tech2 News StaffMay 30, 2018 19:39:47 IST
Update: tech2 reached out to OnePlus regarding the security of the OnePlus 6 Face Unlock feature and the article has been updated to reflect the same.
A Twitter user, who goes by the handle @rikvdujin, recently posted a video of him and his friend fooling OnePlus 6’s face recognition feature with a life-size printed photograph of his face.
We see in the video, that Rik’s friend puts his photo on his face like a mask, and uses it to unlock his OnePlus 6. While we see him struggling in unlocking the device for an initial few seconds, the mask does the trick eventually.
I printed my face to unlock my OnePlus 6 for the lulz... it worked ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/rAVMq8JKBr
— rik (@rikvduijn) May 29, 2018
Unlike fingerprint sensors, the face recognition unlocking features only allow one face to be registered at a time. So it could not happen that both Rik and his friends were registered on the device.
The Twitter user posted it on Reddit too, saying that this photo-mask trick even worked when he used a black and white picture of his face.
Can you imagine if that is a genuine flaw, how dangerous could masks like these (below) be? That's why you must never ever have Face Unlock as the only means of unlocking your Android devices. It is not secure. Patterns, PINs and fingerprints for unlocking are still much secure options.
Tech2 reached out to OnePlus to know more about this Face Unlock fail and OnePlus came back with the following statement:
"We designed Face Unlock around convenience, and while we took corresponding measures to optimise its security we always recommended you use a password/PIN/fingerprint for security. For this reason Face Unlock is not enabled for any secure apps such as banking or payments. We’re constantly working to improve all of our technology, including Face Unlock."
OnePlus has recently started to rollout the Face Unlock feature to OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T devices as well. The feature rollout is part of the OxygenOS 5.0.3 update, which also brings the Android security patch to May 2018.
The update also brings improvements to the phones’ launcher, gallery, file manager and the weather app.
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