1. Login to the Centrify Admin Portal.

2. Go to Core Services > Policies.

3. Edit an existing policy by clicking on the name of the policy or create one.


4. Go to Endpoint Policies > Common Mobile Settings and click on Common. By default, it is set to "Yes" and you will be able to see Passcodes on an Enrolled device.







5. If you want to disable the “Passcodes” you will need to select No in the “Show "Passcodes" interface in the mobile apps and the user portal”.



6. When it is set to “No” you will not be able to see Passcodes once the policies are updated on the device.




Multi-factor authentication (MFA) at OS login provides an extra layer of protection and helps to meet compliance for regulations such as PCI DSS 3.2, NIST 800-171, 23 NYCRR 500, and more. Centrify enables the ability to prompt for MFA at console or ssh login. This article will walk you through the steps to enable users to log into Linux and UNIX systems with Active Directory credentials and prompted for multi-factor authentication.


Before you join a computer to AD, there are three things to check:

  • DNS settings
  • Computer name
  • Network communication between the Linux/UNIX system and Active Directory domain controller(s)

This Tech blog article will guide you through the process of using Centrify Multifactor authentication for Pulse Secure VPN access. At the end of this article you will be in a postion to deploy the Pulse Secure Connect virtual VPN appliance using Centrify strong authentication for your remote users.




[How to] Configure Centrify to use Microsoft Authenticator for MFA

By Centrify Advisor IV on ‎03-23-2018 05:08 PM - last edited ‎04-03-2018 11:53 AM

Centrify support OATH OTP clients for multi-factor authentication such as Microsoft Authenticator, Google Authenticator, Centrify's mobile app and more. Centrify can use OATH OTP for

  • self-service AD password reset,
  • web application access,
  • VPN,
  • computer login (Windows, Linux and UNIX),
  • privilege elevation (Windows, Linux and UNIX),
  • privilege password checkout,
  • and more.

This article will walk through the steps to configure Centrify and Microsoft Authenticator for multi-factor authentication. 


The Centrify Agent for Windows provides organizations with the ability to secure Windows systems.  This article's goal is to introduce the basic information (pre-requisites, communications), deployment scenarios and tools available for each deployment option.  The next articles in the series focus on specialized topics or use cases.


This is the second article on a series around Centrify's role to participate or enhance the Microsoft Enhanced Security Administrative environment.

The first article on the series covered MS ESAE in FAQ form and introduces 10 Principles derived from this environment.

In this article, we provide information about how centrify can enable the implementation of the general principles and recommendations. 


Plesase read the original article (link below) to get the full context of the information:



In this series we discuss Microsoft's Enhanced Security Administrative Environment (ESAE) and how Centrify participates and provides additional capabilities in this model.


The first article on the series is an introductory post on the topic.


Security questions are like a second password prompt. Just like passwords, users tend to create weak or easy to guess answers. Unlike passwords, security questions usually do not have policies to enforce complexity, uniqueness and guessability.


Here are some tips to help make your security question answers stronger:

1. Use a non-corresponding answer.

Using an answer that does not correspond to the question will make it harder for unauthorized users to guess or find your answer. For example, if the question is your first car model, answer with "blankcowblueYogurt". If the question is your mother's maiden name, don't use your mother's maiden name as the answer. Your mother's maiden name might be easily acquired through social media, social engineering, stolen records, public records, malware, easily guessed or many other methods.


2. Avoid answers that are vulnerable to social engineering.

Even if you use a non-corresponding answer to a security question, unauthorized users may still randomly attempt to use information that could be acquired through social media or social engineering such as the name of your child, pet, school, or company.


3. Follow password complexity rules for your answers.

Security questions are just like a second password. Hackers may use brute force or dictionary attacks on a security question. Following password complexity rules can help to make your security question answers more secure.


An easy to remember and yet complex answer is to use four random words like "blankcowblueYogurt".


Source: https://www.xkcd.com/936/


4. Use spaces if possible.

Older generation brute force and dictionary attacks don't account for spaces. For modern tools, it can make it longer and harder to crack if there are spaces. Add a space in your answer if allowed. "blank cow blue Yogurt"  


Centrify MFA can use security questions for:

  • AD password reset / account unlock
  • Computer login (Windows / Linux / Unix)
  • Privilege elevation (Windows / Linux / Unix)
  • Remote access through Centrify's password vault.
  • Password checkout for shared privileged accounts.
  • AWS Workspaces
  • Horizon View
  • Accessing a web application
  • Accessing the Centrify User and Admin Portals. 
  • VPN access

Centrify users can set up their security question(s) through the Account tab in the Centrify User portal.

The Centrify IWA root CA certificate is required for silent authentication into the Centrify User Portal or Admin Portal, and for computer MFA login. This article will walk through the steps for downloading the IWA root CA certificate for deployment.


Prerequisite: Install the Centrify Connector on a 64-bit system or VM inside your network.


1. Log into the Centrify Admin Portal. On the left column, navigate to Settings  > Network > Centrify Connectors.



2. Click on the name of any Centrify Connector listed in the right pane. The Centrify Connector Configuration window will popup. 



3. In the Centrify Connector Configuration window, click on IWA Service, then click on Download your IWA root CA certificate

download IWA root certificate.png


Make sure you select the link "Download your IWA root CA certificate" and not the Download button above the link.



 Next: Deploy the Centrify IWA root CA certificate using group policies


Here is a video on how to do it

Related article: [Howto] Spotting and Remediating issues with PKI Trust on MFA (UNIX/Linux/Windows) or Enrollment

Note: With the Centrify-Idaptive spin-out, the Self-Service and MDM Enrollment capabilities will continue to be supported by Idaptive.  For more info about the split see the FAQ here:  https://www.centrify.com/centrify-idaptive-faq/  this article is left here for historic purposes.


Centrify Infrastructure Services 2017.3 - Centrify Agent for Windows


This is a part of a series of articles showcasing what's new with Centrify Infrastructure Services (formerly Centrify Server Suite) version 2017.3.  In this article, we'll discuss what's new with the Centrify Agent for Windows including:

  • Self-Service Password Reset using the Windows Credential Provider.
  • Windows 10 MDM Enrollment.

These capabilities complement some of the platform benefits like Self-Service, Multi-Factor Authentication and Zero Sign-On.


Various security standards require the computer screen to be locked or logged off after a period of inactivity. This article will show you how to use Centrify to enforce an automatic log out from the Linux CLI after a period of inactivity.



  • The Linux system must have the Centrify Agent installed and bound to Active Directory.
  • You will need Group Policy Management on a Windows member server with the Centrify Infrastructure Services installed.


1. In Group Policy Management, edit or create a GPO for your Linux system.

2. Enable Computer Configuration > Policies > Centrify Settings > Common UNIX Settings > Specify commands to run 




2. Click Add.



3. Enter a custom command, then click OK.



For CentOS use:

grep -q -F TMOUT=900 /etc/bashrc || echo TMOUT=900 >> /etc/bashrc


For Ubuntu use:

grep -q -F TMOUT=900 /etc/bash.bashrc || echo TMOUT=900 >> /etc/bash.bashrc


Change the numbers in the command to your desired number in seconds. (For example, 900 = 15 minutes.) Please note the operating system might round up or down to the closest supported minute. 


4. Reboot the Linux system for the setting to apply.


The Centrify Agent will execute the script at every Active Directory group policy interval (default 90 minutes). 


 Please share if you have a better script or method.


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