Siri bug in iOS 11 enables access to hidden notifications

Todd Singleton
March 24, 2018

Your hidden iOS 11 notifications can be read aloud by Siri, even when your iPhone is locked, according to a newly discovered privacy bug.

Yep, that's right: A new bug discovered by Mac Magazine (via 9to5Mac) reveals that you can simply ask Siri to spy on someone's hidden notifications. The more preferable option for those wanting to see the notifications on the lock screen, however, would be to turn off Siri when the device is secure by heading to "Siri & Search" in the Settings and disabling the option to "Allow Siri When Locked".

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Even with the "Show Previews" featured set to display only "When Unlocked"(Settings Notifications Show Previews), you can still ask Siri to read any hidden notifications out loud by saying "Hey Siri, read my notifications". Luckily, Apple is aware of the issue and has promised it has a fix in the works.

On the iPhone X, notification previews are hidden by default and details are shown only after Face ID authentication. Considering the iOS 11.3 is still in beta testing, Apple could add a fix to the bug before it publicly releases the software in the coming weeks. The update might come in iOS 11.3, now still in beta, or possibly in iOS 11.2.7 if Apple releases a minor update. However it should be noted that this only seems to affect third-party apps and services, and that Apple's own apps like Messages do not appear to have been affected by the bug. The iOS 11 has been riddled with so many bugs and half-baked functionality that some of the users preferred to stick to the previous version. This will hide the content of your notifications on the lock screen.

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