Access to corporate resources from external computers requires secure authentication methods. This article explains how to configure One-Time Password pre-authentication.

In the previous article of this Kerberos Delegation series, you learned how to configure Kerberos Constrained Delegation. Today, I will discuss pre-authentication methods that are not based on Active Directory. Users can pre-authenticate using Windows Active Directory authentication, RADIUS OTP authentication, Certificate authentication or LDAP authentication, and even with PKI certificates.

In the example here, we will use a one-time password solution that provides a simple, user friendly and very secure solution that is ideal for securing access to corporate resources when used with Microsoft (TMG) and Kerberos Constrained Delegation. I will describe how Protocol Transition works with TMG, i.e. how you can authenticate users with one method and then pass the credentials to the backend using Kerberos.

So how is the end-user experience when multiple pre-authentication methods are used without Credential Delegation? If you were to use RADIUS One-Time Password pre-authentication on the TMG Listener, a user would have to enter his OTP credentials first and then provide his Windows credentials for access to the web server.

Why is this not good? You expose critical security information (Domain username and password, which are static) when a user has to enter Domain credentials on a machine that doesn't belong to your corporate network. This is especially problematic in a "hostile" environment such as internet cafes or the "mother-in-law" computer (I heard this term at a Microsoft presentation for UAG and I just had to use it). You can probably imagine the variety of threats in those environments. Such a machine could run key logging malware that collects static passwords and other information that could be used in a subsequent attack.

How can a security minded administrator make sure that users would enter only OTP credentials when accessing backend HTTP/HTTPS based services? It’s obvious that you can’t achieve this by using Basic Credential Delegation which means passing username and password from the TMG server to the backend server. For working with OTP credentials, Kerberos Constrained Delegation and Protocol Transition is required.

In my previous article, I already explained how to configure Kerberos Constrained Delegation in a Publishing rule. In this post, I will describe how to configure the Listener to use OTP and PKI pre-authentication. But first we have to configure TMG to query an authentication server. We will do this by defining a RADIUS server with TMG. First select “Tasks” in the TMG console.

One-time passwords TMG - Configure Autentication

TMG - Configure Authentication

Locate “Configure Authentication Server settings”

A new window will pop up, click “add” and enter the relevant information (IP, Shared Secret And Port). Also be aware, that if your RADIUS server uses a port other than 1812, you will have to allow it independently.

TMG One-time passwords Configure authentication server

TMG - Authentication Servers

I continue by reconfiguring the Listener on the TMG from the previous article. Select "Toolbox" and then click on "Network Objects" in the TMG Console.

One-time passwords TMG - Web Listener

TMG - Web Listeners

Locate and open the "Web Listener" dialog at the bottom and right click the Listener that you created in the previous article.

One-time passwords - Authentication Validation Method

Authentication Validation Method

Now select "RADIUS OTP" authentication in the Authentication settings tab. You can then use this Listener in a Publishing Rule. The Publishing Rule from the previous article can be used without reconfiguration. Click OK and Apply.

How would an end user experience this? When a user first accesses the URL of the published web application, he will be asked to enter his OTP credentials. The TMG would then authenticate him to the backend application using a Kerberos Token by delegating the credentials. The user has successfully logged in using only his OTP credentials without being asked to enter his domain credentials. In the next article, I will explain how to use Smart Cards and PKI credentials to access published resources.

4 Comments
  1. owais 10 years ago

    Hi
    great article. I am trying to achieve something similar. I would like to display the username/pass first then provide the otp screen. Is this possible using TMG and Radius, do you have an example of this ?
    thanks

  2. Author
    Simon 10 years ago

    Hi,

    glad you liked it :).

    With regard to your question, you could configure TMG to require both credentials (Radius and Active Directory credentials) and use Forms based authentication.

    The other way would be to require OTP credentials on the TMG and AD or other password at the backend server.
    Because I haven't really seen a noncommercial plugin or module for IIS that would allow RADIUS authentication on the IIS.

    But honestly, the point in using only RADIUS OTP credentials on the TMG as described in the article is to avoid using Static passwords that can be captured.

  3. AndyLiu 9 years ago

    Hi Simon,

    I am glad to read this article. I have 2 questions.
    1. is there any different between the option [Radius] and [Radius OTP]? Only the [Radius OTP] can collect additional delegation, right?
    2. Can I instead the [HTML From] with [Basic Auth] in Web Listener?

    Thanks.

  4. Author
    Simon 9 years ago

    1. The only difference I have noticed was the form text. And If I recall correctly timeout values for the session. Other than that, no difference.

    2. You can modify the listener to use another authentication method - OTP - instead of Basic Auth, but be aware, that this will apply to all
    publishing rules that use this listener.

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