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Revision as of 11:05, 23 April 2021

Full Title

Web Authentication Level 2[1] enables the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key cred by web applications for strongly authenticating users.


  • This is designed for web applications, not native applications.
  • The current draft of the evolving standard is available here.


  • Authenticator protects public key credentials, and interact with user agents to implement the Web Authentication API. Implementing compliant authenticators is possible in software executing (a) on a general-purpose computing device, (b) on an on-device Secure Execution Environment, Trusted Platform Module (TPM), or a Secure Element (SE), or (c) off device. Authenticators being implemented on device are called platform authenticators. Authenticators being implemented off device (roaming authenticators) can be accessed over a transport method.

Normal Flow

Web Authentication API [1] Section 5

  • Registration
  1. Challenge, user info, RP info
  2. RP ID, client data hash
  3. User verification, new key pair
  • Authentication
  1. Challenge
  2. RP ID, client data hash
  3. User verification


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dirk Balfanz + 19, Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 2 W3C Working Draft, 2020-07-30 https://www.w3.org/TR/webauthn-2/#iface-pkcredential

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