Summary: Work continues on Milestone 1, Security Feature Development, and specifically on the Multi-Factor Authentication task. TOTP-based 2FA is about to roll out for everyone, and we’re working on WebAuthN (e.g., Yubikeys).
In April and in the first week of May, the team finalized the backend and user experience for 2FA and planned and started user tests. On May 2nd, we began advertising the test to our users and requesting feedback. That test has already found issues which we have fixed or prioritized to fix later.
We planned for the test to go till May 20th. We decided to require email verification before activating 2FA, and that’s underway. Once we finish that, we’ll be turning on the optional 2FA login feature for current and future accounts on pypi.org (it’s already on for most existing accounts on Test PyPI, and we’ll turn it on for all current and future accounts there, too.) There are some UI issues that we should fix in the medium term, but I’ve decided it’s ok to roll out the feature and end the beta before fixing those.
Thanks to everyone we spoke with at the PyCon sprints and who worked on Warehouse and other packaging projects, including by testing two-factor auth, learning to package for the first time, and reviewing open pull requests! And thanks to volunteer contributors lukpueh, MattIPv4, hugovk, vinayak-mehta, HonzaKral, alex, alexwlchan, ppiyakk2, ofek, theb10n707, jamadden, ALDamico, and DavidBord for pull requests!
Our backend development contractors, in particular William Woodruff but also his colleagues at Trail of Bits, finished their TOTP-based multi-factor authentication pull request and responded to reviews from community maintainers, who approved and merged it. They then began work on WebAuthN-based multi-factor authentication, which is in progress and will let you use, for instance, Yubikeys for your second factor. So far that has included a fix to an upstream library – thank you, Duo!
The Frontend and UX contractor, Nicole Harris, finalized the review for the user experience for TOTP-based multi-factor authentication and started to define PyPI’s manual account recovery process, and is working on improving the WebAuthn authentication and provisioning user experience.
The project manager (me) also ran sprints at PyCon (see details at https://wiki.python.org/psf/PackagingSprints and http://bit.ly/pypa2019 ), and expanded our test period publicity in mid-May to ensure we reach users in important technological categories (e.g., who have slow internet connections).
In case you’re curious what issues and bugs we’ve found so far, check out some examples:
Next steps! Check out the OTF security work milestone on GitHub.
- Finish WebAuthN.
API keys including adding scoping for users & projects. Heads up @westurner.
- Then that will make adding audit trails/logs easier (reusing scoping and what any given token is being used for).
And we’ll probably be able to parallelize a bit and have Nicole start on Milestone 2 (Accessibility and internationalization development) before we’re quite finished shipping all 3 of those.
As a reminder, TUF and cryptographic signing is NOT in scope for this current project, and will only start after we’re done with the current project. The TUF GitHub issue and PyCon sprint notes are a good place to comment if you want to talk about TUF!
We’re looking forward to continuing to ship components of our project as we progress. And, as always, you can read our notes at https://wiki.python.org/psf/PackagingWG .
Thanks again to the Open Technology Fund for making this work possible!