What you need to know
- Researchers have allegedly demonstrated how to bypass Apple's Face ID.
- The method involves an unconscious participant and special glasses.
- The exploit is said to take advantage of the "liveness" feature related to facial biometrics.
Researchers presenting at the 2019 Black Hat conference have revealed a possible flaw with facial biometrics, including Apple's Face ID. The exploit, however, isn't especially easy to pull off.
According to researchers, Face ID can be bypassed using modified glasses. To pull it off, you either need a willing participant or for the user to be unconscious.
Threatpost has the report:
To bypass Face ID, researchers took advantage of the system's "liveness" feature, which detects if a person is looking at their device.
When a users is wearing glasses, Face ID doesn't extract 3D information from the eye, the researchers said. So, to bypass the liveness feature, researchers created modified glasses that uses black and white tape. They then demonstrated how to bypass Face ID and transfer money through mobile payments.
In a support document, Apple explains that Face ID was designed to protect against spoofing by masks and other techniques using anti-spoofing neural networks. It also specifically mentions its attention-aware feature as extra security.
Although researchers have seemingly found a way to bypass facial biometrics using modified glasses, there are a number of factors that make the possible exploit difficult to pull off.
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