SecSign ID Plugin: Windows Credential Provider

2019-11-12 5 minutes to read
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Two-Factor Authentication with SecSign ID for Windows Logins

Secure Logins have never been so easy Introducing SecSign ID for Windows PC Laptop logins. Protect access with our simple touch authentication and intuitive authentication rules, defined by you. Compliance can easily be enforced and attacks to your company logins are rendered impossible.

Windows Login 2FA Tutorial

This article gives an overview of securing your Windows Login with two-factor authentication. For a detailed tutorial on how to integrate two-factor authentication with your Windows Login, have a look at the plugin tutorial.

Integration in your setup

Integration of the plugin into your setup

SecSign ID Integration

Please configure your desired integration of the SecSign ID Two Factor Authentication

Choose a system, where you want to add the secure login

Do you need your own ID Server inside your protected network or prefer if we manage and maintain it for you

The location to save the assigned SecSign IDs to a user account or the IDM alltogether

System to protect
The System you want to protect - Choose a system, where you want to add the secure login
SecSign ID Server location
Do you need your own ID Server inside your protected network or prefer if we manage and maintain it for you
User account location
The system to save the assigned SecSign IDs to a user account or the IDM alltogether
edit the settings to change the integration
2FA blind
2FA no AP
2SA no AP
2SA blind
Custom ID
IDP Custom Website
Enrollment initiated by SP
Enrollment with IDM
Show Network
Hide Network
Request Solution
The authentication was successful

Authentication procedure

With the SecSign ID Two-Factor Authentication the user can log in to his Windows Desktop in just one convenient and quick step – without inconvenient and complex codes.
To login the user simply needs to provide user credentials like he is used to, and select the displayed symbol in his mobile app – that’s it. Next level security with minimal complexity.

If required you can choose mobile or Email OTP (one-time passwords) as alternative authentication option.


Enrolling your users for 2FA

You have several options to enroll your users for 2FA with SecSign. Most commonly, the 2FA ID should be identical to the Windows user name (for example sAMAccountName or userPrincipalName), and only successfully authenticated (user name and password) users should be able to create a 2FA account.
With SecSign enrollment of your users is quick and convenient for both the user and the administrator.

To enroll your users for 2FA based off your Active Directory you have two options: With Schema Extension to add a 2FA attribute to the user in the Active Directory, or without Schema Extension and read-only access from the SecSign ID Server.

For both options the enrollment procedure can either proceed via the Custom ID App or a custom landing page for the users to enroll.

Enrolling your users for 2FA with a custom app
Enrolling your users for 2FA with a custom landing page

The Tutorial on how to enroll your Active Directory users is available here

Integration Tutorial

2FA Plugin Tutorial for the Credential Provider / Windows Login

The SecSign ID credential provider plugin adds an SecSign ID log-in after the interactive Windows log-on with user name and password. This affects direct log-ins at the PC as well as Remote Desktop connections.

Windows Login: Prerequisites

The SecSign ID Credential Provider looks up the SecSign ID user name of a Windows user in the Active Directory of the Windows domain. Therefore:

  • The PC on which the credential provider is install must be member of a Windows domain and
  • The SecSign ID Login following the password login is active for those users that have a SecSign ID user name added to their user attribute as well as for those users that are members of a pre-configured 2FA user group in the Windows Active Directory.
    All other users will only need the login with a Windows password and no 2FA. Section 1 describes the required Active Directory setup.

Windows Login: Installation

All Windows Plugins are available as a MSI for a convenient and quick install

Run SecSignCredProv-Setup.exe.

The installer will automatically download and install Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2015 runtime components as well as the .NET 4 runtime if not installed yet.

The SecSign ID Credential provider uses the following registry keys which you will find at HKLM\SOFTWARE\SecSign\CredentialProvider.
Please edit them to match your environment.

– ServiceNameForSecSignApp: The name of your service for which the login will be secured by the SecSign ID. The SecSignApp will display this text during the log-in.

– ServiceAddressForSecSignApp: The address of your service for which the login will be secured by the SecSign ID. The SecSignApp will display this text during the log-in. Typically this is a URL.

– SecSignIDServerHostName: The host name of the SecSign ID Server.

– SecSignIDServerPort: The port at the SecSign ID Server for requests from mobile devices.

– UserGroupWithSecSignIDLogin: Name of the user group in the Active Directory that contains the users who will need to perform a 2FA after their password login. The SecSign ID user name is sAMAccountName of the Windows user.
We recommend using a customized SecSign ID app in this scenario to ensure that a SecSign ID with this specific name can only be created, if the user knows the corresponding Windows Password.
Users in subgroups are considered members of the group.

– FallbackSecSignIDServerHostName: The host name of the optional fallback SecSign ID Server if you have one.

– FallbackSecSignIDServerPort: The port at the optional fallback SecSign ID Server for requests from mobile devices.

Windows Login: Login

With the SecSign ID Credential Provider installed, the Windows log-in consists of:

  1. Windows username and password entry.
  2. SecSign ID approval on the mobile device.

The Login with the SecSign ID may be performed by selecting the corresponding access pass in the SecSign App or with an one-time password that is displayed either in an authenticator app or the display of a hardware ID Token.

Login with Access Pass

Login with OTP (one-time password)

2.4 Safe Mode

The SecSign ID Credential Provider is not active if Windows is booted into Safe Mode. That means it has to made sure that users cannot reboot Windows into Safe Mode.

Secure Windows

Securing all Windows access points with SecSign ID 2FA

For more information about the individual Windows Plugins select your user case below.

AD/LDAPView Tutorial

Windows User Login View Tutorial

Office 365 View Tutorial

Remote Desktop View Tutorial

RD Gateway View Tutorial

VPN/Radius Proxy View Tutorial

Your own ID-Server

On premise installations of SecSign ID offer the flexibility to connect with your preferred servers, services, and devices. And you can customize the SecSign ID with your own organization’s branding.

Learn More
On Premise 2FA ID

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