Check Point Appliance Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

This document describes how to set up multi-factor authentication (MFA) for your Check Point appliance with AuthPoint, and configure your Check Point appliance to integrate with AuthPoint.

Your Check Point appliance must already be configured and deployed before you set up MFA with AuthPoint. Your Check Point appliance can be configured to support MFA in several modes. For this integration, we set up RADIUS authentication with AuthPoint.

This integration was tested with R77.20.87 (990172929) of Check Point 770 Appliance.

Check Point Appliance Authentication Data Flow with AuthPoint

AuthPoint communicates with various cloud-based services and service providers with the RADIUS protocol. This diagram shows the data flow of an MFA transaction for a Check Point appliance.

Diagram that shows the data flow between Check Point and AuthPoint for RADIUS authentication.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

  • You have installed and configured the AuthPoint Gateway (see About Gateways)
  • A token is assigned to a user in AuthPoint

Configure Check Point Appliance

Basic Settings

  1. Log in to the Check Point Appliance web UI at https://<IP address of Check Point appliance:4434>.
  2. Configure the Check Point interfaces. For instructions to configure the interfaces, see Check Point documentation.

Configure RADIUS Server

To use RADIUS authentication with your Check Point appliance, you must configure the settings for a RADIUS server (the AuthPoint Gateway).

  1. Log in to the Check Point Appliance web UI at https://<IP address of Check Point appliance:4434>.
  2. Select Users & Objects > Users Management > Authentication Servers.
  3. Click Configure to configure the RADIUS server.

  1. In the IPv4 address text box, type the IP address of the RADIUS server (AuthPoint Gateway).
  2. In the Port text box, type the port for the RADIUS client (Check Point) to use to communicate with the RADIUS server (AuthPoint Gateway). The default ports are 1812 and 1645.
  3. In the Shared Secret text box, type a shared secret for your RADIUS client to use for communication with AuthPoint.
  4. In the Timeout (seconds) text box, type 60.
  5. Click Apply.

Configure Remote Access Settings

  1. Select VPN > Remote Access > Blade Control.
  2. Select On to enable Remote Access. Click Apply.

  1. Select VPN > Remote Access > Authentication Servers.
  2. Click permissions for RADIUS users.

  1. Select the Enable RADIUS authentication check box.
  2. Click Apply.

  1. Select VPN > Remote Access > Advanced.
  2. In the Office Mode Network text box, type a network value or leave the default value. In our example, we leave the default value.
  3. In the Office Mode Subnet text box, type a network subnet value or leave the default value. In our example, we leave the default value.
  4. Click Apply.

Check the VPN Remote Access Policy

A policy for the VPN remote access should be configured and allow users to access the VPN.

  1. Select Access Policy > Firewall > Policy.
  2. In the Incoming, Internal and VPN traffic list, verify that the system created a VPN Remote Access policy.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from Check Point, you must specify the Check Point appliance as a RADIUS client resource in AuthPoint. You must also create an authentication policy for the Check Point resource and you must bind the Check Point resource to the AuthPoint Gateway.

Add a RADIUS 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 RADIUS Client. Click Add Resource.

  1. In the Name text box, type a descriptive name for the Check Point appliance resource.
  2. In the RADIUS client trusted IP or FQDN text box, type the IP address that your RADIUS client uses to send RADIUS packets to the AuthPoint Gateway. This must be a private IP address. For Check Point, this is usually the internal IP address of your Check Point appliance.
  3. From the Value sent for RADIUS attribute 11 drop-down list, specify what is sent for the attribute 11 (Filter-ID) value in RADIUS responses. You can choose to send the user's AuthPoint group or the user's Active Directory groups.
  4. In the Shared Secret text box, type the shared secret key. This is the password that the RADIUS server (AuthPoint Gateway) and the RADIUS client (Check Point) will use to communicate.
  5. 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 Check Point 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.

    If you enable the push and OTP authentication methods for a policy, RADIUS resources associated with that policy will use push notifications to authenticate users.

    QR code authentication is not supported for RADIUS resources.

  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).

    For RADIUS authentication, policies that have a Network Location do not apply because AuthPoint does not have the IP address of the user.

    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.

Bind the RADIUS Resource to a Gateway

To use RADIUS authentication with AuthPoint, you must have the AuthPoint Gateway installed on your corporate network and you must assign your RADIUS resources to the Gateway in the AuthPoint web UI. The Gateway functions as a RADIUS server.

If you have not configured and installed the AuthPoint Gateway, see About Gateways.

  1. From the navigation menu, select Gateway.
  2. Select the Name of the Gateway.
  3. In the RADIUS section, in the Port text box, type the port number used to communicate with the Gateway. The default ports are 1812 and 1645.

    If you already have a RADIUS server installed that uses port 1812 or 1645, you must use a different port for the AuthPoint Gateway.

  4. In the Select a RADIUS resource drop-down list, select your RADIUS client resource.
  5. 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 Check Point appliance, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device. For RADIUS resources, you can choose one-time password (OTP) or push.

In this example, we show the one-time password authentication method.

  1. Start the Check Point Endpoint Security client application.
  2. Right-click the VPN client icon in taskbar and select Connect to.
  3. From the Site drop-down list, select the Check Point appliance public IP address.
  4. In the Username text box, type your AuthPoint user name.
  5. In the Password text box, type your AuthPoint password and your OTP (the OTP for your token is shown in the AuthPoint mobile app). Do not add a space between your password and your OTP.

  1. Click Connect.