RADIUS authentication: MS-CHAP v2?

L3 Networker

RADIUS authentication: MS-CHAP v2?

Currently, my PA-3050 devices (PAN-OS 6.1.12) utilize RADIUS authentication.  I know that this uses the completely unencrypted PAP protocol.


I have asked PAN about MS-CHAP v2 support in the past and was told that the device must be placed into FIPS mode in order to gain the ability to do RADIUS authentication over MS-CHAP v2, but by putting a device into FIPS mode you are effectively performing a factory reset.


I've always thought that was completely ridiculous.  If the device supports MS-CHAP v2 in FIPS mode, it's clearly capable of using the protocol.  Why not make MS-CHAP v2 available in standard mode as a choice over PAP?

In any case, I've seen that PAN has removed the FIPS mode from newer PAN-OS releases.  As such, is PAN adding MS-CHAP v2 support?  Or are they dropping MS-CHAP v2 support entirely along with the associated FIPS mode?

L7 Applicator

Re: RADIUS authentication: MS-CHAP v2?

v7.0 supports CHAP


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L3 Networker

Re: RADIUS authentication: MS-CHAP v2?

Well, I guess it's good that they have finally moved beyond PAP, but it's a shame they aren't using MS-CHAP v2 which is the most secure RADIUS authentication protodcol available.

L3 Networker

Re: RADIUS authentication: MS-CHAP v2?

Hi Scottsander,


As CHAP has only just been implemented, I'm sure MS-CHAP v2 is around the corner. I'm sure you could also speak to your account manager to raise this as a Feature request to add in future releases.






L3 Networker

Re: RADIUS authentication: MS-CHAP v2?

I already did that three years ago.

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