Touch ID hackers attempt to take things to next level, no need for physical fingerprint.

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The hacker who successfully used a fingerprint captured from an iPhone to fool Touch ID now believes it may be possible to perform the same hack without needing access to a physical fingerprint. Speaking at this year’s Chaos Computer Club convention, Jan Krissler – who uses the alias Starbug – demonstrated how a fingerprint can be generated from a series of ordinary photographs of someone’s finger …

VentureBeat reports that he demonstrated the capability by photographing the thumb of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, using this to generate a fingerprint …

Krissler said he used commercially available software called VeriFinger to pull off the feat. The main source was a close-up picture of von der Leyen’s thumb, obtained during a news conference in October, along with photographs taken from different angles to get an image of the complete fingerprint.

It’s worth noting that at this point, Krissler has not yet demonstrated an ability to combine the two approaches by using a photographed fingerprint to fool Touch ID, and that even if he is able to do so, the attack method is non-trivial. Last year’s video demonstrating the approach showed that it required 30 hours of work to pull off the first time, and would likely take several hours subsequently.

As we noted last time, the hack requires a considerable amount of time, effort, skill and equipment, and is not something the average iPhone user need be too concerned about.

Tests performed using the hack showed that while it still worked on the iPhone 6, Apple had improved both the security and reliability of the sensor in the new models.

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Apple explains how the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor keeps your info secure.

Touch ID sensor on the Apple iPhone 5s

If you’ve ever wanted to know how the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID fingerprint security works beyond a basic overview, you’ll be glad to hear Apple has just delivered a motherlode of new details. An updated version of its iOS Security white paper (PDF) explains much of what happens to your finger data after you touch the sensor. In short, your information may be more hack-resistant than it seems at first glance. Each A7 chip has a unique secure space that neither the A7 nor Apple can read, and every authentication session is encrypted end-to-end. The company is also offering a deeper explanation of what it does with your fingerprint image, noting that the print only lasts in memory until it’s turned into a decryption key. As we’ve known for a while, there are safeguards that wipe out that key after 48 hours of inactivity, a reboot or five failed login attempts. While the new insights will only have so much usefulness whendevelopers can’t use Touch ID for their own apps, they suggest that there’s little to no chance of fingerprint theft or a large-scale data breach.

iPhone 6 Fingerprint Sensor Production Set to Gear Up in Q2 with Increased Efficiency.

iphone_5s_touch_idApple’s iPhone fingerprint sensor supplier TSMC is preparing to begin production on sensors for the iPhone 6 in the second quarter of this year, according to a report from Digitimes. The report claims that TSMC will be shifting to a larger 12-inch fab from the current 8-inch fab, a move that should increase production efficiency. TSMC will also handle the packaging process for the sensors itself rather than contracting out to other firms, centralizing control over the component.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reportedly will begin producing fingerprint sensors for Apple’s next-generation iPhone at its 12-inch fab using a 65nm process in the second quarter of 2014, according to industry sources. […]

TSMC has been fabricating the fingerprint sensors for iPhone 5s at its 8-inch fabs, while outsourcing the backend services to Xintec, China Wafer Level CSP and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE).

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor was reported to be the primary factor contributing to very tight supplies of the iPhone 5s at its launch last September, with low yield rates at packaging firm Xintec and iOS 7-sensor integration slowing production. With several of those issues now ironed out and TSMC able to get an earlier start on sensor production for the next-generation iPhone, that bottleneck on launch supplies appears likely to be solved.

Purported iPad 5 Gets Pictured With A Touch ID Sensor.

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Touch ID has received all kinds of praise since it made its debut on the iPhone 5s last month, so naturally, the question everyone’s asking is whether the new fingerprint-scanning technology will make its way to other iOS devices.

We’ve already seen evidence that suggests it will come to the second-generation iPad mini, and the blurry picture above seems to prove that Touch ID is also coming to the fifth-generation iPad, alongside its all-new design.

The picture was snapped by Chinese tech site CtechCN.com, and if it’s genuine, it proves Touch ID won’t be exclusive to the iPhone 5s for long. We already know that the biggest change for the fifth-generation iPad will be a new, thinner and lighter form factor — much like the iPad mini’s — but it looks like that won’t be the only treat we have in store.

It’s worth noting, however, that this is a very blurry image, and you always have to question the authenticity of shots like these. If it’s real, why couldn’t the snapper get a decent imagine of the sensor? With that said, it’s almost as if the blurriness is covering something up.

Take this picture with a pinch of salt for now, then, but I’m fairly confident the new iPads will get Touch ID. Unless the home buttons are difficult to manufacture and severely constrained, there’s no reason why Apple wouldn’t want to bring this technology to other iOS devices as soon as possible — as it did with the Lightning connector.

In fact, I have a feeling that Touch ID could be the second-generation iPad mini’s biggest selling point. If those reports that claim it won’t get a Retina display until 2014 are true, Apple will need more than just a faster processor to sell the new device — and Touch ID could be the answer.

Whatever the case may be, we should find out soon enough. Apple is expected to hold its iPad event on October 22, and with just seven days to go, we should see invitations issued later on today.

Leaked iPhone 5S Home Button Flex points to Fingerprint Sensor?

A leaked iPhone 5S Home Button flex could point to a fingerprint sensor in Apple’s next iPhone, according to reports.

Picked up by Nowhereelse.fr, the latest leak is similar to a flex leaked in June earlier this year. The flex leaked this week features an identity code that matches Apple’s standard part numbering scheme. With that in mind, it’s likely this particular part, if it’s genuine, was manufactured in mid-July.

The Fingerprint Sensor rumors revolve around the fact that this leaked flex is much more complex than the flex leaked in June, and even more so than the current iPhone 5′s flex. The new flex configuration has led some to suggest that Apple’s iPhone 5S will include a fingerprint sensor embedded in the Home Button. Such a feature would provide Apple’s iPhone with an unparalleled level of security in the smartphone world.

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Rumors of biometric security have been rife ever since Apple acquired security firm AuthenTec. Since then, Apple has published numerous patents covering biometric security. Recent reports have also suggested that Apple was using an external fingerprint sensor in conjunction with tests on an iPhone 5S prototype.

Further suggestions of biometric security have been found in the code for the iOS 7 Beta, which included a folder titled “BiometricKitUI”, perhaps the most convincing piece of evidence to date. Whilst the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S is by no means a done deal, there’s certainly a lot of hype, and some convincing leaks to go along with the chatter. The comforting factor among all these rumors is that we only have to wait 1 week in order to find out if we’re right or not, with Apple expected to announce the new iPhone(s) on September 10.

New iPhone with biometric fingerprint sensor seemingly confirmed by iOS leak.

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Looks like the rumors are true: iOS 7 beta 4 has leaked a new folder called “BiometricKitUI.” Based on the description, sent to us by Hamza Sood, it seems pretty clear that Apple is preparing a new iPhone with a fingerprint sensor. The interface is described above, pointing to a user being able to swipe the sensor on the iPhone’s home button.

Sood tells us that the above strings are what an iPhone with VoiceOver on would read to a user. The text:

Photo of a person holding an iPhone with their left hand while touching the Home button with their thumb_;A fingerprint that changes colour during the setup process._iPhoto of a person holding an iPhone with their right hand while touching the Home button with their thumb_Recognition is

According to a source familiar with the development of the new iPhone, the user-interface for the fingerprint scanning system has been complete. This person also says that the technology is focused around unlocking the phone, so it is unclear if it is built for a payment system (as rumored) in the next iPhone. We previously reported that Apple’s iWatch will include some biometric related hardware/software features.

Also coming in the new iPhone, likely to look like the iPhone 5, is an improved camera system, A7 processor, and perhaps some new voice and camera features.

Source: 9to5Mac.

Fingerprint Scanners Coming to iPad and iPhone?

by Jillian from padgadget.

fingerprintMany people were surprised when Apple purchased fingerprint sensor maker AuthenTec last month for a mere USD $356 million, landing itself as one of the biggest mergers the company has ever initiated. Security experts among you may have been less shocked, knowing the company has a considerable number of patents on fingerprint sensors, touchchips and other security technologies.

Based on this, can we expect that next-generation Apple devices will feature fingerprint recognition capabilities?

The purchase of AuthenTec may seem rushed which is prompting speculation that the deal was made to secure production and engineering efforts in time for an upcoming hardware launch. This may be true, but it could be just as likely that Apple was seizing an available opportunity before one of their competitors did. It may also have little to do with existing developments from the acquired company and everything to do with potential: what patents do they have? what was the next generation of innovation being developed?

I think is is safe to assume it has something to do with new new Passbook digital wallet functionality rolling out in the upcoming iOS 6 update. Security is going to be front-of-mind when Apple is dealing with digital payments and the storage of tickets, coupons and loyalty cards.

Unfortunately, fingerprint recognition can be frustrating technology for end users. Anybody who has used a sensor of this type to lock and unlock their laptop knows that it can sometime take more than a few swipes of your finger before it gets a good read and lets you in.

The geek in me does like the idea of making my smartphone or tablet a little more like a gadget from Mission Impossible and I think it may work well as part of a two-stage authentication mechanism for transactions that really should be secure –consider how nice it would be to be able to give your children the password to unlock the iPad, but require your fingerprint to make a purchase in the App Store so it requires your presence and attention.