Face Unlock has been considered as an additional security feature being used in many of the flagship devices as an alternate to the fingerprint scanner. OnePlus, the flagship killer brand, introduced this innovative feature on OnePlus 5T last year but lacking depth sensing and 3D face mapping as found on iPhone X. The Chinese brand utilized a custom solution developed by its hometown security company called SenseTime as an alternate to facial recognition.
The OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock feature was discovered to be unsecure as it was discovered to lack the ability to differentiate a real face from a printed photo despite being capable of unlocking the device in record time. The feature was then included on the OnePlus 6 and it seems the flaw still lingers and is even worse.
A user has posted a video on his Twitter account that shows the OnePlus 6 being unlocked with a paper cutout of his friend’s face. A short video clip captures one of the user’s friends holding a colored photo of his face and showing it to the OnePlus 6. This instantly granted the user access to the OS, meaning the Face Unlock feature can be fooled.
I printed my face to unlock my OnePlus 6 for the lulz… it worked ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/rAVMq8JKBr
— rik (@rikvduijn) May 29, 2018
OnePlus made a quick response and an official statement released by the company says:
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.
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