QFA2SR: Query-Free Adversarial Transfer Attacks to Speaker Recognition Systems


Guangke Chen, Yedi Zhang, and Zhe Zhao, ShanghaiTech University; Fu Song, ShanghaiTech University; Automotive Software Innovation Center; Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences & University of Chinese Academy of Sciences


Current adversarial attacks against speaker recognition systems (SRSs) require either white-box access or heavy black-box queries to the target SRS, thus still falling behind practical attacks against proprietary commercial APIs and voice-controlled devices. To fill this gap, we propose QFA2SR, an effective and imperceptible query-free black-box attack, by leveraging the transferability of adversarial voices. To improve transferability, we present three novel methods, tailored loss functions, SRS ensemble, and time-freq corrosion. The first one tailors loss functions to different attack scenarios. The latter two augment surrogate SRSs in two different ways. SRS ensemble combines diverse surrogate SRSs with new strategies, amenable to the unique scoring characteristics of SRSs. Time-freq corrosion augments surrogate SRSs by incorporating well-designed time-/frequency-domain modification functions, which simulate and approximate the decision boundary of the target SRS and distortions introduced during over-the-air attacks. QFA2SR boosts the targeted transferability by 20.9%-70.7% on four popular commercial APIs (Microsoft Azure, iFlytek, Jingdong, and TalentedSoft), significantly outperforming existing attacks in query-free setting, with negligible effect on the imperceptibility. QFA2SR is also highly effective when launched over the air against three wide-spread voice assistants (Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and TMall Genie) with 60%, 46%, and 70% targeted transferability, respectively.

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@inproceedings {291118,
author = {Guangke Chen and Yedi Zhang and Zhe Zhao and Fu Song},
title = {{QFA2SR}: {Query-Free} Adversarial Transfer Attacks to Speaker Recognition Systems},
booktitle = {32nd USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 23)},
year = {2023},
isbn = {978-1-939133-37-3},
address = {Anaheim, CA},
pages = {2437--2454},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/usenixsecurity23/presentation/chen-guangke},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug

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