Is iPhone X’s Face ID Really Not Safe?


First equal twins and now mask. Is iPhone X Face ID really not safe? Can iPhone X’s Face ID get fooled by a face mask? All are questions raised. When a woman sets up her facial recognition as she looks at her Apple iPhone X at an Apple store in New York, U.S., November 3, 2017.

iPhone X Face ID
IMG Credit – Bkav

From patterns and 4-digit PIN to fingerprint sensors and facial recognition, the Smartphone security system has come a extensive and when Apple introduced the iPhone X’s Face ID, the feature was deemed to be the future of upcoming Smartphone security.Apple claimed that there’s a one in one million probability that a random person’s face can fool Face ID and unlock the iPhone X. But we are more and more seeing videos and reports that suggest that the sophisticated security feature can be breached by not just your identical twin but by a stranger who looks fairly similar to you.

Now, researchers at a security company called Bkav claim to have “thwarted” Face ID by using a specially-built masquerade. The team did not strive for a life-like mask but built its mask with the intent to tricking the Face ID’s depth-mapping technology.

The team of security researchers has made the face or rather the frame using 3D printing technology and hand-crafted “skin” that can covers the areas nearby the eyes and mouth. The eyes are 2D images while the nose is ready out of silicone. The mask in point of fact seems to work, as you can see from the clip below.

The researchers maintain that they didn’t have to trick to make it work. The Face ID in the iPhone X used for the test was designed to using a real person’s face. They also claim that it cost them roughly $150 in stores (excluding the 3D printer). Yet, the demo shows the iPhone unlocking in the first try itself, even though it is not clear how many failed attempts Bkav had before producing a mask that actually worked.

The company says that, they started working on the face mask on November 5 and completed the project in just 5 days.

But should most iPhone X users be bothered?

Not really. The security firm also acknowledges that “normal people” shouldn’t be worried about their iPhone X Face ID being compromised by such masks, as the effort it takes to make such masks is simply too much. However, this security concern should high-value individuals like politicians and businessmen. Apple Face IDMoreover, the whole experiment was conducted to show that bio-metric sign-ins is just about convenience and not completely foolproof.

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