News Samsung Samsung responds to discovery of Galaxy S8’s iris scanner vulnerability By Rehan Rasheed Posted on May 25, 2017 3 min read 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Samsung has responded to the recent discovery of a vulnerability in iris scanner of the Galaxy S8 smartphone that only needed a picture of an eye with a contact lens. After having the worst fate for Galaxy Note 7, Samsung claimed to have put its strength, in each factor that could be in a smartphone, into the Galaxy S8. Most prominent elements of the latest flagship phone from the Korean tech giant included the new biometric security features. Facial recognition feature got broken instantly after the launch of Galaxy S8 that Samsung avoided take its responsibility by just stating as it was only intended to unlock phone screen. Now recently after a couple of months, a researcher at Chaos Computer Club discovered that iris scanner is also not good enough to take care of your security. The team managed to get access into the iris locked Galaxy S8 by only using the eye-print of the authenticated person on a paper with a contact lens glued on it. The hacker also noted that a high-resolution selfie downloaded from the web might work to break into the phone. Samsung’s Response over iris Scanner Vulnerability Samsung, however unlike abandoning the facial recognition fix, now has taken a serious note to fix the issue. The company disclosed that Galaxy S8’s iris scanner was tested to provide high-level of accuracy and prevent any compromising activity with its security. However it will respond to the advent of new methods that could challenge the company’s effort by providing resolution ASAP. We are aware of the issue, but we would like to assure our customers that the iris scanning technology in the Galaxy S8 has been developed through rigorous testing to provide a high level of accuracy and prevent attempts to compromise its security, such as images of a person’s iris. If there is a potential vulnerability or the advent of a new method that challenges our efforts to ensure security at any time, we will respond as quickly as possible to resolve the issue. Samsung responded to Gizmodo as quoted above.