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Fingerprint master key

2017-05-12 15:17:50.120037+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

MasterPrint: Exploring the Vulnerability of Partial Fingerprint-based Authentication Systems (IEEE Paywall). It's paywalled, and I haven't read it, but if I'm understanding the German article that led me to it, Zwei Drittel aller Fingerabdrucksensoren lassen sich mit einem (1) Abdruck überlisten", it's about building a fingerprint "master key" that opens about 2/3rds of smartphones locked with fingerprints.

Yet another reason to avoid relying on biometrics.

Oh here we go, the NYU press release: So You Think You Can Secure Your Mobile Phone With a Fingerprint? NYU Tandon and Michigan State University Researchers Find That Similarities in Partial Fingerprints May be Sufficient to Trick Biometric Security Systems on Smartphones.

Looks like they're working in a simulated environment, but still some interesting implications.

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