Two factor authentication for Cisco ASA IPSec VPN


The LoginTC RADIUS Connector is a complete two-factor authentication virtual machine packaged to run within your corporate network. The LoginTC RADIUS Connector enables Cisco ASA to use LoginTC for the most secure two-factor authentication. For an instructions using direct authentication then you may be interested in: Two factor authentication for Cisco ASA IPSec VPN Alternative.

User Experience

After entering the username and password into the IPSec client, the user is presented with an Authentication Message. The user may enter ‘1’ to receive a push notification to their device to approve or enter a valid One-Time Password (OTP).

Video Instructions

Authentication Flow

  1. A user attempts access with their existing Cisco AnyConnect client with username / password
  2. A RADIUS authentication request is sent to the LoginTC RADIUS Connector
  3. The username / password is verified against an existing first factor directory (LDAP, Active Directory or RADIUS)
  4. An authentication request is made to LoginTC Cloud Services
  5. Secure push notification request sent to the user’s mobile or desktop device
  6. User response (approval or denial of request) sent to LoginTC Cloud Services
  7. The LoginTC RADIUS Connector polls until the user responds or a timeout is reached
  8. RADIUS Access-Accept sent back to Cisco ASA
  9. User is granted access to Cisco ASA

Cisco ASA appliance compatibility:

  • Cisco ASA 5505
  • Cisco ASA 5506-X Series
  • Cisco ASA 5508-X
  • Cisco ASA 5510-X
  • Cisco ASA 5512-X
  • Cisco ASA 5515-X
  • Cisco ASA 5516-X
  • Cisco ASA 5525-X
  • Cisco ASA 5545-X
  • Cisco ASA 5555-X
  • Cisco ASA 5585-X Series
  • Cisco appliance supporting RADIUS authentication

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Compatibility Guide
Any other Cisco appliance which have configurable RADIUS authentication are supported.


Before proceeding, please ensure you have the following:

Create Application

Start by creating a LoginTC Application for your deployment. An Application represents a service (e.g. An application is a service (e.g., VPN or web application) that you want to protect. e) that you want to protect with LoginTC.

Create a LoginTC Application in LoginTC Admin Panel, follow Create Application Steps.

If you have already created a LoginTC Application for your deployment, then you may skip this section and proceed to Installation.

  1. Download the latest LoginTC RADIUS Connector:
  2. Import the virtual appliance your computer virtualization software
  3. Ensure that LoginTC RADIUS CONNECTOR has a virtual network card
  4. Start the virtual appliance
  5. You will be with a console prompt:
  6. Login using the username logintc-user and default password logintcradius:
  7. Once logged in type setup:
  8. Follow the on-screen prompt to setup a new password for logintc-user:
  9. By default the appliance network is not configured. Manually configure the network by typing 1 and hit enter:
  10. Follow the on-screen prompts to setup the network. When done, type 1 and enter to confirm the settings:
  11. You will be presented with the network configuration which includes the URL to connect to the appliance from a web browser (example
  12. Navigate to the URL shown in the console dashboard (example:
  13. Login using the username logintc-user and the password that was set in the initial setup:
  14. Link to your existing LoginTC organization. The 64-character Organization API Key is found on the LoginTC Admin Panel under Settings >page API >page Click to view, also see Organization API Key:
  15. Confirm the LoginTC organization name and click Continue to LoginTC RADIUS Connector:
  16. If you have an existing LoginTC RADIUS Connector your wish to import configurations then click Yes, import configurations from an existing LoginTC RADIUS Connector, otherwise click No, continue to the adminsitration panel:

    These instructions assume a new environment. For a complete 2.X / 3.X to 4.X upgrade guide: LoginTC RADIUS Connector Upgrade Guide

  17. Now you are ready to use the LoginTC RADIUS Connector:
The LoginTC RADIUS Connector runs a firewall with the following open ports:
Port Protocol Purpose
1812 UDP RADIUS authentication
443 TCP API traffic
8443 TCP Web interface
Note: Username and Password logintc-user is used for SSH and web access. The default password is logintcradius. You will be asked to change the default password on first boot of the appliance.

Endpoints describe how the appliance will authenticate your RADIUS-speaking device with an optional first factor and LoginTC as a second factor. Each endpoint has 4 Sections:

1. LoginTC Settings

This section describes how the appliance itself authenticates against LoginTC Admin Panel with your LoginTC Application. Only users that are part of your organization and added to the domain configured will be able to authenticate.

2. User Directory

This section describes how the appliance will conduct an optional first factor. Either against an existing LDAP, Active Directory or RADIUS server. If no first factor is selected, then only LoginTC will be used for authentication.

3. Challenge Strategy / Passthrough

This section describes whether the appliance will perform a LoginTC challenge for an authenticating user. The default is to challenge all users. However with either a static list or Active Directory / LDAP Group you can control whom gets challenged to facilitate seamless testing and rollout.

4. Client Settings

This section describes which RADIUS-speaking device will be connecting to the appliance and whether to encrypt API Key, password and secret parameters.

The web interface makes setting up an endpoint simple and straightforward. Each section has a Test feature, which validates each input value and reports all potential errors. Section specific validation simplifies troubleshooting and gets your infrastructure protected correctly faster.

First Endpoint

Close the console and navigate to your appliance web interface URL. Use username logintc-user and the password you set upon initial launch of the appliance. You will now configure the LoginTC RADIUS Connector.

Create a new endpoint file by clicking + Create your first endpoint:

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LoginTC Settings

A list of available Applications will be displayed from your LoginTC organization. Select which LoginTC Application to use:

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Configure the application:

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Configuration values:

Property Explanation
Application ID The 40-character Application ID, retrieve Application ID
Application API Key The 64-character Application API Key, retrieve Application API Key
Request Timeout Number of seconds that the RADIUS connector will wait for

The Application ID and Application API Key are found on the LoginTC Admin Panel.

Request Timeout

Make a note of what you set the Request Timeout to as you will need to use a larger timeout value in your RADIUS client. We recommend setting the Request Timeout value to 60 seconds in the LoginTC RADIUS Connector and setting the RADIUS authentication server timeout to 70 seconds in RADIUS Client. For more information see: Recommended settings for an optimal user experience for VPN access

Click Test to validate the values and then click Next:

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User Directory

Configure the user directory to be used for first authentication factor in conjunction with LoginTC. You may use Active Directory / LDAP or an existing RADIUS server. You may also opt not to use a first factor, in which case LoginTC will be the only authentication factor.

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Active Directory / Generic LDAP Option

Select Active Directory if you have an AD Server. For all other LDAP-speaking directory services, such as OpenDJ or OpenLDAP, select Generic LDAP:

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Configuration values:

Property Explanation Examples
host Host or IP address of the LDAP server or
port (optional) Port if LDAP server uses non-standard (i.e., 389/636) 4000
bind_dn DN of a user with read access to the directory cn=admin,dc=example,dc=com
bind_password The password for the above bind_dn account password
base_dn The top-level DN that you wish to query from dc=example,dc=com
attr_username The attribute containing the user’s username sAMAccountName or uid
attr_name The attribute containing the user’s real name displayName or cn
attr_email The attribute containing the user’s email address mail or email
LDAP Group (optional) The name of the LDAP group to be sent back to the authenticating server. SSLVPN-Users
encryption (optional) Encryption mechanism ssl or startTLS
cacert (optional) CA certificate file (PEM format) /opt/logintc/cacert.pem

Click Test to validate the values and then click Next.

Existing RADIUS Server Option

If you want to use your existing RADIUS server, select RADIUS:

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Configuration values:

Property Explanation Examples
IP Address or Host Name Host or IP address of the RADIUS server or
Authentication Port (optional) Port if the RADIUS server uses non-standard (i.e., 1812) 1812
Shared Secret The secret shared between the RADIUS server and the LoginTC RADIUS Connector testing123

RADIUS Vendor-Specific Attributes

Common Vendor-Specific Attributes (VSAs) returned by the RADIUS server will be relayed.

Click Test to validate the values and then click Next.

Challenge Strategy / Passthrough

Configure which users will be challenged with LoginTC. This allows you to control how LoginTC will be phased in for your users. This flexibility allows for seamless testing and roll out.

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For example, with smaller or proof of concept deployments select the Static List option. Users on the static list will be challenged with LoginTC, while those not on the list will only be challenged with the configured First Authentication Factor. That means you will be able to test LoginTC without affecting existing users accessing your VPN.

For larger deployments you can elect to use the Active Directory or LDAP Group option. Only users part of a particular LDAP or Active Directory Group will be challenged with LoginTC. As your users are migrating to LoginTC your LDAP and Active Directory group policy will ensure that they will be challenged with LoginTC. Users not part of the group will only be challenged with the configured First Authentication Factor.

Challenge All Users

Select this option if you wish every user to be challenged with LoginTC.

Challenge Users Based on Static Username List

Select this option if you wish to have a static list of users that will be challenged with LoginTC. Good for small number of users.

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LoginTC challenge users: a new line separated list of usernames. For example:


Challenge Users Based on Group Membership

Select this option if you wish to have only users part of a particular Active Directory or LDAP group to be challenged with LoginTC. Good for medium and large number of users.

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Configuration values:

Property Explanation Examples
Challenge Groups (Optional) Comma separated list of groups for which users will be challenged with LoginTC SSLVPN-Users or two-factor-users
Challenge Groups (Optional) Comma separated list of groups for which users will always bypass LoginTC NOMFA-Users

Click Test to validate the values and then click Next.

Client Settings

Configure RADIUS client (e.g. your RADIUS-speaking VPN):

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Client configuration values:

Property Explanation Examples
name A unique identifier of your RADIUS client CorporateVPN
IP Addresss The IP address of your RADIUS client (e.g. your RADIUS-speaking VPN). Add additional IP Addresses by clicking plus.
Shared Secret The secret shared between the LoginTC RADIUS Connector and its client bigsecret

Under Authentication Mode select Challenge

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The user will be prompted on how they wish to proceed with second-factor authentication (e.g. LoginTC Push, OTP, bypass code). Your RADIUS client must support RADIUS challenges to use this. Challenging the user will often result in a better user experience. See User Experience for more information.

Click Test to validate the values and then click Save.

Web Server Testing

When you are ready to test your configuration, create a LoginTC user (if you haven’t already done so). The username should match your existing user. Provision a token by following the steps:

  1. In a new tab / window log into the LoginTC Admin Panel
  2. Click Domains
  3. Click on your domain
  4. Click on MembersWeb Server
  5. Click Issue Token button beside your user:Web Server
  6. A 10-character alphanumeric activation code will appear beside the user:Web Server
  7. Open the LoginTC mobile app.
  8. Enter the 10-character alphanumeric activation code:
  9. Load the token to complete the process

When you have loaded a token for your new user and domain, navigate to your appliance web interface URL:

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Click Test Configuration:

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Enter a valid username and password; if there is no password leave it blank. A simulated authentication request will be sent to the mobile or desktop device with the user token loaded. Approve the request to continue:

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Congratulations! Your appliance can successfully broker first and second factor authentication. The only remaining step is to configure your RADIUS device!

If there was an error during testing, the following will appear:

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In this case, click See logs (or click the Logs section):

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Cisco ASA Configuration – Quick Guide

Once you are satisfied with your setup, configure your Cisco ASA client to use the LoginTC RADIUS Connector.

For your reference, the appliance web interface Settings page displays the appliance IP address and RADIUS port:

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The following are quick steps to protect your IPSec VPN setup with LoginTC.

  1. Launch your Cisco ASA ASDM
  2. Click AAA Local Users:AAA Local Users
  3. Under AAA Server Groups click Add:AAA Local Users
    Property Explanation Example
    Accounting Mode Indicates how accounting messages are sent. Recommended single mode. single mode
    Reactivation Mode Specifies the method by which failed servers are reactivated. depleted
    Dead Time Time for which a RADIUS server is skipped over by transaction requests 10
    Max Failed Attempts Maximum number of retransmission attempts. Recommended 1. 1
  4. Select Protocol: RADIUS
  5. Click Add
  6. Select the newly created group
  7. Under Servers in the Selected Group click Add:AAA Local Users
    Property Explanation Example
    Interface Name Name of protected Cisco interface inside
    Server name or IP Address Address of your LoginTC RADIUS Connector
    Timeout Authentication timeout. We recommend 70 seconds if you set the LoginTC Request timeout to 60 seconds. 70
    Server Authentication Port RADIUS authentication port. Must be 1812. 1812
    Server Accounting Port RADIUS accounting port. Must be 1813. 1813
    Retry Interval Length of time between retries 5
    Server Secret Key The secret shared between the LoginTC RADIUS Connector and its client bigsecret
    Microsoft CHAPv2 Capable Whether or not the RADIUS server uses CHAPv2. Must be unchecked
  8. Click IPsec (IKEv1) Connection ProfilesAAA Local Users
  9. Click Connection Profiles:
  10. Select your existing IPSec Connection Profile, click Edit:

    Note: Connection Profile Management
    You can also create a new Connection Profile in order to not affect your existing configuration. The new Connection Profile can be used for testing purposes

  11. Click the Basic tab on the leftAAA Local Users
  12. Under IKE Peer Authentication enter a Pre-shared Key (PSK). The key is used to secure data sent between IPsec peers and must be entered in each user’s VPN client. Pick a cryptographically strong PSK.
  13. Under User Authentication for the Server Group select the group made in steps 3-5
  14. Expand the Advanced tab on the left and click PPPAAA Local Users
  15. Ensure only PAP is selected
  16. Click OK

To test, configured your IPSec client to use the newly configured Connection Profile.

User Management

There are several options for managing your users within LoginTC:


Logs can be found on the Logs tab:

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Not Authenticating

If you are unable to authenticate, navigate to your appliance web interface URL and click Status:

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Ensure that all the status checks pass. For additional troubleshooting, click Logs:

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Email Support
For any additional help please email Expect a speedy reply.


From 4.X

The latest LoginTC RADIUS Connector upgrade package can be downloaded here: Download RADIUS Connector (Upgrade)
  1. Navigate to SETUP > Upgrade:
  2. Click Upload and select your LoginTC RADIUS Connector upgrade file:
  3. Click Upload and do not navigate away from the page:
  4. Once upload is complete upgrade by clicking Install Now:
  5. Wait 10-15 minutes for upgrade to complete:

NOTE: Upgrade time
Upgrade can take 10-15 minutes, please be patient.

From 3.X

Important: LoginTC RADIUS Connector 3.X End-of-life
The LoginTC RADIUS Connector 3.X virtual appliance is built with CentOS 7.9. CentOS 7.X is End of Lifetime (EOL) June 30th, 2024. Although the appliance will still function it will no longer receive updates and nor will it be officially supported.

New LoginTC RADIUS Connector 4.X
A new LoginTC RADIUS Connector 4.X virtual appliance has been created. The Operating System will be supported for many years. Inline upgrade is not supported. As a result upgrade is deploying a new appliance. The appliance has been significantly revamped and although the underlying functionality is identical, it has many new features to take advantage of.

Complete 3.X to 4.X upgrade guide: LoginTC RADIUS Connector Upgrade Guide

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