While Apple has yet to roll out a fix for the iOS bug that enables Siri to read out hidden lock screen notifications, here are ways to counter the security flaw for now. As spotted by Mac Magazine, anybody can ask Apple's digital assistant Siri to read out the notifications on the handset and it simply will read it out loud.
On iPhone X for example, the default is set to "When Unlocked", which means messages on the lockscreen are hidden unless you glance at your screen for Face ID. According to the report, the bug works on third-party email apps, Facebook Messenger and even Slack.
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With Apple's notification system, users have the choice of displaying a preview of the notification when they receive it, or hiding it so that anyone who glances at their phone won't be able to see the contents of the notification until they unlock their device.
The issue was reported yesterday by a Brazilian outlet Mac Magazine in which it detailed that hidden notifications on an iPhone or iPad can be unveiled using nothing but your voice command. The good news is that Apple is aware of the issue and that a fix is on the way.
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Turn off lock screen notifications for these sensitive apps (Settings Notifications select app Show on Lock Screen).
Upon its release late previous year, iOS 11 was widely viewed as one of the buggiest iOS releases in history.
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It goes without saying that the bug is pretty serious and leaves messages you think are hidden behind a wall of security completely exposed to anyone who wants access to them. We tried again and again to get Siri to read texts, but it demanded we unlock our iPhones first. Apple said in a statement to MacRumors, "We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update".