Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked

"Coming from German research firm SRLabs, the proof-of-concept shows that it is very easy for a hacker to fool the device into thinking they are the owner"

Ouch... Now, my headline was misleading. NO evil hackers have done the deed yet,
but SRLabs have proven how very easy it is to do so - that includes using the hack to have fun with the owner's PayPal account. Never good....

More details and the obligatory video over on Softpedia


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matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 16, 2014 at 16:30

The cheap, crappy biometrics they can afford to put in phones which, in their entirety, cost about £500 are never going to be great. This and the iPhone 5S' fingerprint scanners are both cool things to show your mates down the pub, not genuine security features.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 16, 2014 at 16:38

True. I wouldn't get bent out of shape. Because I would limit usage and avoid certain apps... But the ability to use the compatible Paypal app, and - by extension - get some sort of access to the owners Credit card is of concern. It's also worth repeating: this 'hack' is easier than the suggested "hack" of Apple's TouchID...

But you are right: You DO NOT secure Fort Knox*** with a smartphone. If you do, good luck.
(*** not that the USA has anything of value there :p )

Stelph  Apr. 16, 2014 at 17:16

From what I've read the iPhone sensor also falls for the same trick, although the Samsung flaw is worse as iOS tends to ask more frequently for you to confirm your password whenever the phone is reset etc, hence why this is bigger news

It's interesting that this, combined with reviews of the galaxy gear watches that are now coming out, seem to suggest that Samsung are really good at coming up with new ideas, but completely suck on their implementation. The gear fit for example has a lot of really stupid software settings that cripple it as a fitness tracker, if they actually spent time thinking about their products and how people interact with them I think they would find less issues like this and probably really make Apple worry

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 16, 2014 at 20:48

stelph - agree... The Galaxy Camera is another example. The lens and zoom are actually very good in terms of hardware. As is the screen etc... The software? Pathetic.


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