The flagship S10 line is under threat of possible hacking - unlocking the new Samsung Galaxy was possible using a photo. The vulnerability was discovered in the facial recognition technology, which is built into all models of the family. As it turned out, its security algorithms do not always cope and can be deceived by opening access to the device if a photograph of its owner is brought to the camera of the device. There are no exceptions even for the most pretentious S10 + model with a ceramic case and 1 TB of memory.
In addition, the Android Authority claims that the new Korean family is having difficulty identifying a person by gender. For example, if the owner of the gadget has a twin of the opposite sex, his brother or sister will also be able to unlock the smartphone using his photo. At the same time, such a hack of Samsung Galaxy does not require unnecessary gestures with the need to print a picture somewhere. You can simply display the image on the screen of another smartphone, laptop or tablet and bring it closer to the device.
Another security mechanism built into the S10 and S10 + models could partially cover this vulnerability. In addition to the facial recognition algorithm, the devices are also equipped with a fingerprint sensor built into the screen. Unlike most of its mobile counterparts, Samsung's fingerprint scanner is ultrasonic rather than optical, which gives it a few points ahead in accuracy. But here, too, things may not go so smoothly. Along with all the similar sensors located under the display, the scanners in the S10 and S10 + can malfunction in the event of cracks or scratches on the glass.
The youngest representative of the line - Galaxy S10e received a fingerprint scanner of a classic device. Its habitat has become the lateral part of the surface, but this may not save it if there is a serious damage to the case or an advanced neural network intervenes that can select the necessary prints.
The manufacturer does not deny the problem and knows similar Samsung Galaxy features associated with the imperfection of the recognition function. The company immediately issued warnings that the activation of the technology could weaken the protection of the smartphone from possible access by third parties. As a result, the most effective ways to secure a Korean flagship worth several tens of thousands of rubles are the simplest methods - a password and a pin code.
The S10 line was not the only one that distinguished itself by not always correct identification of the owner and where Samsung Galaxy unlocking can be carried out using a photo. This was seen in earlier models, for example, the Galaxy S8 with a built-in eye scanner, which could be deceived both with the help of a picture and with the use of contact lenses.
The facial identification method is still far from 100% accurate and cannot boast of error-free operation. This is also noticeable in the example of Apple devices, which use a more technically sophisticated, in comparison with the same Samsung smartphones, Apple's proprietary Face ID system. Introduced in the iPhone X, the technology involves a sophisticated facial projection technique. To do this, several sensors are used that create thousands of projection points on the face to create a 3D copy of it.
Considering all the subtleties of Face ID, it won't be easy to deceive the system, but there is such an opportunity here too. Theoretically, it is possible to reconstruct a 3D copy of the face of the owner of the iPhone, or it can be done with the help of the same twin brother / sister. At the same time, "apple" gadgets of current models, unlike Korean smartphones, have no alternative in the form of a fingerprint scanner present in Samsung devices.
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