Ice Cream Sandwich's Face Unlock duped using a photograph

13 November, 2011 | Comments (111) | Post your comment

Ever since Google announced the new Face Unlock feature in Ice Cream Sandwich, people have been concerned about whether it can be fooled using just a photograph of the user instead of the actual face. One of Google's employees himself commented on this saying "Nope" and to give them some credit. Well, it seems he was wrong.

As you can see in the video above, the Face Unlock feature was easily fooled using a photograph of the user. Not just any photograph but a photograph on a Galaxy Note's glossy display taken using its camera. While this points out to the extreme sensitivity of the Face Unlock feature it's also what's causing the problem here. This tells us that unless Google fixes this feature in the final build of Ice Cream Sandwich, unlocking the phone with this feature by an unauthorized user will be only slightly more difficult than swiping on the default lock screen.

If you remember, this is not the first issue faced by Face Unlock (excuse the pun). The feature famously refused to work on stage during the unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich at Google's event. Perhaps Google should slap this feature with one of their famous 'Beta' logos at the time of launch, just to be on the safe side.





Ice Cream Sandwich's Face Unlock duped using a photograph - reader comments

  • Anonymous

Face recognition is not really that of a security. It is more of a bling like what they did with Lenovo's face recognition login. It can easily be faked by a picture EVERYTIME.

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  • 2011-11-15 06:28
  • KcVB
  • idontgetit.

If you lose your phine how do the people who find it know what you look like or who you are?I dont get it.If you lend it to a friend then you dont care if thwy unlock it as youve guven them permission to use ot.Whats all the fuss its a nice feature a...

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  • 2011-11-14 16:04
  • 0Fc%
  • Anonymous

I thought it was obvious that this is possible. The only thing is (as with the face unlock on laptops for the last 5 years) if you turn up security it only unlocks from an exact angle of your face... so if someone took a picture of you from the exact...

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  • 2011-11-14 15:58
  • AEhV