Hackers bypassed vein based authentication with a fake hand

Posted on Jan 27, 2019

Hackers bypassed vein based authentication with a fake hand

A couple of researchers demonstrated how to bypass vein based authentication using a fake hand build from a photo. If you consider vein based authentication totally secure, you have to know that a group of researchers demonstrated the opposite at the Chaos Communication Congress hacking conference. Vein based authentication scan invisible vein pattern (i.e. shape, size, and position of a user’ s veins) of the palm, back of the hand, fingers, etc, to identify the user.

The method of authentication is considered ultra-secure, it was also used by the German intelligence agency BND in the new headquarter building in Berlin. Researchers Jan Krissler (aka starbug) and Julian Albrecht at Chaos Communication Congress hacking conference, held in Leipzig, Germany, devised a way to bypass the vein based authentication by creating a fake hand out of wax. To build the fake hand out of wax, Krissler and Albrecht took photos of their vein patterns under the skin, then they used a converted SLR camera with the infrared filter removed.

The experts explained that a threat actor could use this technique to take a photo of a hand from a distance of five meters. The security duo took over 2,500 pictures over 30 days to build a working hand of wax.

Source: securityaffairs.co