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Two-Factor Authentication for Splunk Enterprise

Last Updated: June 22nd, 2020


Duo integrates with Splunk Enterprise to add two-factor authentication to your Splunk logins, complete with inline self-service enrollment and Duo Prompt.


Before starting to add two-factor authentication to Splunk Enterprise, make sure that Duo is compatible with your Splunk install. Log into Splunk's web interface and click the about link in the top right corner.

Splunk Enterprise 6.5 and later on-premises solutions natively include Duo Security MFA. Users of these Splunk versions do not need to download and install the Duo plugin from Duo. Instructions for Splunk 6.5 and later

If you're using Splunk 6.4 or earlier, you'll need to download and install a Duo plugin. Instructions for Splunk versions 6.4 and earlier

Splunk Cloud does not support Duo MFA.

Connectivity Requirements

This application communicates with Duo's service on TCP port 443. Firewall configurations that restrict outbound access to Duo's service with rules using destination IP addresses or IP address ranges aren't recommended, since these may change over time to maintain our service's high availability. If your organization requires IP-based rules, please review this Duo KB article.

First Steps

  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 the entry for Splunk with a protection type of "2FA" in the applications list. Click Protect to the far-right to configure the application and get your integration key, secret key, and API hostname. You'll need this information to complete your setup. See Protecting Applications for more information about protecting applications in Duo and additional application options.
  4. Use NTP to ensure that your server's time is correct.

Treat your secret key like a password

The security of your Duo application is tied to the security of your secret key (skey). Secure it as you would any sensitive credential. Don't share it with unauthorized individuals or email it to anyone under any circumstances!

Configure Duo for Splunk 6.5 and later

  1. Log into Splunk Enterprise as an admin and navigate to SettingsUsers and AuthenticationAccess Controls.

  2. Click on Authentication Method.

  3. Under "Multifactor Authentication", select Duo Security and then click Configure Duo Security.

  4. Fill out the form with your Duo Splunk application information:

    Integration Key Your integration key
    Secret Key Your secret key
    API Hostname Your API hostname (i.e.
    Authentication behavior when Duo Security is unavailable Choose **Let users login** to allow Splunk logins when Duo Security cloud services are unreachable, or **Do not let users login** to prevent access to Splunk without Duo authentication.
    Connection Timeout The maximum limit, in seconds, to complete authentication.

    Splunk automatically generates an Application Secret Key for you. If you'd like to use your own, it should be a mix of letters and numbers at least 40 characters long.

    You can generate a random string in Python with:

    import os, hashlib
    print hashlib.sha1(os.urandom(32)).hexdigest()

    Splunk Native MFA Configuration

  5. Click the Save button when done. You can now test your setup

Learn more about Splunk's native support for Duo MFA in the online manual.

Install Duo for Splunk 6.4 and earlier

This configuration was tested against versions, 6.0.1, and 6.1.4. Splunk 6.2-6.4 must be started in "legacy mode" to use the Duo plugin. See instructions for Windows 6.2 , 6.3, or 6.4 and Linux 6.2, 6.3, or 6.4 at Splunk's documentation site).

Download the duo_splunk package from GitHub as a zip file and uncompress the package.

From the command line, run the install script from within the duo_splunk directory with the following arguments:

$ ./ -i <your_ikey> -s <your_skey> -h <your_host> -d <splunk_location>

Required Arguments

-i Your integration key (i.e. DIXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)
-s Your secret key
-h Your API hostname (i.e.

Optional Arguments

-d The directory where Splunk is installed. Defaults to /opt/splunk if not specified.

Manual Installation Instructions

All paths in these instructions are relative to where your top level splunk/ directory is.

  1. Apply the patch to lib/python2.7/site-packages/splunk/appserver/mrsparkle/controllers/

  2. Edit lib/python2.7/site-packages/splunk/appserver/mrsparkle/controllers/ to add your Duo account specific API keys (IKEY, SKEY, DUO_HOST, and AKEY).

  3. Copy duoauth.html into share/splunk/search_mrsparkle/templates/account/

  4. Copy duo.web.bundled.min.js into share/splunk/search_mrsparkle/exposed/js/contrib/

  5. Copy into lib/python2.7/site-packages/

  6. Restart splunkweb: $ bin/splunk restart splunkweb

Upon your next login you will be prompted to enroll or authenticate your user using Duo.

Test Your Setup

Open a new browser and log into Splunk. After you complete primary authentication, the Duo enrollment or login prompt appears.

Splunk Login with Duo

Enable Hostname Whitelisting

If you plan to permit use of WebAuthn authentication methods (security keys, U2F tokens, or Touch ID), Duo recommends enabling hostname whitelisting for this application and any others that show the inline Duo Prompt before onboarding your end-users.


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

Network Diagram

  1. Splunk connection initiated
  2. Primary authentication
  3. Splunk connection established to Duo Security over TCP port 443
  4. Secondary authentication via Duo Security’s service
  5. Splunk receives authentication response
  6. Splunk session logged in