Over the past 2 years, the fingerprint sensor has become one of the most central elements within the new devices products. Would you like the ease with which you can unlock a smartphone, look for the opportunity to make payments safely, more and more people consider it an indispensable when evaluating the purchase of a new terminal. But the adoption of such a sensor, implies a really more secure? According to the findings from the last Black Hat Security Conference, the answer is no, at least when it comes to Android.
The annual event aims to bring together the world community of hackers and security experts, in order to share ideas and the latest discoveries in this field. The Conference held this year has also dealt with the issue of biometric authentication on Android and iOS devices and has unearthed many potential lapses that can be used to obtain different results, due to the possibility of bypassing the fingerprint authentication, to the far more serious opportunity to authorise payments or clone the imprint of the user. This is possible mainly on Android, since there are several occasions when data is transmitted without any protection within the operating system, something that doesn’t happen on iOS and with Touch ID seen that all data is encrypted and, even if they were caught, they could not be used in any way.
The two Android devices that presented more vulnerabilities are Galaxy S5 and HTC One Max, although it must be said that the producers are aware of the criticality of Android and many have already proceeded to solve most problems through silent updates. As many will recall, Android integrates a system not native Lollipop dedicated to the management of such sensors, which should change drastically with the arrival of Android M. Will do this to put up the Google proposal to Apple?