Recently, Samsung faced a weird security situation, when a couple in the UK managed to confuse the advance fingerprint scanner using the ultrasound technology. The Galaxy S10 is the first phone to use ultrasonic technology and was using a 3D map of the fingerprint instead of the regular optical technology which is 2D based. The company, suggested its users use only Samsung’s recommended accessories at first, but later on, confirmed the issue. The company has already issued a serious warning to its millions of users. The issue seems to be related to an inexpensive silicon case that somehow managed to confuse the Galaxy S10 reader and let anyone bypass the security.
We already broke the story about the security flaw, and the security patch rolled out by Samsung to compensate for the technical aspect of the phone. This wasn’t the first time when Samsung had to face such an embarrassment. Earlier, it was with the facial recognition software which was hacked by security experts. They put a simple facial photo in front of the camera and the phone was unlocked. But this was slightly complicated as it required a photo of the owner to unlock the device but in this case, a silicone case was enough to fool the security system.
Samsung has already released an official statement, and said, it was “aware of the case of the malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch.” And there’s an update here also: Samsung has promised that software update will be available during the week of 21 October. The new warning suggests users recapture the fingerprint and register these from scratch. The company suggested, “Once updated, scan your fingerprint in its entirety, so that all portions of your fingerprint, including the center and corners have been fully scanned.” Users are advised to replace all the biometric data on the device. This will ensure that all fingerprints are authentic and may not be confused after the patch. It may seem more like a technical issue, and since, it’s been only a few hours for the update has been rolled out, we can be optimistic about its end-results.