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Apple, Google, and Microsoft Want To Kill the Password With 'Passkey' Standard

Thursday May 5, 2022. 08:45 PM , from Slashdot
Apple, Google, and Microsoft Want To Kill the Password With 'Passkey' Standard
Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a 'joint effort' to kill the password. The major OS vendors want to 'expand support for a common passwordless sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium.' From a report: The standard is being called either a 'multi-device FIDO credential' or just a 'passkey.' Instead of a long string of characters, this new scheme would have the app or website you're logging in to push a request to your phone for authentication. From there, you'd need to unlock the phone, authenticate with some kind of pin or biometric, and then you're on your way. This sounds like a familiar system for anyone with phone-based two-factor authentication set up, but this is a replacement for the password rather than an additional factor.

Some push 2FA systems work over the Internet, but this new FIDO scheme works over Bluetooth. As the whitepaper explains, 'Bluetooth requires physical proximity, which means that we now have a phishing-resistant way to leverage the user's phone during authentication.' Bluetooth has a terrible reputation for compatibility, and I'm not sure 'security' has ever been a real concern, but the FIDO alliance notes that Bluetooth is just 'to verify physical proximity' and that the actual sign-in process 'does not depend on Bluetooth security properties.' Of course, that means both devices will need Bluetooth on board, which is a given for most smartphones and laptops but could be a tough ask for older desktop PCs.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.
https://apple.slashdot.org/story/22/05/05/1844245/apple-google-and-microsoft-want-to-kill-the-passwo...

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