Biovault: Solving the problem of replay in biometrics: An electronic commerce example

Basie von Solms, Bobby Tait

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4 Citations (Scopus)


One of the major risks involved in using biometrics for identification and authentication over open public networks, is the danger that the electronic biometric token (for e.g. a fingerprint or iris) can be intercepted and replayed by an unauthorized party. Furthermore, it is possible to make an unauthorized copy of a biometric token, without the permission and knowledge of the real owner, and use that for unauthorized transactions. This can for e.g. happen when a fingerprint is 'lifted' from an object the owner has used, and a latex copy is made from this token [5]. This paper reports on a system in development, called Biovault, which addresses precisely the problems mentioned above, and which may help to make biometric tokens much safer to use over open public networks, for specific application in electronic commerce.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges of Expanding Internet
Subtitle of host publicationE-Commerce, E-Business, and E-Government - 5th IFIP Conference e-Commerce, e-Business, and e-Government, I3E 2005
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780387287539
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


  • Authentication
  • Biometric Tokens
  • Biometries
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Identification
  • Identity theft
  • Replay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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