Brute-Force Test Attack Bypasses Android Biometric Defense

schwit1 shares a report from TechXplore: Chinese researchers say they successfully bypassed fingerprint authentication safeguards on smartphones by staging a brute force attack. Researchers at Zhejiang University and Tencent Labs capitalized on vulnerabilities of modern smartphone fingerprint scanners to stage their break-in operation, which they named BrutePrint. Their findings are published on the arXiv preprint server. A flaw in the Match-After-Lock feature, which is supposed to bar authentication activity once a device is in lockout mode, was overridden to allow a researcher to continue submitting an unlimited number of fingerprint samples. Inadequate protection of biometric data stored on the Serial Peripheral Interface of fingerprint sensors enables attackers to steal fingerprint images. Samples also can be easily obtained from academic datasets or from biometric data leaks. And a feature designed to limit the number of unsuccessful fingerprint matching attempts -- Cancel-After-Match-Fail (CAMF) -- has a flaw that allowed researchers to inject a checksum error disabling CAMF protection. In addition, BrutePrint altered illicitly obtained fingerprint images to appear as though they were scanned by the targeted device. This step improved the chances that images would be deemed valid by fingerprint scanners. To launch a successful break-in, an attacker requires physical access to a targeted phone for several hours, a printed circuit board easily obtainable for $15, and access to fingerprint images.

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