RSA® SecurID Access Release Notes for RSA Authentication Manager 8.5
RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 delivers compelling features that makes it faster and easier to take the journey to modern multifactor authentication and the Cloud. RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 includes the following new features and enhancements:
The Cloud Authentication Service and RSA SecurID Authenticate App Release Notes are available here.
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Highly Available Hybrid Cloud
RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 can be easily deployed as a secure proxy server and failover node for the Cloud Authentication Service. Authentication Manager validates RSA SecurID Tokens and forwards other multifactor authentication requests to the Cloud Authentication Service. If the Cloud Authentication Service cannot be reached because the connection is temporarily slow or unavailable, Authentication Manager can use downloaded High Availability Tokencode records to prompt users for Authenticate Tokencode. This feature ensures high availability to SecurID agent-protected mission-critical resources, and creates a compelling and unmatched hybrid cloud solution.
Simple and Fast Identity Router Deployment
RSA has made it even easier to take the cloud journey by embedding the identity router directly into your RSA Authentication Manager primary and replica instances allowing for faster setup and connection to the Cloud Authentication Service without a separate identity router install. Simple, fast, and no additional virtual machines to requisition and manage. For instructions, see Configure an Embedded Identity Router.
Authenticating to the Cloud Authentication Service Just Got Easier
By using Authentication Manager 8.5 as a secure proxy server, you can eliminate multiple on-premise REST protocol agent connections to the Cloud Authentication Service. Simply configure the authentication agents to direct authentication requests to Authentication Manager. Authentication Manager always validates RSA SecurID tokens and and on-demand authentication, but sends other multifactor authentication requests directly to the Cloud Authentication Service. Simple and secure.
Accelerate the Journey to Modern Multifactor Authentication and the Cloud
RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 allows you to bypass multiple, time-consuming, serial upgrades and upgrade directly to version 8.5. It utilizes the same well-known in-place upgrade process, so there is no additional training and will significantly reduce the time and effort to deploy the current shipping release. You can upgrade to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 directly from version 8.2 SP1, 8.3, or 8.4. This capability significantly accelerates the time-to-value to take the journey to modern multifactor authentication and the cloud.
RSA Collecting Usage Data to Improve Customer Satisfaction
RSA is collecting data that will help RSA better understand product configuration and usage, improve support, and focus development efforts to dramatically improve customer satisfaction. No personal identifiable information (PII) or sensitive information is collected.
The Telemetry service is automatically enabled and configured when you install or upgrade to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5. Telemetry data is collected for the primary instance and each replica instance, and stored offline for the number of days that you configure. RSA assigns each customer deployment a time to send the data that is between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM local time.
RSA Authentication Manager contains the following additional improvements.
Updated VMware or Hyper-V virtual machine minimum hardware requirements
For version 8.5, the VMware virtual machine and the Hyper-V virtual machine require hardware that meets or exceeds the following minimum requirements:
8 GB of memory
At least two virtual CPUs
Version 8.5 does not support less than these default values.
New features and enhancements from RSA Authentication Manager 8.4 Patch 1 through Patch 13.
Version 8.5 includes new features and enhancements from cumulative RSA Authentication Manager 8.4 Patch 13, including:
Updates to the RSA Authentication Manager Bulk Administration Utility (AMBA).
More flexibility when managing the Access ID and Access Key for REST protocol authentication agents, including the ability to restore or continue to use the previous credentials for a timeframe that you can extend.
Note:RSA has not yet qualified the RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 web tier for compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Server (64-bit).
Planning the Upgrade from RSA Authentication Manager 8.2 SP1, 8.3, or 8.4
RSA Authentication Manager 8.2 SP1, 8.3, or 8.4 can be upgraded directly to version 8.5. From earlier versions, you can upgrade to version 8.2 SP1 and then upgrade directly to version 8.5. For instructions, see Appendix A, “Upgrading to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5” in the RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 Setup and Configuration Guide.
To use some version 8.5 features, such as the embedded identity router and high availability when the connection to the Cloud Authentication Service is not available, an Authentication Manager deployment that is already connected to the Cloud Authentication Service must connect again after upgrading to version 8.5. To re-establish your connection, see Edit the Cloud Authentication Service Connection.
Before you upgrade, note the following:
A backup is strongly recommended. RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 is not reversible. If the upgrade patch is not applied successfully, you must restore from a backup file, an Amazon Web Services snapshot, an Azure snapshot or Azure Backup, a VMware snapshot, or a Hyper-V checkpoint. Trying to apply version 8.5 again is not recommended.
You can apply the version 8.5 update from a Windows shared folder, an NFS share, or a DVD or CD. Applying the version 8.5 upgrade through your local web browser is not supported.
Upgrading to the latest version of Authentication Manager maintains existing trusted realm relationships with Authentication Manager 8.0 or later deployments.
Certificate Requirements for Version 8.5
RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 requires LDAPS protocol and custom console certificates that are at least 2048 bits. Before upgrading from RSA Authentication Manager 8.2 SP1 or 8.3, you must replace any 1024-bit certificates with the required 2048 bits certificates. RSA Authentication Manager 8.4 already uses the required certificates.
This security upgrade affects openLDAP connections in Authentication Manager with a default keysize of 1024. For example, if you add an Oracle Directory Server as an identity source, you must replace the default 1024-bit Oracle Directory Server certificate with an LDAPS protocol certificate that is at least 2048 bits. You must also regenerate and replace any custom console certificates that are 1024 bits.
Web Tier Hardware Requirements for Version 8.5
RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 has the following minimum hardware requirements for the web-tier server:
2 GB for web tier installation and 4 GB to 20 GB free space for logs and updated component downloads
4 GB of memory
At least two virtual CPUs
Upgrading an Existing Deployment that Does Not Yet Use Azure or Amazon Web Services
You can upgrade an existing RSA Authentication Manager deployment that is not yet using the Azure Cloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.
The Azure virtual appliance supports a mixed deployment of Cloud and on-premises appliances. To upgrade an existing deployment that is not yet using the Azure virtual appliance, do the following:
From earlier releases, upgrade to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5.
Deploy new RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 replica instances in Azure.
To move your primary instance into Azure, promote a replica instance, and delete your existing primary instance. If the new primary instance and the replica instances are out-of-sync, you must synchronize each out-of-sync replica instance in the primary instance Operations Console.
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) virtual appliance supports a mixed deployment of Cloud and on-premises appliances. To upgrade an existing deployment that is not yet using the AWS virtual appliance, do the following:
From earlier releases, upgrade to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5.
Deploy new RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 replica instances in AWS.
To move your primary instance into AWS, promote a replica instance, and delete your existing primary instance. If the new primary instance and the replica instances are out-of-sync, you must synchronize each out-of-sync replica instance in the primary instance Operations Console.
RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 continues to support your authentication agents that use the UDP protocol.
REST protocol authentication agents, such as RSA Authentication Agent 2.0 or later for Microsoft AD FS, RSA Authentication Agent 8.0 or later for PAM, and RSA MFA Agent 2.0 for Microsoft Windows, can use RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 as a secure proxy server for the Cloud Authentication Service.
RSA Authentication Agent for Citrix StoreFront requires version 2.0.1 to use RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 features. You can download the version 2.0.1 upgrade.
RSA MFA Agent 2.0 for Microsoft Windows adds support for a direct connection to RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 and support for version 8.5 features. For more information, see the RSA Link page for RSA MFA Agent for Microsoft Windows.
You may also purchase products that contain embedded RSA authentication agent software. The software is embedded in a number of products, such as remote access servers, firewalls, and web servers. For more information, go to the RSA Ready Partner website at www.rsaready.com.
RSA Authentication Manager 8.5 includes the software fixes in the cumulative Patch 13 for version 8.4. Applying version 8.5 removes any software fixes that are not included in the cumulative Patch 13. To obtain these all of the software fixes in Patch 14 and later version 8.4 patches, you must apply version 8.5 patches as they become available. For the complete list of resolved issues, see the RSA Authentication Manager 8.4 Patch 13 Readme.
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RSA SecurID Access Release Notes for RSA Authentication Manager 8.5