TACACS+, Active Directory, and SmartCards (CAC)

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Dec 30th, 2009

Can someone tell me what is possible with Cisco SecureACS v4.2 and use of a SmartCard as far as logging in to a Cisco router/switch via SSH?

In our environment we log into our workstations with a CAC/SmartCard and do not have any form of username or password, just a PIN for the CAC.  I know SecureACS can talk to AD, but what would happen if that was setup in this situation?  I would open putty and log into the device and it would still ask for a login/password, correct?  Is there a 2-factor authentication solution that doesn't rely on RSA SecureID tokens?

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Correct Answer by Jatin Katyal about 6 years 11 months ago

Hi Kenneth,


Yes, ACS can talk to AD and authenticate user on the basis of user credentials defined on the AD (external database) for wireless/VPN/administrative sessions. AS far as I know, there is no way to use CAC (Smart card) to authenticate and authorize a user to the router/switch CLI (ssh/telnet/console).

CSACS + SecurID meets the letter of the law for two-factor authentication so only solution here we can rely on is RSA secure ID (Does support by ACS).


ACS integration with RSA secureID


http://www.rsa.com/rsasecured/guides/imp_pdfs/Cisco_ACS_42_AuthMan7.1.pdf

You may refer the below listed document:

Understanding and Implementing Smart Card

http://www.tech-faq.com/implementing-smart-card-authentication.shtml

HTH

Regards,
JK

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Jatin Katyal Sun, 01/10/2010 - 01:46

Hi Kenneth,


Yes, ACS can talk to AD and authenticate user on the basis of user credentials defined on the AD (external database) for wireless/VPN/administrative sessions. AS far as I know, there is no way to use CAC (Smart card) to authenticate and authorize a user to the router/switch CLI (ssh/telnet/console).

CSACS + SecurID meets the letter of the law for two-factor authentication so only solution here we can rely on is RSA secure ID (Does support by ACS).


ACS integration with RSA secureID


http://www.rsa.com/rsasecured/guides/imp_pdfs/Cisco_ACS_42_AuthMan7.1.pdf

You may refer the below listed document:

Understanding and Implementing Smart Card

http://www.tech-faq.com/implementing-smart-card-authentication.shtml

HTH

Regards,
JK

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kwkirchner Sun, 01/10/2010 - 09:41

Thanks, JK!

  I was afraid that was the only solution.  I will give those documents a read.  Your help is much appreciated!

-Ken

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