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Safeguard Authentication Services 5.0.1 - Administration Guide

Privileged Access Suite for Unix Introducing One Identity Safeguard Authentication Services Unix administration and configuration Identity management Migrating from NIS Managing access control Managing local file permissions Certificate Autoenrollment Integrating with other applications Managing Unix hosts with Group Policy
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Privileged Access Suite for Unix

Unix security simplified

Privileged Access Suite for Unix solves the intrinsic security and administration issues of Unix-based systems (including Linux and macOS) while making satisfying compliance requirements easier. It unifies and consolidates identities, assigns individual accountability, and enables centralized reporting for user and administrator access to Unix. The Privileged Access Suite for Unix combines an Active Directory bridge and root delegation solutions under a unified console that grants organizations centralized visibility and streamlined administration of identities and access rights across their entire Unix environment.

Active Directory bridge

Achieve unified access control, authentication, authorization, and identity administration for Unix, Linux, and macOS systems by extending them into Active Directory (AD) and taking advantage of AD’s inherent benefits. Patented technology allows non-Windows resources to become part of the AD trusted realm, and extends AD’s security, compliance, and Kerberos-based authentication capabilities to Unix, Linux, and macOS. See www.oneidentity.com/products/safeguard-authentication-services/ for more information about the Active Directory Bridge product.

Root delegation

The Privileged Access Suite for Unix offers two different approaches to delegating the Unix root account. The suite either enhances or replaces sudo, depending on your needs.

  • By choosing to enhance sudo, you will keep everything you know and love about sudo while enhancing it with features like a central sudo policy server, centralized keystroke logs, a sudo event log, and compliance reports for who can do what with sudo.

    See www.oneidentity.com/products/privilege-manager-for-sudo/ for more information about enhancing sudo.

  • By choosing to replace sudo, you will still be able to delegate the Unix root privilege based on centralized policy reporting on access rights, but with a more granular permission and the ability to log keystrokes on all activities from the time a user logs in, not just the commands that are prefixed with "sudo." In addition, this option implements several additional security features like restricted shells, remote host command execution, and hardened binaries that remove the ability to escape out of commands and gain undetected elevated access.

    See www.oneidentity.com/products/privilege-manager-for-unix/ for more information about replacing sudo.

Privileged Access Suite for Unix offers two editions: Standard edition and Advanced edition. Both editions include the Management Console for Unix, a common management console that provides a consolidated view and centralized point of management for local Unix users and groups; and Safeguard Authentication Services, patented technology that allows organizations to extend the security and compliance of Active Directory to Unix, Linux, and macOS platforms and enterprise applications. In addition:

  • The Standard edition licenses you for Safeguard for Sudo.
  • The Advanced edition licenses you for Privilege Manager for Unix.

One Identity recommends that you follow these steps:

  1. Install Safeguard Authentication Services on one machine, so you can set up your Active Directory Forest.
  2. Install Management Console for Unix, so you can perform all the other installation steps from the management console.
  3. Add and profile hosts using the management console.
  4. Configure the console to use Active Directory.
  5. Deploy client software to remote hosts.

    Depending on which Privileged Access Suite for Unix edition you have purchased, deploy one of the following:

    • Privilege Manager for Unix software (that is, Privilege Manager Agent packages)

      -OR-

    • Safeguard for Sudo software (that is, Sudo Plugin packages)

About this guide

The Safeguard Authentication Services Administration Guide is intended for Windows, Unix*, Linux, and Macintosh system administrators, network administrators, consultants, analysts, and any other IT professionals responsible for deploying Safeguard Authentication Services. By following the instructions presented in this guide, a system administrator will be able to configure new or existing Unix, Linux, or macOS systems so they can authenticate user logins against user and group accounts stored in Windows Active Directory.

Note: The Safeguard Authentication Services Installation Guide, which can be found on the Safeguard Authentication Services - Technical Documentation page on the One Identity support site, walks you through one simple approach to installing Safeguard Authentication Services using the One Identity Management Console for Unix.

* The term "Unix" is used informally throughout the Safeguard Authentication Services documentation to denote any operating system that closely resembles the trademarked system, UNIX.

Introducing One Identity Safeguard Authentication Services

One Identity Safeguard Authentication Services is patented technology that enables organizations to extend the security and compliance of Active Directory to Unix, Linux, and macOS platforms and enterprise applications. It addresses the compliance need for cross-platform access control, the operational need for centralized authentication and single sign-on, and enables the unification of identities and directories for simplified identity and access management.

About licenses

Safeguard Authentication Services must be licensed in order for Active Directory users to authenticate on Unix and macOS hosts.

Considerations:

  • New licenses have to be added prior to upgrade.
  • You can install and configure Safeguard Authentication Services on Windows and use the included management tools to Unix-enable users and groups in Active Directory without installing a license. However, you must have a valid Safeguard Authentication Services license installed for full functionality.

  • In order to use Starling Two-Factor Authentication, you must have a valid license for Safeguard Authentication Services.

To obtain a license, use the Licensing Assistance page on the One Identity support page or contact your account representative.

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