[Security-discuss] [Architecture] Fwd: YubiNews: Google Releases Support for FIDO U2F Powered YubiKeys

Tony Atkins tony at raisingthefloor.org
Thu Oct 23 04:24:15 EDT 2014

Hi, Gregg:

Thanks for sharing the link.  This sounds like the kind of thing that
should be supported if it gains traction, but is not something we can
exclusively rely on, as it does not work at all for mobile. RFID and NFC
are a much better choice there.

I'm also wondering how much lab maintainers are concerned about "bad USB":


If this gains traction in the wild, I would not be surprised if public
stations (one of our key use cases) limit access to USB ports to their
users until there are stronger safeguards.  Again, having a trusted NFC
reader installed by the lab owner is a better option here than allowing
arbitrary USB devices.

For wider adoption, given that nearly all computers do not come with NFC or
RFID readers, cheap and easy to use USB devices that we can build on top of
are worth considering, especially since they already have a node module to
handle the authentication:


Has anyone purchased one of these to try out?  They're around the same
price as a low-end NFC ring, so it's not unreasonable to just get one and
do a bit of research.



On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 6:36 AM, Gregg Vanderheiden <gv at trace.wisc.edu>

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