Simulated Annealing Attack on Certain Fingerprint Authentication Systems

Provided by: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Topic: Security
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In this paper, the authors describe a simple and generic attack against minutiae-based fingerprint authentication systems. The aim of the attack is to construct a fingerprint minutiae template, compliant to ISO/IEC standards, that matches a fixed but unknown target fingerprint. The authors' attack is expected to be most effective against systems that employ vicinity-based matching algorithms, i.e. systems that divide fingerprints into multiple regions and then compute similarity over these regions. The effectiveness of their attack is experimentally demonstrated against the recently proposed 'Protected Minutiae Cylinder Code' (PMCC) scheme.

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