Yubikey Enrollment and validation fails

    Applies to:
  • SecureAuth Identity Platform
  • Legacy SecureAuth IdP
Deployment model:
  • Hybrid
  • On Premises
  • Version Affected: 9.1 9.2 9.3 19.07

    Description:  When attempting to enroll a Yubikey device, the enrollment fails with the error verification failed. 

    Error Logs show

    LogChannel="SA_ERROR" FormatVersion="0.0.1" EventID="-1" Timestamp="2019-10-17T17:32:52.140Z" CompanyID="" ApplianceID="" Realm="SecureAuth10" UserID="" BrowserSession="3552d30a-0b29-424d-82a0-278dd058cc1b" RequestID="573ecb61-a10b-4680-9569-388e43d97bec" UserHostAddress="" Message="SecureAuth.Integration.YubiKey.YubiKeyHelper.GetResponse exception: Unable to connect to the remote server"

    This problem can also stop previously enrolled devices from successfully working as a MFA method. 


    IdP cannot access the Yubico endpoints which are currently 


    Make sure your IdP can reach these endpoints. If it needs to reach them via a Proxy, follow the steps below.


    The Yubikey enrollment and Yubikey MFA validation ignores the realm proxy settings and try to go directly to the Yubico endpoints. In order to force Yubikey to use your proxy settings, please complete the following steps

    1. Take a backup of your web.config

    2. Open the WebAdmin console in Classic View and navigate to the System Info tab of the realm in question.

    3. Click the Decrypt button

    4. Edit your Web.config in your favourite text editor

    5. Search for

    6. Directly below <System.Net>  add the following (I don't recommend copy + paste from here as you might get illegal characters)





    7. Perform the same on any realm that uses Yubikey for MFA. 

    Special Considerations:  It is not possible to directly add credentials to this section. If your Proxy requires authentication, as long as this is set correctly on the System Info tab, you should be fine as you'll already be authenticated to the proxy when the Yubikey uses it. 



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