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Workaround to add MS-MPPE-Send-Key and MS-MPPE-Recv-Key attributes to a Steel-Belted Radius return list



Article ID: KB11032 KB Last Updated: 03 Mar 2017Version: 4.0
To support the Microsoft Point-to-Point Encryption Protocol (MPPE), it may be necessary to return the MS-MPPE-Send-Key and MS-MPPE-Recv-Key attributes in an authentication response.  SBR will automatically generate these keys when configured to return them.  In some versions, the administrator does not clearly allow you to configure these attributes.  A workaround is documented here.

For EAP authentication (TTLS, PEAP), configuration works as expected.  SBR has a flag in the specific EAP configuration to return these keys.  For example, the "Return MPPE Keys" checkbox under "Authentication Policies > EAP Methods > EAP-TTLS > Edit > Advanced Server Settings" in SBR Administrator (for older versions of SBR, configure "Return_MPPE_Keys = 1" in ttlsauth.aut).  No workaround is necessary for EAP authentication.

For simple MS-CHAPv2 authentication, the attributes should be configured in a user or profile return list in SBR administrator.

The following procedure can be used to add the attributes.
  1. In the return list entry, choose "Add"

  2. Select MS-MPPE-Send-Key, check the "Echo" check-box, and press "Add".

  3. Do the same for MS-MPPE-Recv-Key

  4. Press "Close"

  5. In the return list, select MS-MPPE-Send-Key, and select "edit"

  6. Un-check the "Echo" box

  7. Save

  8. Repeat for the MS-MPEE-Recv-Key
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