Tuesday, October 16, 2018

iOS 12.0.1 Security Bug Workaround (O_o)


Yes, here we go again. The Bug:

New iPhone Bug Gives Anyone Access to Your Private Photos
...The new hack allows anyone with physical access to your locked iPhone to access your photo album, select photos and send them to anyone using Apple Messages. 
Since the new hack requires much less effort than the previous one, it leaves any iPhone user vulnerable to a skeptic or distrustful partner, curious college, friend or roommate who could access your iPhone's photo album and grab your private photos....
The new passcode bypass method works on all current iPhone models, including iPhone X and XS devices, running the latest version of the Apple mobile operating system, i.e., iOS 12 to 12.0.1
Until Apple comes up with a security patch, you can temporarily fix the issue by disabling Siri from the lockscreen. Here's how to disable Siri: 
Go to the SettingsFace ID & Passcode (Touch ID & Passcode on iPhones with Touch ID) and Disable Siri toggle under "Allow access when locked."
(Bolding mine).

If you kept the workaround for the similar bug in iOS 12.0, then you're already safe. 

The general consensus at this point is that it is UNSAFE to leave Siri on when the screen of an iOS device is locked. Therefore, we might want to leave Siri disabled when locked. That means we have to unlock the device first, then access Siri. As ever, it's convenience versus security. Take your pick, find your balance.


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