Samsung To Roll Out Fix For S10, Note 10 Fingerprint Recognition Flaw

Posted: Oct 23 2019, 8:32pm CDT | by , in Technology News

Samsung to roll out fix for S10, Note 10 fingerprint recognition flaw

Samsung has fixed a security issue involving S10 and Note 10 phones.

Samsung Electronics is about to release a software update for a fingerprint issue involving its new Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 smartphone models.

The information was obtained by Android Police, which posted a screenshot of Samsung's notice to Galaxy S10 and Note 10 users.

Back when the Galaxy S10 was unveiled in February, Samsung said the device now packs an "Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner" that reads the 3D contours of users' physical thumbprint instead of a 2D image of it. This technology, according to Samsung, was made for improved anti-spoofing. Samsung also said the S10 comes with next generation biometrics authentication that secures the phone like a vault.

The Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner was rolled out to the Galaxy Note 10 later when it was released in August.

However, a report by The Sun last week revealed an incident where a Galaxy S10 was found to be easily accessible when it was fitted with a screen protector.

The Sun interviewed a woman who discovered that after fitting her S10 with a £2.70 screen protector from eBay, her left thumb print — which was not registered on her phone — managed to unlock her locked S10.

"Anyone can access it and could get into the financial apps and transfer funds," the woman told the newspaper.

Now, Samsung has notified its users that it will be releasing a software patch to fix fingerprint issues on the Galaxy S10, S10+, Note 10, and Note 10+ and S10 5G.

Users who received the notice were those who registered a fingerprint on their device.

Samsung also appears to address the issue with screen protectors saying, "If you've used a screen cover, such as a silicone cover with a textured surface on the inside, the texture itself may be recognized as a fingerprint that can unlock your phone."

As soon as the software patch starts rolling out, users will receive an update notification titled "Biometrics update." Users are urged to tap to update their phone's software and to delete all previous fingerprints from their phone and register them without a screen cover applied.

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