Authenticating MACs and users

Rudolph Bott r at
Sat Nov 20 11:38:25 CET 2010

Hey Alan,

On 20.11.2010 11:26, Rudolph Bott wrote:
> Hi Alan,
> ok I'll try to be more specific:
> I have all the mac addresses (including the vlan attribute) in my users
> file. Can I just put in some user accounts as well and configure my
> switches to use the radius server for user authentication?
> How do I separate the management-users from my 'fake' mac-address-users?
> I don't wont anyone to login to my switches with his mac address :/

OK forget about that part - I totally forgot about the 'Service-Type' 
attribute, sorry!

But that actually leads to my next question: is there a way to avoid 
having cleartext passwords for my switch-users in the users file?

However, there's still need for clarification on the following:

> On top of that, I might also need a Radius server to authenticate
> wireless users against Active Directory but I'll probably use IAS here
> (unless its easy to add this feature to the existing freeradius setup as
> well).
> Basically my question is: how can I separate user requests for different
> backends (mac-address-users-file, switch-users-file, active directory
> backend) on my radius server. Simply running 3 instances with different
> ports/configurations on the same server is probably not the way to go
> (is it?)
> On 19.11.2010 20:42, Alan DeKok wrote:
>> Rudolph Bott wrote:
>>> Ah yes, thanks - any hints on how to achieve this? Maybe I'm just using
>>> the wrong keywords for searching.
>> (a) configure user authentication
>> (b) configure MAC authentication
>> There is no real difference between the two, other than the format of
>> the User-Name attribute.
>> If your question was more specific, my answers could be more detailed.
>> Alan DeKok.
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Mit freundlichen Grüßen / With Kind Regards
   Rudolph Bott

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