EAP configuration

The topic provides a step-by-step guide for creating an Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) configuration XML for the VPN profile and information about EAP certificate filtering in Windows 10.

Create an Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) configuration XML for the VPN profile

Here is an easy way to get the EAP configuration from your desktop using the rasphone tool that is shipped in the box.

  1. Run rasphone.exe.

    vpnv2 rasphone

  2. If you don't currently have any VPN connections and you see the following message, click OK.

    vpnv2 eap configuration

  3. Select Workplace network in the wizard.

    vpnv2 eap configuration

  4. Enter any dummy information for the internet address and connection name. These can be fake since it does not impact the authentication parameters.

    vpnv2 eap configuration

  5. Create a fake VPN connection. In the UI shown below, click Properties.

    vpnv2 eap configuration

  6. In the Test Properties dialog, click the Security tab.

    vpnv2 eap configuration

  7. In the Security tab, select Use Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) radio button.

    vpnv2 eap configuration

  8. From the drop down menu, select the EAP method that you want to configure. Then click Properties to configure as needed.

    vpnv2 eap configurationvpnv2 eap configuration

  9. Switch over to PowerShell and use the following cmdlets to retrieve the EAP configuration XML.

    Get-VpnConnection -Name Test

    Here is an example output.

    Name                  : Test
    ServerAddress         :
    AllUserConnection     : False
    Guid                  : {EC87F6C9-8823-416C-B92B-517D592E250F}
    TunnelType            : Automatic
    AuthenticationMethod  : {Eap}
    EncryptionLevel       : Optional
    L2tpIPsecAuth         : Certificate
    UseWinlogonCredential : False
    EapConfigXmlStream    : #document
    ConnectionStatus      : Disconnected
    RememberCredential    : True
    SplitTunneling        : False
    DnsSuffix             :
    IdleDisconnectSeconds : 0
    $a = Get-VpnConnection -Name Test

    Here is an example output

    <EapHostConfig xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapHostConfig"><EapMethod><Type xmlns="http://www.microsoft.co
    m/provisioning/EapCommon">13</Type><VendorId xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapCommon">0</VendorId><VendorTy
    pe xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapCommon">0</VendorType><AuthorId xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisi
    oning/EapCommon">0</AuthorId></EapMethod><Config xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapHostConfig"><Eap xmlns="h
    ttp://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/BaseEapConnectionPropertiesV1"><Type>13</Type><EapType xmlns="http://www.microsoft.co
    ServerValidation xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV2">true</PerformServerValidation>
    <AcceptServerName xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV2">true</AcceptServerName><TLSEx
    tensions xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV2"><FilteringInfo xmlns="http://www.micro
    soft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV3"><ClientAuthEKUList Enabled="true" /><AnyPurposeEKUList Enabled="true"

    Note You should check with MDM vendor if you need to pass this XML in escaped format. The XSDs for all EAP methods are shipped in the box and can be found at the following locations:

    • C:\Windows\schemas\EAPHost
    • C:\Windows\schemas\EAPMethods

EAP certificate filtering

In your deployment, if you have multiple certificates provisioned on the device and the Wi-Fi profile provisioned does not have a strict filtering criteria, you may see connection failures when connecting to Wi-Fi. The solution is to ensure that the Wi-Fi profile provisioned has strict filtering criteria such that it matches only one certificate.

Enterprises deploying certificate based EAP authentication for VPN/Wi-Fi can face a situation where there are multiple certificates that meet the default criteria for authentication. This can lead to issues such as:

  • The user may be prompted to select the certificate.
  • The wrong certificate may get auto selected and cause an authentication failure.

A production ready deployment must have the appropriate certificate details as part of the profile being deployed. The following information explains how to create or update an EAP Configuration XML such that the extraneous certificates are filtered out and the appropriate certificate can be used for the authentication.

EAP XML must be updated with relevant information for your environment This can be done either manually by editing the XML sample below, or by using the step by step UI guide. After the EAP XML is updated, refer to instructions from your MDM to deploy the updated configuration as follows:

  • For Wi-Fi, look for the <EAPConfig> section of your current WLAN Profile XML (This is what you specify for the WLanXml node in the Wi-Fi CSP). Within these tags you will find the complete EAP configuration. Replace the section under <EAPConfig> with your updated XML and update your Wi-Fi profile. You might need to refer to your MDM’s guidance on how to deploy a new Wi-Fi profile.
  • For VPN, EAP Configuration is a separate field in the MDM Configuration. Work with your MDM provider to identify and update the appropriate Field.

For information about EAP Settings, see https://technet.microsoft.com/library/hh945104.aspx#BKMK_Cfg_cert_Selct

For information about generating an EAP XML, see EAP configuration

For more information about extended key usage, see http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5280#section-

For information about adding extended key usage (EKU) to a certificate, see https://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc731792.aspx

The following list describes the prerequisites for a certificate to be used with EAP:

  • The certificate must have at least one of the following EKU (Extended Key Usage) properties:

    • Client Authentication
    • As defined by RFC 5280, this is a well-defined OID with Value
    • Any Purpose
    • An EKU Defined and published by Microsoft, is a well-defined OID with value The inclusion of this OID implies that the certificate can be used for any purpose. The advantage of this EKU over the All Purpose EKU is that additional non-critical or custom EKUs can still be added to the certificate for effective filtering.
    • All Purpose
    • As defined by RFC 5280, If a CA includes extended key usages to satisfy some application needs, but does not want to restrict usage of the key, the CA can add an Extended Key Usage Value of 0. A certificate with such an EKU can be used for all purposes.
  • The user or the computer certificate on the client chains to a trusted root CA
  • The user or the computer certificate does not fail any one of the checks that are performed by the CryptoAPI certificate store, and the certificate passes requirements in the remote access policy.
  • The user or the computer certificate does not fail any one of the certificate object identifier checks that are specified in the Internet Authentication Service (IAS)/Radius Server.
  • The Subject Alternative Name (SubjectAltName) extension in the certificate contains the user principal name (UPN) of the user.

The following XML sample explains the properties for the EAP TLS XML including certificate filtering.

Note For PEAP or TTLS Profiles the EAP TLS XML is embedded within some PEAP or TTLS specific elements.

<EapHostConfig xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapHostConfig">
  <Type xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapCommon">13</Type>
  <!--The above property defines the Method type for EAP, 13 means EAP TLS -->

  <VendorId xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapCommon">0</VendorId>
  <VendorType xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapCommon">0</VendorType>
  <AuthorId xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapCommon">0</AuthorId>
  <!--The 3 properties above define the method publishers, this is seen primarily in 3rd party Vendor methods.-->
  <!-- For Microsoft EAP TLS the value of the above fields will always be 0 --> 
 <!-- Now that the EAP Method is Defined we will go into the Configuration --> 
 <Config xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapHostConfig">
  <Eap xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/BaseEapConnectionPropertiesV1">
   <EapType xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV1">
     <!-- Credential Source can be either CertificateStore or SmartCard --> 
      <!--SimpleCertSelection automatically selects a cert if there are mutiple identical (Same UPN, Issuer, etc.) certs.-->
      <!--It uses a combination of rules to select the right cert-->
     <!-- ServerValidation fields allow for checks on whether the server being connected to and the server cert being used are trusted -->
    <PerformServerValidation xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV2">false</PerformServerValidation>
    <AcceptServerName xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV2">false</AcceptServerName>
    <TLSExtensions xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV2">
     <!-- For filtering the relevant information is below -->
     <FilteringInfo xmlns="http://www.microsoft.com/provisioning/EapTlsConnectionPropertiesV3">
      <CAHashList Enabled="true">
       <!-- The above implies that you want to filter by Issuer Hash -->
       <IssuerHash>ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff
        <!-- Issuing certs thumbprint goes here-->
       <!-- You can add multiple entries and it will find the list of certs that have at least one of these certs in its chain--> 
       <!-- This section defines Custom EKUs that you may be adding-->
       <!-- You do not need this section if you do not have custom EKUs -->
       <!-- You can have multiple EKUs defined here and then referenced below as shown -->
         <!--Add a friendly Name for an EKU here for example -->ContostoITEKU</EKUName> 
         <!--Add the OID Value your CA adds to the certificate here, for example --></EKUOID> 
        <!-- All the EKU Names referenced in the example below must first be defined here

      <ClientAuthEKUList Enabled="true">
       <!-- The above implies that you want certs with Client Authentication EKU to be used for authentication -->
        <!-- This section implies that the certificate should have the following custom EKUs in addition to the Client Authentication EKU -->
         <!--Use the name from the EKUMap Field above-->ContostoITEKU</EKUName> 
       <!-- You can have multiple Custom EKUs mapped here, Each additional EKU will be processed with an AND operand -->
       <!-- For example, Client Auth EKU AND ContosoITEKU AND Example1 etc. -->
      <!-- Implies that a certificate with the EKU field = 0 will be selected --> 
      <AnyPurposeEKUList Enabled="true"/>
      <!-- Implies that a certificate with the EKU oid Value of will be selected --> 
      <!-- Like for Client Auth you can also add Custom EKU properties with AnyPurposeEKUList (but not with AllPurposeEnabled) -->
      <!-- So here is what the above policy implies. 
      The certificate selected will have
      Issuer Thumbprint = ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff
      ((Client Authentication EKU AND ContosoITEKU) OR (AnyPurposeEKU) OR AllPurpose Certificate)

      Any certificate(s) that match these criteria will be utilised for authentication

Note The EAP TLS XSD is located at %systemdrive%\Windows\schemas\EAPMethods\eaptlsconnectionpropertiesv3.xsd

Alternately you can use the following procedure to create an EAP Configuration XML.

  1. Follow steps 1 through 7 in the EAP configuration topic.
  2. In the Microsoft VPN SelfHost Properties dialog box, select Microsoft : Smart Card or other Certificate from the drop down (this selects EAP TLS.)

    vpn self host properties window

    Note For PEAP or TTLS, select the appropriate method and continue following this procedure.

  3. Click the Properties button underneath the drop down menu.

  4. In the Smart Card or other Certificate Properties menu, select the Advanced button.

    smart card or other certificate properties window

  5. In the Configure Certificate Selection menu, adjust the filters as needed.

    configure certificate window

  6. Click OK to close the windows to get back to the main rasphone.exe dialog box.

  7. Close the rasphone dialog box.
  8. Continue following the procedure in the EAP configuration topic from Step 9 to get an EAP TLS profile with appropriate filtering.

Note You can also set all the other applicable EAP Properties through this UI as well. A guide for what these properties mean can be found in the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) Settings for Network Access topic.