A YouTube video showing a Galaxy S8 phone being unlocked by a photograph has been viewed over 500,000 times.
(CCM) — The security of Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones has been plunged into doubt following the release of a YouTube video, which shows the built-in facial recognition software being fooled by a photograph. Samsung reportedly introduced facial recognition as a way to unlock the two phones because its iris scanning software did not unlock phones fast enough. But in the video, a user unlocks one Galaxy S8 by presenting it with a photograph of himself displayed on the screen of another Galaxy S8.
It is important to point out that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have not been released yet and are not due to hit the streets until Apr. 21, 2017. So, the two devices shown in the video are likely to be pre-production units which may not have the finished version of the facial recognition software. Even if the software is up to date, Samsung could still release a newer version that fixes the problem in an over-the-air (OTA) update to the two phones' firmware. The two phones also offer fingerprint scanning as a way for users to unlock the devices. Many biometric systems include some form of "live detection," which tries to establish that the biometric credentials being presented come from a real person, rather than a photographic image or other form of representation.
Image: © Samsung.