SecureAuth API OTP validation throttling appears to be ignored

    Applies to:
  • SecureAuth Identity Platform
  • Legacy SecureAuth IdP
Deployment model:
  • Hybrid
  • On Premises
  • Version Affected:  All


    When sending a request to the OTP validation endpoint (/api/v1/otp/validate) the Multi-Factor Throttling limit seems to be ignored, particularly if the default of 5 attempts in 30 minutes has been changed in the admin console.


    Yet when testing the the Multi-Factor Throttling limit via the usual realm workflow, instead of the API, the limit is imposed as expected.



    The OTP validation throttling is decoupled from the OTP request throttling and has it's own separate throttling settings which are not exposed in the admin console UI, unlike the OTP request throttling which is.

    By default the OTP validation throttle is set to 5 attempts in 30 minutes if not set in the web.config. 



    The OTP validation throttle setting can be changed in the web.config using these 2 appSettings:

        <add key="MultiFactorOtpValidateThrottleCount" value="5" />
        <add key="MultiFactorOtpValidateThrottleInterval" value="30" />

    If not already present they can be added to the end of the appSettings section in the web.config after decrypting it first e.g.:



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