Vietnamese researcher shows iphone x face id 'hack'

Has Face ID been hacked? Vietnamese researchers clayên to have bypassed the technology by creating a... <+> mask for less than $150. (Phokhổng lồ credit: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

Researchers in Vietphái nam clayên khổng lồ havebypassed Apple"s Face ID facial recognition công nghệ with a mask that cost less than $150 to make, but many questions remain aboutjust how they achieved their haông xã. Indeed, there are a number of gaps in the Vietnamese hackers" disclosure that leave sầu room for doubt about the applicability of their attaông chồng in the real world.

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On the face of it, the attachồng appears legitimate, a creepy-looking mask unlocking an iPhone X, released just over a week ago. The researchers, from cybersecurity company Bkav, created their mask by 3 chiều printing a mould and attaching some 2D images of the enrolled user"s face.They then added some "some special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas, to lớn fool AI of Face ID."

In an FAQ on the Bkav trang web, the firm gave sầu some detail on how the mask was created. "We had an artist make it by silicone first. Then, when we found that the nose did not perfectly meet our dem&, we fixed it on our own, then the hachồng worked. That"s why there"s a part on the nose"s left side that is of a different color (photo attached). So, it"s easy khổng lồ make the mask và beat Face ID." The company noted that alongside a 3D printer for the mask"s mould, both the nose and the skin were handmade.

"We just need a half face to lớn create the mask. It was even simpler than we ourselves had thought."

More details needed

Despite all that,there are some gaps in the research. Crucially, the proof-of-concept video clip leaves out the enrolment process for the true face. They may, for instance, have enrolled the mask itself. Or they may have sầu added features from the mask lớn the face, such as glasses or a piece of the plaster, which could"ve sầu duped the technology.

There"s another possible trick: after a rejection of the mask, they could"ve entered the passcode, which would then train the phone to accept the mask.But the researchers said they applied a strict rule of "absolutely no passcode."

There was a note of caution from the researchers too, inviting further questions: "Here, I want khổng lồ repeat that our experiment is a kind of proof of concept, the purpose of which is lớn prove a principle, other issues will be researched later."

The researchers do have history in breaking biometric systems, however. In 2008, they were able to lớn show how to bypass facial recognition technologies on a range of laptops, from the likes of Toshiba, Lenovo and Hãng Asus.

Bkav hadn"t responded lớn questions seeking clarity on the hack at the time of publication. Butthose details could be filled out later this week, as the researchers promised to provide more information.Apple declined to bình luận,instead pointingbommobile.vnto thecompany"s literature on the workings of Face ID.

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"It"s difficult to lớn say if there is some trickery here," said professor Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey"s department of computing. "Nothing in what they say suggests there is, and I must confess that I"d be cautious about FaceID as the sole means of authentication. I think biometrics is still a giải pháp công nghệ yet to lớn prove sầu itself.

"It reinforces in my mind the need khổng lồ two-factor authentication. The convenience of Face ID is very attractive but if it is flawed, then once it becomes wholly useless as you have only one face: unlike passwords you can’t change it."

For now, iPhone X owners needn"t panic about imminent attacks just yet. For starters, a malicious hacker would need lớn vày a full scan of a target"s face. Furthermore, they"d need physical access to lớn the device. Face ID isn"t perfect, but it"s yet khổng lồ be definitively proven broken as a security giải pháp công nghệ.


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