[zeromq-dev] ZeroMQ Github Org and 2-factor authentication

Doron Somech somdoron at gmail.com
Thu Mar 30 13:41:53 CEST 2017

Sounds good, can we start with admins only?

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 2:14 PM, Harald Achitz <harald.achitz at gmail.com>

> As a user: please​ make it an requirement for write access to have 2factor
> auth.
> Thanks for having this idea and doing this initiative!
> Regards
> Harald
> send from my fairphone
> On Mar 30, 2017 12:37 PM, "Luca Boccassi" <luca.boccassi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> There have been news recently of attacks targeting developers using
>> Github, and whose account is part of organizations [1].
>> Github has been offering 2 factor authentication [2] for quite some
>> time now, with options including a free TOTP phone app like the Google
>> Authenticator or inexpensive U2F hardware tokens.
>> It is well known that having 2FA enabled greatly reduced the chance of
>> having an account compromised, and the damage in case it happens.
>> Dragnet-style attacks become much less effective, and directly targeted
>> attack to compromise both a machine and a token have to be deployed in
>> order to be effective. It is simply put, a really good idea to use 2FA.
>> In the Github ZeroMQ Org we have 114 members, of which 35 have admin
>> permissions.
>> Of the 114 members, 59 do NOT have 2FA enabled. Of the 35 owners, 15 do
>> NOT have 2FA enabled.
>> In case one of the members (especially an admin) had the account
>> compromised, real damage could be caused.
>> So I would like to propose to enforce the use of 2FA, starting with the
>> admin accounts [3]. I can email the individual accounts asking to do
>> so, in case they do not monitor the mailing list.
>> What do you think? Any objections?
>> Kind regards,
>> Luca Boccassi
>> [1] https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/03/someone-is-putting-
>> lots-of-work-into-hacking-github-developers/
>> [2] https://help.github.com/articles/about-two-factor-authentication/
>> [3] Github has a setting to make it mandatory for an organization, but
>> I'm not proposing to use that just now, as it will automatically kick
>> anyone who does not have 2FA, which is too extreme and not necessary at
>> the moment.
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