U2Fd (Universal Second Factor Daemon) is a daemon emulating a U2FHID interface as defined by the FIDO Alliance FIDO U2F HID Protocol Specification and forwarding the raw U2F APDU it has extracted (as defined by FIDO U2F Raw Message Formats) to the actual U2F implementation.
It is used as part of the Integrated Second Factor Authentication in the Chromebook where the U2F implementation is provided by the on-board security chip firmware.
The U2Fd daemon creates a new HID device from userspace using the UHID kernel interface and gets the U2F HID reports from there (as implemented by the
The daemon parses the HID reports and re-constructs the U2FHID messages from the succession of frames: one INIT and CONT (as implemented by the
U2fHid class). It answers the INIT and LOCK messages as expected by the protocol specification, and when it gets a MSG message containing a U2F APDU as payload, it simply forwards it to the provided
In this implementation, the U2F APDUs are sent to the cr50 firmware in the TPM security chip which has an extension to process U2F APDUs sent through a vendor defined command. The
TpmVendorCommandProxy class encapsulates an APDU in the VENDOR_CC_U2F_APDU vendor command and sends it to the trunks daemon using a D-Bus connection. The latter communicates itself with the physical TPM through the kernel driver exposing
The HID interface created by the U2Fd daemon is used by the usual un-modified security key clients (e.g. the Chrome browser through the permission broker).
The U2F firmware is using the laptop power button as the user physical presence sensing. In order to avoid spurious UI actions when the user touches the power button to acknowledge their presence, the daemon scans the U2F requests and when it sees a physical presence test, it temporarily de-activates the next power button press forwarding to the UI (by sending a D-Bus message to powerd).
The daemon has 3 interfaces to the outside world:
/dev/uhidkernel node to create/communicate with the HID device.
HIDTest will also be converted to a unit-test for the
To support versioned U2F key handles (used in WebAuthn), a cr50 firmware change was introduced in milestone M87. This new firmware will not work with the U2Fd daemon on older milestones. For example, if you update a device to M87 then downgrade to M86, keys registered on M87 will not work, as the cr50 firmware will not roll back to the M86 version. Registering new keys on M86 will not work either, because the M87 cr50 firmware expects a different u2f_register_req struct from M86. You need to get the device back to M87 to use U2F keys.
The FIDO Alliance specifications: