Apple has fired an update to Mac users that ensures Zoom’s controversial web server on Mac computers is no more. “Apple issued an update to ensure that the Zoom web server is removed from all Macs, even if the user did not update their Zoom app or deleted it before we issued our July 9 patch,” Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan wrote in a blog post. “Zoom worked with Apple to test this update, which requires no user interaction.” The company added in a statement that Apple’s background update was the “most full-proof way to get this done”. Yuan also said his company took “full ownership and we’ve learned a great deal” from the saga that began when security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh contacted the company in March. “We misjudged the situation and did not respond quickly enough — and that’s on us,” Yuan wrote. On Tuesday, Zoom defended the use of the server, saying to ZDNet in a statement that it was a “legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator”. By Wednesday, that differentiator was reduced, as the company announced in a highly-updated blog post that it was walking back its local web server support in a patch prepared for Tuesday night. The company told ZDNet on Wednesday, the change of course was in response to customer feedback, not security concerns. “There was never a remote code execution vulnerability identified. Zoom decided to remove the… [Read full story]
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