Apple Acknowledges Siri Bug That Lets Virtual Assistant Read Out Hidden Notifications, Fix Coming Soon
Previously, we reported a bug in iOS 11 that allowed Siri to read messages out loud without unlocking the phone. The operation was possible even though you have set your notifications hidden on the lock screen. This would allow anyone to read your messages, whereby breaching the security code which has always been the main concern to Apple. Now, Apple has acknowledged the existing and persisting privacy-related issue on iPhone and iPad and is working on a fix which will be released soon. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.
Apple Acknowledges Siri Bug That Reads Your Messages Out Loud
As we have mentioned earlier, Apple has acknowledged the issue and is working on a fix which will be released in the form of an iOS update. The company said in a statement that “We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update.” While iOS 11.3 is said to arrive sometime in the coming weeks, the company will probably fix the issue sooner in a minor supplementary update.
This is not the first time that iOS has given room to potential bugs that might allow unauthorized people to gain control or breach your private data. However, we have also experienced that Apple fixes its bugs and loopholes pretty quickly, patching whatever vulnerability or exploit which is present in the operating system.
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. The procedure is not even hard to perform and does not require the assistance of someone who is a bit more tech-savvy than the rest of us.
All it takes is the initiation of Siri and a command that reads: “Hey Siri, read my notifications”. Whether your notifications are from Skype, Facebook Messenger or even WhatsApp, your messages would be read out loud. Probably, the issue seems to affect messaging notifications. The temporary solution revolves around disabling your notifications on the lock screen, so anyone with unauthorized access to your iOS device can access it.
There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. As for now, share your views regarding the Siri bug in the comments section below.