Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oh Yea, Yubico on Linux Mint

The FIDO U2F Security Key from Yubico works great on Chrome OS. If I am on a shared / public computer or in Incognito Mode I simply log on as normal and then insert my security key and touch the gold disc. Yes, that is all fine you say, what about Linux. When I tried this on Linux Mint yesterday I had no luck. The Security Key came up but no response when tapping the gold disc. You may be asking yourself will Linux users get the shast with Yubico that they did with Google Drive.

The answer to that question is a resounding No! All you need to follow is 3 simple steps.

  1. Go to the Yubico site and find the section on setting up a linux instance.
  2. Go to Github,  copy 70-u2f.rules and create a document in  /etc/udev/rules.d/. You will likely need to open as root to complete this task.
  3. Reboot your computer.

If you are looking for a two factor solution for Google on Linux Mint the FIDO works well. If you want information on setting Yubico up with Google Two Factor, here is a post from yesterday.