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Results: Face ID doesn't exactly have a full vote of confidence

15 November 2017

The technology didn't even fall for well-lit photographs or other faces that had similar features.

The researchers also don't expect such a technique to be used against the everyday iPhone X user.

According to Bkav the experiment began right after iPhone X was released.

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Although Apple says Face ID is more secure than Touch ID, this raises questions about the possibility of false positives not only happening with twins and siblings around the same age, but with people of different sexes and significantly different ages. The mask took approximately 150 Dollars to create. "We were able to trick Apple's AI...because we understood how their AI worked and how to bypass it".

"After almost 10 years of development, face recognition is not mature enough to guarantee security for computers and smartphones", the researchers warned.

That page says the probability of a random person unlocking another user's phone with their face was approximately 1-in-a-million, compared to 1-in-50,000 for the previously used fingerprint scanner. Bkav's method is yet to be confirmed by other security researchers. To further test it, Sherwani tried registering her face again a few hours later, to replicate the indoor, nighttime lighting conditions in which she first set up her iPhone X. The problem returned; Ammar unlocked the phone on his third try this time. "Exploitation is hard for normal users, but simple for professional ones".

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It's the first reported case of researchers apparently being able to fool the Face ID software.

As you can see, the researcher pulls a piece of cloth from a mask facing an iPhone X and it unlocks instantly.

These users might want to take extra steps beyond Face ID if they want their device fully protected.

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Reviews of the phone widely noted issues with the feature, which uses infrared light to map users' faces and unlock the phone when the correct owner is looking at it. If you're concerned about this, we recommend using a passcode to authenticate. If you are just a casual user, you need not worry.

Results: Face ID doesn't exactly have a full vote of confidence