IPhone X's Face ID gets conned by mask

IPhone X's Face ID gets conned by mask

As noted in its official Face ID Support Document, Apple has enacted a range of stringent measures to ensure its facial recognition system is unable to be tricked, for example, by someone wearing a mask or by your identical twin sibling. As in 2008, we were the first to show that face recognition was not an effective security measure for laptops, ' the researchers said. The method the firm used to trick Face ID is complicated and involved making a seriously creepy mask. After all, it needs to trick Apple's True Depth sensor.

"It is quite hard to make the "correct" mask without certain knowledge of security", Bkav argues. Researchers at Bkav say that a proper understanding of the mechanism of Face ID helped them in cracking it.

How much of a security flaw this really represents is up for debate of course.

- Bkav has promised to share more details later this week; some details are available here.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to Bkav, their "proof of concept" was performed without training their iPhone X to recognise components of the mask, just a team member's face.

As you can see, the researcher pulls a piece of cloth from a mask facing an iPhone X and it unlocks instantly. Users can also remotely disable Face ID if they lose their iPhone.

There is a catch though: the researchers, however, admitted that the technique would still be requiring a detailed measurement or a digital scan of the face of the phone's owner.

How often did they try to use Face ID and fail?

The researchers found that large portions of the face did not have to accurately depict the subject in order for Face ID to successfully unlock. It has a lovely bezel-less OLED display, Face ID, wireless charging, augmented reality, a powerful A11 Bionic processor, Portrait Lighting, and many other features. "Many people in the world have tried different kinds of masks, but all failed", the posting states.

"Potential targets shall not be regular users, but billionaires, leaders of major corporations, nations' leaders, and agents like Federal Bureau of Investigation need to understand the Face ID's issue", the company's researchers said.

How long did it take to make the mask?

These augmentation processes allow Face ID to keep up with dramatic changes in your facial hair or makeup use, while minimizing false acceptance. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more unusual that he should support Stockport County.

When Face ID was first announced, there was a lot of discussion about how secure the facial recognition was. Both the owner and the mask are shown unlocking the phone. Bkav said that they also kept the fact in the mind that the AI that powers Face ID learns over time.

"This seems like an unlikely sequence of events", Paul Norris, a systems engineer at security company Tripwire said.

Vietnamese firm "Bkav" claims it took less than a week and a mere US$150 to outsmart the supposedly sophisticated AI technology, which Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said had been perfected by the company's engineering team.

The mask is made of hand-crafted "skin" with the face model being 3D printed on top of it.

Bkav claims that its low-cost technique could potentially be used to target important figures, such as chief executives and politicians.

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