FreeIPA and Selective 2FA with Kerberos Authentication Indicators

One of the major new features in FreeIPA 4.4 is the introduction of Authentication Indicators in Kerberos tickets. This allows you to selectively enforce 2FA. Usecases Usually a Linux environment consists on a lot of different services. Some of them are security sensitive such as payroll systems while others are more relaxed such as simple Intranet Webservers. Some services do not nicely play with 2FA, see With Authentication Indicators you can allow users accessing this services without 2FA while ….Read More

Identity Management und 2FA mit (Free)IPA @Chemnitzer Linuxtage 2015

My first post in German, publishing the Slide Deck (in German) for my presentation about IPA and 2FA held at Chemnitzer Linux days 2015. Mein erster Post in Deutsch. Hier die Slides von meinem Vortrag an den Chemnitzer Linux Tagen 2015. Abstract: IPA ist ein Identity Management System für Linux und Unix, das stetig an Bedeutung gewinnt. Mittlerweile ist es des öfteren in Behörden, Banken, Versicherungen, aber auch in KMUs im Einsatz. IPA kann man sich als «Active Directory» für ….Read More

2FA with (Free) IPA. The good, the bad and the ugly

Two factor authentication (2FA) is more and more emerging which is good to enhance security. Since the release of IPA4 it comes with 2FA included. Over time I made a lot of experiments and experience I wanted to share with you. Its is easy to set up and maintain as long as you use it only for system authentication. If you are using such things as webmail, it fails. This post shows you the capabilities as they are of today. ….Read More

Using OTP Tokens and 2FA with FreeIPA 4.0

On 2014-07-08 FreeIPA 4.0 was released. One of the most interesting new features is the support of two factor authentication (2FA). I was curious about how to set it up and get it running. Unfortunately the documentation does not tell much about the OTP setup. What is OTP and 2FA? An overview OTP stands for One Time Password and 2FA for two factor authentication. OTP is available since long time, in the beginning usually as a list of passwords printed ….Read More