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Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud

25 March 2018

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.

Interestingly, the bug does not work for Apple's native messaging app, meaning your iMessages are safe. But for other apps such as third-party email apps, Facebook Messenger, Slack, and many more, Siri will just spout off details about the notification without checking that it's the right person asking to hear them. Apple in the statement said,"We are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update".

Apple is always quick to come up with fixes for bugs that are highly publicized or those that gain a lot of media attention.

Go to Settings → Touch ID & Passcode → ALLOW ACCESS WHEN LOCKED.

Regardless, it's probably not something that most users are aware of, and the discovery might be particularly concerning for iPhone X owners.

The site verified that the bug is in both iOS 11.2.6 and the beta of iOS 11.3.

Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud
Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud

Siri was launched alongside the iPhone 4s in 2011.

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

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. 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.

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.

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

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Apple to fix blabbermouth Siri bug that reads your private notifications aloud