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Samsung to fix bug that can let anybody unlock S10

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Noel Elliott | 19 October, 2019, 00:25

We always knew the in-display fingerprint recognition method employed by the Galaxy S10 and many other "modern" high-end Android smartphones was. not ideal from a speed and accuracy standpoint, but until recently, we had no idea how insecure it could be in a particularly weird and mundane scenario. The gray rectangle is the sensor area. After buying a screen protector for her Galaxy S10, Lisa Neilson found both her thumbprints could unlock the phone, as could those of her husband and sister, according to The Sun newspaper.

The Galaxy S10 can, under certain circumstances, be unlocked with a fingerprint that's not registered on the phone.

A flaw with Samsung's top-end Galaxy S10 fingerprint system that allows the smartphone to be opened by a third party will soon be fixed, the tech giant said Thursday.

It all sounds like an unbelievable story, but now that the word has gotten out, there are already videos on the Internet of the method working.

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The serious security flaw is caused by plastic or silicon screen protectors, and although the Samsung Galaxy S10 has been available since March, the problem has only just been discovered. Some have speculated that an "air gap" in the cheap accessory may be to blame, giving the sensor identical data through the screen protector/cover/case/whatever regardless of the finger applied. The S10 comes with a default screen protector that doesn't appear to be vulnerable to the same issue, so perhaps it'd be best to use that until a patch arrives from Samsung.

There is now a split in under-display fingerprint reader technology in the smartphone market.

If a fingerprint is stored on the device with the cover in place, the sensor doesn't read the fingerprint as much as it reads the case's dotted pattern. It sounds cool, certainly, but it may not be as secure as Samsung claimed.

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