Barometers Can Hear, and Sense Finger Taps

08/10/2020 ∙ by Alireza Hafez, et al. ∙ 0

Most modern smartphones are equipped with a barometer to sample air pressure. Accessing these samples is deemed harmless, hence does not require any permission. In this work, we show, however, that these samples can reveal sensitive information in smartphones with ingress protection. For the first time, it is shown that barometer samples, even at a low rate of 25 Hz, can leak information about the smartphone's speaker activity. Specifically, we use these samples to detect with high accuracy (>= 95 is silent or playing a sound such as a ringtone. In addition, we use the samples to detect the activity of an external speaker. Finally, we show that low-rate barometer samples can be used to 1) detect touchscreen finger taps with 100

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