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 WebAuthn as a multi-factor authentication (MFA) method with IAM using currently supported configurations. These include FIDO Certified devices supported by IAM and browsers that support WebAuthn.

FIDO devices supported by Amazon

IAM currently supports FIDO Certified 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 FIDO Certified device. WebAuthn MFA will not work with a virtual machine, a remote connection, or a browser's incognito mode.

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

Browsers that support WebAuthn

The following browsers currently support the use of FIDO Certified security keys:

macOS 10.15+ Windows 10 Linux
Chrome Yes Yes Yes
Safari Yes No No
Edge Yes Yes Yes
Firefox Yes Yes Yes

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

Browser plugins

Amazon supports only browsers that natively support the FIDO2 WebAuthn standard. Amazon doesn't support using plugins to add FIDO2 WebAuthn browser support. Some browser plugins are incompatible with the FIDO U2F 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.

Mobile environments

The following browsers currently support the use of FIDO Certified security keys:

iOS 14.5+ Android 7+
Chrome Yes Yes
Safari Yes No
Edge No No
Firefox Yes No

The Amazon Console Mobile App doesn't support using FIDO Certified security keys for MFA.

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 FIDO certified security keys only in the Amazon Web Services Management Console. Using FIDO Certified 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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