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PSA: Disable Twitter integration if you're using Siri on a iPhone 6s or 6s Plus

By Marcus Wong - on 5 Apr 2016, 11:58am

PSA: Disable Twitter integration if you're using Siri on a iPhone 6s or 6s Plus

 

It appears a newly discovered Siri search handling bug will allow users to bypass your lock screen and grant access to Contacts and Photos data. As seen in the video above, all someone needs to do to get access is to call up Siri via holding down the home button (or use the “Hey, Siri” function), and ask Siri to conduct a Twitter search.

If the results contain actionable Contacts data, like an email address or phone number, a 3D touch gesture can be used to call up a contextual menu with options to send mail or add/modify contact information.

From the 3D Touch Quick Actions menu, tapping “Add to Existing Contact" opens an iPhone's Contacts list, which can then be used to access device Photos, if so configured. This apparently also works with Whatsapp contacts too, so iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users will want to be extra careful in terms of what they grant Siri access to.

Thankfully, there are some caveats to this access. You must have previously granted Siri access to your Twitter account, photo library or related by using Siri to do a search yourself, or by manually configuring the service permissions in settings to allow it to do so. Also, the first time you do a Twitter search, Siri will ask for permission to access your phone’s Twitter account, and you’ll need to enter your passcode or use Touch ID to do so. 

If you haven’t got Siri to access your Twitter before, you should be quite safe, but to be absolutely sure, you can always disable Siri’s Twitter integration by navigating to Settings>Twitter and switching off Siri. You’ll find access settings for your Photos under Settings>Privacy>Photos, and you could always disable Siri completely by going to Settings>General>Siri. 

It appears the workaround is still active after the latest iOS 9.3.1 update, so hopefully it gets patched soon.

 Sources: Apple Insider,Twitter

 

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