Siri bug in iOS 11 enables access to hidden notifications

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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. All someone needs to do is ask Siri to read a message and the virtual personal assistant will respond by reading it in the robotic voice you've come to know, according to the report, which was earlier discovered by 9to5Mac.

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.

This means that if you or anyone asks Siri to read your notifications, she will read aloud private messages sent via third-party apps, like Facebook Messenger, Slack or Signal, for everyone to hear. "Apple is aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update", Apple said.

The report also found that the bug exists in both iOS 11.2.6 which is now the latest stable version and the beta of iOS 11.3 which is due to release in Spring 2018.

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The only messaging app that isn't affected by the bug appears to be Apple's own Messages.

To disable notifications for apps, you need to go to Settings, then select Notifications. You might want to check these out until an update is disseminated by Apple.

Now comes word that a pesky Siri bug provides people with an avenue to look at the content of lock screen notifications without authorization. Unselect this toggle and Siri won't be able to read out messages when the phone is locked. The latest update, iOS 11.2.6 has some bad UI issues and fails to address the battery drain issue.