Smart Card Login for F5 Web Admin Console
Posted on 2014-03-20
Okay. I have implemented Smart Card Authentication to websites before. Mostly IIS, but recently, due to a push for tighter controls, I learned how to implement Smart Card Authentication when a user accesses a web server or application behind the F5 Load Balancer.
My new challenge is : How do I implement Smart Card authentication for the Web Administration Console that I use to configure the F5? I have looked at the "advanced" configuration under "SYSTEM; USER; AUTHENTICATION" and done some reading.
It appears that I can configure all kinds of authentication, like Active Directory, RADIUS, TACACS+, but these all require entering a password. Our accounts are Smart Card based and we don't allow NOS stored passwords, only PIN's to verify certificates.
Any F5 experts out there that can tell me how to use Smart Card authentication with a PIN to access the Web interface to configure the F5? Or, alternatively, can anyone tell me this is simply NOT possible?