Integrating VMware Identity Manager(vIDM) with Symantec VIP Push

Integration with Symantec Multi-Factor Authentication

Symantec Multi-Factor Authentication can be integrated with vIDM in two ways:

  • via RADIUS using Enterprise Gateway
  • via SAML using VIP Login service

Limitations of RADIUS integration

Integrating vIDM via RADIUS with Symantec Enterprise Gateway to use Security Code is seamless and straightforward.

References below:

Typical RADIUS integration involves configuring a Validation Server on Symantec Enterprise Gateway. This validation server allows you to configure multi-factor authentication using Security Code.

As of writing this I have not been successful in configuring vIDM with Symantec Enterprise Gateway using RADIUS for authentication based on VIP Access “Push” mechanism.

I suspect this issue to be related to the fact that vIDM when configured with Enterprise Gateway via RADIUS always expect the Security Code to be entered and the field “RADIUS Passcode” is always displayed like shown below. This prevents the redirection to the subsequent Push Notification screen.

RADIUS login.png

From the user experience perspective, it is not very convenient for the user to enter the Security Token during login. He has to take out his cell phone (or VIP token device), generate the one-time security code and key in the code in the vIDM portal. Quite cumbersome compared to you getting a “Push notification” on your cell phone that you need to be swiped to Allow.

Due to the above-mentioned limitations that I encountered, I integrated Symantec VIP Login using SAML.

Integrating Symantec VIP Login Service with vIDM directly (not through Symantec Enterprise Gateway)

For this integration, vIDM is the Service Provider(SP) to Symantec VIP login which is the second factor Identity Provider (IDP).

  • Retrieve SAML certificate and Metadata XML file from vIDM

vIDM cert and xml settingsDownload the Metadata XML file for vIDM as “SP” and the SAML certificate.

vIDM metadata and certificate download.png

  • Retrieve SAML certificate and Metadata XML file from Symantec VIP Manager

You can download the Metadata XML for VIP login as “IDP” and SAML certificate from the below section.

symantec metadata xml and certificate download.png

  • Configure VIP Manager

Import the vIDM certificate and the XML file into the Symantec VIP Login. This will establish a SAML trust between vIDM as SP and Symantec VIP Login as the second factor IDP.

importing vidm into symantec.png

Enable Mobile Push as the authentication option.

Symantec VIP Mobile Push Policy enable.png

Authentication Level.png

  • Configure Symantec VIP Login as a IDP in vIDM.

As shown in the screenshot below, provide the VIP Login Metadata XML, choose the domain and network range and leave all other values as default options.

Screen Shot 2017-07-23 at 01.44.00

Configure the default Authentication Method as “Push” and SAML context as Password.

Authmethod name and SAML context

  • Edit the Network Policy to enable the previously created Push Policy

Configure Push .png

The user experience looks like this.

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