I can confirm that log in to non MFA service and then MFA service requires a 
reissue of TGT. Are tickets shared between the two CAS servers? If not, then I 
could see multiple logins required as user is shuffled between servers.
At present I have only one MFA service to test against. But a valid TGT should 
be enough, otherwise the whole system would be pointless.


On Fri, 2018-09-07 at 08:47 -0700, Matt T wrote:

This is very helpful.  We actually run two CAS instances because of our IDP 
configuration.  One (the one in question here) requires MFA while the other 
does not.  So, if the CAS ticket in question is only valid in the MFA CAS 
instance, we can be certain the user has performed MFA.  In that case, it seems 
like the CAS ticket is enough, right?  Again, just checking my logic so sorry 
for redundant questions.


On Friday, September 7, 2018 at 9:55:48 AM UTC-5, waldbiec wrote:

It depends.  If during CAS ticket validation, the validation result can assert 
that MFA took place for the authentication that created the TGT, then I think 
that would be sufficient if your requirement is simply that MFA took place 
already in the SSO session.

However, suppose not all services require MFA.  If you first establish an SSO 
session to such a service, you might not be prompted for MFA.  When you next go 
to a service that requires MFA, CAS would need to check in with the IdP so it 
could perform MFA, or else the SSO session would be denied access until it was 
terminated and a new SSO session was started that actually did use MFA.

If your setup is such that in order to establish an SSO session, you need to 
have provided a 2nd factor, then I would agree that CAS shouldn't need to check 
with the IdP each time whether MFA is valid-- the fact that the SSO session 
exists at all is based on the fact that MFA was successful.  Whether it is 
possible to configure the software that way, I'm not sure.

Our own setup is the opposite of yours.  We run both CAS and Shibboleth 
services.  CAS clients interface directly with our CAS service.  SAML2 clients 
interact with our Shibboleth IdP, but the IdP delegates all authentication to 
CAS so the SSO experience is unified.  Our CAS service does need to signal to 
the IdP if MFA was used to establish the session.  We require MFA on a per-user 
basis.  Either a user will be required to use MFA to establish an SSO session 
or it will not.  Any call to our IdP will always pass though to CAS to verify 
an SSO session exists.  Users are only prompted for MFA once per session.

Carl Waldbieser
ITS Identity Management
Lafayette College

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt T" <<javascript:>>
To: "cas-user" <<javascript:>>
Sent: Friday, 7 September, 2018 09:54:07
Subject: [cas-user] Should the CAS ticket be authoritative?

Hi Everyone,

I'll be the first to admin I'm no CAS expert.  In fact, I don't even manage
our deployments here.  Instead, I work with applications which interface
with it so I do understand to some degree.  That being said, I have a
question which came up in internal discussions I'm hoping to get some input

We have CAS delegating authentication to our IDP.  Our IDP enforces
two-factor auth so if we require it, we don't have to facilitate with CAS.
We've run into an issue where every request to an application behind
two-factor prompts the user for the second factor of authentication.  This
happens even when in a browser you've already verified.  This is an issue
because it takes away from the true SSO experience and a user can't move
from app to app.

The main reason it is asking for the second factor again is due to the way
we integrate CAS into our IDP.  That's a whole different topic and really
outside of the scope of this questions so just know we're aware of why it
happens even if it isn't right.

The question is this.  Is CAS ticket validity secure enough to trust only
that?  Why should we even check with our IDP a second time if the user's
session already has a valid CAS ticket?  Do others use this configuration
or do you always check with the IDP?

It seems like trusting the CAS ticket if valid is the best option and would
allow us to better control application logins and state but maybe I'm not
thinking it all the way through.

Thanks in advance for any insight!


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