Samsung releases “urgent” security updates for Galaxy S10

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Most users of the Galaxy S10 love their phones, but many have complained about the fingerprint scanner. According to users and reviewers, the ultrasonic screen sensor can be slow and inaccurate.

Last week, Samsung was also struck by claims that the fingerprint scanner is not so secure. A researcher could avoid it by taking a photo of a fingerprint in a glass of wine and making a 3D copy. Obviously, this is not something a hacker can easily do, and as Forbes contributor Davey Winder says, it is not a reason to stop using the fingerprint scanner yet.

But the manufacturer is making an effort to improve their fingerprint scanner after starting a firmware update to its biometric module in the Galaxy store. In particular for S10 and S10 +, the update comes with very limited notes, but what they say is that it is urgent and that the 6.9 MB download covers a “biometric security patch” and “fingerprints”.

How do I get the update?

It is not possible to apply it manually: the update seems to be implemented gradually and goes through the pop-up screen of the phone through the Galaxy Store application. It is not clear if the update resolves the possibility of using a 3D fingerprint to unlock the device, but whoever received it claims to have made the difference in the speed of the scanner.

The people of GSMArena claim to have seen a “tremendous improvement” in the performance of the fingerprint sensor after the upgrade. It will be interesting to see if others agree because the update reaches more users.

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