In September, Apple unveiled Face ID during its iPhone X event, bragging that it couldn’t be fooled by even Hollywood quality masks. And to train iPhone X’s neural network, the company even created a collection of masks. However, recently a Vietnamese security firm said that it successfully managed to thwart the Face ID using a mask.
Named BKav, the security firm created the mask by combining a 3D-printed frame with makeup, and a silicone. The other parts, such as the eyes are 2D-printed and there is special processing in selected areas. In the following demonstration video, they also showed the unlocking of an iPhone X for both the mask and the person.
In iPhone X, Apple has replaced its Touch ID to put Face ID, which unlocks the device using the TrueDepth camera system on the top of the display. Apart from unlocking the device, Face ID can also be used for payments, authentication, Apple Pay, and accessing securing apps as well.
Well, it’s less likely that this BKav-style mask will pose any security threat. The mask is quite expensive and difficult to develop. Besides, it requires the dimensions of a person’s face and detailed imagery. However, this emphasizes that the Face ID may not be a completely foolproof security.