[ARIN-consult] Consultation on Requiring Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for ARIN Online Accounts

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Wed May 25 11:35:34 EDT 2022

> On May 25, 2022, at 08:13 , Matt Harris <matt at netfire.net> wrote:
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> On Wed, May 25, 2022 at 2:13 AM Owen DeLong via ARIN-consult <arin-consult at arin.net <mailto:arin-consult at arin.net>> wrote:
> I’m not in favor of requiring 2FA. I agree that SMS 2FA is pretty awful, but all forms of 2FA come with a variety of inconveniences.
> With an account that goes back to the beginnings of ARIN online, I’ve never had a security problem with my ARIN online account, so I think that 2FA is a solution looking for a problem here.
> I know that’s not a popular view among the more security conscious, but the reality is that security should be commensurate with what is being protected. Let users who think their account warrants such additional measures opt in. Let those of use who feel that our passwords are adequate continue in that manner.
> Owen
> Owen,
> The problem is that compromised ARIN accounts can result in issues that don't just impact the owner of the account that held those resources. Compromised ARIN accounts with resources can potentially adversely impact us all in terms of upticks in spam and the resulting management burdens, at the very least, and potentially in other (perhaps even thus far unforeseen) ways as well. 

I disagree… If my ARIN account is compromised, I’m going to get notified of any changes made. (So far, that hasn’t happened). I know exactly where to go to get those changes reverted quickly.

My account is associated with resources, but I remain unconvinced that inflicting 2FA on me solves a real problem that actually exists.

> I do agree with your statement "security should be commensurate with what is being protected." Thus, I would consider that we perhaps continue to allow accounts without control of any resources to continue without requiring 2fa, only requiring it when resources are allocated. An ARIN account with control of nothing, or perhaps just contact records for SWIP'd space, etc, is not one that is a huge hazard to the community at large imho compared to one that controls ASNs or IPv4 and IPv6 resources. 

Perhaps requiring better (non-dictionary) passwords on accounts that don’t have 2FA would be a solution more targeted at the actual problem.


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