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Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop With LinOTP 2

How To Secure Your Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop With LinOTP 2

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Submitted by cornelinux (Contact Author) (Forums) on Mon, 2011-05-02 18:25. :: Debian | Ubuntu | Desktop | Security

How To Secure Your Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop With LinOTP 2


This howto will guide you to set up a LinOTP standalone one time password authentication backend on your Linux machine. This enables you to add two factor authentication with one time passwords to your desktop login.

LinOTP is a modular OTP (one time password) solution, that supports many different OTP tokens. LinOTP is written in python, based on pylons and apache. It comes as open source licensed under the AGPLv3. Additional functionalities, maintenance and support can be licensed in an Enterprise Edition.

This howto should run on Ubuntu 10.10 and Debian Squeeze.



You can either download the necessary packages from the LinOTP website or you can add the online repository to your repositories and install them with apt-get.

This Howto will use the second way to install the software.

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Enroll OTP Token

You may want to enroll an OTP token, now. In this example we enroll an motp token (you could also enroll an OATH Token or a Google authenticator) on our mobile phone. Download the app from and install it on your phone. You may initialize the token by entering 0000 as PIN on the phone. An init-secret will be displayed.



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