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Old 10-05-2011, 04:30 AM
Robert Ancell
 
Default Improved Authentication

It would be nice to improve the authentication mechanisms in Ubuntu to
be more user friendly and make it easier to enable modern authentication
schemes. This will probably involve:
- Reviewing the messages/prompts in PAM for appropriateness
- Adding hints to PAM to allow GUIs to better display the prompts (i.e.
if a prompt is for a password, key number, if prompting for a password
change).
- Improving the Unity Greeter prompts to interpret the hints
- Improving PolicyKit to interpret the hints
- Making it easier to enable non-password authentication (e.g. LDAP, two
factor).

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Old 10-05-2011, 06:21 AM
Didier Roche
 
Default Improved Authentication

Le 05/10/2011 06:30, Robert Ancell a écrit :

It would be nice to improve the authentication mechanisms in Ubuntu to
be more user friendly and make it easier to enable modern authentication
schemes. This will probably involve:
- Reviewing the messages/prompts in PAM for appropriateness
- Adding hints to PAM to allow GUIs to better display the prompts (i.e.
if a prompt is for a password, key number, if prompting for a password
change).
- Improving the Unity Greeter prompts to interpret the hints
- Improving PolicyKit to interpret the hints
- Making it easier to enable non-password authentication (e.g. LDAP, two
factor).



I would love a gesture based login on a picture/photo… I guess we need
good gesture library for shape (detecting circle, lines and such) around
geis.

Didier


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Old 10-05-2011, 05:01 PM
Matthew Paul Thomas
 
Default Improved Authentication

Robert Ancell wrote on 05/10/11 05:30:


It would be nice to improve the authentication mechanisms in Ubuntu
to be more user friendly and make it easier to enable modern
authentication schemes. This will probably involve:
- Reviewing the messages/prompts in PAM for appropriateness
- Adding hints to PAM to allow GUIs to better display the prompts
(i.e. if a prompt is for a password, key number, if prompting for a
password change).
- Improving the Unity Greeter prompts to interpret the hints
- Improving PolicyKit to interpret the hints
- Making it easier to enable non-password authentication (e.g. LDAP,
two factor).


Two-factor authentication was discussed at UDS O, but not implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/security-o-2factor-auth>

Two-factor authentication was discussed at UDS M, but not implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/security-m-2-factor-auth>

Two-factor authentication was discussed at UDS L, but not implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/security-lucid-2-factor-auth>

LDAP authentication was proposed for discussion at *six UDSes* from 2005
to 2010, and it was similarly discussed at three of them, but not
implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/network-authentication>


I think we've run the experiment enough times now. Proposing either of
those features for discussion at UDS is, apparently, not a productive
thing to do. They are obviously useful and important features, but if
either of them is ever to be implemented, they need to be planned some
other way.


For example, instead of having a 55-minute fishbowl discussion, have an
all-morning or evening design and hacking session to actually start on
one of the features. If doing that during UDS would be too disruptive,
do it a week earlier, or two weeks earlier.


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Old 10-05-2011, 05:01 PM
Matthew Paul Thomas
 
Default Improved Authentication

Robert Ancell wrote on 05/10/11 05:30:


It would be nice to improve the authentication mechanisms in Ubuntu
to be more user friendly and make it easier to enable modern
authentication schemes. This will probably involve:
- Reviewing the messages/prompts in PAM for appropriateness
- Adding hints to PAM to allow GUIs to better display the prompts
(i.e. if a prompt is for a password, key number, if prompting for a
password change).
- Improving the Unity Greeter prompts to interpret the hints
- Improving PolicyKit to interpret the hints
- Making it easier to enable non-password authentication (e.g. LDAP,
two factor).


Two-factor authentication was discussed at UDS O, but not implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/security-o-2factor-auth>

Two-factor authentication was discussed at UDS M, but not implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/security-m-2-factor-auth>

Two-factor authentication was discussed at UDS L, but not implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/security-lucid-2-factor-auth>

LDAP authentication was proposed for discussion at *six UDSes* from 2005
to 2010, and it was similarly discussed at three of them, but not
implemented.
<https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/network-authentication>


I think we've run the experiment enough times now. Proposing either of
those features for discussion at UDS is, apparently, not a productive
thing to do. They are obviously useful and important features, but if
either of them is ever to be implemented, they need to be planned some
other way.


For example, instead of having a 55-minute fishbowl discussion, have an
all-morning or evening design and hacking session to actually start on
one of the features. If doing that during UDS would be too disruptive,
do it a week earlier, or two weeks earlier.


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