Although this isn't going to help resolve your problem I wanted to let you
know that I am currently working through a similarly confusing OTP
authentication issue which appears to have been introduced following our
upgrade to FreeIPA 4.5 / CentOS 7.4.
In our situation we are authenticating our VPN using password+OTP and
continue to use this throughout the system - so OTP is required everywhere.
Since the update the VPN authentications, which use an interim LDAP Bind,
refuse to accept OTP - the only thing that works is password only even
though this is specifically prohibited in the configuration.
As you are using a similar platform perhaps part of your issue is related -
can you confirm if you are using an interim bind for your VPN auth?
On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 11:52 AM Andy Stubbs via FreeIPA-users <
> I'm having a bit of a hard time trying to enforce OTP on VPN access using
> FreeRADIUS backed by FreeIPA as the auth oracle.
> I'm using a FreeIPA 4.5.0-21 client which is running FreeRADIUS 3.0.13-8,
> enrolled to a FreeIPA 4.5.0-21 server, both on clean installs of CentOS
> I need to enforce OTP for VPN access, and have it optional everywhere
> else. This kind of access based on auth indicators seems to be pretty
> standard, and is even mentioned in the RH IdM manual (section 22.3).
> But I can't get it to work. I have been banging my head against this for a
> few days now. Could somebody point me in the right direction please?
> I have users who have "password" and "otp" auth mechanisms enabled. Of
> course, this means I can't use LDAP to enforce OTP.
> PAM feels like it should be the right answer, but I've singularly failed
> to coax it into doing the right thing.
> I note that if "password" is _not_ an allowed auth mechanism, then
> system-auth, su, and sudo seem to be happy accepting "password+OTP" at the
> "First Factor" and leaving "Second Factor" blank. OTOH, if "password" is
> allowed, the "password+OTP" at "First Factor" and leaving "Second Factor
> (optional)" blank fails.
> I've tried enforcing OTP on the host the FreeRADIUS server is running on,
> instead of on the user, and trying "password+OTP" at the "password" prompt.
> Also no dice.
> In any case, it seems that whatever pam module I configure the rlm_pam
> module to use, "password+OTP" just isn't accepted, but if I turn off otp as
> an auth mechanism for a user, the password is accepted just fine.
> I've tried krb5 too, creating a specific service, and trying just about
> every combination of password/otp options on host, service, and user... and
> again, no dice (though it works if otp is off on all of them, but that's
> obviously not what I need to achieve).
> I can't find any reference to a specific API for testing an OTP token for
> a user independent of a password (though I have seen references to the
> ipa-otpd process on the V4/OTP page), and I don't really want to roll my
> own - so that kind of rules out writing my own python/perl module for
> FreeRADIUS. Nor do I particularly relish the idea of managing another layer
> of dedicated OTP software like privacyIDEA. (Of course, if that's the
> _right_ answer, then that's what I'll do)
> I figure I must be missing something fairly simple as I just can't get it
> to work and I can't imagine this is a particularly exotic use case: force
> OTP on VPN and have it optional everywhere else.
> Any pointers? I would love this to be an embarrassing and trivial
> oversight on my part. Please let it be that :)
> Thanks in advance for your consideration,
> Andrew Stubbs, PhD
> Head of Technical Operations
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