3D Print Fools S10 Fingerprint Sensor

3D Print Fools S10 Fingerprint Sensor
A 3D printer can make a fake finger from a photograph that can unlock a Samsung Galaxy S10 in three minutes.

(CCM) — Samsung's Galaxy S10 smartphone can be unlocked using a fake "finger" made using a 3D printer, according to Verge report.

An Imgur user called darkshark has demonstrated how he took a photograph of a fingerprint left on a wineglass, manipulated it in Photoshop, and then turned it onto a 3D image using Autodesk's 3ds Max software. He then printed it out using a 3D printer and used it to unlock his Galaxy S10 phone by applying it to the device's onscreen fingerprint sensor.

"I can do this entire process in less than three minutes and remotely start the 3D print so that it's done by the time I get to it," darkshark said in the report.

Samsung's Galaxy S10 smartphone uses an ultrasonic sensor in its fingerprint reader which is meant to be harder to fool than older capacitive fingerprint scanners. But if the new technology can be spoofed so quickly then this will be a concern for owners of the device who use payment and banking apps to manage their financial affairs.

"Most banking apps only require fingerprint authentication so I could have all of your info and spend your money in less than 15 minutes if your phone is secured by fingerprint alone," darkshark warned.

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