Siri bug in latest iOS allows
access to photos, contacts

April 7 2016 3:54 PM

File image from App Store Facebook page
File image from App Store Facebook page

An apparent bug in the latest version of iOS, the mobile operating system that powers Apple’s iPhones, may allow unauthorized access to the devices’ photos and contacts.

YouTube user Jose Rodriguez, who uses the handle videosdebarraquito, demonstrated the bug on iOS 9.1.3 in action in a post on the popular video-sharing site.

“No ask for passcode, Siri gives access (to) contacts and photos,” Rodriguez said.

But The Daily Dot noted that since the 3D touch pop-up feature is needed to exploit the bug, this will affect only the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The Daily Dot said the video showed the flaw can be triggered by activating Siri with the home button or by saying “Hey Siri,” then asking her to search Twitter.

Once Siri asks what to search for, one can say “@gmail.com” or the second half of any other email address. When Siri displays the results, one can find a tweet with a full email address in it then click on the tweet.

The user can then use 3D touch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and firmly press on the email address to trigger a pop-up window, then click “Add new contact.”

“From here, you’ll be able to click the photo box to view all the photos on the device. Alternatively, you can click ‘Add to existing contact’ to browse all the other contacts saved on the device,” The Daily Dot said.

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