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BioScan Password Generator (BiPGen)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021990D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Feb-18
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Feb-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 9K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

In today's work environment, the management of passwords represents a major chore. Passwords have to be: assigned, administered, preassigned, reassigned, safeguarded, often with aid of yet other passwords. Finally, passwords must be 7 remembered. In addition, passwords represent a certain liability and security exposure in that they are subject to: loss, forgetfulness, compromise, lapse. Proposed is bio-scan peripheral password generator module that delivers a fixed, encoded password to the system that is generated solely by the proposed invention and which works in conjunction with a single, Administrator-assigned metapassword that is uniquely mapped to the individual user. The proposed invention is unique in that it goes beyond existing bio-scan protection to include all levels of password protection in a single operation. The concept incorporates emerging, off-the-shelf bioscan technology as a peripheral. The individual user's designated body part, e.g. iris, is mapped to a pre-programmed, system-compatible metapassword at time of password assignment. In essence, the designated body part becomes the user's unique, permanent user i.d. When activated, the device senses each successive system or application password prompt, and in response to each, delivers the metapassword in either automatic mode or interactive mode, as preset by the Administrator.

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BioScan Password Generator

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Main Idea

Passwords present the following limitations and liabilities:

[circle6]Security exposure

[circle6]E.g. Each single password assigned represents a weak link, a potential security exposure

[circle6]Inconvenience

[circle6]Periodic password renewal to a variety of schedules

[circle6]Various, often contradictory password parameters

[circle6]Occasional lapse, often unexpected

[circle6]Loss

[circle6]Multiple passwords, e.g. power-on, network, Lotus Notes, etc., etc.

[circle6]An individual user may have as many as a dozen or two ever-changing passwords at any one time

[circle6]Time, manipulation by user

[circle6]The very purpose for passwords, namely security, can actually be thwarted/compromised by their circulation. [circle6]Are tied to assigned User i.d.'s, which are likewise subject to many of the same weaknesses.

[circle6]Result: inefficiencies and limitations that have come to be accepted as unavoidable .

To overcome the above limitations and liabilities, the proposed bio-scan peripheral password generator module delivers a fixed, encoded password to the system that is generated solely by the proposed invention and which works in conjunction with a single, Administrator-assigned "metapassword" that is uniquely mapped to the individual user. The proposed invention goes beyond existing bio-scan protection to include all levels of password protection in a single operation.

The proposed invention is unique in that it is highly portable and versatile, representing an individualized implementation of emerging biometric technology. This Bio-scan peripheral password generator module delivers a fixed, encoded password to the system that is generated solely by the proposed invention . The individual user is uniquely mapped to a single, Admin-assigned "metapassword." Incorporating emerging, off-the-shelf bioscan technology as a peripheral enables the individual user 's designated body part, e.g. iris, is mapped to pre-programmed, system-compatible metapassword at the time of password assignment. Then, in essence, the designated body part becomes that user 's unique, permanent user i.d. The device then senses and responds to each successive system or application password prompt, each time delivering the metapassword is in either automatic mode or interactive mode, as preset by the Administrator. So, to use the device following initial enrollment, the user simply places the body part, e .g. iris, against scanner.The scanner then scans body part for immediate positive identification, which causes it to ge...