Ever since the iPhone X launched on November 3, people have been hard at work trying to fool Face ID. With the introduction of the edge-to-edge display on the iPhone X, Apple had to get rid of the home button and as a result TouchID. In its place we have Face ID, which allows the tenth anniversary iPhone to be unlocked with just a glance of someone’s face.
iPhone X’s biometric facial recognition feature has so far been fooled by a ten-year old, twins and a mask. The most notable attempt to crack Face ID came by Vietnamese security company Bkav which tricked the security feature using a mask in mid-November. However, at that time, questions were raised whether the company had turned the Face ID’s “Required Attention” feature on or not. The video also did not showcase the original Face ID enrollment process – Bkav could have easily registered the mask as the original user.
Now, in order to hammer home their point, Bkav has uploaded another video in which they showcase a 200 dollar 3D mask being used to fool iPhone X’s Face ID. This time around the video clearly shows that both the “Require Attention for Face ID” and “Attention Aware Features” were turned on in the iPhone X used for testing.
“Require Attention” basically adds an extra layer of security to Face ID. With this feature turned on, the iPhone X does not unlock if you have your eyes closed or you do not look directly at the smartphone. The video also showcases the entire FaceID enrollment process. In the video, the mask unlocks the phone successfully twice, bypassing the required attention feature in the process – suggesting that a mask can actually fool iPhone’s Face ID.
This is what Bkav had to say about the same in a blog post – “About 2 weeks ago, we recommended that only very important people such as national leaders, large corporation leaders, billionaires, etc. should be cautious when using Face ID. However, with this research result, we have to raise the severity level to every casual users: Face ID is not secure enough to be used in business transactions.”
This is not the first time Face ID has been fooled. A few days ago, a video had surfaced online showing a 10-year old unlocking an iPhone X which had been set up to unlock with his mother’s face.