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Netgate pfsense is an open source firewall/router computer software distribution based on FreeBSD. It is installed on a physical computer or a virtual machine to make a dedicated firewall/router for a network. You can enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for your Netgate pfsense to increase security level. When you enable 2FA, your users enter their username and password (first factor) as usual, and they have to enter an authentication code (the second factor) which will share on your virtual or hardware 2FA solution to get access to netgate pfsense .
Depending on the VPN client, 2-factor authentication can take two forms..
miniOrange accomplishes this by acting as a RADIUS server that accepts the username/password of the user entered as a RADIUS request and validates the user against the user store as Active Directory (AD). After the first level of authentication, miniOrange prompts the user with 2-factor authentication and either grants/revokes access based on the input by the user.
miniOrange supports multiple 2FA/MFA authentication methods for Netgate pfsense VPN secure access such as, Push Notification, Soft Token, Microsoft / Google Authenticator etc.
|miniOrange Authenticator||Soft Token|
|miniOrange Push Notification|
|Mobile Token||Google Authenticator|
|SMS||OTP Over SMS|
|SMS with Link|
|OTP Over Email|
|Email with Link|
|Call Verification||OTP Over Call|
|Hardware Token||Yubikey Hardware Token|
|Display Hardware Token|
You can opt for any of the 2FA methods to secure your Netgate pfsense VPN. To integrate 2FA, you can enable RADIUS authentication in Netgate pfsense VPN and configure policies in miniOrange to enable or disable 2FA for users.
miniOrange provides user authentication from various external directories such as miniOrange Directory, Microsoft AD, Azure Active Directory/LDAP, AWS Cognito and many more.
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miniOrange offers free help through a consultation call with our System Engineers to Install or Setup Two-Factor Authentication for Netgate pfsense VPN solution in your environment with 30-day trial.
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|Client Name:||Any name for your reference.|
|Client IP:||IP address of VPN server which will send Radius authentication request.|
|Shared Secret:||Security key.
For Eg. "sharedsecret"
(Keep this with you, you will need to configure same on VPN Server).
|Vendor Name||Group Attribute||Vendor ID||Vendor Attribute ID|
|Cisco ASA VPN||26 Vendor-Specific||3076||25|
|Fortinet VPN||26 Vendor-Specific||12356||1|
|Palo Alto VPN||26 Vendor-Specific||25461||5|
|SonicWall VPN||26 Vendor-Specific||8741||3|
|Citrix VPN||26 Vendor-Specific||66||16|
|Group Name:||Group for which the policy will apply.|
|Policy Name:||Any Identifier that specifies policy name.|
|Login Method||Login Method for the users associated with this policy.|
|Enable 2-Factor Authentication||Enables Second Factor during Login for users associated with this policy.|
|Enable Adaptive Authentication||Enables Adaptive Authentication for Login of users associated with this policy.|
Only For On-Premise Version
Open Firewall Ports.
Note: pfsense is a firewall which usually works with other VPN clients. You'll need a VPN client to setup 2fa with Netgate pfsense. You can connect OpenVPN and IPsec VPN among others.
|Descriptive name||Specify any name you like.|
|Type||Always select RADIUS.|
|Hostname or IP address||Enter the hostname or IP address of Radius server of miniOrange that you got from Step 1.|
|Shared Secret||Shared Secret used while app creation in miniOrange.|
|Services offered||Change to Authentication.|
|Accounting port||N/A. Leave the default value.|
|Authentication Timeout||Change to 60|
|RADIUS NAS IP Attribute||Enter the IP to use for the “NAS-IP-Address” attribute during RADIUS Access-Requests.|
miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Okta, Shibboleth, Ping, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more. You can configure your existing directory/user store or add users in miniOrange.
Configure your existing directories such as Microsoft Active Directory, Azure, OpenLDAP, etc.
Here's the list of the attributes and what it does when we enable it. You can enable/disable accordingly.
|Activate LDAP||All user authentications will be done with LDAP credentials if you Activate it|
|Sync users in miniOrange||Users will be created in miniOrange after authentication with LDAP|
|Fallback Authentication||If LDAP credentials fail then user will be authenticated through miniOrange|
|Allow users to change password||This allows your users to change their password. It updates the new credentials in your LDAP server|
|Enable administrator login||On enabling this, your miniOrange Administrator login authenticates using your LDAP server|
|Show IdP to users||If you enable this option, this IdP will be visible to users|
|Send Configured Attributes||If you enable this option, then only the attributes configured below will be sent in attributes at the time of login|
Refer our guide to setup LDAPS on windows server.
Note: Below steps are used to enable one time or manual sync. To enable sync on scheduled basis, you should use LDAP gateway module. Read more and download the LDAP gateway module.
1. Create User in miniOrange
2. Bulk Upload Users in miniOrange via Uploading CSV File.
(The Active Directory Group Provisioning (Sync) setup is done. Now, whenever a user is created or modified in LDAP server and if the Assign Users to groups is enabled, then user group attribute from the LDAP server will be automatically synced and the user group will be assigned or changed accordingly in miniOrange.)
(You can follow these steps and use the login URL present in the Branding section.)
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