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Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager 2.5

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Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager 2.5

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  1. Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager 2.5 Codename – “Andros” Release Date – May 24, 2004 (projected)

  2. Citrix MetaFrame Password Manager 2.5 - Release Theme • Theme: “Broadening Support” • Goals: • Increase the addressable market • Novell customers • German/French/Spanish/Japanese languages • Certificate based smart cards • Maintain Market Momentum • Timely release after MetaFrame Password Manager 2.0 • Implement new Citrix branding

  3. New Features – Novell Support • MPM 2.5 can be used with Novell’s GINA • Primary authentication against Novell eDirectory • eDirectory is not supported as a credential store • Netware file share support • Allows use of Netware file share for central credential store • New CtxNWFilePrep.exe utility • Establishes directory structure and privilege/trust set

  4. New Features – Novell Support • Most Citrix/Novell customers use ZENworks’ Dynamic Local User (DLU) feature • Windows Username and Password must match Novell Username and password. • Enable Volatile User – to remove user credential upon exit. • Synchronizes user’s Novell and local NT user passwords, so user doesn’t have to enter two passwords

  5. New Features – Multi-factor Authenticators • Enhanced support for smart cards, tokens, biometrics, and proximity devices: • Support for user certificate-based (X.509 PKI) network authentication • Re-authentication via workstation lock (secure attention sequence Ctrl+Alt+Del) which reverts to the network authentication GINA

  6. New Features – Multi-factor Authenticators • Product testing with an ever-growing list of vendors(14 announced on March 23) • Smart cards: ActivCard, Axalto (Schlumberger), GemPlus, LOGICO, Netmaker • Biometrics: BioNet Systems, EKey, Identix, SAFLINK, Integrated Biometrics • Tokens: RSA, Secure Computing, VASCO, CRYPTOCard, Aladdin, PassGo • Proximity: Ensure • Vendor participation via a Security Partner program

  7. New Features – Extended Application Support • Java and Active X based applications • MPM 2.5 introduces support for ActiveX controls, Java scripts and Java applets • Based on difficulty level this may require services from Citrix Consulting • Must create both a Web app def and a Windows app def • Must export INI file, edit to add new settings, re-import • Drop Down Menus • Previously (MPM 2.0), drop-down menus could be handled only via SendKeys or manual selection • Send arrow keys or first letter of menu item • MPM 2.5 provides automated drop-down menu selection for Win32 (except .NET) and Web apps

  8. New Features – Extended Application Support • Improved Terminal Emulation Support • New configuration setting for terminal emulators that don’t write the location of their HLLAPI DLL in the registry • e.g. BOSaNOVA • Support for Long URLs • Previously (in MPM 2.0), URLs in excess of 256 characters could only be handled by substring matching • MPM 2.5 supports strict matching of very long URLs

  9. New Features – Extended Application Support • Difficult Applications • MPM 2.5 supports several unusual window characteristics • No window title • Dynamic (variable) window title • Dynamic class name • Examples: • Cerner medical apps (no window title or variable title) • McKesson PCView32 (dynamic class name) • Substring matching is now available for Win32 apps

  10. New Features – Logging Tool • Can be enabled when required to collect data on application detection and credential insertion • Intended to help troubleshoot difficult applications • For use by Technical Support or Citrix Consulting • Enabled by creating a “Log” registry entry • HKLM\Software Citrix\Metaframe Password Manager\Log • Provides agent logging • No security-sensitive data is written to the log

  11. New Features – Improved End User Interface • Confirmation of Agent Detection • End users are now asked to confirm if the agent properly recognized the login fields and submit button • Prevents users from incorrectly configuring the agent • Directs them to their administrator for more complex applications

  12. New Features – Improved End User Interface • Improved Identity Verification • MPM 2.0 • Default question: Enter generic answer. • Likely to cause user confusion • MPM 2.5 • Default question: What is your identity verification phrase? • Minimum length of response to default question increased from 8 to 12 characters for improved security • New admin option to eliminate default question if one or more other questions have been defined

  13. New Features – Improved End User Interface • Identity Verification UI • Better end user description • New default verification question. • Default answer now 12 characters

  14. Improved UI for Identity Verification

  15. New Features – Policy Enforcement • Enforcement of password policies now extended to manual password change • MPM 2.0 only allowed this for auto-generated passwords • Invalid password results in error message:

  16. New Features - New Agent Settings • Forced Credential Storage • Disable ability for end user to opt out of submitting credentials to Password Manager for applications with existing definitions • Yes/No/Never dialog box is skipped, taking user directly to the credentials entry screen • Show Tray Icon • Enable/Disable agent icon that appears in the taskbar • Example usage: • Admin decides to hide systray icon for agents deployed on MetaFrame Presentation Server • Result is that end user sees only one MPM icon, for the agent running on his own local machine

  17. Integration with MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0 • Location of central store can be specified per user • Note: Can also be specified in HKCU (for customers not using MPS 3.0) • Different groups of users can have different settings by using multiple file shares • Large organizations can distribute users across multiple file shares • MPM can be enabled/disabled per user • Allows for staged roll-out without having to publish each application twice

  18. Performance Improvements Preliminary figures (March 2004), taken on a Presentation Server at 65% utilization with std. synchronization and a roaming profile:

  19. Troubleshooting - General • Check that the Agent is deployed and configured correctly. • Check if the agent is synchronizing properly • Check synchronization point • Hit refresh in the agent and check the time stamp of the ini files to see if they changed. • Agent’s sync point may have been changed using the console • Check if you have an adminoverride. • If you do, you will have to delete mmffile and the ini files. • The agent will then read the sync point from the registry again. • Go to the sync point and check for permissions and settings. • Check for network problems that may be causing the agent not to sync properly.

  20. Troubleshooting – Windows Applications • Check whether the application is being detected • Make sure you add multiple window title and class id for transient windows. • Check if Password Manager Agent is detecting the controls on the window • Others things to look for • Check for dynamic control ids by running the app repeatedly. • Check for null control ids • Check for same control ids for all controls – Send keys must be used. • Check exclusion list – maybe you have incorrectly configured the exclusion list.

  21. Troubleshooting – Web Applications • Need to use forms • Look for <FORM> tag in the source of the web page • Change the web page or you will have to use SendKeys • Look for java applets or client side scripting

  22. Troubleshooting – Host Applications • Check if SSOMHO is running • SSOMHO runs when it detects the terminal emulator configured • Following must be done in order for SSMHO to run: • Mfrmlist.ini on the Agent must have an entry for the emulator • Agent setting for host apps must be enabled • HLLAPI Short name must be defined for the emulator • Debug tool will tell you why SSOMHO.EXE did not launch. • If SSOMHO is running, check the application definition

  23. Competitors • Passlogix • Protocom • Sentillion • Evidian

  24. On the Horizon… • Next Release • Codename: “Abaco” • Release Timeframe: “Turnberry” Suite Release - 1H ‘05 • Release Focus • Hot Desktop (password and smart card authentication) • Self Service Password Reset • License Server • Administration Console • Enhanced/Alternate Credential store