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RE: Self Service Password Resets
From: "Mailvaganam, Hari" <hari.mailvaganam () ubc ca>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 11:07:47 -0700

Hi Josh:

Suggestion:

Account holders could answer challenge questions online prior to
granting privilege to reset password. Depending on your security level
the type and number of challenge questions can be varied. Some
institutions require RSA keyfobs (potentially costly; maybe restricted
to subset of users).


Best regards,
 
Hari

-----Original Message-----
From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Campbell, Josh
Sent: March 31, 2009 7:46 AM
To: 'security-basics () securityfocus com'
Subject: Self Service Password Resets

Hello list,

I work for a public university and my manager has asked me to look into
a self service password reset solution.  We have many employees that do
not work on campus or even in the same state (adjunct professors).
Currently when they forget their password we have them go through
several hoops to get their password reset, including faxing over some ID
and having their department head contact us.  This was originally
designed to be a hassle in hopes that we wouldn't get very many "repeat
customers" for forgetting their passwords.

Anywho, I was wondering what solutions other people out there are using
for this type of thing?  Ideally we would like something that a user
could go to from their web browser at home or any computer not on our
network and they would be forced to answer a series of challenge
questions (I know this brings up the point of them forgetting the
challenge questions too but let's not even go there).  We use MS Active
Directory so that would also be a requirement for the solution.

Thanks in advance!

-Josh C

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