On Fri, May 1, 2009 at 5:08 PM, Mike McGrath <mmcgrath(a)redhat.com> wrote:
I had intended to send this earlier but am only getting around to
As per our discussion online (this is unrelated to the other thread about
ldap and wanting a C coder.
Dennis and I have started looking at yubikey for authentication. After
some discussion in the last meeting these are some of the talking points.
As of right now nothing is set in stone but yubikeys are a strong front
* Will likely be required for sysadmin-main and probably a few other
highly sensitive groups (package signing)
* Will probably be required for those groups on specific high target
* Will likely be an additional layer of authentication instead of a
* Possibly required for sudo access
* Possibly required for shell access
* Concerns about SPOF (yubikeys in particular require a central server)
* Might be optional for other contributors wanting to use additional
* Obviously will require only Free Software.
* kerberos was discussed, some for some against. The primary hangup
being people who use kerberos as their $DAYJOB will have conflicts when
working in Fedora.
* Concerns over what to do when a key is stolen Though phone numbers
were mentioned as an additional verification level.
* Still unclear how to make the keys
* Implementation details still unclear though it was generally
considered that "yubikey + ssh key" were both "something you
Meaning it'd be "yubikey + fas password" "Something you have +
something you know" as is common with most multifactor authentication
That I think covers it all. Basically I think the tasks would be
1) Get a set of keys
2) Setup test architecture.
3) Work out initial issues of how to make/destroy and deal with
4) Begin to architect how it would roll out.
a) Work with yubikey and Fedora security experts on how it would be
best built for our needs.
b) Write up procedural issues for who keys are made for, how they are
made, how they are destroyed, etc.
c) Get political/social buyin/acceptance on procedural issues.
d) Determine what systems would be in test environment.
5) Build a test environment with architecture.
a) Work on breaking it
b) Work out how much of the breakage we can accept and what we would
do when it happens.
7) If Go, start rolling out further.
Does that help?
My initial looks at yubikey are pretty promising, from knowing
being able to ssh using the yubikey took only about 15 minutes. It'll
take less now that dgilmore has the software packaged like pam_yubico.
 This is an issue even with non keys, it's nearly impossible for us to
verify someone is who they say they are if they no longer have access to
their email address, even that's not really 'proof'.
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