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Last Updated: 7 Sept 2017

Mission: Use modern cryptography to improve the security and privacy of Firefox

Protect Firefox users on the Internet through up-to-date cryptographic protocols

  • Maintain the cryptography and transport security library that powers Firefox, NSS
  • Enforce the technical policies of the Mozilla CA Certificate Program
  • Lead the adoption of cryptographic technologies to improve security throughout Firefox

Crypto Engineering Projects

Our team's major projects are broken down by module:


NSS is the cryptography and transport security library that powers Firefox.

  • 2018 Q1: Rework TLS session caching to permit better privacy controls
  • 2018 Q1: Improve confidence in network-facing ASN.1 parsing


PSM performs the business logic of deciding whether a given secure network connection is actually trustworthy. It applies logic from the user's choices, the Mozilla Root Program, and the platform in order to make a trust determination. E.g., whether to show a connection as secure.

  • 2018 Q1: Move error-string formatting for our error pages into the front-end JavaScript
  • 2018 Q2: Retool the "See more" sections of error pages using JavaScript to provide more help
  • 2018 Q3: Continue work on our Certificate Transparency implementation and test infrastructure

Web Authentication

Password authentication is known to be a security liability on the Web. The W3C Web Authentication Working Group is developing a specification for using Scoped Credentials to supplement or replace passwords. Mozilla intends to implement Web Authentication (WebAuthn) specification.

  • 2016 Q2: FIDO U2F v1.1 JS API landed, hidden behind preferences.
    • You can test a "Soft Token" using any recent version of Firefox using the instructions at
  • 2017 Jan: Draft WebAuthn JS API available, hidden behind a pref, using the Soft Token from U2F.
  • 2017 Q2: Support USB HID U2F devices on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. rust u2f-hid-rs library
  • 2017 Q2-3: Integrate USB HID U2F hardware support into Firefox.
    • Done in Firefox 57.
  • 2017 Q2-3: Update to Working Draft 5 of the WebAuthn JS API.
    • Done in Firefox 56
  • 2017 Q3: Integrate hardware support with the FIDO U2F v1.1 JS API
    • Done in Firefox 57.
  • 2017 September: Interoperability testing for WebAuthn.
    • Done.
  • 2017 (late): Update to the Candidate Recommendation of the WebAuthn JS API.
  • 2019: Support USB HID CTAP devices on desktop platforms. (Exact version TBD)
  • 2019: Support U2F hardware for Firefox for Android.

All of the above dates are for landing in Firefox Nightly.

Goal: permit use of U2F tokens via a user-controllable preference (not on by default) in Firefox 56 or 57 (Done in Firefox 57), and Web Authentication (on by default) in Firefox 59 or 60. (See RapidRelease/Calendar)

Using U2F / WebAuthn

WebAuthn is enabled by default. To enable U2F as well, enable this preference in about:config:

  • security.webauth.u2f

Enabling debugging (example for OSX):

  MOZ_LOG="webauthnmanager:5, webauth_u2f:5, webauth_u2f:5, u2fkeymanager:5, u2fhidtoken:5, u2fmanager:5" ~/Desktop/

Enabling the soft token:

In about:config enable:

  • security.webauth.webauthn_enable_softtoken

This currently stops the use of USB tokens, as the soft token always answers first. To see its code, check

Useful testing sites


Web Authentication:

It does not work on Facebook or Google Accounts; there are issues beyond browser detection that haven't been analyzed yet.

WD-07 Updates

Full Query
ID Summary Status Assigned to Whiteboard Last change time
1381190 Web Authentication - Change to COSE Algorithm Identifier types RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-10-18T09:53:22Z
1382893 WebAuthn RP-IDs should enforce HTTPS and be permissive for alternative TCP ports RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-01-08T23:20:32Z
1406456 Update WebAuthn WebIDL to the WD-07 draft RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-10-12T10:45:57Z
1406458 WebAuthn: Add extension types RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-02-07T22:10:27Z
1406459 Web Authentication - Add token binding types RESOLVED [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-11-08T21:04:37Z
1406462 Web Authentication - Add authenticator selection criteria and attachment types RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-11-29T22:49:59Z
1406466 Web Authentication - WD-07 Updates to Create Credential RESOLVED [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-11-20T10:37:32Z
1406467 Web Authentication - WD-07 Updates to Make Assertion RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-01-25T16:04:24Z
1406468 Web Authentication - Implement isUserVerifyingPlatformAuthenticatorAvailable() method RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-11-14T20:57:03Z
1406469 Web Authentication - Update Authenticator Data generation for User Verified bit RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-10-12T10:46:00Z
1406471 Web Authentication - Implement FIDO AppID Extension RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-04-27T16:07:24Z
1407093 Web Authentication - Correctly plumb User Handle RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-12-13T22:04:19Z
1407789 Web Authentication - Prohibit cross-site iframes RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-01-16T20:44:09Z
1407829 Web Authentication - Implement CredMan's Store method RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-10-17T22:15:30Z
1409202 Web Authentication - Restrict to active documents RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-04-04T13:29:32Z
1415675 Web Authentication - Support AbortSignal types RESOLVED Tim Taubert [:ttaubert] (inactive) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2017-11-22T06:28:24Z
1420760 webauthn: out-of-order keys in CBOR map. RESOLVED Adam Langley [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-01-03T21:45:43Z
1420763 webauthn: credential public key not a COSE_Key RESOLVED Adam Langley [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-01-06T09:59:34Z
1428916 Web Authentication - Support Attestation Conveyance RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-02-07T12:45:44Z
1428918 Web Authentication - Enable in Nightly RESOLVED J.C. Jones [:jcj] (he/him) [webauthn][webauthn-wd07] 2018-05-09T15:15:11Z

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