Galaxy S8 Facial Unlocking Feature Can Be Bypassed With A Photo, Here’s How [Video]

These are the two Samsung 2017 flagships – the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ unveiled recently and what turned to be true was the inclusion of a sensor to allow for facial recognition. Obviously, this was the latest feature Samsung has used at reducing the impact of moving the fingerprint sensor to the rear of the device, aimed at removing the need for it to be used in order to securely unlock the phone. Wonder just how secure this facial recognition would be. Can it be fooled into unlocking a device even when the person in question is not actually present? Here’s everything, everyone understandably in doubt. Finally, the answer is floating on the web.


As it turns out, the answer to that is a resounding “yes”. Confirmation has given, but the reason is yet to be catchy enough.

According to a new video that has been shown pretty conclusively and shared on the internet, as unlocking a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ could be as simple as waving a photograph at the device in question. Damn! In the video, a phone with a photograph of the person who secured the galaxy S8 is used to fool it into unlocking, proving that a photo of the person who owns one of the new devices will be enough to unlock it.

Currently, it is unclear whether this only worked because the photo was taken at the same kind of range and angle as a phone would normally see a person when it is being unlocked. At this point, t should even matter? Or would a photo of a person taken from an angle, or further away have worked as well, for example?

Fans can now pin their hopes on the fact that perhaps the phone / software combo is in a demo state right now, and that Samsung will have this patched and fixed up before the device ships out on April 21.

These are questions and have many regarding issues, and somewhat software related problems, unlocking, and even hacking solutions that we may have to wait to be answered. And with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ set to go on sale in a few weeks we should acknowledge not to wait too long to get that answer. For now though, we admit that the integrated iris scanner and that rear-mounted fingerprint sensor may still be the best way to go.

(Source: iDeviceHelp [YouTube])

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