Firebox Authentication Portal Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

Some of the features described in this topic are only available to participants in the WatchGuard Beta program. If a feature described in this topic is not available in your version of AuthPoint or Fireware, it is a beta-only feature.

This document describes how to set up AuthPoint multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the Firebox Authentication Portal so that users must authenticate when they connect to the Firebox over port 4100.

The Authentication Portal on your Firebox must already be configured before you begin.

This integration was tested with Fireware v12.7.

Your Firebox must run Fireware v12.7.1 or higher to authenticate Azure Active Directory users with the AuthPoint authentication server.

The steps to configure AuthPoint and your Firebox are different based on the version of Fireware that you have.

Firebox Authentication Portal Configuration for AuthPoint MFA

AuthPoint communicates with various cloud-based services and service providers with the RADIUS protocol. This diagram shows an overview of the configuration required for RADIUS authentication with the Firebox Authentication Portal.

With Fireware v12.7 or higher, the AuthPoint Gateway is only required to sync LDAP users and groups to AuthPoint. The Gateway is not used for user authentication .

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

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

Configure AuthPoint MFA for Firebox Authentication Portal (Fireware v12.7 or Higher)

The steps to configure AuthPoint and your Firebox are different based on the version of Fireware that you have. Complete the steps in this section to configure AuthPoint MFA if your Firebox runs Fireware v12.7 or higher.

With Fireware v12.7 or higher, you can add AuthPoint as an authentication server on your Firebox. For this configuration, you must register and connect your Firebox to WatchGuard Cloud as a locally-managed Firebox (this integration does not support cloud-managed Fireboxes). For detailed instructions to register and connect your Firebox to WatchGuard Cloud, see Add a Locally-Managed Firebox to WatchGuard Cloud.

To configure AuthPoint MFA for a Firebox with Fireware v12.7 or higher that is not connected to WatchGuard Cloud, follow the steps in the Configure AuthPoint MFA for Firebox Authentication Portal (Fireware v12.6.x or Lower) section.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from the Firebox Authentication Portal, you must:

Configure a Firebox Resource

From the AuthPoint management UI:

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

add resources firebox

  1. In the Name text box, type a descriptive name for the resource.
  2. From the Firebox drop-down list, select the Firebox that you want to connect to AuthPoint. This list only shows Fireboxes that you have added to WatchGuard Cloud.
  3. Click Save.

After you add the Firebox resource in AuthPoint, the AuthPoint authentication server on your Firebox is enabled.

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 Firebox 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.

    QR code authentication is not supported for Firebox 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 which resources 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).

    Policies that have a Network Location apply to Firebox resources.

    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.

Configure the Firebox

  1. Log in to Fireware Web UI (https://<your firebox IP address>:8080)
  2. Select Authentication > Users and Groups.
  3. Click Add. You can add a user or a group. In our example, we add a user.
    The Add User or Group window appears.
  4. For Type, select User.
  5. In the Name text box, type a name for the user. The name of the user must match the name of the AuthPoint user.

    If you add a group, the name of the group must match the name of the AuthPoint group your users belong to.

  6. From the Authentication Server drop-down list, select the AuthPoint authentication server.
  7. Click OK.

  1. Click Save.
  2. Select Firewall > Firewall Policies.
  3. Click Add Policy.
  4. For the policy type, select Packet Filter.
  5. From the adjacent drop-down list, select WG-Auth.
  6. Click Add Policy.
  7. In the From and To lists, specify the source and destination of connections the policy applies to. You must also add the Firebox alias in the To list. For more information, see Set Access Rules for a Policy.
  8. Click Save.

Test the Integration

To test AuthPoint MFA with the Firebox Authentication Portal, you can authenticate with a mobile token on your mobile device or a hardware token. For Firebox resources, you can choose one-time password (OTP) 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 https://<your firebox IP address>:4100.
  2. Type your AuthPoint user name and password.
  3. From the Domain drop-down list, select AuthPoint.
  4. Click Login.
  5. Click Send Push.
  6. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    You are authenticated.

Configure AuthPoint MFA for Firebox Authentication Portal (Fireware v12.6.x or Lower)

Configure the Firebox

  1. Log in to Fireware Web UI (https://<your firebox IP address>:8080)
  2. Select Authentication > Servers.

    The Authentication Servers page appears.

  1. From the Authentication Servers list, click RADIUS.

    The RADIUS page appears.
  2. Click Add.

    The Add page appears.
  3. In the Domain Name text box, type the domain name for this RADIUS server. Users must specify this domain name on the user login page. You cannot change the domain name after you save the settings.
  4. In the Primary Server Settings section, select the Enable RADIUS Server check box.
  5. In the IP Address text box, type the IP address of the RADIUS server (AuthPoint Gateway).
  6. In the Port text box, leave the default port setting of 1812. This is the default port used for communication with the RADIUS server (AuthPoint Gateway).

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

  7. In the Shared Secret and Confirm Secret text boxes, type a shared secret key. This key is used to communicate with the RADIUS server (AuthPoint Gateway).
  8. In the Timeout text box, type 60.
  9. Leave the default value for Group Attribute.
  10. Click Save.

  1. Select Authentication > Users and Groups.
  2. Click Add. You can add a user or a group. In our example, we add a user.

    The Add User or Group window appears.
  3. For Type, select User.
  4. In the Name text box, type a name for the user. The name of the user must match the name of the AuthPoint user.

    If you add a group, the name of the group must match the name of the AuthPoint group your users belong to.

  5. From the Authentication Server drop-down list, select the authentication server you configured.
  6. Click OK.

  1. Click Save.
  2. Select Firewall > Firewall Policies.
  3. Click Add Policy.
  4. For the policy type, select Packet Filter.
  5. From the adjacent drop-down list, select WG-Auth.
  6. Click Add Policy.
  7. In the From and To lists, specify the source and destination of connections the policy applies to. You must also add the Firebox alias in the To list. For more information, see Set Access Rules for a Policy.
  8. Click Save.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from the Firebox Authentication Portal, you must:

Add a RADIUS Client 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. On the RADIUS page, in the Name text box, type a name for this resource.
  2. In the RADIUS client trusted IP or FQDN text box, type the Trusted IP address of your Firebox
  3. In the Shared Secret text box, type the shared secret that you configured in the previous section.
  4. 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 Firebox RADIUS client 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 management UI. The Gateway functions as a RADIUS server. For more information, 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 AuthPoint MFA with the Firebox Authentication Portal, 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 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 https://<your firebox IP address>:4100.
  2. Type your AuthPoint user name and password.
  3. From the Domain drop-down list, select the domain to use for authentication. This is the authentication server that you added in the Configure AuthPoint MFA for Firebox Authentication Portal (Fireware v12.7 or Higher) section.
  4. Click Login.
  5. Approve the authentication request that is sent to your mobile device.
    You are authenticated.