Help us test PyPI's authentication improvements!

Warehouse is the code behind the Python Package Repository (PyPI). We are seeking maintainers of Projects on PyPI to test our new security improvements while they're in beta and send us bug reports. Please help us shake the bugs out!

Feedback on user experience, accessibility, and overall ease of use are welcome; we want to support your workflows for account management and package maintainership. Go to your account settings and try it out!

Guidelines for Particpation

Changes we're making

To increase the security of PyPI downloads, we're introducing a few improvements:

Two-factor authentication

two-factor authentication (2FA) is a new login security option.

You can use 2FA right now on Test PyPI and on official PyPI. PyPI currently supports two 2FA methods. One is generating a code through a Time-based One-time Password (TOTP) application. After you set up 2FA on your PyPI account, then you must provide a TOTP (along with your username and password) to log in. Therefore, to use 2FA on PyPI, you'll need to provision an application (usually a mobile phone app) in order to generate authentication codes; see below for suggestions and pointers. This feature is fully deployed and out of beta.

In beta: We support WebAuthn and thus "security keys". A security key (also known as a universal second factor, or U2F key) is hardware device that communicates via USB, NFC, or Bluetooth. Popular keys include Yubikey, Google Titan and Thetis. PyPI supports any FIDO U2F compatible key and follows the !WebAuthn standard. Users who have set up this second factor will be prompted to use their key (usually by inserting it into a USB port and pressing a button) when logging in. The WebAuthn support is in beta so check the "caution" warning below.

Two-factor authentication currently only applies to the login step, not package uploads.

Upload API tokens

We're adding scoped API tokens so you can upload a package using a token instead of a username and password.

In beta: You can create and use API tokens to upload packages. API tokens provide an alternative way (instead of username and password) to authenticate when uploading packages to PyPI or Test PyPI. You can create a token for an entire PyPI account, in which case, the token will work for all projects associated with that account. Alternatively, you can limit a token's scope to a specific project. And then, manually or in your configuration file, when you upload, use @token for the username and the token string for the password. API token support is in beta so check the "caution" warning below.

Audit log

We're adding a display so you can look at things that have happened in your user account or project, and check for signs someone's stolen your credentials.

You can view a log of sensitive actions from the last two weeks that are relevant to your user account, and if you are an Owner at least one project on PyPI, you can view a log of sensitive actions (performed by ANY user) relevant to projects you're an Owner for. (And PyPI administrators are able to view the full audit log.)

In beta: We're still refining this, so check the "caution" warning below. And the sensitive event logging and display starting on 16 August 2019, so you won't see sensitive events from before that date.

Things to test

Most of these you can test on For testing destructive actions, like removing an owner or deleting a project, please use

Caution (before you test)

During this beta testing period, if things go awry, there's a chance we will need to wipe WebAuthn and API tokens from users' accounts, so if you choose to try it, please be forewarned. That's why you need a PyPI-verified email address on your user account before adding a second login auth factor, to make potential account recovery smoother.

We may also fail to log, or to properly display, events in the audit log.

Reminder! Sign up for the PyPI Announcement Mailing List to be kept in the loop as we continue this process!


Testers we need

In particular, please help us test this if any of these apply to you:

Setting up a TOTP application

See our help docs for guidance on choosing a TOTP app for desktop or mobile.

Setting up a U2F security key

See our help docs for guidance on setting up your U2F security key. Please note that you cannot set up or use U2F for a second factor without turning on JavaScript, and that right now we only support Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.

Provisioning and using API Tokens

See our help docs for guidance on provisioning and using API Tokens. You can create a token that allows uploads for all projects your user account has Maintainer or Owner access to, or scope it to a specific project.

Security bugs

If you find any potential security vulnerabilities, please follow our published security policy. Please don't report security issues in Warehouse via GitHub, IRC, or mailing lists. Instead, please directly email one or more of our maintainers.

Our next steps

Once we fix all the urgent bugs we find, we'll remove the "beta" badge for each feature. Then we expect to move on to working on further security, accessibility, and internationalization tasks per the Warehouse roadmap). Thanks to the Open Technology Fund for funding this work. More progress reports at the Packaging Working Group's wiki page.

Contact us

Security issues: email security @ python dot org

GitHub for all other bug reports & feature requests:

IRC: #pypa-dev on Freenode (someone's usually there 10am-5pm Central Time on weekdays)

Email: distutils-sig mailing list

Thank you for testing Warehouse! You're helping us secure this ecosystem, and future users of PyPI will appreciate it. :)

WarehousePackageMaintainerTesting (last edited 2019-08-15 21:22:16 by SumanaHarihareswara)

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