3.29.1. Using RSA Security token cards to log in with AuthBy ACE Previous topic Parent topic Child topic Next topic

RSA Security produce 2 main types of hardware tokens. ’Standard cards’ and ’key fobs’ tokens have an LCD display that changes every 60 seconds, but no other buttons or switches. ’Pinpad’ cards have an LCD display, and also 0-9 keys, a diamond button and a ‘P’ button. The way you generate your password depends on the type of token you have.
In RSA terminology, the number displayed by a token is called the ’tokencode’ The number is typically 6 or 8 digits long and changes every 60 seconds. The ’PIN’ is a secret 4 digit or longer number that you will be assigned (or may have selected) and which you must remember. The ’passcode’ is what you use as your password to log in, and consists of the PIN followed by the tokencode.
For standard tokens, the passcode is formed from the PIN followed by the tokencode displayed on the token at that time. So, for example, if the PIN you have remembered that was assigned to you is ‘1234’, and the token is currently displaying the tokencode ‘627351’, then the passcode that you will use as your password is ‘1234627351’ (that is 10 digits). See Figure 1. Making a password from an RSA Security Token Code (not for Pinpads).

Figure 1. Making a password from an RSA Security Token Code (not for Pinpads)

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When a standard token is set to New PIN Mode by the ACE administrator, you must first login in with your PIN and the current tokencode, and you will then be prompted by Radiator for your new PIN. If the token is set to New PIN mode and also has a Cleared PIN, you must omit your PIN.
For Pinpad tokens, you have to enter the PIN into the token to generate the passcode. If for example, your remembered PIN is 1234, enter the PIN into the Pinpad one digit at a time (press 1 - 2 - 3 - 4), then press the diamond button. The token will then display a new tokencode, say ‘736284’. You would then use 736284 (that’s only 6 digits) as your password. When a Pinpad token is set to New Pin Mode by the ACE administrator, you must create your passcode in the usual way and then the system will prompt them for their new PIN., When a Pinpad is in New Pin Mode and also has a cleared PIN, the user must enter the tokencode showing on the token (without using a PIN) first, and then the system will prompt them for their new PIN.
Note that some types of tokens display an 8 digit tokencode, rather than a 6 digit tokencode. AuthBy ACE understands the following parameters as well as those described in Section 3.28. <AuthBy xxxxxx>.