Chink In Galaxy S8 Armour As Facial Recognition Feature Bypassed Using Just a Photo
After being the release of Samsung Galaxy this Wednesday there seems to be a chink in Chink in Galaxy S8 armour as facial recognition feature bypassed using just a photo. This can be seen from one of the videos shared online which throws light on one of the handsets being unlocked simply by waving a photo of the user’s face in front of the camera.
The video on Youtube depicts the recent Galaxy S8 launch event where a registered user presents a picture of himself to the phone’s front-facing camera. After a few attempts, the phone recognises the close-up image as the user’s face, and the screen lock is eventually bypassed.
Earlier reports suggested that Samsung had decided to include facial recognition to the Galaxy S8 given the doubts it had about the speed and reliability of the iris scanning feature also included in the phone. There is a need for software algorithms to be fine tuned.
The Samsung camera relies on standard 2D facial recognition technology which in the past has proved can be easily tricked using two-dimensional photos. Making it obvious that use of standalone authentication feature remains limited.
Speaking to the media Samsung explains that facial recognition cannot be used to authenticate mobile payments or to access the device’s Secure Folder, both of which require the use of the phone’s other biometric features.
The Galaxy S8 provides various levels of biometric authentication, with the highest level of authentication from the iris scanner and fingerprint reader. In addition, the Galaxy S8 provides users with multiple options to unlock their phones through both biometric security options, and convenient options such as swipe and facial recognition. It is important to reiterate that facial recognition, while convenient, can only be used for opening your Galaxy S8 and currently cannot be used to authenticate access to Samsung Pay or Secure Folder.
It is important to reiterate that facial recognition, while convenient, can only be used for opening your Galaxy S8 and currently cannot be used to authenticate access to Samsung Pay or Secure Folder.
Apple is to release the much-hyped “iPhone 8” this year will include both iris scanning and a facial recognition feature. The OLED iPhone will be featuring a futuristic front facing camera system with infrared 3D sensing capabilities. This feature will to an extent overcome the authentication limitations similar to those found on Samsung’s device.
There are reports which also suggest Apple will be embedding its Touch ID fingerprint technology into a modified Samsung OLED display.