Re: Linux-compatible OEM fingerprint reader

From: nolo (nolo_at_nospamthankyouv.com)
Date: 12/03/03


Date: Wed, 03 Dec 2003 22:35:48 GMT

On Wed, 03 Dec 2003 18:14:15 +0100, Måns Rullgård wrote:

> Dan Anderson <dan@mathjunkies.com> writes:
>
>>> >Does anyone know if an OEM reader exists that either has a linux lib
>>> >or can do everything over USB/RS-232?
>>>
>>> What are you wanting besides the pointers that Google provides?
>>
>> I'm not the OP, but I'd be interesting to know if anyone has
>> successfully used a fingerprint reader as a way to log in under Linux.
>> Now *that* would be cool!.
>
> Possibly, and also insecure. I read about someone who had managed to lift
> a fingerprint from a reader, make a rubber finger, and have the reader
> verify it. Using fingerprints for authentication is almost like writing
> your password on the keyboard.

I imagine for secure login you could design a system equiped with a spool
of very thin clear plastic running over the fingerprint reader, after
every login you would advance the spool and then destroy (incinerate..)
the plastic