Firebox Access Portal Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

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

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

This integration was tested with Fireware v12.5.3.

Firebox Access Portal 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 a Firebox Access Portal.

Diagram of the data flow for an MFA transaction between the Firebox Access Portal and AuthPoint

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

  • End-users can log in to the Access Portal
  • A token is assigned to a user in AuthPoint
  • You have an AuthPoint identity provider (IdP) certificate (see Certificate Management)

Configure Firebox Access Portal

  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.
    The Resources page appears.
  4. Click Certificate.

Screen shot of the Resources page in AuthPoint

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

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

Screen shot of the Certificate Management page in AuthPoint

  1. Log in to Fireware Web UI (https://<your Firebox IP address>:8080).
  2. Select Subscription Services > Access Portal.
  3. Select the Enable Access Portal check box.
  4. Select the SAML tab.
  5. Select the Enable SAML check box.
  6. In the IDP Name text box, type AuthPoint.
  7. In the Host Name text box, type your FQDN.
  8. In the IdP Metadata URL text box, paste the URL you copied from the Resources page in the AuthPoint web UI.
  9. Leave the default value for Group Attribute Name. Click Save.

Screen shot of the SAML SSO settings

  1. Select Authentication > Users and Groups.
  2. Click Add.

Screen shot of the Authentication Users and Groups page

  1. For Type, select User.

    There are two ways to manage your users. You can add a user that matches an AuthPoint user account, or you can add a group with a name that matches an AuthPoint group. In our example, we add a user, but you can add a group instead.

  2. In the Name text box, type your user name. This user name must exactly match your AuthPoint user name. This is case–sensitive.
  3. From the Authentication Server drop-down menu, select AuthPoint (IdP Name specified earlier).
  4. Click OK.

Screen shot of the Users and Groups dialog box

  1. Click Save.
  2. Open a web browser and go to https://[Host name or Firebox IP address]/auth/saml. If you configure an Access Portal Port other than 443, you must navigate to https://<Firebox interface IP address>:<custom port number>/auth/saml.
    The configuration instructions page appears.

    Several Firebox features use SSL/TLS for secure communication. For more information, see Shared Settings and Policy.

  3. Copy the SAML EntityID, Assertion Consumer Service (ACS) URL, and Single Logout Service (SLS) URL values from Option 2. These are used to configure the Access Portal resource in AuthPoint.
    • SAML Entity ID – https://<host name>/auth/saml
    • Assertion Consumer Service (ACS) URL – https://<host name>/auth/saml/acs
    • Single Logout Service (SLS) URL – https://<host name>/auth/saml/sls
  4. Click Download Certificate.

Screen shot of the configuration instructions page

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from the Access Portal, you must specify the Access Portal as a SAML resource in AuthPoint. You must also assign the Access Portal resource to the AuthPoint user group that will authenticate through Firebox Access Portal.

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. From the Application Type drop-down list, select Firebox Access Portal.
  2. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, paste the EntityID value you copied earlier (https://<your Host Name>/auth/saml).
  3. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, paste the Assertion Consumer Service URL value you copied earlier (https://<your Host Name>/auth/saml/acs).
  4. From the User ID sent on redirection to service provider drop-down list, select Email.

Screen shot of the SAML resource settings

  1. In the Logout URL text box, paste the Single Logout Service URL value you copied earlier (https://<your Host Name>/auth/saml/sls).
  2. From the Signature Method drop-down list, select SHA-256.
  3. For Certificate, click Choose File and upload your Access Portal certificate.
  4. Adjacent to the certificate, select the Encryption enabled slider to enable encryption.
  5. From the AuthPoint Certificate drop-down list, select the AuthPoint certificate to associate with your resource. This must be the same certificate that you copied the metadata URL for in the previous section.

Screen shot of the SAML resource settings

  1. Click Save.

Add an Access Policy to AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint for authentication with Firebox Access Portal, and you must assign an access policy for the Firebox Access Portal resource to that group. If you already have a group, you do not have to add another group.

In the AuthPoint management UI:

  1. From the navigation menu, select Groups.
  2. To add a new group, click Add Group. If you already have a group that you want to use, select the group to edit it.

  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.

  1. In the Access Policy section, click Add Policy.

  1. In the Add Policy dialog box, from the Resource drop-down list, select the resource you want to add an access policy for.
  2. (Optional) To require that users type their password before they authenticate for this resource, enable the Require Password Authentication toggle.
  3. Select the authentication options that users in this group can select 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. Click Add.

  1. (Optional) Add one or more safe locations to your group. For more information about safe locations and detailed instructions to add them, see About Safe Locations.
  2. Click Save.

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 the integration of AuthPoint and configuration of your Access Portal, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device. You can choose any method (one-time password, QR code, or push).

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 Access Portal URL (https://Host Name or Firebox IP address).

Screen shot of the login page

  1. Select AuthPoint.
  2. Type your email address or AuthPoint user name. Click Next.
  3. If required, in the Password text box, type your password.
  4. Click Send Push.
  5. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    You are logged in to the Access Portal.