Samsung Will Fix Flaw That Allows Others To Unlock Your Galaxy S10
A flaw with Samsung’s top-end Galaxy S10 fingerprint system allows anyone, even unauthorised persons, to unlock the smartphone. However, Samsung said on Thursday, 17th October 2019, that the flaw on Galaxy S10 devices will soon be fixed.
A user in the UK told the Sun newspaper earlier this week that someone else could unlock her Samsung device. All they needed to do simply involved putting on a screen protector and applying an unregistered fingerprint.
“This means that if anyone got hold of my phone they can access it and within moments could be into the financial apps and be transferring funds,” she was quoted as saying by the British paper.
Samsung’s spokesperson in Seoul said the company will soon roll out a fix for the flaw that affects Galaxy s10 phones. However, she did not say what caused the recognition problem. “We are investigating this issue and will be deploying a software patch soon,” she told AFP.
The world’s biggest smartphone maker touted the phone’s in-display fingerprint sensor as “revolutionary”.
Speaking about the specific technology, the firm said,
“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 recognize you.”
Kakaobank, South Korea’s internet-only bank, has told its customers to use passwords and pattern locks when using its mobile banking services until the problem is fixed.
Samsung is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung Group. It is by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate business in the world’s 11th-largest economy. Furthermore, the Samsung Group is crucial to South Korea’s economic health.
But it has a history of humiliating setbacks with major products. The most notable was a worldwide recall of its Galaxy Note 7 devices in 2016 over exploding batteries. This subsequently hammered its reputation.
Its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, launched last month months after faulty screens forced an embarrassing delay of its release.