This new feature enables re-authentication of on-going sessions without asking the user for a new password. This is in particular useful when the authentication scheme is based on One Time Passwords (OTP).
When OTP is used and without auth-token support in the authentication module OpenVPN is configured to use, the clients will be asked for a new OTP each time OpenVPN starts a re-negotiation. What often happens is that this re-negotiation is disabled to avoid this. OpenVPN does provide a remedy to this, by pushing a unique auth-token value to each client. Then the authentication module needs to keep track of which client is using which auth-token value. When a client receives the pushed auth-token option and the attached value, it replaces the locally saved password with this token value. So for all coming re-authentications, the client will send this value as the password instead of the users password. But not all authentication modules adds support for this feature. By adding --auth-gen-token to the server configuration, the OpenVPN server will take care of the auth-token processing and authentication. This also means that the server will not call the configured authentication module on re-negotiations; it will do the re-negotiation internally by itself. This feature may just as well be useful for non-OTP configurations as well. Unless the OpenVPN client is configured with --auth-nocache, it will save the users password in-memory for the lifetime of the OpenVPN session. Using this feature that password will be replaced by the auth-token instead. The patch-set this thread covers focuses only on this new --auth-gen-token feature. The --auth-token option added to OpenVPN 2.3, but never properly documented. The --auth-token documentation is tracked in this mail thread: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg12506.html (Message-Id: <http://email@example.com/msg12506.html>) One remark regarding PATCH 1/5. This patch is needed by PATCH 5/5. I just chose to split it out as a separate patch to make the core auth-gen-token patches easier to review. This patch can be moved anywhere before PATCH 5/5 or squashed into PATCH 5/5 if that is requested. David Sommerseth (5): Move memcmp_constant_time() to crypto.h auth-gen-token: Add --auth-gen-token option auth-gen-token: Generate an auth-token per client auth-gen-token: Push generated auth-tokens to the client auth-gen-token: Authenticate generated auth-tokens when client re-authenticates doc/openvpn.8 | 16 ++++++++++ src/openvpn/crypto.c | 18 ----------- src/openvpn/crypto.h | 18 +++++++++++ src/openvpn/init.c | 2 ++ src/openvpn/misc.c | 5 +++ src/openvpn/options.c | 16 ++++++++++ src/openvpn/options.h | 2 ++ src/openvpn/push.c | 9 +++++- src/openvpn/ssl.c | 6 ++++ src/openvpn/ssl_common.h | 11 +++++++ src/openvpn/ssl_verify.c | 83 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 11 files changed, 167 insertions(+), 19 deletions(-) -- 22.214.171.124 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Check out the vibrant tech community on one of the world's most engaging tech sites, SlashDot.org! http://sdm.link/slashdot _______________________________________________ Openvpn-devel mailing list Openvpnfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/openvpn-devel