u2f seed

David Lang david at lang.hm
Mon Jan 6 13:51:50 AEDT 2020

On Mon, 6 Jan 2020, Damien Miller wrote:

> On Fri, 3 Jan 2020, David Lang wrote:
>> On Fri, 3 Jan 2020, Christian Weisgerber wrote:
>>> David Lang:
>>>> not supporting authentication from multiple machines seems to defeat the
>>>> purpose of adding u2f support.
>>> It works just like other SSH key types.  You have a private SSH key
>>> and a public one, and you can copy the private key to multiple
>>> machines or load it into ssh-agent and use agent forwarding.
>>> The only difference is that the private SSH key on its own is
>>> insufficient and requires the cooperation of the FIDO/U2F authenticator.
>> part of the value of u2f is that there is not anything that you need to
>> install on every system.
> Well, see what I said earlier about resident keys. If you have a FIDO2 token
> and generate a resident key then you don't need to pre-arrange anything.

I'd much rather register the token with each foreign host than have to install a 
key on all devices that I may end up authenticating from.

>> As I said, Google has a modified sshd that they use with u2f keys that does
>> not require anything be copied or stored on the client machine.
> I'm fairly sure that this isn't the case. Can you point me at some
> documentation of this?

I worked there and could use my token from any computer without having to do 
anything other than insert the key. As a SRE, I also carried an encrypted USB 
drive that contained one-time-passwords just in case then u2f based tokens 
didn't work.

David Lang

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