Skip to main content



Cisco Defense Orchestrator

Duo Two-Factor Authentication Using RADIUS

You can configure the Duo RADIUS server as the primary authentication source. This approach uses the Duo RADIUS Authentication Proxy.

For the detailed steps to configure Duo, please see

You would then configure Duo to forward authentication requests directed to the proxy server to use another RADIUS server, or a Microsoft Active Directory(AD) server, as the first authentication factor, and the Duo Cloud Service as the second factor.

When using this approach, the user must authenticate using a username that is configured on both the Duo Authentication Proxy and the associated RADIUS/AD server, and the password for the username configured in the RADIUS/AD server, followed by one of the following Duo codes:

  • Duo-passcode. For example, my-password,12345.

  • push. For example, my-password,push. Use push to tell Duo to send a push authentication to the Duo Mobile app, which the user must have already installed and registered.

  • sms. For example, my-password,sms. Use sms to tell Duo to send an SMS message with a new batch of passcodes to the user’s mobile device. The user’s authentication attempt will fail when using sms. The user must then re-authenticate and enter the new passcode as the secondary factor.

  • phone. For example, my-password,phone. Use phone to tell Duo to perform phone callback authentication.

If the username and password are authenticated, the Duo Authentication Proxy contacts the Duo Cloud Service, which validates that the request is from a valid configured proxy device and then pushes a temporary passcode to the mobile device of the user as directed. When the user accepts this passcode, the session is marked authenticated by Duo and the RA VPN is established.

For a detailed explanation, see How to Configure Two-Factor Authentication using Duo RADIUS.

  • Was this article helpful?