FIDO, the protocol behind Google's Security Key, expected to lead the anti-password push

By Shawn Knight
Dec 9, 2014
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  1. Fast Identification Online, or FIDO for short, is the key protocol behind the Google Security Key USB drive announced in October. That device was part of a two-factor authentication system that assisted in verifying an identity when logging into Gmail,...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    I feel like for securitys sake, we should switch to a type of "plug" that doesnt have a security flaw its its fundamental firmware?
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,513   +2,057

    By that statement I assume you mean the 3 letter agencies already have a backdoor built into it.
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,609   +295

    Nah, there is a security flaw with USB where malware/spyware can be loaded onto via this flaw.
    Our company has just had a no USB device policy and restrictions implemented to prevent their use rolled out because of this. Don't think they'll be too keen to then rollout a system opening up USB again.
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    no im just talking about how they literally found a fundamental security flaw with the basis firmware of USB....
  6. Cryptodd

    Cryptodd TS Rookie

    Note that there are two protocols - U2F (what Google is using with Yubico tokens) and UAF (what Paypay/Alipay use to authenticate users to their mobile phones + applications. This isn't just a Google focused standard (U2F) but also goes to a wider authentication ecosystem with UAF.

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