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Duress Codes for Fingerprint Access Control

27
Jan
2017
Duress Codes for Fingerprint Access Control

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Mike Specter has an interesting idea on how to make biometric access-control systems more secure: add a duress code.

For example, you might configure your iPhone so that either thumb or forefinger unlocks the device, but your left middle finger disables the fingerprint mechanism (useful in the US where being compelled to divulge your password is a 5th Amendment violation but being forced to place your finger on the fingerprint reader is not) and the right middle finger permanently wipes the phone (useful in other countries where coercion techniques are much more severe).

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