• Galaxy S10 Fingerprint Sensor Reportedly Thwarted By Cheap Screen Protector

    27 days ago - By ExtremeTech

    Samsung debuted a new fingerprint reader technology with the Galaxy S10 that uses ultrasonic waves to scan your finger. It sounds cool, certainly, but it may not be as secure as Samsung claimed. A new report claims a cheap screen protector can trick the in-display fingerprint sensor to unlock for almost any fingerprint. According to a report in The Sun , a British woman purchased a cheap screen protector on eBay for about $4. After applying the protector, she found her phone's fingerprint sensor would unlock for almost anyone. It worked with her own unregistered fingerprints, as well as...
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  • Samsung to patch the Galaxy S10's fingerprint sensor over screen protector concerns

    Samsung to patch the Galaxy S10's fingerprint sensor over screen protector concerns

    27 days ago - By The Verge

    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge
    Earlier this week, a report published in The Sun claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S10's in-display fingerprint sensor has a security flaw. Apparently, certain “gel cover”-style screen protectors can confuse the ultrasonic sensor, and if you register a fingerprint while the cover is applied, then the phone can start unlocking itself for anyone's fingerprint, not just those you've registered.
    After initially issuing a statement saying that customers should only use “Samsung authorized accessories” with their device, Samsung now says it's going to...
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  • Samsung confirms glaring S10 fingerprint reader flaw, promises fix

    Samsung confirms glaring S10 fingerprint reader flaw, promises fix

    27 days ago - By TechCrunch

    Galaxy S10 users should be turn on some alternative security features as Samsung works to address a major flaw with the device's in-screen fingerprint sensor. The consumer electronics giant noted the issue today after a British user reported the ability to unlock her device with unregistered fingerprints.
    The flaw was discovered after placing a $3.50 screen protector on the device, confirming earlier reports that adding one could introduce an air gap that interfered with the ultrasonic scanner. The company noted the issue in a statement, telling the press that it was, “aware of the case of...
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  • Samsung promises to fix bizarre Galaxy S10 bug breaking in-display fingerprint security

    Samsung promises to fix bizarre Galaxy S10 bug breaking in-display fingerprint security

    27 days ago - By Phone Arena

    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 bizarre and mundane scenario.
    According to The Sun, which is not an altogether respectable British publication, a 34 year-old woman from a little town in West Yorkshire, England was shocked to discover one of those dirt-cheap screen protectors you can buy on eBay somehow totally broke the fingerprint authentication ...
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