Apple iPhone X Face ID 'Is Tricked' By 3D Printed Mask

Herbert Rhodes
November 14, 2017

Researchers at the security firm Bkav have claimed that they can fool Face ID with a custom-made mask. One very creepy mask.

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

Resetting the FaceID also doesn't seem to resolve the issue, and while while some believe it's all because iPhone X owners are getting used to Face ID and expect the technology to work faster, other believe that the problem appeared after the iOS 11.1.1 update. The Face ID recognises half the face and allows the user to unlock the phone.

The Vietnamese firm Bkav used a combination of 3D printing for the face model, hand-crafted 'skin, a handmade nose, and 2D printing the eyes and lips.

The whole thing cost about $150, the company says. We also found that odd but were able to replicate the unusual behavior on an iPhone X unit Apple provided us. Key areas, like the eyes and mouth, were actually recreated with 2D photos pasted onto the 3D surface.

Of course, a feature like that has attracted a few skeptics.

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"Many people in the world have tried different kinds of masks but all failed".

Similar attempts have been made by others including Wired Magazine and Wall Street Journal.

Apple would not comment on the video for this story.

When Apple launched iPhone X back in September, the company waxed lyrical on its new Face ID technology, a path-breaking facial recognition feature that used specialised hardware and a flood illuminator to create 30,000 invisible dots to map a person's face. At the time, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, stated that "professional mask makers and makeup artists in Hollywood" had helped to "train the neural networks" of Face ID, making phone security more reliable than ever and nearly impossible to hack. We require user attention to unlock. The prospect of someone gaining access to your locked phone while you sleep is something iPhone X users need to be aware of, particularly those that sleep deeply, ' Kevin Alan Tussy, CEO of FaceTec. Face ID was configured with a real person's face and that the mask was able to fool it. The firm said it only meant to show a "proof of concept" that Face ID can be skirted and that such techniques would not target regular users but more likely "billionaires (and) leaders of major corporations". Bkav has yet to release the technical details of the hacking proof-of-concept. A stylus called the "Apple Pencil" was also reported to be in progress and is expected to launch along with the new tablet.

For everyone that's just purchased an iPhone X, here's a bit of potentially bad news.

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