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Authenticate OpenNMS Horizon with FreeRADIUS

2018-07-22 Ronny Trommer

Centralized authentication is a core service as soon you have a network with more than 3 computers. This article is about how to authenticate a OpenNMS Horizon 22.0.2 using RADIUS provided by a FreeRADIUS service.

In this example the FreeRADIUS server is configured to provide 3 users. A dictionary is configured which returns 2 roles, ROLE_USER and ROLE_ADMIN which can be used to decide which security role is assigned in the OpenNMS Horizon Web UI.

To run the services locally, you can use all components in a Docker Compose defined service stack.

Step 1: Checkout the repository

git clone
cd opennms-radius-auth

Step 2: Initialize the service stack

docker-compose up -d

Step 3: Install OpenNMS Horizon Plugin protocol for RADIUS and restart

docker-compose exec horizon yum install -y opennms-plugin-protocol-radius
docker-compose stop horizon
docker-compose up -d

You can now login with 4 users:

  • admin/admin: Default initial admin user defined in users.xml
  • user1/u5er1p455: RADIUS user in security role ROLE_ADMIN and ROLE_USER
  • user2/u5er2p455: RADIUS user in security role ROLE_USER
  • user3/u5er3p455: RADIUS user without security role, this user falls back into ROLE_USER.

Configuration FreeRADIUS

The FreeRADIUS configuration is built with the following configuration files:

  - ./freeradius/dictionary.opennms:/etc/raddb/dictionary.opennms <1>
  - ./freeradius/dictionary:/etc/raddb/dictionary <2>
  - ./freeradius/clients.conf:/etc/raddb/clients.conf <3>
  - ./freeradius/users:/etc/raddb/users <4>
  1. Reply authentication message with a security role
  2. Include the dictionary.opennms on startup of radiusd
  3. Define IP range and shared secret to allow communication with RADIUS server
  4. User with passwords and assigned security roles

Configuration OpenNMS Horizon

  - ./jetty-overlay:/opt/opennms-jetty-webinf-overlay <1>
  1. Authentication configuration for the Jetty Webapp

Enable externalAuthenticationProvider inapplicationContext-spring-security.xml`

  <authentication-manager alias="authenticationManager">
    <!-- If a user is pre-authenticated, make sure their user details are populated correctly. -->
    <authentication-provider ref="preauthAuthProvider" />
    <!-- Use our custom authentication provider -->
    <authentication-provider ref="hybridAuthenticationProvider" />
    <!-- To enable external (e.g. LDAP, RADIUS) authentication, uncomment the following.
         You must also rename and customize exactly ONE of the example files in the
         spring-security.d subdirectory. -->
    <authentication-provider ref="externalAuthenticationProvider" />

Create a RADIUS configuration for Authentication in spring-security.d/radius.xml

  <beans:bean id="externalAuthenticationProvider" class="org.opennms.protocols.radius.springsecurity.RadiusAuthenticationProvider">
    <beans:constructor-arg value="freeradius"/> <1>
    <beans:constructor-arg value="SECRET"/> <2>
    <beans:property name="port" value="1812"/> <3>
    <beans:property name="timeout" value="5"/> <4>
    <beans:property name="retries" value="3"/> <5>
    <beans:property name="authTypeClass"><beans:bean class="net.jradius.client.auth.PAPAuthenticator"/></beans:property> <6>
    <beans:property name="defaultRoles" value="ROLE_USER"/> <7>
    <beans:property name="rolesAttribute" value="Unknown-VSAttribute(5813:1)"/> <8>
  1. Hostname or IP address of the RADIUS server
  2. Shared secret for communication
  3. Port RADIUS server is listening
  4. Timeout for RADIUS requests
  5. Retries for RADIUS requests
  6. PAP authentication for clear text passwords
  7. Define default role when no role is assigned
  8. Attribute which is used to assign security roles