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17:01  18 october  2019
17:01  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A major flaw in Samsung 's Galaxy S 10 smartphone has been discovered that basically means any fingerprint can unlock the device with the According to the BBC, a British woman discovered the authentication flaw after she applied a cheap gel screen protector bought off eBay to her Galaxy S 10 .

The Galaxy S 10 will need a software update to stop a flaw with its biometric fingerprint sensor She said: 'This means that if anyone got hold of my phone they can access it and within moments could Launched in March, Galaxy S 10 series phones have an in-display sensor that uses ultrasound to

a person using a laptop computer sitting on top of a table: Samsung has advised users of the Galaxy Note10, 10+ and Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10 5G to © Ed JONES / AFP Samsung has advised users of the Galaxy Note10, 10+ and Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10 5G to "delete all previous fingerprints" and register their data anew.

Tech giant Samsung Electronics on Friday acknowledged a major flaw with its fingerprint system that allows other people to open its top-end smartphones, advising users to delete all registered prints.

Samsung is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung Group and crucial to South Korea's economic health. The conglomerate is by far the biggest of the family-controlled empires that dominate business in the world's 11th-largest economy.

Samsung to deploy software patch after Galaxy S10 fingerprint flaw found

  Samsung to deploy software patch after Galaxy S10 fingerprint flaw found 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. A user in the UK told the Sun newspaper earlier this week her Samsung device could be unlocked by someone else simply by putting on a screen protector and applying an unregistered fingerprint.

Samsung has confirmed that its Galaxy S 10 and Note 10 series suffers from a major fingerprint flaw . Here's when you can expect a security patch. The Samsung Galaxy S 10 smartphones all have USB-C ports to charge up their batteries. However, some charging cables work faster than others.

The Galaxy S 10 flaw came about after a third-party screen protector was applied to the device. But Samsung confirmed that a fix is in the works. Fingerprint scanners are generally more secure than camera-based face unlock solutions, but not all fingerprint unlock solutions are created equally.

But it has a history of humiliating setbacks with major products, most notably a worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 devices in 2016 over exploding batteries, which hammered its reputation.

Earlier this year it had to delay the launch of its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, after pre-release users found faulty screens.

Samsung's latest problem emerged after a user in the UK told the Sun newspaper earlier this week her Galaxy S10 smartphone could be unlocked by someone else simply by putting on a screen protector and applying an unregistered fingerprint.

The flaw meant anyone who got hold of her phone could transfer funds using her financial apps, the user told the British paper.

In a statement released Friday, Samsung said the issue involved "fingerprint sensors unlocking devices after recognising three-dimensional patterns appearing on certain silicone screen protecting cases as users' fingerprints."

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  Samsung says fingerprint security fix is coming as early as next week And advises removing silicone screen protecting cases for nowAccording to the company, the issue is caused by the phones’ ultrasonic fingerprint sensor incorrectly reading 3D patterns in the screen protector as fingerprints. As a result, any person could then unlock a phone wrapped in such a case, creating a security issue.

The Galaxy S 10 is Samsung ’s first smartphone to feature an ultrasonic, in-display fingerprint sensor that uses sound waves to detect fingerprint shapes. Incidentally, the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL announced this week don’t even have fingerprint sensors — just a fancy new face unlock feature

Samsung 's fingerprint flaw fix is in the works. Earlier this week, a report in the British tabloid newspaper The Sun said that a Samsung Galaxy S 10 owner found that if she used a third-party silicone gel screen protector, then any fingerprint could fool the onboard sensor and unlock the device.

The firm advised users of the Galaxy Note10, 10+ and Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10 5G to "delete all previous fingerprints" and register their data anew.

"Please refrain from applying a silicone screen protecting case to your device until a software update, which is planned to be released beginning next week," it added.

The statement was released a day after Samsung said it would soon roll out a fix, but did not specify what the problem was.

The world's biggest smartphone maker has touted the Galaxy S10's in-display fingerprint sensor as "revolutionary".

"When you place your thumb on the screen, it sends ultrasonic pulses to detect the 3D ridges and valleys of your unique fingerprint to quickly and accurately recognise you," the firm has said about the technology involved.

Kakaobank, South Korea's internet-only bank, has told its customers not to use fingerprints to access its mobile banking services and employ passwords and pattern locks instead until the problem is fixed.

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