Siri privacy bug on iOS 11 compromises your hidden notifications

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

Well, the bug allowed Siri to read out lock screen notifications from third-party apps, even if you had your message previews turned off and the phone locked. The operation was possible even though you have set your notifications hidden on the lock screen.

We confirmed Siri was able to read out loud hidden messages from third-party messaging apps Signal and WhatsApp on an iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus running the latest version of iOS (11.2.6). The good news is that Apple is aware of the issue and that a fix is on the way. 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.

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A Brazilian Mac magazine - it's called MacMagazine - claims to have uncovered a security hole in iOS 11. 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.

Regardless, it's probably not something that most users are aware of, and the discovery might be particularly concerning for iPhone X owners. But if you use an alternative email app like Gmail, Siri will include those in the notifications it's willing to read. Saying things like "Read my last email" and "Read my last note" lead to Siri insisting that you unlock your phone before the voice assistant can follow through on the request since it associates those asks with Apple's software. 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. Apparently, this setting correctly stops Siri from reading out messages at the lockscreen.

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To hide or show message content on the Lock screen, go into Settings Notifications, choose the app, select Previews and then choose your option. From what I can tell, as long as they don't show up on the lock screen, Siri will say that you don't have any new notifications and ignore those arriving in the background.

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