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Serious Siri bug on iOS 11 exposes all hidden messages

Previously, we reported a bug in iOS 11 that allowed Siri to read messages out loud without unlocking the phone. That apart, a new bug discovered by Mac Magazine seems to be the most notorious one. I tried out the same on my iPhone 7 also running the latest iOS and Siri read out all my hidden messages on notifications without unlocking my phone.

The bug is claimed to be present in iOS 11.2.6 as well as the iOS 11.3 beta version. They further assured that the same will be fixed in the upcoming software update. Apple iPhone users were reportedly being tricked into spilling the beans on all their personal information, including text messages, emails, browsing history and photos, they had siri to blame.

Apple started hiding notification previews by default when it rolled out iOS 11 previous year. This option can be done by heading to the Settings app, then tapping on the Siri & Search menu.

While no specific timeline was given, it stands to reason that a fix will be arriving sooner rather than later given the security ramifications of the bug. With the existence of the bug, most of the notifications on iPhone X can be read out loud without requiring owner's permission.

Since its launch in September 2017, Apple's iOS 11 has been laden with multiple bugs and issues. Until a fix has been released, we suppose users who are anxious about this can maybe try disabling Siri. This will hide the content of your notifications on the lock screen.

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

Anyone can just hold down the home button on most iPhones or a side button for the iPhone X to activate Siri without voice recognition and ask to read notifications.

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