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RADIUS

Duo integrates with almost any device or system that supports using RADIUS for authentication. In this type of configuration, users will append Duo passcodes — or factor names like phone or push — to their existing passwords when logging in.

Supported Devices

Duo can be integrated with most devices and systems that support RADIUS for authentication. In particular, this configuration has been tested with the following devices:

Duo Security has several configurable modes and options available for RADIUS at the Duo Authentication Proxy. See the Duo Authentication Proxy - Configuration Reference Guide for all available configuration modes and options.

First Steps

To integrate Duo with your RADIUS device, you will need to install a local proxy service on a machine within your network. Before proceeding, you should locate (or set up) a system on which you will install the Duo Authentication Proxy. The proxy supports Windows and Linux systems (in particular, we recommend Windows Server 2012 R2 or later, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or later, CentOS 6 or later, or Debian 6 or later).

This Duo proxy server also acts as a RADIUS server — there's no need to deploy a separate RADIUS server to use Duo.

Then you'll need to:

  1. Sign up for a Duo account.
  2. Log in to the Duo Admin Panel and navigate to Applications.
  3. Click Protect an Application and locate RADIUS in the applications list. Click Protect this Application to get your integration key, secret key, and API hostname. See Getting Started for help.
Connectivity Requirements

This integration communicates with Duo's service on TCP port 443. Also, we do not recommend locking down your firewall to individual IP addresses, since these may change over time to maintain our service's high availability.

Install the Duo Authentication Proxy

The Duo Authentication Proxy can be installed on a physical or virtual host. We recommend a system with at least 1 CPU, 200 MB disk space, and 4 GB RAM (although 1 GB RAM is usually sufficient).

  1. Download the most recent Authentication Proxy for Windows from https://dl.duosecurity.com/duoauthproxy-latest.exe. Note that the actual filename will reflect the version e.g. duoauthproxy-2.4.19.exe.
  2. Launch the Authentication Proxy installer on the target Windows server as a user with administrator rights and follow the on-screen prompts.
  1. Ensure that OpenSSL, Python 2.6 or 2.7 (including development headers and libraries), and a compiler toolchain are installed. On most recent RPM-based distributions — like Fedora, RedHat Enterprise, and CentOS — you can install these by running (as root):

    $ yum install gcc make openssl-devel python-devel libffi-devel

    On Debian-derived systems, install these dependencies by running (as root):

    $ apt-get install build-essential libssl-dev python-dev libffi-dev

    To ensure that your Python version will work with the Authentication Proxy, run:

    $ python --version

    If the output does not say "Python 2.6.x" or "Python 2.7.x", first take note that many distributions can support multiple versions of python simultaneously. If your python installation does not appear to be a supported version, try replacing "python" in the above command with "python2.6" or "python2.7". If neither of these work, then you will need to install a different version of Python. You may need to search additional repositories for your distribution (e.g. for Centos or Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux), or build Python from source.

  2. Download the most recent Authentication Proxy for Unix from https://dl.duosecurity.com/duoauthproxy-latest-src.tgz. Depending on your download method, the actual filename may reflect the version e.g. duoauthproxy-2.4.19-src.tgz.

  3. Extract the Authentication Proxy files and build it as follows:

    $ tar xzf duoauthproxy-latest-src.tgz
    $ cd duoauthproxy-version-src
    $ export PYTHON=python_command
    $ make
    Where python_command is the command to run a Python 2.6 or Python 2.7 interpreter (e.g. "python", "python2.6", "python2.7").
  4. Install the authentication proxy (as root):

    $ cd duoauthproxy-build
    $ ./install

    Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

If you ever need to uninstall the proxy, run /opt/duoauthproxy/uninstall.

Configure the Proxy

After the installation completes, you will need to configure the proxy.

The Duo Authentication Proxy configuration file is named authproxy.cfg, and is located in the conf subdirectory of the proxy installation. With default installation paths, the proxy configuration file will be located at:

Platform Default Configuration Path
Windows (64-bit) C:\Program Files (x86)\Duo Security Authentication Proxy\conf\authproxy.cfg
Windows (32-bit) C:\Program Files\Duo Security Authentication Proxy\conf\authproxy.cfg
Linux /opt/duoauthproxy/conf/authproxy.cfg

The configuration file is formatted as a simple INI file. Section headings appear as:

[section]

Individual properties beneath a section appear as:

name=value

The Authentication Proxy may include an existing authproxy.cfg with some example content. For the purposes of these instructions, however, you should delete the existing content and start with a blank text file. We recommend using WordPad or another text editor instead of Notepad when editing the config file on Windows.

Configure the Proxy for Your Primary Authenticator

In this step, you'll set up the Proxy's primary authenticator — the system which will validate users' existing passwords. In most cases, this means configuring the Proxy to communicate with Active Directory or RADIUS.

Active Directory

To use Active Directory as your primary authenticator, add an [ad_client] section to the top of your config file. Add the following properties to the section:

Required

host The hostname or IP address of your domain controller.
service_account_username The username of a domain member account that has permission to bind to your Active Directory and perform searches. We recommend creating a service account that has read-only access.
service_account_password The password corresponding to service_account_username. If you're on Windows and would like to encrypt this password, see Encrypting Passwords in the full Authentication Proxy documentation.
search_dn

The LDAP distinguished name (DN) of an Active Directory container or organizational unit (OU) containing all of the users you wish to permit to log in. For example:

search_dn=DC=example,DC=com

Optional

host_2 The hostname or IP address of a secondary/fallback domain controller. You can add additional domain controllers as host_3, host_4, etc.
security_group_dn

To further restrict access, specify the LDAP distinguished name (DN) of a security group that contains the users who should be able to log in. Other users will not pass primary authentication. For example:

security_group_dn=CN=DuoVPNUsers,OU=Groups,DC=example,DC=com

For example:

[ad_client]
host=1.2.3.4
host_2=1.2.3.5
service_account_username=duoservice
service_account_password=password1
search_dn=DC=example,DC=com
security_group_dn=CN=DuoVPNUsers,OU=Groups,DC=example,DC=com

For advanced Active Directory configuration, see the full Authentication Proxy documentation.

RADIUS

To use RADIUS as your primary authenticator, add a [radius_client] section to the top of your config file. Then add the following properties to the section:

Required

host The IP address of your RADIUS server. You can add backup servers with host_2, host_3, etc.
secret A secret to be shared between the Authentication Proxy and your existing RADIUS server. If you're on Windows and would like to encrypt this secret, see Encrypting Passwords in the full Authentication Proxy documentation.

Optional

port The authentication port on your RADIUS server. By default, the proxy will attempt to contact your RADIUS server on port 1812. Use port_2, port_3, etc. to specify ports for the backup servers.
pass_through_all If this option is set to "true", all RADIUS attributes set by the primary authentication server will be copied into RADIUS responses sent by the proxy. Default: "false"

For example:

[radius_client]
host=1.2.3.4
secret=radiusclientsecret

In addition, make sure that the RADIUS server is configured to accept authentication requests from the Authentication Proxy.

For advanced RADIUS configuration, see the full Authentication Proxy documentation.

Configure the Proxy for Your RADIUS device

Next, we'll set up the Authentication Proxy to work with your RADIUS device. Create a [radius_server_auto] section with the following properties:

Required

ikey Your integration key.
skey Your secret key.
api_host Your API hostname (e.g. "api-XXXXXXXX.duosecurity.com").
radius_ip_1 The IP address of your RADIUS device.
radius_secret_1 A secret to be shared between the proxy and your RADIUS device. If you're on Windows and would like to encrypt this secret, see Encrypting Passwords in the full Authentication Proxy documentation.
client

The mechanism that the Authentication Proxy should use to perform primary authentication. This should correspond with a "client" section elsewhere in the config file.

"ad_client" Use Active Directory for primary authentication. Make sure you have an [ad_client] section configured.
"radius_client" Use RADIUS for primary authentication. Make sure you have a [radius_client] section configured.
"duo_only_client" Do not perform primary authentication. Make sure you have a [duo_only_client] section configured.

This parameter is optional if you only have one "client" section. If you have multiple, each "server" section should specify which "client" to use.

Optional

port The port on which to listen for incoming RADIUS Access Requests. Default: 1812.
failmode

Either "safe" or "secure":

"safe" In the event that Duo's service cannot be contacted, users' authentication attempts will be permitted if primary authentication succeeds. This is the default.
"secure" In the event that Duo's service cannot be contacted, all users' authentication attempts will be rejected.
radius_ip_2 The IP address of your second RADIUS device, if you have one. You can specify additional devices as as radius_ip_3, radius_ip_4, etc.
radius_secret_2 The secrets shared with your second RADIUS device, if using one. You can specify secrets for additional devices as radius_secret_3, radius_secret_4, etc. If you're on Windows and would like to encrypt this secret, see Encrypting Passwords in the full Authentication Proxy documentation.

A completed config file that uses Active Directory should look something like:

[ad_client]
host=1.2.3.4
service_account_username=duoservice
service_account_password=password1
search_dn=cn=Users,dc=example,dc=com
 
[radius_server_auto]
ikey=DIXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
skey=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
api_host=api-XXXXXXXX.duosecurity.com
radius_ip_1=5.6.7.8
radius_secret_1=radiussecret1
client=ad_client
port=1812
failmode=safe

Make sure to save your configuration file when done.

Start the Proxy

Open an Administrator command prompt and run:

net start DuoAuthProxy

Alternatvely, open the Windows Services console (services.msc), locate "Duo Security Authentication Proxy Service" in the list of services, and click the Start Service button.

If the service starts successfully, Authentication Proxy service output is written to the authproxy.log file, which can be found in the log subdirectory.

If you see an error saying that the "service could not be started", open the Application Event Viewer and look for an Error from the source "DuoAuthProxy". The traceback may include a "ConfigError" that can help you find the source of the issue.

Stop and restart the Authentication Proxy service by either clicking the Restart Service button in the Windows Services console or issuing these commands from an Administrator command prompt:

net stop DuoAuthProxy & net start DuoAuthProxy

Open a root shell and run:

# /opt/duoauthproxy/bin/authproxyctl start

To ensure the proxy started successfully, run:

# /opt/duoauthproxy/bin/authproxyctl status

Authentication Proxy service output is written to the authproxy.log file, which can be found in the log subdirectory.

To stop and restart the Authentication Proxy, open a root shell and run:

# /opt/duoauthproxy/bin/authproxyctl restart
Note

View video guides for proxy deployment at the Authentication Proxy Overview or see the Authentication Proxy Reference Guide for additional configuration options.

Configure Your RADIUS Client(s)

Once the proxy is up and running, you need to configure your RADIUS clients to use it for authentication.

In your clients' settings, set the RADIUS server IP to the IP address of your authentication proxy, the RADIUS server port to 1812, and the RADIUS secret to the appropriate secret you configured in the radius_server_auto section.

If your clients allow you to configure the RADIUS timeout and/or retry count, set them to values such that the clients will not give up for at least 60 seconds. This is necessary if your users choose to use Duo's out-of-band factors (phone callback, push) to log in, as the authentication proxy will not be able to respond to a RADIUS authentication request until the user responds to the authentication challenge. If your clients do not allow you to configure the RADIUS timeout and/or retry behavior, then your users may be unable to use Duo's out-of-band factors to login.

If you can set both parameters, we recommend you try the following settings first:

timeout 60 seconds
retries 3

In this case, we assume that the timeout is the interval between retry attempts, and the retry count is the total number of retry attempts. Thus, in these cases, the actual constraint is that you must choose values such that:

timeout × retry_count > 60s

Choosing a smaller value for the timeout — and a larger value for the retry count — will give your client the opportunity to attempt a timely retry in case of a dropped RADIUS packet, while still waiting long enough in total for any out-of-band challenge to complete.

If, in your testing, these settings do not work, then just set the timeout to a high value (e.g. 70 seconds). This is less ideal, as it will not give your client a chance to attempt a timely retry, but it should still permit successful Duo out-of-band authentication.

Test Your Setup

To test your setup, attempt to log in to your newly-configured system. When you enter your username and password, you will receive an automatic push or phone callback. Alternatively you can add a comma (",") to the end of your password, followed by a Duo passcode.

For example, given a username 'bob', with password 'password123' and a Duo passcode '123456', you would enter:

username: bob
password: password123,123456

In addition, you may also enter the name of an out-of-band factor in lieu of a passcode. You may choose from the following factor names:

push Perform Duo Push authentication
You can use Duo Push if you've installed Duo Mobile and added your account to it
phone Perform phone callback authentication
sms Send a new batch of SMS passcodes
Your authentication attempt will be denied. You can then authenticate with one of the newly-delivered passcodes.

Returning to the previous example, if you wanted to use Duo Push (rather than a passcode) to authenticate, you would enter:

username: bob
password: password123,push

You can also specify a number after the factor name if you have more than one device enrolled. So you can enter phone2 or push2 if you have two phones enrolled.

Troubleshooting

Need some help? Take a look at our RADIUS Knowledge Base articles or Community discussions. For further assistance, contact Support.

Network Diagram

  1. Primary authentication initiated to application or service
  2. Application or service send authentication request to Duo Security’s authentication proxy
  3. Primary authentication using Active Directory or RADIUS
  4. Duo authentication proxy connection established to Duo Security over TCP port 443
  5. Secondary authentication via Duo Security’s service
  6. Duo authentication proxy receives authentication response
  7. Application or service access granted

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