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Anadolu University, Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Turkey

IJET 2012 Vol.4(3): 315-320 ISSN: 1793-8236
DOI: 10.7763/IJET.2012.V4.373

Towards the Security Evaluation of Biometric Authentication Systems

Mohamad El-Abed, Romain Giot, Baptiste Hemery, Jean-Jacques Schwartzmann, and Christophe Rosenberger

Abstract—Despite the obvious advantages of biometric authentication systems over traditional security ones (based on tokens or passwords), they are vulnerable to attacks which may considerably decrease their security. In order to contribute in resolving such problematic, we propose a modality-independent evaluation methodology for the security evaluation of biometric systems. It is based on the use of a database of common threats and vulnerabilities of biometric systems, and the notion of risk factor. The proposed methodology produces a security index which characterizes the overall security level of biometric systems. We have applied it on two different biometric systems (one research laboratory implementation of keystroke dynamics and a commercial system for physical access control using fingerprints) for clarifying its benefits.

Index Terms—Biometrics, security evaluation, threat, vulnerability, risk factor.

M. El-Abed was with the University of Caen Basse- Normandie in 2011.
R. Giot is with the University of Caen Basse-Normandie and works on template update strategies for biometric systems.
B. Hemery was with the the University of Caen Basse-Normandie in2009.
J. J. Schwartzmann is with the biometrics field at orange labs.
C. Rosenberger was with the the University of Rennes I in 1999. since2007.

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Cite: Mohamad El-Abed, Romain Giot, Baptiste Hemery, Jean-Jacques Schwartzmann, and Christophe Rosenberger, "Towards the Security Evaluation of Biometric Authentication Systems," International Journal of Engineering and Technology vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 315-320, 2012.

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