Just like the old Apple iPhone 5S, the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor was also fooled out by a bunch German security researchers. In just four days the smartphone’s security feature was compromised by providing a mold instead of a real finger.
Samsung Galaxy S5, which was unveiled earlier this year and is already on sale in more than 125 countries, is probably the second Android phone to house a fingerprint sensor and surprisingly the mold for fingerprint was generated out of an image captured by smartphone like it. Although not visible with naked eyes, a bit of magnesium powder sprinkled over the screen reveals a number of fingerprints.
The fingerprint scanner for the Samsung Galaxy S5 is not only being used for unlocking the phone but also for doing the transactions at the Paypal. Paypal spokesperson in response to it said, “While we take the findings from Security Research Labs [SRL] very seriously, we are still confident that fingerprint authentication offers an easier and more secure way to pay on mobile devices than passwords or credit cards,”
Researchers at Security Research Labs stated that the fingerprint sensors definitely puts an user at ease, and are comparatively more secure when compared to the regular passwords. But unlike passwords if somehow a fingerprint is stolen there is no way one can change it.
“While biometrics will always carry with them a tradeoff of security for convenience, it’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to implement them in a way that doesn’t put users’ crucial data and payment accounts at risk,” SRLabs said.
It is one of the security flaws that can cause severe loss to an user and definitely requires a patch, also if you have been living in dark for last few months here is what Samsung Galaxy S5 houses. It has a a powerful quad core Snapdragon processor clocking at 2.5GHz, and is available in 16GB or 32GB storage.The screen, which has been build with the Cornering Gorilla Glass 3, is 5.1-inches in the size and has a 1080×1920 pixels resolution with a density of 440 pixels per inch.