IPv4/IPv6 Authentication Agents

Document created by RSA Information Design and Development on Jun 13, 2017Last modified by RSA Information Design and Development on Feb 12, 2018
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An IPv4/IPv6 authentication agent is a software application that securely passes user authentication requests to and from RSA Authentication Manager. IPv4/IPv6 agents use IPv4 o r IPv6 addresses and the HTTP and TCP protocols rather than the UDP protocol.

Note:  This release of Authentication Manager (version 8.2 or later) includes a backward compatible software development kit (SDK). It does not include the IPv4/IPv6 agent.

The TCP agent protocol comprises three core services:

  • Configuration Service. Allows agents to retrieve and verify configuration data.

  • Message Key Service. Allows agents to negotiate a key that can be used to encrypt subsequent authentications.

  • Authentication Service. Processes authentication requests.

IPv4/IPv6 Agent Name

Unlike the UDP agents, the IPv4/IPv6 agent uses a logical name to identify agents. An agent name is not required to be a fully qualified host name and does not require an IP address. Agents running on different physical hosts can share a logical agent name. It is also possible to have multiple logically named agents on a single physical host.

Enabling IPv6 in the Hyper-V or VMware Infrastructure

You can enable the Hyper-V or VMware infrastructure to process authentication requests sent from agents using an IPv6 address. For more information, see your Hyper-V or VMware documentation.