Here is some good news for iOS mobile users -- Apple now has a fix for that Siri bug found on iOS 9. As reported by various sources earlier this week, this particular bug makes full use of Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, in starting a Twitter search session in order to look for email address information. When this happens on an iPhone 6s or an iPhone 6s Plus, the user can then force tap the email link to gain access to the pressure sensitive 3D Touch menu and select the Add to Existing Contact option, thereby providing access to all the data saved on the contacts list in the handset. One could also choose Create a New Contact and assign an image to that contact, in the process giving access to all pictures saved on the iPhone.
Well, Apple has since declared that the bug has been taken care of. Because the Siri digital assistant is server based, the issue was fixed on the company’s end, which means that owners of affected iPhone devices are no longer required to download and install yet another updated version of the tech giant’s iOS mobile operating system.
The Siri bug has actually existed since iOS 9 first rolled out (back in September of last year), and is a good example of how bugs can still be detected even though the builder has made extensive efforts to test for every possible vulnerability. Moreover, bugs like these are harder to test or recognize because they only show up in very specific scenarios.
For instance, the Siri bug needed a certain set of conditions for it to manifest. Because it depended on 3D Touch, the devices that were affected only included Apple’s current flagship devices, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, the only handsets existing today that come with 3D Touch. Moreover, the user must have had give Siri full access to Twitter as well as the Photos mobile apps.
With the Siri bug, it was critical to have it fixed as soon as possible because it bypassed the security of a lock screen, rendering pass codes useless while leaving one’s contacts list information exposed to criminal elements. What Apple did was simply add an extra pass code confirmation step to the proceedings. Before this update, users can instruct Siri to do a search on Twitter without having to unlock the iPhone device. But now, Apple has made sure to put a pass code prompt when requesting Siri to search on Twitter.
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