For quite some time (Beginning of 2017) it is now possible to solve SSO scenarios with Azure even without ADFS infrastructure. However, it is only recently that companies has started to not insist on ADFS. Now one may finally also point out the alternative solutions of Microsoft.
The possible scenarios for Seamless SSO are:
- Pass-through authentication (PTA)
- Password Hash Sync (PHS)
Pass-through authentication (PTA)
- No automatic detection of leaked login data
- Azure AD DS requires enabled Password Hash Synchronization feature in tenant to work
- Is not part of Azure AD Connect Health
Password Hash Sync (PHS)
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- Password is synchronized to the cloud (as hash value)
Since Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop 7.9 the Federated Authentication Service (FAS) is available. Via Citrix FAS it is possible to authenticate a user via SAML and thus connect Citrix as a service provider to existing identity providers, such as Azure-AD.
Sequence of SAML authentication
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- The user browse the FQDN (e.g. citrix.deyda.net) of the Citrix Gateway vServer (Service Provider) to start his VA / VD resources
- The Citrix Gateway vServer directs the unauthenticated user directly to the Identity Provider (Azure-AD) to authenticate itself (saml: authnRequest)
- The Identity Provider points to its SingleSignOnService URL (e.g. login.microsoftonline.com) and the user must authenticate
- The user enters his AD credentials and these are checked by the Identity Provider against the user database
- Upon successful verification in the user database, the IdP is informed
- The IdP issues a token (SAML assertion) and sends it to the Citrix Gateway (saml: response)
- Citrix Gateway checks the token (assertion signature) and extracts the UPN from the assertion token. This allows access via SSO to the VA / VD farm via FAS (The SP does not have access to the user’s credentials)
To complete my previous article, I also directly implemented and tested Microsoft Azure MFA Cloud Service in my test lab. In this post I go straight to the ToDo’s for implementation. For more information on MFA and the differences between Local and Cloud, please read my previous post.
It is important that all my information has the status of March 2019 and since it is the cloud, it will soon be obsolete again.
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As of July 1, 2019, Microsoft will no longer offer MFA Server for new deployments. New customers who would like to require multi-factor authentication from their users should use cloud-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication. Existing customers who have activated MFA Server prior to July 1 will be able to download the latest version, future updates and generate activation credentials as usual.https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55849
During one of my current projects, I launched a PoC for two-factor authentication based on Microsoft Azure MFA. Azure multi-factor authentication requires users to verify and confirm their signups using a mobile app, phone call, or text message. You can use it with Azure AD or the local AD.
It is important that all my information has the status of March 2019 and because it is the cloud, quite quickly become obsolete again.
The safety of the two-stage check is at level approach. The multiple authentication factors poses a major challenge for attackers. Even if an attacker can find out the user’s password, this is useless unless he or she is also proficient in the additional authentication method. This works by requesting at least two of the following authentication methods:
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- Something you know (usually a password)
- Something you have (a familiar device that can not be easily duplicated, like a phone)
- Something that you are (biometrically)
This article is about creating an AD FS Proxy from Citrix ADC (version 12). The AD FS Proxy is used to authenticate e.g. external SaaS applications or websites via AD FS. The following should be achieved by the AD FS Proxy:
- URL / DoS Protection
- Suitable external authentication (MFA, Forms instead of Kerberos)
- Account Lockout Protection
- Availability (Load Balancing)
What is AD FS ?
Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) is a feature in the Windows Server operating system that allows identity information to be shared outside of the corporate network. Users can access applications (e.g. Office365, Salesforce.com, etc.) without being prompted to provide credentials again. These applications can be hosted locally, in the cloud, or even by other companies. The user accounts can be managed by the administrator in a single location, the Active Directory.
A normal deployment of AD FS for external clients consists of AD FS Proxy and AD FS Server. The AD FS Server is a member of the domain and perform the authentication. The AD FS Proxy is usually located in a separate network zone (DMZ) so that it can be reached externally and forward the requests inwards.
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