Digital persona fingerprint driver progress

Quick update on the dpfp project:

I recently upgraded to amd64, and running my existing code caused an instant kernel panic on plugin to my new system. Fixing that problem sprung the device into action – I now get the expected responses, where I was just getting silence before. Looks like my x86 was hiding the stupid bug in the early versions of my driver.

After working through the rest of the intitialization routine, I now have a driver which gets as far as turning on the light which illuminates your finger when you put it on the sensor, and my driver receives an interrupt when you put your finger there.

I’m beginning to think that my earlier assumptions about the sensor in my keyboard being identical to the sensor in the digitalPersona UareU 4000 product may be wrong. Unlike my keyboard, the UareU 4000 does not have an endpoint (a USB channel) where firmware can be uploaded. If the 4000 is not firmware-based, and my keyboard sensor is, then that suggests a fairly significant difference between the two devices.

Update: This statement is wrong. Indeed, the UareU does not have a bulk-out endpoint for uploading firmware, but the same is true for my Microsoft device. Firmware is uploaded over the control endpoint (a 2-way channel present on most USB devices designed for simple request/response commands) which is slightly stupid, but hey. I have also analyzed the UareU protocol now, and I can now accurately say that these devices are almost identical. My driver will support both product ranges. More on this soon.

digitalPersona are very keen to claim that the devices are different, but they only discuss differences in the available software, so I’m not entirely convinced by that alone.

I’m still not sure how to interpret the mass of data recieved from the device when a finger is placed on the sensor. I’ll be publishing a breakdown of what I do know soon, in hope that other people will be able to lend suggestions or other contributions into solving this problem.

Driver source can be found here:

As a sidenote, I’ve also been hacking on zd1211 devices, stay tuned for more info on that…

5 Responses to “Digital persona fingerprint driver progress”

  1. Josiah Ritchie Says:

    Some cool stuff you’re doing there. I’m looking forward to seeing this project continue. Let me know when you publish that breakdown of data, we’ll stick it up on and see if we can’t drum up some more attention there and elsewhere.

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