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Zoom finally fixes security bug which let users look into other's homes

A third party app that installs a local web server on your computer without telling you, allowing such "features" as automatically reinstalling the Zoom app even after you've uninstalled it, is frightful for your system's security.

Apple's update causes Zoom users who click on a conference link to receive a prompt requiring them to confirm they want to join.

Apple said it has pushed a silent macOS update that removes the undocumented webserver that was installed by the Zoom conferencing app for Mac.

A security defect including video conferencing instrument Zoom could leave the cameras on Mac PCs helpless against aggressors, a security analyst claims.

A vulnerability was discovered in the Zoom video conferencing app that could have allowed a hacker to gain access to the webcam on Apple's Mac range of computers. "We appreciate our users' patience as we continue to work through addressing their concerns", the report quoted a Zoom spokesperson as saying.

Commenting on the matter, Eoin Keary, CEO, and co-founder of Edgescan said: "A vulnerability in any software is unsurprising and can be fixed with a patch prior to disclosure if the vendor addresses the issue in a timely manner".

And to make matters worse, if the user uninstalled Zoom it can still be reinstalled, without the user's permission.

"Our original position was that installing this [web server] process in order to enable users to join the meeting without having to do these extra clicks - we believe that was the right decision". "Zoom chose to remove the web server based on feedback from the security community and our users", it said. So that's why we made the decision to remove that component.

The problem here is that going through the normal procedure of removing Zoom will not remove the phantom web server that remains on your Mac, which again means that if you've ever installed Zoom on your computer, you're technically still running it, regardless of whether you can see any signs of it or not.

In an interview with the Verge, Zoom chief information security officer Richard Farley explained that the company was basing the move off of "feedback" from those "following this and contributing to the discussion".

If the Zoom client is still on your Mac, uninstall it by dragging the Zoom app from the Applications folder to the trash.

The company added in a statement that Apple's background update was the "most full-proof way to get this done".

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