Siri Bug on iOS 11 will Read out Your Hidden Messages

Apple Probably Didn't Mean to Highlight iOS 11 Bug in iPhone X Ad

A privacy bug reported by Brazilian site Mac Magazine allows someone to access hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by asking Siri to read them ...

That being said, this issue only seems to affect third-party apps since Siri didn't read out SMS notifications. But the bug will allow anyone to hear complete messages from other third-party messaging apps like Skype or WhatsApp.

"We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update", Apple said in a statement to MacRumors.

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". The primary device user unlocks the phone and notifications with Face ID facial recognition software, which is an excellent feature for security and privacy purposes.

So far there is no sighting of this fix in the current beta of iOS 11.3. And keeping aside those battery draining issues and applications being unresponsive, iOS 11 bugs didn't even spare the $1,000 iPhone X.

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The hidden messages feature is only the default on the iPhone X, though other versions of the iPhone also have that capability, found in the settings. Without checking if it was the user issuing the command, Siri would begin to reel off all of the notifications aloud, including those designated as hidden.

Go to Settings → Siri & Search → ASK SIRI.

Another option is to turn off lock screen notifications to apps you think to carry sensitive information.

Thankfully there are some basic settings that can prevent Siri from reading out your personal messages without authentication, but it takes a toll at some of your convenience.

To hide or show message content on the Lock screen, go into Settings Notifications, choose the app, select Previews and then choose your option.

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