting", but based on Zoom's lack of concern for user choice and privacy, we'd certainly recommend taking steps to eradicate all traces of Zoom entirely - especially if you think you've already uninstalled it.

A zero-day Zoom vulnerability could allow third parties to snoop on videoconferencing calls, reactivate uninstalled apps and conduct other malicious activities.

"A very poor decision by the folks at Zoom", he added.

Zoom has now released a patch update to the app, which should prevent hackers from accessing your webcam.

From the response that appears, look for the number that appears underneath the word "PID".

'Once the update is complete, the local web server will be completely removed on that device'.

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