Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Apple Siri, how can you be so 'silly'

Apple Siri, how can you be so 'silly'

The operation was possible even though you have set your notifications hidden on the lock screen. Lock screen notifications are hidden by default on iPhone X until a user authenticates with Face ID. That apart, a new bug discovered by Mac Magazine seems to be the most notorious one. Considering the iOS 11.3 is still in beta testing, Apple could add a fix to the bug before it publicly releases the software in the coming weeks.

Apple famously gives release dates for its security updates by actually releasing them, hiding behind its official policy that "for our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available".

A newly uncovered bug with Apple's voice assistant Siri reveals that anyone can access your hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by simply asking Siri to read them aloud. 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.

Fortunately, any messages or notifications sent to Apple's own Messages app, iMessage, are still protected.

Now, if you want to read notifications, you have to unlock the phone using Face ID, a password, or some other form of authentication.

Setting Show Previews When Unlocked is another convenience that seems uncontroversial - sure, you'll see private information that's specific to an app without switching to the app itself, but only when your phone's unlocked. But it looks like Siri can surpass this security layer quite easily. Apple's latest operating system has been bug-ridden since its launch.

But the feature has been around for a while, previously allowing users to manually change their settings to hide notification previews. Apparently, this setting correctly stops Siri from reading out messages at the lockscreen. We tried again and again to get Siri to read texts, but it demanded we unlock our iPhones first. Choose the option Never.

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