Protection offered by Web Authentication in Joomla 4

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Protection offered by Web Authentication in Joomla 4

Post by esarrat » Mon Aug 08, 2022 1:27 pm

Hello,

The documentation of Joomla 4 (https://docs.joomla.org/WebAuthn_Passwordless_Login) states that "WebAuthn is the future of authentication. Easy, secure and hassle-free. Everything that fixed passwords are not." As if its implementation would protect against a login with a userid and password - sould the latter have been stolen.

However, in my experience on my Joomla 4 site, implementing this feature for myself still leaves available the option to connect to the site just with my userid and password - without requiring to go through the web authentication step that has been defined.

So, I am wondering about the value of using this feature. It is certainly more convenient to log in with a fingerprint than by typing a password, but my access is not more secured...

From my vantage point, choosing to enable Web Authentication for a user should mandate that this mechanism be always used with his userid, and should no longer allow him/her to log in with - just - his/her userid and password.

Do I misunderstand something ?...

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Re: Protection offered by Web Authentication in Joomla 4

Post by brian » Mon Aug 08, 2022 1:37 pm

Do I misunderstand something ?...
No not really and everything you refer to is addressed in Joomla 4.2 released in a few weeks
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Re: Protection offered by Web Authentication in Joomla 4

Post by esarrat » Mon Aug 08, 2022 2:19 pm

Thank you Brian :-)

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