Samsung Electronics said it will issue a software update early next week to address a major security vulnerability that’s emerged on the company’s flagship Galaxy smartphones, the latest technological mishap for the world’s largest smartphone maker.

Consumers noticed in recent days that Samsung’s in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner – used to unlock the company’s latest Galaxy S10 and Note 10 models, as well as to authenticate payments on those devices – can be fooled with unregistered fingerprints and a third-party silicone screen protector.

After an initial report in the British tabloid The Sun, concern mounted about the potential scale of this security breach, which could make Galaxy users’ personal data and mobile wallets vulnerable to abuse. In a statement,

Samsung advises that all users should remove any silicone screen protectors from their devices, delete and re-enroll their fingerprints and wait for the software update to arrive.



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