Archive for February, 2011

And Skype just picked up.
February 15, 2011

A friend of mine today described to me a rather nasty bug in the Skype app for iPhone that he asked me to post on my blog, so here goes.

Conditions to reproduce the bug: a) Skype is open and currently the active app on the iPhone. b) You are able to receive text messages.

Now, when you receive a text message, do not yet acknowledge the notification pop-up in any way (let it sit there), and at the same moment have a Skype call come in: Skype will automatically connect your call without you doing anything. You might even miss the fact that the call got connected.

This method seems perfect to eavesdrop on somebody (who you know has the Skype app in the foreground, as unlikely as that may be); more likely is that you have, say, your mother inadvertently listening in on some private conversation. At any rate, this needs fixing.

I don’t know what exactly triggers this behaviour, but now there is yet another reason for Apple to revamp their notifications system—already arguably the iPhone’s biggest weak spot.