Bug 1693357

Summary: fprintd: stores user fingerprints as image files without encryption [fedora-all]
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Laura Pardo <lpardo>
Component: fprintdAssignee: Bastien Nocera <bnocera>
Status: CLOSED UPSTREAM QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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Version: 29CC: bnocera, sungjungk
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Description Laura Pardo 2019-03-27 16:02:45 UTC
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Comment 1 Laura Pardo 2019-03-27 16:02:47 UTC
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Comment 2 Bastien Nocera 2019-04-03 10:20:45 UTC
There are no short-term plans to fixing this. Any attempts at encrypting the fingerprints would just be security through obscurity as the decryption would need to be made available to fprintd and would therefore be available to other processes.

The only way to currently safeguard the fingerprints is to run with SELinux enabled, and made sure that only the fprintd binary has access to those saved fingerprints.

Comment 3 Seong-Joong Kim 2019-04-12 09:36:17 UTC
As mentioned before, I don’t think it would be as good.

Particularly, desktop users usually disable or change SELinux setting from enforce to permissive mode.

I think that it is not justifiable to shift protection responsibility to OS entirely.

Instead, we need to devise a data encryption/protection scheme at least.

What do you think of it?

Comment 4 Bastien Nocera 2019-07-26 13:16:33 UTC
The issue was already reported upstream:

I don't think that there's a security impact to Fedora, but the image files could be further protected. When that happens, it will happen as an upstream initiative, so closing this bug.