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Re: [webauthn] Plumb User ID through

From: John Bradley <jbradley@yubico.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:08:47 -0300
Cc: Johan Verrept via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>, W3C WebAuthn WG <public-webauthn@w3.org>
Message-Id: <F03455BC-4480-4CF1-9F2B-DD017634A76E@yubico.com>
To: Jakob Ehrensvard <jakob@yubico.com>
I think that is the correct thing to do.

I think the concern is that other devices may try and scope the credential id to the user_id or the token during make credential.

If they produce credential id that are from 1 to x then anyone who tries to create a global index for credential id is going to be stuffed.

It seems to me that any authenticator that is not attempting to create a globally unique credential id should be considered broken.

If we are having RP reject duplicate credential_id then we should be sure that a new credential_id/key is generated for each new make credential.   Otherwise the user will be stuck in the unlikely event of a collision.

John B.
> On Sep 21, 2017, at 3:11 PM, Jakob Ehrensvärd <jakob@yubico.com> wrote:
>> Credential IDs are not guaranteed unique in any way. Unless I missed
>> something in the specs, it is perfectly valid to store all data locally and
>> return a single byte key index.
> Then, I believe I've missed something important here. The credential
> ID must be a unique identifier, just like the U2F key handle. We make
> the CTAP2 credential ID equal to the U2F key handle, so a U2F
> credential can be used with WebAuthN and vice-versa.
> For resident credentials, we generate a credential ID from the public
> key, making this a 128-bit identifier.
> Did I ge this wrong ?
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