Apple Fixes Siri Bug Allowing Access to Photos and Contacts on Locked Device

A Siri vulnerability that allowed access to a user's photos and contacts on a locked iPhone running iOS 9.3.1 was patched server-side this afternoon by Apple.

Shared last night by Jose Rodriguez, the vulnerability used Siri's ability to access Twitter to find an email link or phone number, which could be pressed to open up an editable list of contacts even on a device that was locked. Through access to contacts, a user's full photo library was also visible.

As seen in the video below, the vulnerability relied on asking Siri to perform a Twitter search. If an email address, phone number, or other contact related detail came up, it would give direct access to Photos and Contact data. While the method worked on the iPhone 6s as of this morning, it is now disabled on all devices because it is no longer possible for Siri to conduct a Twitter search on a locked device.


When using a locked iPhone, asking Siri to "Search Twitter" now results in the personal assistant saying "You'll need to unlock your iPhone first." Without the ability to search Twitter on a locked device, there is no way to get the exploit to work. Apple confirmed the fix in a short statement given to The Washington Post.

According to 9to5Mac, a second Siri-related bug was also fixed today. Previously it was possible to enable both Night Shift and Low Power Mode by asking Siri to enable Night Shift after Low Power Mode was turned on, but that is no longer possible. Siri now warns that turning on Night Shift requires turning off Low Power Mode.

In early iOS 9.3 betas, Night Shift did work with Low Power Mode, but in iOS 9.3 beta 4, Apple removed the functionality. Night Shift and Low Power Mode cannot be run simultaneously.

Tag: iOS 9.3

Top Rated Comments

djcerla Avatar
61 months ago

Hate Apple or not, but you have to give them props for these security updates. Personally, the fact that I only see this bypass on YouTube a few hours ago and have just seen an article about Apple sending out an update to fix it just amazes me. I remember when I had an LG and I had to beg and pray that I would even get an update, lol.

Actually it was a server side fix, not a software update.
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Siri is as attractive to me as FaceBook or Microsoft.

I would love an iPhone that didn't support it.

Options>General>Siri>disable

There you have it.
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elmateo487 Avatar
61 months ago

Siri is as attractive to me as FaceBook or Microsoft.

I would love an iPhone that didn't support it.

Wow. Just. Wow. The all high and mighty more attractive than Facebook and Microsoft person can't figure out how to turn off siri
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hastings101 Avatar
61 months ago

Just today, I was typing away, when suddenly a bloody popup window asked me if I wanted to turn on dictation. Just bugger off, Apple. I don't want your foul news, I don't want your cynical music subscription, I don't want your spam forced down my throat.

I wish Donald Trump was CEO of Apple. He'd be a darn sight better than Cook.

Yeah, he could build a wall around Siri and then we'd never have to hear from her again!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spherox Avatar
61 months ago
Hate Apple or not, but you have to give them props for these security updates. Personally, the fact that I only see this bypass on YouTube a few hours ago and have just seen an article about Apple sending out an update to fix it just amazes me. I remember when I had an LG and I had to beg and pray that I would even get an update, lol.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Norbs12 Avatar
61 months ago

Siri is as attractive to me as FaceBook or Microsoft.

I would love an iPhone that didn't support it.

If ONLY there was a way to uhh disable it... :rolleyes:
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CrystalPepsi Avatar
61 months ago

Siri is as attractive to me as FaceBook or Microsoft.

I would love an iPhone that didn't support it.

Wow. Delete your account.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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