Your face your heart: Secure mobile face authentication with photoplethysmograms

Yimin Chen, Jingchao Sun, Xiaocong Jin, Tao Li, Rui Zhang, Yanchao Zhang

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Face authentication emerges as a powerful method for preventing unauthorized access to mobile devices. It is, however, vulnerable to photo-based forgery attacks (PFA) and videobased forgery attacks (VFA), in which the adversary exploits a photo or video containing the user's frontal face. Effective defenses against PFA and VFA often rely on liveness detection, which seeks to find a live indicator that the submitted face photo or video of the legitimate user is indeed captured in real time. In this paper, we propose FaceHeart, a novel and practical face authentication system for mobile devices. FaceHeart simultaneously takes a face video with the front camera and a fingertip video with the rear camera on COTS mobile devices. It then achieves liveness detection by comparing the two photoplethysmograms independently extracted from the face and fingertip videos, which should be highly consistent if the two videos are for the same live person and taken at the same time. As photoplethysmograms are closely tied to human cardiac activity and almost impossible to forge or control, FaceHeart is strongly resilient to PFA and VFA. Extensive user experiments on Samsung Galaxy S5 have confirmed the high efficacy and efficiency of FaceHeart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationINFOCOM 2017 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509053360
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017
Event2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, INFOCOM 2017 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: May 1 2017May 4 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Other2017 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, INFOCOM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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