Supported configurations for using FIDO security keys - Amazon Identity and Access Management
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Supported configurations for using FIDO security keys

You can use FIDO2 security keys as a multi-factor authentication (MFA) method with IAM using currently supported configurations. These include FIDO2 devices supported by IAM and browsers that support FIDO2. Before you register your FIDO2 device, check that you’re using the latest browser and operating system (OS) version. Features may behave differently across different browsers, authenticators, and OS clients. If your device registration fails on one browser, you can try to register with another browser.

FIDO2 devices supported by Amazon

IAM supports FIDO2 security devices that connect to your devices through USB, Bluetooth, or NFC. We don't support platform authenticators such as TouchID, FaceID, or Windows Hello.


Amazon requires access to the physical USB port on your computer to verify your FIDO2 device. FIDO2 security keys will not work with a virtual machine, a remote connection, or a browser's incognito mode.

The FIDO Alliance maintains a list of all FIDO2 products that are compatible with FIDO specifications.

Browsers that support FIDO2

The availability of FIDO2 security devices that run in a web browser depends on the combination of browser and operating system. The following browsers currently support the use of FIDO2 security keys:

macOS 10.15+ Windows 10 Linux iOS 14.5+ Android 7+
Chrome Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Safari Yes No No Yes No
Edge Yes Yes No Yes No
Firefox Yes Yes No Yes No

Most Firefox versions that currently support FIDO2 don't enable support by default. For instructions on enabling FIDO2 support in Firefox, see Troubleshooting FIDO security keys.

For more information about browser support for a FIDO2-certified device like YubiKey, see Operating system and web browser support for FIDO2 and U2F.

Browser plugins

Amazon supports only browsers that natively support FIDO2. Amazon doesn't support using plugins to add FIDO2 browser support. Some browser plugins are incompatible with the FIDO2 standard and can cause unexpected results with FIDO2 security keys.

For information on disabling browser plugins and other troubleshooting tips, see I can't enable my FIDO security key.

Device certifications

We capture and assign device-related certifications, such as FIPS validation and FIDO certification level, only during the registration of a FIDO security key. Your device certification is retrieved from the FIDO Alliance Metadata Service (MDS). If the certification status or level of your FIDO security key changes, it will not be reflected in the device tags automatically. To update the certification information of a device, register the device again to fetch the updated certification information.

Amazon provides the following certification types as condition keys during device registration, obtained from the FIDO MDS: FIPS-140-2, FIPS-140-3, and FIDO certification levels. You have the ability to specify the registration of specific authenticators in their IAM policies, based on your preferred certification type and level. For more information, see the policies below.

Example policies for device certifications

The following use cases show sample policies that allow you to register MFA devices with FIPS certifications.

Use case 1: Allow registering only devices that have FIPS-140-2 L2 certifications

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey" : "Create" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey" : "Activate", "iam:FIDO-FIPS-140-2-certification": "L2" } } } ] }

Use case 2: Allow registering devices that have FIPS-140-2 L2 and FIDO L1 certifications

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey" : "Create" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey" : "Activate", "iam:FIDO-FIPS-140-2-certification": "L2", "iam:FIDO-certification": "L1" } } } ] }

Use case 3: Allow registering devices that have either FIPS-140-2 L2 or FIPS-140-3 L2 certifications

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey" : "Create" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey" : "Activate", "iam:FIDO-FIPS-140-2-certification": "L2" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey" : "Activate", "iam:FIDO-FIPS-140-3-certification": "L2" } } } ] }

Use case 4: Allow registering devices that have FIPS-140-2 L2 certification and support other MFA types like virtual authenticators and hardware TOTP

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey": "Create" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringEquals": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey": "Activate", "iam:FIPS-140-2-certification": "L2" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "iam:EnableMFADevice", "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "Null": { "iam:RegisterSecurityKey": "true" } } } ] }

Amazon CLI and Amazon API

Amazon supports using FIDO2 security keys only in the Amazon Web Services Management Console. Using FIDO2 security keys for MFA is not supported in the Amazon CLI and Amazon API, or for access to MFA-protected API operations.

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