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Samsung to fix Galaxy Note 10 and S10 fingerprint flaw within 24 hours

Samsung recently acknowledged the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor flaw that has been widely reported on over the past week. The company confirmed that it was working on a software fix that would be rolled out in the coming days.

The company has already rolled out this fix for eligible devices in South Korea. Samsung has also issued a notice through its Samsung Members app confirming that this fix will be rolled out within 24 hours.

Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 fingerprint flaw fix will be out in 24 hours

The flaw only affects users that have a certain kind of silicone cover installed on their Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S10 series device, the kind that cover the front too. Those who don’t use such a case need not worry. The textured surface on the inside of the cover can be recognized as a fingerprint when they’re first registered on the device. So anyone can just press down on the sensor and it would pick up that pattern and unlock the device.

Samsung has put out a notice which details how the fix is going to be rolled out. Users will receive an update notification titled “Biometrics update,” and they just have to tap on Update when it arrives. Once the update is installed, users are advised to remove the cover and delete all fingerprints previously registered on the device. The fingerprints are then to be registered once again without a cover applied. Users should ensure that their fingerprint is scanned in its entirety.

The company adds that the notification for a new update will only be sent to devices that have fingerprints registered. This notification will be sent within 24 hours to Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+, Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10 5G devices. No notifications will be sent to devices that don’t have fingerprints registered. This notification can’t be removed until the update is installed. What this means is that the update isn’t going to be a full system OTA.

We’ve already seen reports of this notice appearing in Samsung Members for users in the United States, Canada and in markets across Europe. It’s only a matter of hours now before this fix is rolled out to eligible devices.

Thanks, @theonecid!

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Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

UK release just received this morning and I’ve notice the response and opening of the phone to have improved in speed as well

jerrytko
jerrytko

did it come as software update or on galaxy store. i am in uk too but nothing yet.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Just got a specific notification that there was a security update for the FPS

jerrytko
jerrytko

thanx so it is just random message.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Yes a notification for security updates

jerrytko
jerrytko

Fix within 24 hours. But Samsung did not say when to start the counting.

bayfisher
bayfisher

Samsung delivered as promised on time. Damn they are getting good.

circusmaximus
circusmaximus

…remove screen protector, register fingerprint, buy new skin from Samsung…

androidloverbe
androidloverbe

Samsung this is ridiculous firstly you should always fix security holes regardless of whether your customers use the feature or not and secondly you should not know if customers have fingerprints registered on there device that is a violation of privacy.

Also don’t make any promises you can’t keep anyway within 24 hours ? i’m very curious haha .

bayfisher
bayfisher

Mine came in 16 hrs.

androidloverbe
androidloverbe

OK i was wrong received that update to

bayfisher
bayfisher

NOW all can stop saying the sky is falling.

kingrohan
kingrohan

So it means if I have not registered my fingerprint I wont receive the update right..???

I use a clear case that has a dotted pattern on the inside and covers up the edges on the front as well.
I haven’t had any issues with it till now, the sensor never reads my unregistered fingers.
Bottom line – What if I want to register my fingerprint in the future.
Will I be the only one without the fix..???

bayfisher
bayfisher

Registered prints only. case has no effect, only a protector that’s dotted or silicone.