Using U2F keys in Debian

U2F is an open standard for two-factor authentication that can provided by cheap USB dongles.

WARNING: you might lock yourself out of your system while changing PAM configurations

Client side setup

Check for the USB dongle:

lsusb | grep U2F

Install the required libraries:

sudo apt-get install pamu2fcfg libpam-u2f

Xscreensaver configuration

WARNING: Xscreensaver will require both your password and your U2F key

Create the key:

mkdir -p ~/.config/Yubico
pamu2fcfg >> ~/.config/Yubico/u2f_keys

Add the following line at the end of /etc/pam.d/xscreensaver

auth required


Not supported yet.

See Also

wikipedia pam-u2f