Fooling Galaxy S8's iris scanner deemed as "unrealistic" by Samsung
by Plamen Dimitrov / May 25, 2017, 3:12 AM
Bypassing the Galaxy S8/S8+'s iris scanner is not easy at all, according to Samsung. The tech giant issued a quick response to the recently-surfaced video of German research group Chaos Computer Club, which exposed a seemingly large security vulnerability in the company's latest flagships.
In said clip, a photo of the subject is taken using a camera's night mode or with the infrared filter removed, as this makes details of the iris (which are hard to distinguish otherwise) easily recognizable. Then, the photo is printed out, and a contact lens is placed above the printed iris to simulate a 3D object, which in turn bypasses the iris scanner on the S8.
Speaking to The Korea Herald, a Samsung spokesperson expressed their reservations about the hacking method, arguing that it's "difficult" for the whole scenario to unfold in real life:
It's understandable that Samsung is taking such a stance. The sheer effort and dedication required for the hack to be pulled off puts the vast majority of Galaxy S8 owners in the safe zone, Thus, iris scanning will most likely continue to be pitched as a reliable authentication method, even for the company's mobile payment service - Samsung Pay.
However, the hard-line stance taken by the tech giant in front of Korean media on Thursday might fool some into thinking that the vulnerability won't be addressed. This is not the case, as the initial statement from Samsung (issued on the same day on which the video surfaced) assured that the firm will try to resolve the security hole as soon as possible:
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A flaw is a flaw. Fight me.
posted on May 25, 2017, 3:16 AM 10
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No need to fight. Instead of turning a blind eye to it Samsung should admit that that iris scanner is flawed. I'll even argue that their fingerprint placement is also a total failure. Samsung should address this problem not denying or turn blind eye to it.
posted on May 25, 2017, 3:48 AM 7
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Tell me a few scenarios where you could see someone using this veryyy simple technique to unlock an S8. Every gadget on this planet is hackable, including modern cars, and companies acknowledge that, but they do their best to ensure that hacking into their products will be a very, very tough and complicated procedure, and that's what Samsung did. Btw, copying someone's fingerprint and using it to unlick someone's phone is simpler than this, where is the uproar of the people criticizing the iris scanning technology?
posted on May 25, 2017, 3:58 AM 29
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HAHA , Beggar Piyath , go play your iPhone 6. You cant afford the S8 anyway. Keep feeling happy about any negatives written by iPhonearena. and also try feeling yourself since no girl would have felt you up anyway in forever !! Piyaath. Hahahahahaha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
posted on May 25, 2017, 7:06 AM 9
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What I find funny in this. Is I have to open both eyes in order for the S8 iris scanner to work. So maybe they setup their S8 with only one eye. Because they only printed one eye and placed a contact lens over top of the eye, and then scanned only one eye.
posted on May 25, 2017, 6:55 AM 0
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Are you even capable of executing that hack? Shut your stupid trolling art in every Samsung article. Every security feature on earth is prone to hacking, does that make it a fail? Sorry mate but you failed miserably at trolling.
posted on May 25, 2017, 3:58 AM 14
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Its not like fingerprint can't be fooled in this way.
posted on May 25, 2017, 4:24 AM 0
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Weather its realistic or not, the point is that the iris scanner isn't meant to be bypassed (how much more so easily and casually), moreso when heve been falsely praising as the most reliable security feature. Just stop making excuses samsung and learn to put out quality releases.
posted on May 25, 2017, 5:25 AM 1
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