Adopting platform FIDO APIs (U2F/WebAuthn) on Linux

Originally posted on Bug 1530370.

I’m interested in hearing people’s thoughts on adopting FIDO2 platform APIs on Linux, akin to Windows Hello, or Android’s Fido2ApiClient – which Firefox already delegates to on those platforms.

I’ve written a FIDO2 (WebAuthn) and FIDO U2F platform library in Rust [1], for Linux. It’s a WiP, but it already supports the main FIDO2 ceremonies, both FIDO2 PIN protocols, and downgrading WebAuthn for U2F devices (as per specs). I’ve tested this with as many security keys I could get my hands on so far [2]. It’s designed to have pluggable transports, currently supporting HID and BLE (via Bluez), and plans for NFC and caBLE.

As mentioned before, whilst it could be used directly as a library, the main objective is to provide a backend for new D-Bus platform APIs. Secondary goals include supporting TPM platform authenticators, and supporting containerised applications (e.g. Flatpaks[3]), without requiring access to the USB stack, or BLE adapters.

I’m trying to gauge interest in Firefox delegating U2F and FIDO2 to the platform. If this sounds feasible, as the next step I will try and reach out to GNOME shell folks. I reached out earlier to some System76 engineers working on the Cosmic DE, as they may also be interested.


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