Netflix now supports HDR inside Windows 10

Windows 10 rolls out a major update for its People app

Users will have to meet a minimum requirement of 7th Gen Intel Core processor or higher, Intel HD graphics with up-to-date drivers or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and higher, and Windows must be updated with the Fall Creators update.

Even applying the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, that fixes the exploit if anti-spoofing is enabled, might not be enough to block the attack.

German security researchers SYSS have published a series of videos showing how they tricked Windows 10's face authentication, known as Hello Windows, with a photo.

In October Microsoft rolled out Windows Creator updates to address the vulnerabilities discovered by the researchers, but users are recommended to enable the "enhanced anti-spoofing" feature of Windows Hello, and setup Windows Hello Face Authentication from scratch again to ensure that it can repel any unauthorised users. "By using a modified printed photo of an authorized user, an unauthorized attacker is able to log in or to unlock a locked Windows 10 system as this spoofed authorized user..." Windows Hello must also be entirely reconfigured to prevent a successful attack, so facial recognition should be manually disabled and then turned back on. An alternative technique involves obscuring the device's RGB camera sensor and then revealing the image.

While it's definitely good news to hear that the Creators Update and Fall Creators Update have hardened defenses against spoofing, we must point out that the majority of the notebooks that are shipping these days with Windows Hello cameras don't actually support anti-spoofing.

The company plans to reveal further variations of its attack in spring 2018.

Unfortunately, you can't just hook up an HDR compatible monitor to your existing PC and expect to watch Netflix in its highest quality.

Microsoft is continuing its quest to secure its Windows, Office and cloud products and services. The Surface includes an "enhanced anti-spoofing" feature specifically created to block Windows Hello bypasses.

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