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.

Comments
How The Math Of Biometric Authentication Adds Up
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
kuwacs
100%
0%
kuwacs,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/9/2014 | 3:44:38 PM
Re: No better than passwords
I see your point, Steve. If you have a line up of prints, it's not much different from typing in an order of characters. But, as the other commenter said, finger prints cannot be written down, or accidentally shared with someone. Also, phishing for a print isn't easy, because in order to use the value the phisher receives, they have to know the hash and salt of the program that they are trying to get into. Lifting and replaying prints is delicate work, from my understanding. And while it might seem easy to find and lift a print, imagine having to lift all ten, and then trying to figure out which ones to use, and what order to use them in, to get access. Passphrases can be typed, read, written down, guessed...etc. You can't do any of these with a fingerprint.
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
6/6/2014 | 4:09:11 PM
Re: thought provoking -- toe-factor authentication
that's quite good, @DavidB199. LOL
DavidB199
100%
0%
DavidB199,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/6/2014 | 9:25:35 AM
thought provoking
Sir,


I really enjoyed reading your article....especially the last line about toes. Would that constitute 'toe factor authentication'? Haha..excuse my dry british humor.


Cheers!
dak3
50%
50%
dak3,
User Rank: Moderator
6/5/2014 | 2:16:57 PM
Re: Actually Ardeun is ....
Interesting, I'll have to look into them (or have my Aussie colleagues do so).
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
6/4/2014 | 7:43:26 AM
Re: Actually Ardeun is ....
It's good to hear some real-world example that biometrics are working. I have TouchID on my iphone5 and its fast, simple and very reliable. Nothing is perfect, of course, but what we have now (passwords) is barely adequate to the task. I hope we see some progress in this area in the months and years to come.  
MarkA899
50%
50%
MarkA899,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/3/2014 | 8:57:21 PM
Actually Ardeun is ....
Great article and good commentary on the SALTed and HASHed values.

On the point of "fingerprint phrases" actually a company called Ardeun Biometrics does use this and other techniques in their Biometric Authentication solution. They encompass a number of modes of biometrics selected by the user or the company wanting to be secured, namely finger and face, or face and voice, or finger and voice etc etc. On the finger side of things, they also have combinations of fingers that can be used to authenticate. Likewise there is also a very simple single scan for fast and easy access where a lesser concern for security exposure exists yet true authentication is required.

I mention this because we use Ardeun in our company and it has been great. Fast access and also all staff are identifiable without question. 

 
avargas586
0%
100%
avargas586,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/3/2014 | 2:19:52 PM
Students
Parents who want to spend more time with their children
-Trailing military spouses
-Retirees
-Stay at home moms
-Students
-Retirees
-or anyone else needing supplemental income
We can help you... Visit us and sign up at our website and you can start earning from online work.

Start here>>>>>>> www.Bay91.Com
Marilyn Cohodas
50%
50%
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
6/3/2014 | 11:39:29 AM
Re: Glad to see you shoot down a few biometric canards...
Well that's a new one for me: a biometric wristband that authenticates the identity of the wearer using their unique cardiac rhythm (electrocardiogram – ECG). Cool!



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in this bionym whitepaper 
dak3
50%
50%
dak3,
User Rank: Moderator
6/3/2014 | 8:24:16 AM
Re: No better than passwords
Well, Steve, you  can't write down your fingerprints on a sticky note...
Steve_Lockstep
100%
0%
Steve_Lockstep,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/2/2014 | 6:23:13 PM
No better than passwords
So let me get this straight. Dave Kearns accepts that fingerprints can be stolen and replayed. So he suggests that a countermeasure to biometric identity theft is to have users memorise a secret sequence of fingers which only they know. Like "left pinky, right middle, left index, left index, right ring" - presto. 

And how is this better than a regular passphrase? 
Page 1 / 2   >   >>


COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/9/2020
Omdia Research Launches Page on Dark Reading
Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading 7/9/2020
4 Security Tips as the July 15 Tax-Day Extension Draws Near
Shane Buckley, President & Chief Operating Officer, Gigamon,  7/10/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
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
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15105
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Django Two-Factor Authentication before 1.12, stores the user's password in clear text in the user session (base64-encoded). The password is stored in the session when the user submits their username and password, and is removed once they complete authentication by entering a two-factor authenticati...
CVE-2020-11061
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
In Bareos Director less than or equal to 16.2.10, 17.2.9, 18.2.8, and 19.2.7, a heap overflow allows a malicious client to corrupt the director's memory via oversized digest strings sent during initialization of a verify job. Disabling verify jobs mitigates the problem. This issue is also patched in...
CVE-2020-4042
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Bareos before version 19.2.8 and earlier allows a malicious client to communicate with the director without knowledge of the shared secret if the director allows client initiated connection and connects to the client itself. The malicious client can replay the Bareos director's cram-md5 challenge to...
CVE-2020-11081
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
osquery before version 4.4.0 enables a priviledge escalation vulnerability. If a Window system is configured with a PATH that contains a user-writable directory then a local user may write a zlib1.dll DLL, which osquery will attempt to load. Since osquery runs with elevated privileges this enables l...
CVE-2020-6114
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
An exploitable SQL injection vulnerability exists in the Admin Reports functionality of Glacies IceHRM v26.6.0.OS (Commit bb274de1751ffb9d09482fd2538f9950a94c510a) . A specially crafted HTTP request can cause SQL injection. An attacker can make an authenticated HTTP request to trigger this vulnerabi...