Lip Reading-Based User Authentication Through Acoustic Sensing on Smartphones

Li Lu, Jiadi Yu, Yingying Chen, Hongbo Liu, Yanmin Zhu, Linghe Kong, Minglu Li

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To prevent users' privacy from leakage, more and more mobile devices employ biometric-based authentication approaches, such as fingerprint, face recognition, voiceprint authentications, and so on, to enhance the privacy protection. However, these approaches are vulnerable to replay attacks. Although the state-of-art solutions utilize liveness verification to combat the attacks, existing approaches are sensitive to ambient environments, such as ambient lights and surrounding audible noises. Toward this end, we explore liveness verification of user authentication leveraging users' mouth movements, which are robust to noisy environments. In this paper, we propose a lip reading-based user authentication system, LipPass, which extracts unique behavioral characteristics of users' speaking mouths through acoustic sensing on smartphones for user authentication. We first investigate Doppler profiles of acoustic signals caused by users' speaking mouths and find that there are unique mouth movement patterns for different individuals. To characterize the mouth movements, we propose a deep learning-based method to extract efficient features from Doppler profiles and employ softmax function, support vector machine, and support vector domain description to construct multi-class identifier, binary classifiers, and spoofer detectors for mouth state identification, user identification, and spoofer detection, respectively. Afterward, we develop a balanced binary tree-based authentication approach to accurately identify each individual leveraging these binary classifiers and spoofer detectors with respect to registered users. Through extensive experiments involving 48 volunteers in four real environments, LipPass can achieve 90.2% accuracy in user identification and 93.1% accuracy in spoofer detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8624590
Pages (from-to)447-460
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Lip reading
  • acoustic signals
  • user authentication


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