Samsung releases update to fix Galaxy S10 security flaw

Mail Online | 10/23/2019 | Stacy Liberatore For;Sam Blanchard For Mailonline
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Samsung has rolled out a software update to fix an issue found in the Galaxy S 10 phones last week – a cheap screen protector was able to fool the fingerprint recognition.

A woman discovered the problem after fitting her phone with the case, allowing her husband to unlock the device, even though his fingerprint was not registered.

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Samsung quickly acknowledged the malfunction and noted it stemmed from the fingerprint scanner recognizing a pattern on the silicone phone case along with the fingerprint.

The malfunction was discovered by 34-year-old Lisa Neilson, from West Yorkshire, who reported to Samsung that her phone was vulnerable when she had a plastic protector on it.

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When this screen protector was on, Neilson found, anyone's fingerprint could unlock the phone and access her apps and personal information.

Samsung said today it was 'aware of the case of S10's malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch', the BBC reported.

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The issue could arise from the patterns inside the silicone protectors are added to someone's fingerprint and confuse the phone's sensors, the company said.

Fingerprint-locking technology has been around for years on smartphones and is intended as...
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