Apple has fixed the iOS 9 screen bypass bug which allowed users to use Siri to launch the Twitter app which in turn bypassed the lock screen. Interestingly, the Cupertino based company hasn’t released an update for the operating system, but updated its servers which now require Siri to ask for passcode ‘when applicable’ while launching the Twitter app.
As Siri queries the Apple server when a user asks a question, so all Apple had to do was to fix the instruction set coming from its server to release an update for the issue.
With the bug, users could theoretically bypass the lock screen password and access things like the Photos and contacts apps. At the time, we recommended that users disable Siri access on the lock screen to avoid a security breach.
Apple’s server update also fixes another minor issue. With iOS 9.3, Apple has released a new feature called ‘Night-Shift’ . Users could activate the feature via Siri even when the phone was in low-power mode with Siri promoting the user about disabling low-power mode. Now, it prompts the user.
Overall, 2016 has been a little troublesome for Apple in terms of iOS updates. It is not only battling the FBI with regard to encryption on iOS, but its OS had a problem called Error 53 which was bricking phones in working condition. Even when Apple pushed out iOS 9.3 to users a couple of weeks ago, the software update bricked a number of older iOS devices like the iPad 2 which didn’t come with the Touch ID scanner.
All this is happening as Apple prepares to launch the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7 in global markets like India later this week.