Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Galaxy S5's fingerprint reader can be fooled by fake digits

It looks like the iPhone 5s isn't the solely smartphone whose fingerprint reader can be fooled by pretend digits. SR Labs has just denote a video (shown below) showing that Samsung's just-launched Galaxy S5 is susceptible to a similar trick: as long as you have a decent photo of a latent print (such together from the touchscreen), you can produce a mold that passes for a real finger. The lab conjointly claims that Samsung's approach may ultimately be less secure than Apple's, since you're not forced to enter a passcode under sure conditions (such as a reboot) and may use the fingerprint to make PayPal transactions.

You may not have a lot of reason to panic, though. like the iPhone, the GS5 vulnerability requires the ability, resources and time to form a fake finger. the chances are low that a street thief will get past your phone's defenses, or that a gifted hacker will get in before you've got had an opportunity to remotely wipe your content. PayPal conjointly tells us that it's easy to dam any unwanted payments, since the fingerprint isn't linked to your account

A friendly reminder that biometric security is not foolproof -- if intruders are determined to get at your data, there is a good probability that they'll.

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Video source SRLabs

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