Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages

Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden message content on a locked iPhone

On iOS 11, Apple introduced a new way to protect user privacy by letting you hide the contents of your notifications on your iPhone's lock screen until you unlock the device with Touch ID or Face ID.

Ironically, the Apple Messages app seems to be somewhat immune from the bug because you need to say "Ok Siri read my messages".

Apple's own Messages app isn't affected. It's worth pointing out that iMessage and SMS texts were still kept private from being read out loud, but apps like Facebook Messenger, Slack and email apps could all have their messages read out loud by Siri.

Apple has already issued a statement that says it is "aware" of the bug and is now working on a fix.

"We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update", Apple said in a statement given to the publication.

While no specific timeline was given, it stands to reason that a fix will be arriving sooner rather than later given the security ramifications of the bug. The primary device user unlocks the phone and notifications with Face ID facial recognition software, which is an excellent feature for security and privacy purposes. Now when you receive a notification, just ask Siri to "read my notification".

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Even with the "Show Previews" featured set to display only "When Unlocked"(Settings Notifications Show Previews), you can still ask Siri to read any hidden notifications out loud by saying "Hey Siri, read my notifications".

The site verified that the bug is in both iOS 11.2.6 and the beta of iOS 11.3.

While facial scans are secured on the iPhone itself, a host of app developers can gather and store information on "how often users blink, smile, or even raise an eyebrow", according to MacRumors.

Gadgets Now tried it and was able to replicate the issue in the company's most advanced smartphone - iPhone X.

Siri was launched alongside the iPhone 4s in 2011.

Turn off lock screen notifications for these sensitive apps (Settings Notifications select app Show on Lock Screen). Apparently, this setting correctly stops Siri from reading out messages at the lockscreen.

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