Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

5/24/2016
10:00 AM
100%
0%

Google To Eliminate Passwords For Android Apps

Project Abacus, in last stage of trial, will employ secure biometrics to unlock devices.

Google is all set to roll out logins for Android apps that will replace passwords with biometrics, reports TechCrunch. Project Abacus, which Google announced last year, is in its final trial stage and employs a secure authentication system called Trust Score.

Daniel Kaufman, head of Google's research unit, at the recent Google I/O developer conference said Project Abacus technology could be available to Android developers via its so-called Trust API by the end of this year. Some "very large financial institutions” will start testing the API in June, Kaufman said.

Users will unlock devices or sign into applications based on a cumulative Trust Score derived from usage patterns calculated on the user’s current location, facial recognition, speed, voice, and typing style.

Project Abacus, says Google, has already been in testing trials at 33 universities.

For more details, see this article.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
5/25/2016 | 2:22:47 PM
Thanks to Google's research
Just one note; the only company that can resolve password issue is Google. They have enough knowledge base to identify a workable solution for this username-password pair problem.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
5/25/2016 | 2:20:01 PM
a cumulative Trust Score
 

" ... a cumulative Trust Score derived from usage patterns calculated on the user's current location, facial recognition, speed, voice, and typing style ..."

I wonders if there is any weighting on these, facial high, location is low for example.

 
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
5/25/2016 | 2:17:15 PM
Re: Step in the right direction
"... end of password-keepers ..."

I hope so. There should have not been a start of password-keepers, they a big potential risk for the end users.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
5/25/2016 | 2:14:58 PM
Re: Step in the right direction
" ... false rejection rate ..."

I agree. This may be the main reasons users would get frustrated and give up.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
5/25/2016 | 2:13:27 PM
Project Abacus
I hope this would work but there are ten million different ways this could go wrong and not work for the regular users. Current location? Speed? These are big variables.
jastroff
50%
50%
jastroff,
User Rank: Strategist
5/25/2016 | 10:09:16 AM
Re: Step in the right direction
Interesting. Can this be the end of password-keepers such as Dashlane? If so, they had a very short life.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
5/25/2016 | 8:59:49 AM
Step in the right direction
This is defnitely a step forward in terms of security best practices considering how weak of a safeguard passwords are. The success of this however may be determined by the false rejection rate of the biometrics.
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 9/25/2020
9 Tips to Prepare for the Future of Cloud & Network Security
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  9/28/2020
Attacker Dwell Time: Ransomware's Most Important Metric
Ricardo Villadiego, Founder and CEO of Lumu,  9/30/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
How IT Security Organizations are Attacking the Cybersecurity Problem
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world -- and enterprise computing -- on end. Here's a look at how cybersecurity teams are retrenching their defense strategies, rebuilding their teams, and selecting new technologies to stop the oncoming rise of online attacks.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-20902
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-01
Upgrading Crowd via XML Data Transfer can reactivate a disabled user from OpenLDAP. The affected versions are from before version 3.4.6 and from 3.5.0 before 3.5.1.
CVE-2019-20903
PUBLISHED: 2020-10-01
The hyperlinks functionality in atlaskit/editor-core in before version 113.1.5 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary HTML or JavaScript via a Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability in link targets.
CVE-2020-25288
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-30
An issue was discovered in MantisBT before 2.24.3. When editing an Issue in a Project where a Custom Field with a crafted Regular Expression property is used, improper escaping of the corresponding form input's pattern attribute allows HTML injection and, if CSP settings permit, execution of arbitra...
CVE-2020-25781
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-30
An issue was discovered in file_download.php in MantisBT before 2.24.3. Users without access to view private issue notes are able to download the (supposedly private) attachments linked to these notes by accessing the corresponding file download URL directly.
CVE-2020-25830
PUBLISHED: 2020-09-30
An issue was discovered in MantisBT before 2.24.3. Improper escaping of a custom field's name allows an attacker to inject HTML and, if CSP settings permit, achieve execution of arbitrary JavaScript when attempting to update said custom field via bug_actiongroup_page.php.