Xton Access Manager Integration with AuthPoint

Deployment Overview

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

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

This integration was tested with version 2.3.201910132229 of Xton Access Manager.

XTAM 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 XTAM.

Before You Begin

Before you begin these procedures, make sure that:

Configure XTAM

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 XTAM.

  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 Certificate and Download Metadata. We recommend that you choose the certificate with the latest expiration date.

    The AuthPoint metadata provides your resource, in this case XTAM, with information necessary to identify AuthPoint as a trusted identity provider. For more information, see Certificate Management.

  1. We recommend that you save your AuthPoint metadata file and certificate file under ${XTAM HOME}\content\keys. Import your downloaded AuthPoint certificate to Java keystore from ${XTAM HOME} with this command: bin\PamKeytool.cmd -import -alias authpoint -file content\keys\<authpoint certificate> -keystore jre\lib\security\cacerts. The default password is changeit.
  2. Type y when asked to trust this certificate.
  3. Add a new section with SAML provider configuration to ${XTAM HOME}\web\conf\catalina.properties with prepopulated data:

    # AuthPoint SAML SSO




    cas.authn.pac4j.saml[0].serviceProviderEntityId=<managed path>

    cas.authn.pac4j.saml[0].serviceProviderMetadataPath=C:/xtam/content/keys/<AuthPoint metadata file>


    cas.authn.pac4j.saml[0].identityProviderMetadataPath=<AuthPoint Metadata URL>


  4. Save the configuration file.
  5. Restart the PamManagement service. After the service starts, the samlKeystoreAuthpoint.jks keystore file is saved in ${XTAM HOME}\content\keys.
  6. Type bin\PamKeytool.cmd -keystore content\keys\samlKeystoreAuthPoint.jks -export -alias saml2clientconfiguration -file content\keys\authpointxtam.cer to export the xtam SAML certificate from ${XTAM HOME}. You must convert this certificate to base-64 encoded.
  7. Double click the certificate file.
  8. Open the Details tab.
  9. Click Copy to File.
  10. In the export wizard, select Base-64 encoded X.509(.CER).
  11. Click Next and save the certificate to convert it to base-64 encoded.

Configure AuthPoint

Before AuthPoint can receive authentication requests from XTAM, you must add the XTAM client as a SAML resource in AuthPoint. You must also assign an access policy for the XTAM resource to the user group(s) that must authenticate to log in.

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 Other.
  3. In the Service Provider Entity ID text box, type the managed path of XTAM.
  4. In the Assertion Consumer Service text box, type <managed path of XTAM>/cas/login?client_name=AuthPoint.
  5. For the certificate, click Choose File and upload your base-64 encoded xtam SAML certificate.
  6. Next to the certificate, select the Encryption enabled toggle.
  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 Configure XTAM section.
  8. Click Save.

Add an Access Policy to AuthPoint

You must have at least one user group in AuthPoint for authentication with XTAM, and you must assign an access policy for the XTAM 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 AuthPoint MFA with XTAM, 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 XTAM URL.
  2. From the Or login with section, click AuthPoint.
  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 XTAM.