Zabbix Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

This document describes how to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Zabbix with AuthPoint as an identity provider. Zabbix must already be configured and deployed before you set up MFA with AuthPoint.

Zabbix can be configured to support MFA in several modes. For this integration, we set up SAML with AuthPoint.

This integration was tested with Zabbix v5.4.2 on Ubuntu v20.04.

Zabbix Authentication Data Flow with AuthPoint

AuthPoint communicates with various cloud-based services and service providers with the SAML protocol. This diagram shows the data flow of an MFA transaction for Zabbix.

Diagram that shows the data flow of an MFA transaction for a SAML resource with the push authentication method.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

Configure Zabbix

To start, you must download the metadata file from the Certificate Management page in the AuthPoint management UI. After you have that, you can configure Zabbix.

  1. Log in to WatchGuard Cloud.
  2. From the navigation menu, select Configure > AuthPoint. If you have a Service Provider account, you must select an account from Account Manager.
  3. Select Resources.
  4. Click Certificate.

  1. Next to AuthPoint certificate you will associate with your resource, click and select Download Metadata and Download Certificate. We recommend that you choose the certificate with the latest expiration date.

    The AuthPoint metadata provides your resource, in this case Zabbix, with information necessary to identify AuthPoint as a trusted identity provider.

  1. Log in to your Zabbix server.
  2. Navigate to /usr/share/zabbix/conf/certs.
  3. To generate a self-signed certificate and key, run this command:
    openssl req -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout sp.key -out sp.crt -nodes -days 365 -x509 -subj "/CN=<your service/host name>".
  4. Name the AuthPoint certificate file that you downloaded in the previous step to idp.crt and upload the certificate file to the certs directory.
  5. To check your permissions for the certificates, run this command ll -ls. You must have read permissions to sp.key and sp.crt and readwrite permissions to idp.crt.
  6. To grant permissions to the AuthPoint idp.crt certificate file, run this command:
    chmod 664 idp.crt
  7. To grant permisssions to the sp.key and sp.crt files, run this command:
    chmod 644 sp.*
  8. Navigate to /usr/share/zabbix/conf and edit the zabbix.conf.php file.
    1. Remove the comment tags from the $SSO['SP_KEY'] line and change the value to 'conf/certs/sp.key'.
    2. Remove the comment tags from the $SSO['SP_CERT'] line and change the value to 'conf/certs/sp.crt'.
    3. Remove the comment tags from the $SSO['IDP_CERT'] line and change the value to 'conf/certs/idp.crt'.
    4. Remove the comment tags from the $SSO['SETTINGS'] line.
  9. Save and quit.
  10. Log in to the Zabbix web interface.
  11. Navigate to Administration > Authentication.
  12. Select the SAML settings tab.
  13. Select the Enable SAML authentication check box.
  14. Open the AuthPoint metadata file you downloaded in Step 5 and find the entityID, SingleSignOnService Location, and SingleLogoutService values.
  15. In the IdP entity ID text box, paste the entityID value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  16. In the SSO service URL text box, paste the SingleSignOnService value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  17. In the SLO service URL text box, paste the SingleLogoutService value from the AuthPoint metadata file.
  18. In the Username attribute text box, type username.
  19. In the SP entity ID text box, type a value to use as the entity ID. You specify this value when you configure a resource in AuthPoint. In our example, we type http://<zabbix hostname>.
  20. In the SP name ID format text box, type urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:emailAddress.
  21. From the Sign section, select the check box for each field that you want to sign. We recommend that you select the AuthN requests check box.
  22. Click Update.

configure sso

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from Zabbix, you must add a SAML resource in AuthPoint. You must also create an authentication policy for the Zabbix resource to determine which users can authenticate and log in to Zabbix and which authentication methods they can use (Push, QR code, and OTP).

Add a SAML Resource in AuthPoint

From the AuthPoint management UI:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Resources.
  2. From the Choose a Resource Type drop-down list, select SAML. Click Add Resource.

  1. On the SAML page, in the Name text box, type a name for this resource.
  2. From the Application Type drop-down list, select Zabbix.
  3. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, type the entity ID that configured for Zabbix in the previous section. In our example, the entity ID we configured is http://<zabbix hostname>.
  4. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, type http://<zabbix web ui path>/index_sso.php?acs.
  5. In the Logout URL text box, type http://<zabbix web ui path>/index_sso.php?sls.
  6. Fom the User ID sent on redirection to service provider drop-down list, select Email.
  7. From the AuthPoint Certificate drop-down list, select the certificate to associate with your resource. This must be the same certificate that you downloaded the metadata for in the previous section.
  8. Click Save.

Add a Group in AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint to configure MFA. If you already have a group, you do not have to add another group.

To add a group to AuthPoint:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Groups.
  2. Click Add Group.
    The New Group page appears.

Screenshot that shows the Groups page.

  1. In the Name text box, type a descriptive name for the group.
  2. (Optional) In the Description text box, type a description of the group.

Screen shot of the New Group page.

  1. Click Save.
    Your group is listed on the Groups page.

Screenshot of the Save button on the New Group page.

Add an Authentication Policy to AuthPoint

Authentication policies specify which resources users can authenticate to and which authentication methods they can use (Push, QR code, and OTP).

You must have at least one authentication policy in AuthPoint that includes the Zabbix resource. If you already have authentication policies, you do not have to create a new authentication policy. You can add this resource to your existing authentication policies.

Users that do not have an authentication policy for a specific resource cannot authenticate to log in to that resource.

To configure an authentication policy:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Authentication Policies.
  2. Click Add Policy.

Screenshot of the Add Policy button on the Authentication Policies page.

  1. Type a name for this policy.
  2. From the Select the authentication options drop-down list, select Authentication options and select which authentication options users can choose from when they authenticate.

    For SAML resources, if you select more than one authentication option, users must select one of the available options when they authenticate. For example, if you select OTP and Push, users can choose to type their OTP or approve a push to authenticate. You cannot require that they do both.

  1. Select which groups this policy applies to. You can select more than one group. To configure this policy to apply to all groups, select All Groups.
  2. Select the resource that you created in the previous section. If you want this policy to apply to additional resources, select each resource this policy applies to. To configure this policy to apply to all resources, select All Resources.

Screenshot of the Add Policy page with the groups and resources selected

  1. (Optional) If you have configured policy objects such as a Network Location, select which policy objects apply to this policy. When you add a policy object to a policy, the policy only applies to user authentications that match the conditions of the policy objects. For example, if you add a Network Location to a policy, the policy only applies to user authentications that come from that Network Location. Users who only have a policy that includes a Network Location do not get access to the resource when they authenticate outside of that Network Location (because they do not have a policy that applies, not because authentication is denied).

    If you configure policy objects, we recommend that you create a second policy for the same groups and resources without the policy objects. The policy with the policy objects should have a higher priority.

Screenshot of the Policy Objects drop-down list.

  1. Click Save.
    Your policy is created and added to the end of the policy list.

    When you create a new policy, we recommend that you review the order of your policies. AuthPoint always adds new policies to the end of the policy list.

Screenshot of the Save button on the Add Policy page.

Add Users to AuthPoint

Before you assign users to a group, you must add the users to AuthPoint. There are two ways to add AuthPoint user accounts:

  • Sync users from an external user database
  • Add local AuthPoint users

Each user must be a member of a group. You must add at least one group before you can add users to AuthPoint.

Test the Integration

To test AuthPoint MFA with Zabbix, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device. For SAML resources, you can choose any method (push, QR code, or one-time password).

In this example, we show the push authentication method (users receive a push notification in the mobile app that they must approve to authenticate).

  1. In a web browser, go to the Zabbix web interface URL.
  2. Click Sign in with Single Sign-On (SAML). You are redirected to AuthPoint authentication page.
  3. Type your email address or AuthPoint user name. Click Next.
  4. If required, in the Password text box, type your password.
  5. For the authentication method, select Push.
  6. Click Send.
  7. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    You are logged in to Zabbix.