Ice Cream Sandwich's Face Unlock duped using a photograph

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Ever since Google announced the new Face Unlock feature in Ice Cream Sandwich, people have been concerned about whether it can be fooled using just a photograph of the user instead of the actual face. One of Google's employees himself commented on this saying "Nope" and to give them some credit. Well, it seems he was wrong.
As you can see in the video above, the Face Unlock feature was easily fooled using a photograph of the user. Not just any photograph but a photograph on a Galaxy Note's glossy display taken using its camera. While this points out to the extreme sensitivity of the Face Unlock feature it's also what's causing the problem here. This tells us that unless Google fixes this feature in the final build of Ice Cream Sandwich, unlocking the phone with this feature by an unauthorized user will be only slightly more difficult than swiping on the default lock screen.
If you remember, this is not the first issue faced by Face Unlock (excuse the pun). The feature famously refused to work on stage during the unveiling of Ice Cream Sandwich at Google's event. Perhaps Google should slap this feature with one of their famous 'Beta' logos at the time of launch, just to be on the safe side.


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