7.13. Procedure – Creating a Local User Database

Purpose: 

Local User Databases are available for RDP, SSH and Telnet protocols, and can be used to authenticate the clients to credentials that are locally available on PSM. Such credentials include passwords, public keys, and certificates. Local User Databases are most commonly used in inband gateway authentication scenarios. To create a Local User Database, complete the following steps.

Note

To store credentials on PSM and use them to authenticate on the server, use a local Credential Store. For details, see Section 18.4, Using credential stores for server-side authentication.

Steps: 

  1. Navigate to Policies > Local User Databases and click .

  2. Enter the name of the Local User Database.

  3. Figure 7.20. Policies > Local User Databases — Mapping keys and certificates

    Policies > Local User Databases — Mapping keys and certificates

    Click to add entries.

  4. Enter the name of the user into the Username field.

    Note

    If you also use Usermapping policies, enter the username that the client will use on the server side. If you also use gateway authentication, the gateway username can be used as well.

    • If you use public-key based authentication on the client side, click the icon in the Client Side (public key/certificate) > Public keys field, and upload the public key of the client.

    • If you use certificate-based authentication on the client side, click the icon in the Client Side (public key/certificate) > Certificates field, and upload the certificate of the client.

    PSM will verify that a client trying to use the username set in Step 3 is authenticating itself with the private key that corresponds to the uploaded public key or certificate.

    Balabit recommends using 2048-bit RSA keys (or stronger).

  5. Repeat the above steps to add other users as required.

  6. Click .

  7. Navigate to the Authentication Policies tab of the respective protocol and select the Local User Database there.