Just like every other smartphone (ranging from cheap $200 Android devices to the premium Pixel devices), Samsung’s Galaxy S10 should unlock when using the fingerprint unlock.
Yes, that is obvious. However, what would you do if it unlocks the device even if the fingerprint does not match? Well, that is scary if you have important documents stored.
And, that is what happens with the new Galaxy S10. Samsung has a track record to take security seriously, but this time it looks like they have something important to patch.
With the help of some reports, they found out that if you are using a screen protector on your device, anyone can bypass your fingerprint unlock.
The flaw lets anyone with a different fingerprint unlock the device given that the smartphone has a screen protector installed. If you do not have a screen protector, you are safe.
We are not sure of the exact technical details now – however, it is applicable to the devices with screen protectors.
It is definitely a weird and annoying issue for users with a screen protector (almost everyone uses a screen protector nowadays).
Samsung has responded to the issue with a statement by promising a patch for it early next week.
For now, Samsung recommends users to remove their silicone front screen protectors and delete their fingerprints to add it again.
After you get the critical update, you will be able to use the screen protectors without any issues.
This is definitely a concerning issue for Samsung Galaxy S10 users.
Have you tried the vulnerability on your phone? Do you use a screen protector? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.