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Security analysis for biometric data in ID documents
Author(s): Sascha Schimke; Stefan Kiltz; Claus Vielhauer; Ton Kalker
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we analyze chances and challenges with respect to the security of using biometrics in ID documents. We identify goals for ID documents, set by national and international authorities, and discuss the degree of security, which is obtainable with the inclusion of biometric into documents like passports. Starting from classical techniques for manual authentication of ID card holders, we expand our view towards automatic methods based on biometrics. We do so by reviewing different human biometric attributes by modality, as well as by discussing possible techniques for storing and handling the particular biometric data on the document. Further, we explore possible vulnerabilities of potential biometric passport systems. Based on the findings of that discussion we will expand upon two exemplary approaches for including digital biometric data in the context of ID documents and present potential risks attack scenarios along with technical aspects such as capacity and robustness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5681, Security, Steganography, and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents VII, (21 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.585485
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Sascha Schimke, Otto-von-Guericke-Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)
Stefan Kiltz, Otto-von-Guericke-Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)
Claus Vielhauer, Otto-von-Guericke-Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)
Ton Kalker, Hewlett-Packard Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5681:
Security, Steganography, and Watermarking of Multimedia Contents VII
Edward J. Delp III; Ping W. Wong, Editor(s)

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