Fingerprint scanning could be an integral part of the mobile world in the months to come. We’ve seen Android manufacturers sparingly use fingerprint scanning for their smartphones, although they’re nowhere near as functional as Apple’s proprietary Touch ID sensor. A new report now suggests that HTC’s implementation of the fingerprint scanner is far from being secure.
Researchers over at FireEye have found that the One Max flagship which was launched in 2013 is the most vulnerable to this flaw, where fingerprints are saved on the device as an image file dbgraw.bmp. In order to keep fingerprints secure, it is necessary for manufacturers to provide an encryption service, which would make it nearly impossible to hack into phone via fingerprints.
It’s not known if the company’s HTC One M9+ smartphone is also prone to this bug. Researchers have found the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S5 to be vulnerable to some extent, so we urge you to use standard unlock/lock methods if you own either of these devices.
Source: The Register
Via: Android Headlines