FAD: Two-Factor Auth setup

November 30, 2012

This week we held a Fedora Activity Day in Raleigh at RH HQ to get two-factor auth setup for Fedora Infrastructure. We had a pretty good plan and we knew the pieces we needed to put together – it was just a matter of doing it. We got our goals accomplished but that’s not what I wanted to talk about.

We ended up with 9 people there. I was originally a bit concerned that was too many people, that we would end talking more than accomplishing things and that would suck, especially if we had failed to get things implemented. I was keeping track of what everyone was doing, how they were helping. What I noticed was that everyone contributed in some way. There wasn’t anyone on the sidelines. At one point we had 2 people working on the package reviews of the pkgs we needed to get into fedora (totpcgi and pam_url). We had a person writing the cgi to let us use both yubikeys and google auth, a person working on the provisioning interface to get people setup using google auth, a person working on the puppet config, a person setting up the certs/pki needed to let pam_url connect securely. We had a person setting up cloud instances for us to use to test/blow things up and we had a couple of people writing/rewriting their yubikeys and auth secrets in order to test and retest and reretest.

 

The FAD just removed all friction (as someone else put it to me yesterday). It meant that instead of waiting a few days or more to solve the problems we only waited 20minutes. Like often said about mediation – good facilities are sometimes all that is required to get things done.

It was great having everyone there and able to work it was great being able to ONLY focus on this one thing. I think we will have this again in the future to help accomplish tasks which are just too involved to bite off a little at a time or will take years to get done at that rate.

 

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