Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hacked

Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 02:04 PM gHale

While a good idea in theory, in a week after Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone hit the street attackers were able to hack into the fingerprint scanner.

That allows for questions over the effectiveness of biometrics for device security.

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On top of the Galaxy move, Apple’s iPhone 5S Touch ID tool ended up hacked within a few weeks of its launch.

Security Research Labs researchers showed how to beat the Galaxy S5.

In short, they can show how a print of the fingerprint registered to a device is adequate for unlocking the smartphone.

The researchers also admonished Samsung for making it possible to have unlimited attempts to use a fingerprint to log in to the device, rather than requesting a passcode after a certain number of attempts.

The researchers found one of the disappointing aspect of the entire exercise is Samsung did not seem to have learned from what others have done less poorly.

“Not only is it possible to spoof the fingerprint authentication even after the device has been turned off, but the implementation also allows for seemingly unlimited authentication attempts without ever requiring a password,” one of the researchers said in a video.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 hit the market last week. Samsung has touted the fingerprint scanner and the inclusion of its latest Knox Security tools as proof the device is suitable for the business market.

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