Apple Patent Acknowledges Vulnerability to Spoofing

From reading the recent announcement of Apple’s “Doodle” innovation …, it’s great to see that Apple is acknowledging that biometric spoofing is being recognized as a serious issue, and one that needs to be addressed with the iPhone 5S and with what they have coming.

As I’ve mentioned recently, the 5S has certainly validated the convenience aspect of fingerprint authentication on mobile devices, but its current level of security remains highly vulnerable to spoofing. Failing to address this vulnerability in the 5S and other mobile devices with integrated fingerprint sensors could potentially retard adoption of biometric authentication for mobile commerce and other mobile-centric applications’ security requirements.

While it’s possible the Doodle innovation might raise the operational challenge of readily spoofing the iPhone 5S, it appears to lack any ability to determine the presence of a spoof-derived fingerprint image. Legitimate anti-spoofing (a.k.a. liveness detection) solutions have that ability, and are easily integrated with existing fingerprint authentication technology. At NexID our live finger detection (LFD) technology has been utilized by traditional fingerprint scanning devices for over seven years, and recently became available for mobile device integration. Look forward to seeing “Mobile LFD” from NexID in future mobile devices with integrated fingerprint sensors.