Zoom Update Required Immediately for Mac Computers

Protect privacy by updating Zoom and adjusting default settings

This news post has 3 updates

Why

A Zoom vulnerability for Mac was disclosed on July 8, 2019. It allows any website to forcibly join a Mac user to a Zoom call, with their video camera activated, without the user's permission.

Impact

Until this vulnerability is patched, Mac users should take the precautions in "Details" to protect their privacy.

Action Needed

Download the latest version of Zoom from the Zoom Download site, and change the settings to disable the camera at the start of meetings.

Details

Update Zoom to the latest version (version 4.4.55313.0714)

  1. Download the latest release from the Zoom Download site linked above.
  2. Open your Zoom client from Applications, click on zoom.us in the top menu, click Check for Updates
Image of Zoom menu to check for updates

Zoom menu to check for updates

Set your webcam to be disabled by default

  1. Open your Zoom client from Applications, click on Settings then choose Video
  2. Locate the Meetings area, check off the box next to Turn off my video when joining a meeting
Image of Zoom menu to turn off video

Zoom menu to turn off video

For Future Meetings, Re-Enable Video

You will still have the ability to enable your video in future meetings when joining a web conference.


Timeline & Updates

Zoom releases new version with enhanced meeting features

July 14, 2019 Version 4.4.55313.0714
New and Enhanced Meeting/Webinar Features:
Before joining a meeting with video on, users will now be shown their video preview and given the options to join with or without video. They can also check to always join with video without displaying the preview first.

Zoom Update - Patch Released

From Zoom: The July 9 patch to the Zoom app on Mac devices is now live. You may see a pop-up in Zoom to update your client, download it at zoom.us/download, or check for updates by opening your Zoom app window, clicking zoom.us (top left of your screen), then clicking Check for Updates.
From WPI IT: You should still change your camera default settings as specified in Actions.

Zoom Expected to Release Update

Zoom will be releasing a patch by midnight PST tonight to prevent the iFrame vulnerability on Mac clients.

Posted: 9 July 2019, 4:02 PM

Start: 8 July 2019, 12:00 PM

Status

Resolved


Timing

From

Monday

8 July 2019

12:00 PM

Posted

9 July 2019, 4:02 PM


Audience

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