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The Microsoft Fingerprint Reader is a device sold by Microsoft that augments normal passwords with the fingerprint of a user for convenience. Launched September 4, 2004[1], the device requires Windows XP to run[2]. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (703x837, 736 KB) From http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (703x837, 736 KB) From http://www. ... The Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... A password is a form of secret authentication data that is used to control access to a resource. ... The tip of a finger showing the friction ridge structure. ... September 4 is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


At a Black Hat conference a researcher discovered that the fingerprint stored in the software provided by Microsoft are not encrypted, and could be acquired by a determined hacker[1], provided he had physical access to the device and its connected computer. The device otherwise has limited capabilities out of the box - it lets the user perform the initial login to Windows XP, and perform logins to websites using Microsoft's Internet Explorer, but can't be used to log into screen savers. The Fingerprint Reader does not replace login names and passwords, however, Microsoft's software stores those in its own internal database and interactively sends them to compatible applications and websites. It is useful in an office or campus environment, where its use may prevent others from seeing logins and passwords being keyed in, and can also be useful on shared computers, where different users can authenticate their unique access to applications and sites. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hacker (computer security). ... Windows XP is a line of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. ...


Griaule is a 3rd party company that makes an inexpensive SDK (Software Development Kit) for this device. A Software Development Kit, or SDK for short, is typically a set of development tools that allows a software engineer to create applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, operating system or similar. ...

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The Microsoft Fingerprint Reader hardware has become an integral part of many security software offerings by giants such as Symantec and McAfee but its failure to provide a secure form of biometric access to a wide range of different Windows based applications and inability to secure its data safely cause many to question its real benefit. There are some biometrics companies such as M2SYS Technology that provide features like file encryption, screen saver log-in as well as application lockout with their software.


References

  1. ^ a b Robert McMillan. "Researcher Hacks Microsoft Fingerprint Reader", IDG News Service, 2006-03-06. Retrieved on 2006-05-04.
  2. ^ Microsoft Fingerprint system requirements. Retrieved on 2006-05-04.

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