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WhatsApp Face ID, Touch ID Biometric Authentication Plagued by Screen Lock Bypass Bug, Company Responds

Earlier this month, Facebook-owned WhatsApp rolled out an update for its iPhone chat app, which included support for biometric authentication using Face ID or Touch ID.
WhatsApp has confirmed the existence of the bug and the company will soon release a fix for the same.As spotted by Reddit user de_X_ter, the WhatsApp bug only works when the user has selected the bio metric authentication kick-in time to anything except Immediately, with the other options being After 1 minute, After 15 minutes, and After 1 hour Immediately in WhatsApp Account Privacy Screen Lock.Gadgets 360 was able to confirm the existence of the bug on two iPhone units, one with Touch ID and the other with Face ID.
“We are aware of the issue and a fix will be available shortly. In the meantime, we recommend that people set the screen lock option to immediately,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told Gadgets 360. As WhatsApp notes, if you like to use biometric authentication on WhatsApp on iPhone, it is ideal to set the screen lock kick-in time to Immediately. Any other option will leave your WhatsApp vulnerable to the bug.WhatsApp for Android doesn’t include a similar feature right now.We discussed what WhatsApp absolutely needs to do in 2019, on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode.

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