Apple has confirmed, via The Washington Post, that it has in fact issued a server-side fix for an iPhone 6s bug that enabled access to a device’s photos and contacts without the need to verify one’s identity either via a passcode or Touch ID.

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What made the bug particularly worrisome is that it was relatively easy to exploit. As we detailed yesterday, the security loophole could be accessed by calling up Siri from a locked homescreen and commanding it to search for an email address or phone number on Twitter. When a search result popped up, a user could simply use 3D Touch to bring up a contextual menu and thereby access a device’s list of contacts. From there, a user’s entire photo library could be seen.

The bug in action can be seen below.

 

Notably, Apple’s software patch doesn’t require any action on a user’s part. Now, when attempting to conduct a Twitter search via Siri from the lock screen, iOS displays an alert indicating that the phone must be unlocked before the Siri search can continue.

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