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Add "temporary tokens" to auth, for SMS codes, TOTP codes, reset codes, etc

Authored by epriestley on May 20 2014, 5:49 PM.



Ref T4398. We have several auth-related systems which require (or are improved by) the ability to hand out one-time codes which expire after a short period of time.

In particular, these are:

  • SMS multi-factor: we need to be able to hand out one-time codes for this in order to prove the user has the phone.
  • Password reset emails: we use a time-based rotating token right now, but we could improve this with a one-time token, so once you reset your password the link is dead.
  • TOTP auth: we don't need to verify/invalidate keys, but can improve security by doing so.

This adds a generic one-time code storage table, and strengthens the TOTP enrollment process by using it. Specifically, you can no longer edit the enrollment form (the one with a QR code) to force your own key as the TOTP key: only keys Phabricator generated are accepted. This has no practical security impact, but generally helps raise the barrier potential attackers face.

Followup changes will use this for reset emails, then implement SMS multi-factor.

Test Plan
  • Enrolled in TOTP multi-factor auth.
  • Submitted an error in the form, saw the same key presented.
  • Edited the form with web tools to provide a different key, saw it reject and the server generate an alternate.
  • Change the expiration to 5 seconds instead of 1 hour, submitted the form over and over again, saw it cycle the key after 5 seconds.
  • Looked at the database and saw the tokens I expected.
  • Ran the GC and saw all the 5-second expiry tokens get cleaned up.

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epriestley retitled this revision from to Add "temporary tokens" to auth, for SMS codes, TOTP codes, reset codes, etc.May 20 2014, 5:49 PM
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btrahan edited edge metadata.May 20 2014, 6:15 PM
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awesomesauce. feel free to take anything SMS related - I am in project / dashboard / workboard land for a few days at least yet.

This revision is now accepted and ready to land.May 20 2014, 6:15 PM
epriestley closed this revision.May 20 2014, 6:43 PM
epriestley updated this revision to Diff 21899.

Closed by commit rPcac61980f904 (authored by @epriestley).