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Problem Statement

Customers using QuickLaunch as a federated authentication service
  • The requests get directed to QuickLaunch Identity Provider for Login
  • Due to the request coming from Office365TM, QuickLaunch does not block the request*, instead sends it to your Active DirectoryTM to process
  • If username if valid and the password isn’t, account would locked out after policy is violated** (if there is a policy set in your Active Directory)
  • If username is invalid, the login service reloads with an ‘invalid username’ error
  • Due to the extremely high frequency of the number of requests, your Active DirectoryTM may experience performance issues
  • *QuickLaunch does not automatically block the attack because the request is coming from a valid source directly, namely Microsoft
  • **Account lockout on Active DirectoryTM because valid Usernames are being used. This is possible because staff/student directories are typically available publicly
Customers using MicrosoftTM or another 3rd party as a federated authentication service
  • The requests get directed to MicrosoftTM/3rd Party’s Identity Provider for Login
  • Due to the request coming from Office365TM, the request isn’t blocked and sends the request to your Active DirectoryTM to process
  • If username is valid and the password isn’t, account would locked out after policy is violated** (if there is a policy set in your Active DirectoryTM)
  • If username is invalid, the login service reloads with an ‘invalid username’ error
  • Due to the extremely high frequency of the number of requests, your Active DirectoryTM may experience performance issues

What are the symptoms of a brute force attack?


What are your options?

You can go to MicrosoftTM

$72 / user / year

Procure DDOS protection service from MicrosoftTM which would filter and block ‘bad actor’ IPs

  • Problem gets resolved.
  • Cost of enabling the service.

You can go to QuickLaunch

$8 / user / year

Procure QuickLaunch Shield which would filter and block ‘bad actor’ IPs

  • Problem gets resolved at approximately 11% of what you would pay to Microsoft annually.
  • Currently, this service and the blacklisting needs to be manually configured and maintained by QuickLaunch.

Note: This means that even after enabling QuickLaunch Shield, if there is an attack from a new indirect IP that isn’t on the QuickLaunch Shield global blacklist policy already, you may still experience the symptoms and be required to create a support case to allow for QuickLaunch to update its policies

This will be automated with SmartShield, which has a release date of April 30th, 2019 and will be a no-cost upgrade

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