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Safeguard Authentication Services 5.0.1 - Upgrade Guide

Privileged Access Suite for Unix Introducing One Identity Safeguard Authentication Services Upgrade the web console Upgrade Windows components Configure Active Directory Configure Unix agent components Upgrade client components manually Getting started with Safeguard Authentication Services
Getting acquainted with the Control Center Learning the basics

Logging in with Starling Two-Factor Authentication

Once Starling Two-Factor Authentication is enabled (that is, Safeguard Authentication Services is joined to Starling and users are authorized to use Starling Two-Factor Authentication), anytime an authorized user attempts to log in to an integrated Unix-based host, they will see an additional login screen informing them that an additional authentication step is required.

The default prompt contains the following:

Enter a token or select one of the following options:

  1. Starling Push
  2. Phone call
  3. Send an SMS

Token or option (1-3) [1]: <Token or option number>

This default prompt can be modified in vas.conf.

vas.conf example:


The behavior of QAS Starling can be modified by using the following options in the [starling] section.


prompt = <boolean>

prompt = <message-text>

Default value: "Enter a token or select one of the following options:\n\n 1. Starling Push\n 2. Phone

call\n 3. Send an SMS\n \nToken or option (1-3)[1]: "

This is the message that is initially displayed during a Starling authentication.

This prompt can span multiple lines, line separation is specified by adding \n to the prompt string.

NOTE: Changing the prompt will not change what is accepted as input.


prompt = "Enter 1 for a push request, 2 for a phone call, 3 for a txt, or enter a token.\n "

NOTE: In order to display the prompts, the application must be able to handle pam conversations, such as sshd(keyboard-interactive). If the application can not handle pam conversations, such as sshd(password), a push authentication is sent instead of a prompt.

Unjoining from Starling

Unjoining Safeguard Authentication Services from Starling disables Starling Two-Factor Authentication in Safeguard Authentication Services.

To unjoin Safeguard Authentication Services from Starling

  1. From the Control Center, navigate to Preferences | Starling Two-Factor Authentication.
  2. In the Join to Starling and enable Two-Factor Authentication pane, click Starling Join Settings
  3. On the Starling Two-Factor Authentication dialog, click Unjoin Starling.

A Starling Organization Admin account or Collaborator account associated with the Starling One Identity Hybrid subscription can rejoin Safeguard Authentication Services at any time.

Disabling Starling 2FA for a specific PAM service

To disable Starling 2FA for a specific PAM service, edit the PAM configuration file (/etc/pam.conf or /etc/pam.d/<service>). Modify the auth pam_vas line for the desired service.

To disable Starling 2FA for a specific PAM service

  1. As root, add the following line to the PAM configuration file, on the first auth pam_vas line for the service:


Schema Attributes

From the Control Center, select Preferences then Schema Attributes to view and update schema configurations. These attribute mappings can be customized:

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