On 25/01/17 21:28, Scott Crooks wrote: > Greetings everyone, > > I'm doing some testing with moving our current OpenVPN solution to 2.4 > to utilize the benefits of the `auth-gen-token` parameter that was > recently introduced. I'm a little confused about how it works in > relation to the `reneg-sec` variable. We're using the free Authy OpenVPN > plugin (https://github.com/authy/authy-openvpn) for 2FA. > > Our authentication follows the following chain: > > 1. User must present valid client certificate (duplicate-cn in our case) > 2. User must present valid Authy token from their mobile device / browser > 3. User must present valid login credentials that are validated against > our LDAP backend > > Authy's documentation specifically says to set `reneg-sec` equal to '0' > so that renegotiation never happens; however, this was written with > OpenVPN 2.3 in mind. My questions are: > > 1. Since `auth-gen-token X` generates a token valid for X seconds, does > this mean I can turn renegotiation back on? From initial testing > (OpenVPN 2.4 on Windows 10), I set `reneg-sec` to something low (30 > seconds) to see what happened. The user is again presented with a > password prompt, which shouldn't happen.
Correct, this should NOT happen. > 2. Does having `auth-nocache` on the client side conflict with > `auth-gen-token` ? Do I need to remove `auth-nocache` from the client > side to utilize the benefits of `auth-gen-token` ? Yes, this is a bug I detected very late in the RC releases. I tried to fix it, but first attempts exploded in my face. And haven't had time to dig into this further. When --auth-gen-token is enabled, the server pushes --auth-token with some random credential it saves for this particular session. When the client receives --auth-token push-reply, it replaces the current password value in the user/password storage with the token value. On next re-authentication, the client will then send username + token value (instead of password with expired OTP). The server then matches this token ("password") against the locally stored token in the session object. What happens is that when --auth-nocache is used, it basically tells the "retrieve user credentials function" to ignore whatever is stored in the password field (where the token now resides) in the user/password storage. And since it realises it doesn't have a password, it asks for it again. This is very basically what happens. And the fix is in theory very simple (disable --auth-nocache if server have pushed --auth-token) - but those places I tried to disable --auth-nocache didn't work or it made things even worse in some cases (where --auth-token was not pushed). So I have it on my TODO list ... now that people actually do test the --auth-gen-token feature, I'm definitely going to look into it a bit sooner. Anyhow ... quick-fix/workaround: Don't use --auth-nocache -- kind regards, David Sommerseth
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