Samsung Galaxy S10's Fingerprint Scanner Beaten by Screen Protector

Samsung Galaxy S10's Fingerprint Scanner Beaten by Screen Protector

Samsung Galaxy S10's Fingerprint Scanner Beaten by Screen Protector

If you now use front screen protective covers, to ensure optimum fingerprint scanning, please refrain from using this cover until your device has been updated with a new software patch.

Previous reports suggested some screen protectors were incompatible with Samsung's reader because they left a small air gap that interfered with the scanning. The publication shared how a woman bought a screen protector from eBay for her S10, only to find out that the accessory allowed anyone to access her phone.

Of course, the S10's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner was touted as "revolutionary" when first launched, with the scanner using 3D impressions of your fingerprint to supposedly provide a secure lock for the device. When her husband tried to unlock it, it opened for both his thumbs. While the issue occurred with the Galaxy S10, it is also applicable for the Galaxy Note 10 since it also features the same ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Now, Samsung has acknowledged the problem and promised to patch it soon, according to Reuters. The same screen protector caused the same issue when fitted to another S10. However, Brownlee didn't try registering a fingerprint after applying the screen protector. After calling Samsung, the company admitted it was a security bug and said it would investigate the problem.

It emerged earlier this week that the in-display fingerprint sensor on Samsung's Galaxy S10 had a major security flaw. However, the company has now said that it will release a software update to tackle the issue. This explains why anyone pressing down on the silicone cover was able to unlock devices, because the sensor would see the same silicon pattern, rather than detect the actual fingerprint.

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