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Siri Bug on iOS 11 will Read out Your Hidden Messages

24 March 2018, 02:19 | Gina Pena

Major Siri bug exposes all your hidden Signal messages on iPhone

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

The issue was reported yesterday by a Brazilian outlet Mac Magazine in which it detailed that hidden notifications on an iPhone or iPad can be unveiled using nothing but your voice command. Or, Apple could add it to the iOS 11.3 update, which includes the battery health meter and a toggle switch to prevent Apple from throttling certain iPhone models with weak batteries. Things started looking brighter after the iOS 11.1.3 update but things have tanked once again.

Mac Magazine says the Siri bug extends to iOS devices running iOS 11.3 beta and other messaging apps like Telegram and Skype are also affected.

To disable notifications for apps, you need to go to Settings, then select Notifications. The notifications that are most vulnerable come from third party apps including Facebook and Gmail.

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With Apple's notification system, users have the choice of displaying a preview of the notification when they receive it, or hiding it so that anyone who glances at their phone won't be able to see the contents of the notification until they unlock their device.

If you ask Siri to read text notifications, she'll tell you to unlock your phone. Well, the bug allowed Siri to read out lock screen notifications from third-party apps, even if you had your message previews turned off and the phone locked. But it looks like Siri can surpass this security layer quite easily. Such design flaws in Digital Assistants will only make it more unsafe and thus override the usability.

In a statement on Thursday (via MacRumors) Apple said: "We are aware of this issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update". Apple has not given any comment on this issue.

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