Apple to fix bug that allows Siri to read hidden notifications

Apple to fix bug that allows Siri to read hidden notifications
Earlier today, we told you about the Siri-based security flaw discovered in Brazil that allows Siri to read your notifications, even if they are hidden from the lock screen. The notifications that are most vulnerable come from third party apps including Facebook and Gmail. Holding down the home button (or the side button on the Apple iPhone X) will put Siri into blabbermouth mode.

Apple does know about this issue. In fact, in a statement published today, the tech titan said, "We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update." Apple could decide that this is a serious enough bug to send out a patch immediately with an update that would probably be iOS 11.2.7. 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.

There are a couple of workarounds that will stop Siri from reading notifications. You might want to check these out until an update is disseminated by Apple. First, to stop Siri from reading lock screen notifications, go to Settings > Notifications, select an app, and toggle off Show on Lock Screen. You can also arrange to have Siri disabled whenever the iPhone is locked. To do that, go to Settings > Siri & Search > Allow Siri When Locked.

No one likes a tattletale, and as we've pointed out lately, Siri has been losing ground to competitors like Google Assistant and Alexa.

source: MacRumors

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6 Comments

1. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

It seems Apple has had some issues recently with user privacy, this isn't the first time people has had access to a users private messages/notifications. It was the same with the Homepod. When your Homepod is connected, anyone can simply talk to it and ask it to read your notifications or messages, even though you aren't the actual owner of the account/smartphone that is connected. It's really quite dissapointing for a product that is supposed to be stationary in your home as a speaker, and it's not cheap either. Imagine if you have people over or have several people live in the same home. They can all hear your notifications and messages. On that front the alternatives from Google are superior, as it can actually differentiate between different voices, so it knows when someone else is talking, and it's actually pretty damn good at figuring out which voice belongs to who.

2. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

This double posting is a pain in the ass...

3. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

only happens to me on android...

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I didn't write that on my android smartphone, I wrote it on my PC.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

yeah youre right, that happens on my PC as well

4. gravityron

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Bug, you say? lol

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