Siri Bug Lets Strangers Hear Your Messages

Siri still requires authentication before it'll read notifications from iMessage but a security flaw means that it can dictate notifications from third-party apps like Slack

Apple has not given any comment on this issue. The operation was possible even though you have set your notifications hidden on the lock screen. The update might come in iOS 11.3, now still in beta, or possibly in iOS 11.2.7 if Apple releases a minor update.

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".

MacRumours replicated the bug on an iPhone X in its own tests, between iOS 11.2.6 and the current iOS 11.3 beta.

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. It then displays a very general "Mail message" for email and "iMessage" for text content in the notification box.

The bug was discovered this week, with the command "read my notifications" yielding some surprising results for owners of Apple's flagship devices. There are a couple of workarounds that will stop Siri from reading notifications. Whether your notifications are from Skype, Facebook Messenger or even WhatsApp, your messages would be read out loud.

It's particularly concerning that this affects Signal notifications, as the app is primarily favored for its encrypted messaging features that provide extra security. According to the Apple-centric news site, one way to get around the issue is by simply disabling lock screen notifications for certain apps that may contain confidential information.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. However a recent Siri bug circumvented that protection.

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