Samsung Galaxy S10/Note 10 Flaw Allows The Phones To Be Unlocked By Any Fingerprint

Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices have fallen victim to a fingerprint vulnerability issue. The flaw was first reported by the SUN, where a woman was able to unlock her Galaxy S10 device using any of her un-registered fingerprints. She realized so after buying a cheap gel-based screen protector on eBay and applied it on her Galaxy S10 device.

Samsung Galaxy S10 uses an ultrasonic 3D fingerprint sensor. Speaking of the issue, the South Korean tech giant said it is aware of the problem and its working on fixing it.

“This issue involved ultrasonic fingerprint sensors unlocking devices after recognizing 3-dimensional patterns appearing on certain silicone screen protecting cases as users’ fingerprints,” the company said in a statement.

“To prevent any further issues, we advise that Galaxy Note10/10+ and S10/S10+/S10 5G users who use such covers to remove the cover, delete all previous fingerprints and newly register their fingerprints.”

The fix will be updated via OTA by next, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, rely on other methods available like Face Unlock, or passwords to unlock your phone if you still wish to continue using the cover.

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