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External Authentication in the cPanel & WHM 54

Posted by Jamison on 08 04 2016.

In today’s time and age, a huge percentage of the population relies on the World Wide Web. And ever since the birth of the Internet, threats and dangers have existed. This has prompted manufacturing companies to develop software and hardware designed to provide protection for all Internet users.

 

Since the team behind cPanel & WHM strives hard to keep their users safe from these hazards, both have become two of the most secure Linux-based platforms today. One of the key elements that make people use it with confidence is its long list of security protocols.

 

In this article, you will learn more about the external authentication feature, which is now available in the latest cPanel & WHM version 54.

 

Eliminating the hassles of multiple login credentials

 

You probably have encountered the evergreen online security advice saying you should never use the same set of login credentials for all your web-based accounts. Although this definitely…

In today’s time and age, a huge percentage of the population relies on the World Wide Web. And ever since the birth of the Internet, threats and dangers have existed. This has prompted manufacturing companies to develop software and hardware designed to provide protection for all Internet users.

 

Since the team behind cPanel & WHM strives hard to keep their users safe from these hazards, both have become two of the most secure Linux-based platforms today. One of the key elements that make people use it with confidence is its long list of security protocols.

 

In this article, you will learn more about the external authentication feature, which is now available in the latest cPanel & WHM version 54.

 

Eliminating the hassles of multiple login credentials

 

You probably have encountered the evergreen online security advice saying you should never use the same set of login credentials for all your web-based accounts. Although this definitely protects you from malicious content and dangerous attacks, having multiple usernames and passwords can lead to confusion and unnecessary time consumption.

 

This is no longer an issue with the cPanel & WHM 54. In the latest version, you will already find the External Authentication feature, which system administrators can use to allow their users to sync their OpenID authenticated credentials to cPanel accounts.

 

How it works

 

System administrators who want to grant their users this credential linking feature can do so once you have the latest version of cPanel and WHM. You can choose which authentication providers you want to incorporate into the system, configure it to your liking, and manager credentials in the event a security issue arises.

 

As of the moment, seeing as the cPanel & WHM 54 was just recently rolled out, the authentication feature is only available with cPanelID. This is the same set of credentials the ticket system, Manage2, and cPanel Store make use of. Once you have version 54, the server will configure the ID authentication provider automatically. This will allow you to experience smoother, less-problematic integration with many of the systems’ features, including the cPanel Store and support tickets.

 

Configuring and enabling the authentication method

 

To start using the authentication method in cPanel and WHM, all you need to do is enable and configure it based on your needs and preference. Here are the steps you should follow to enjoy the benefits of a more secure, yet convenient time logging in to your accounts:

 

  1. Choose the “Configuration” tab.
  2. Look for the name of the provider you wish to add the authentication for, and then click on the “Configure” button. Wait for a new interface to appear.
  3. Type in the configuration settings of your desired provider in the given text boxes. Although the information needed varies, the most commonly needed details include the following: the “Client ID,” “the Client Secret,” and the “Well Known Config URI.”
  4. Hit on the “Save” button. A window containing the names of authentication providers will come up.
  5. Click on the toggle button to switch from “Disabled” to “Enabled.”