Use Fingerprint To Command & Control Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint

In past there was a way to unlock Linux using face detection method but that is no longer available and maintained by anyone. Another great way to get privileges on your system is Fingerprint, which means you don’t have to type password each time you login in to your system or run sudo/su/gksudo command, simply place your finger to your fingerprint device and rest of the process will be automated. Since I don’t own any fingerprint device, so I can’t tell you how well this method work but looking at developer site this application seems promising and stable by all means, this project is alive since 2008 and still getting updates from developer and application is open to any kind hack/test by anyone then submit bug to developer to fix.

Fingerprint GUI is an application providing fingerprint-based authentication on Linux desktops. It features a simple GUI for fingerprint management and a PAM module. It is based on the libfprint library. It enables recording and checking of fingerprint data and allows login and authentication of users by their fingerprint using a fingerprint scanner. Additionally, you may install the bundled non-free libbsapi library. In this case Fingerprint GUI will automatically support all fingerprint readers manufactured by UPEK, Inc.
Fingerprint GUI is free software. You can use, modify, copy and distribute it under the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License (GNU GPLv3). The safety and reliability of the fingerprint-recognition depends very much on the hardware used, the associated device drivers and the software used to verify the biometric data. According to the current state of the art fingerprint recognition for security-critical applications is only limited suitable. More information about safety of fingerprints can be found here. For the list of fingerprint readers supported by libfprint check this link.

Supported readers (run command lsusb to find out the ID of your reader)

045e:00bb 08ff:1683 08ff:2580 08ff:268d
045e:00bc 08ff:1684 08ff:2660 08ff:268e
045e:00bd 08ff:1685 08ff:2680 08ff:268f
045e:00ca 08ff:1686 08ff:2681 08ff:2691
0483:2015 08ff:1687 08ff:2682 08ff:2810
0483:2016 08ff:1688 08ff:2683 08ff:5501
05ba:0007 08ff:1689 08ff:2684 08ff:5731
05ba:0008 08ff:168a 08ff:2685 138a:0001
05ba:000a 08ff:168b 08ff:2686 138a:0005
061a:0110 08ff:168c 08ff:2687 138a:0008
08ff:1600 08ff:168d 08ff:2688 147e:1000
08ff:1660 08ff:168e 08ff:2689 147e:2016
08ff:1680 08ff:168f 08ff:268a 147e:2020
08ff:1681 08ff:2500 08ff:268b 147e:3001
08ff:1682 08ff:2550 08ff:268c 1c7a:0603
147e:1003 147e:3000 147e:1002 147e:2015
147e:5003 147e:5002 147e:1001

To install Fingerprint GUI in Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 17.1/17/13 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

Terminal Commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fingerprint/fingerprint-gui
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libbsapi policykit-1-fingerprint-gui fingerprint-gui

That’s it

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