Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud

A recently discovered security flaw shows that Siri will still read your hidden notifications aloud even if your phone is locked. Text messages are still protected however

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

According to Brazilian site Mac Magazine (via 9to5Mac), there's a privacy bug in iOS 11 related to Siri, which lets the voice assistant read out private notifications on your lockscreen. And while the bug only applies to third-party notifications - as opposed to Apple's own Messages app - the popularity of third-party messaging services from the likes of WhatsApp certainly makes the bug something to worry about.

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.

Apple Insider has shared some workaround to prevent Siri from reading out hidden notifications on the lock screen.

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Users have the ability to temporarily disable it, albeit at their own inconvenience, by simply turning off "Show Lock Screen" within the Settings and Notifications option.

Hopefully Apple will fix the bug ASAP, because the illusion of security is arguably more risky than no security at all.

Now comes word that a pesky Siri bug provides people with an avenue to look at the content of lock screen notifications without authorization.

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In a test, MacRumors reproduced this issue on an iPhone X running both iOS 11.2.6 and the latest iOS 11.3 beta, while confirming that it does not affect iMessage. Apple in the statement said,"We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update".

It goes without saying that the bug is pretty serious and leaves messages you think are hidden behind a wall of security completely exposed to anyone who wants access to them. There is a toggle there that reads "Allow Siri When Locked".

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