Re: Linux-compatible OEM fingerprint reader
From: Iwo Mergler (Iwo_dot_Mergler_at_soton_dot_sc_dot_philips_dot_com)
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 10:41:23 +0000
> On Wed, 03 Dec 2003 18:14:15 +0100, Måns Rullgård wrote:
>>Dan Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
This reader will destroy itself in 5 seconds. Please stand back... :^)
I have seen a reader recently which was basically a linear sensor with
very few lines. You swipe your finger over it, which keeps it clean
and leaves no fingerprint behind.