Security researchers were able to bypass the iPhone X’s Face ID system using a specially crafted mask

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Bkav (security firm) said that it was able to bypass the iPhone X’s Face ID system using a specially crafted mask, although Apple attempts to specifically prevent that fraud, but normal users have no obvious reasons to be concerned about the claimed attempts.

The company has challenged Apple’s facial recognition technology that has been replaced by Touch ID in iPhone X to check if they could bypass the security system using a mask. The security researchers found that they could cheat the facial identification features of the iPhone X using a specifically constructed mask.

Researchers said that the mask is crafted by merging 3D printing with makeup and 2D images, with some specific processing on the cheeks and on the face, where there are large skin areas, to trick Face ID system.

According to Bkav:
“So, after nearly 10 years of development, face recognition is not mature enough to guarantee security for computers and smartphones. In 2008, Bkav was the first company in the world to show that face recognition was not an effective security measure for laptops, right after Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, etc. used this technology for their products.”

It seems that Face ID on the iPhone X is not an effective security measure as Apple has stated.

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Eslam Medhat

is a professional pen-tester with over 9 years of IT experience bringing a strong background in programming languages and application security, ranging from network and system administration to exploit research and development. He reported various vulnerabilities for high profile companies and vendors and was successfully acknowledged by them.

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