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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

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.