Last week, a number of Galaxy S10 units that used glass or silicone-based display protectors were with a vulnerability that allowed anybody to unlock the system using a fingerprint. Samsung responded by asking customers to refrain from utilizing said display protectors and that they’d roll out a software repair for the issue in the coming week. In the meanwhile, some banking apps that depend on fingerprint authentication have disallowed Galaxy S10 customers from downloading or putting in their apps from the Play Store while others have disabled the choice to make use of the fingerprint scanner as a form of verification.
Some other banks akin to NatWest and Nationwide Building Society in the UK seem to have taken the countermeasures a step further. In response to a Reddit post, a user confirmed that the NatWest Bank pulled their banking app off the Play Store for Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ users. Nationwide Building Society is taking a more reasonable path and are merely disabling the fingerprint authentication option in their apps.
In the same Reddit thread, users based in a number of regions echo a similar concern. Thankfully, most banks have only disabled fingerprint authentication of their apps and not pulled the app. Most US-based banks do not appear to have implemented any of the steps just yet.
Some banking apps use fingerprints as the only way of user confirmation. The banks do not need to be liable within the off possibilities that somebody gets their money siphoned off by a faux fingerprint.