MFA Operation Note For Auditing


Create a new notes for the access log to indicate if a bind was part of a MFA plugin(e.g. OTP plugin). This does require the plugin itself setting this flag as there is no way to detect this in DS.

Use Cases

Have a way to audit more information about the bind operation. Currently it’s import to log/audit as much about an authentication event as possible.


In the access log there will be a new “notes=” value: M

notes=M details="Multi-factor Authentication"


[01/Mar/2024:16:14:09.226235417 -0500] conn=1 op=0 BIND dn="uid=frank,ou=people,dc=example,dc=com" method=128 version=3
[01/Mar/2024:16:14:09.232745250 -0500] conn=1 op=0 RESULT err=0 tag=97 nentries=0 wtime=0.000111632 optime=0.006612223 etime=0.006722325 notes=M details="Multi-factor Authentication" dn="uid=frank,ou=people,dc=example,dc=com"

In the security log, there is a new value for the bind method “SIMPLE/MFA”. Note - in the JSON log the forward slash of this value is escaped

{ "date": "[01\/Mar\/2024:16:14:09.232748932 -0500] ", "utc_time": "1709327649.232748932", "event": "BIND_SUCCESS", "dn": "uid=frank,ou=people,dc=example,dc=com", "bind_method": "SIMPLE\/MFA", "root_dn": false, "client_ip": "::1", "server_ip": "::1", "ldap_version": 3, "conn_id": 1, "op_id": 0, "msg": "" }

Major configuration options and enablement

Only the pre-bind authentication plugin can set this flag using the Slapi API:

slapi_pblock_set_flag_operation_notes(pb, SLAPI_OP_NOTE_MFA_AUTH);



Last modified on 5 July 2024