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A simple TOTP module for SimpleSAMLphp, based on SimpleTOTP, rewritten using the TwoFactorAuth library by RobThree

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v3.1.8 2022-04-25 19:09 UTC

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This module is no longer developed. We have moved to privacyIDEA. Try our fork of simplesamlphp-module-privacyidea instead.

TOTP is a SimpleSAMLphp auth processing filter that enables the use of the Time-Based One-Time Password Algorithm (TOTP) as a second-factor authentication mechanism on either an Identity Provider or Service Provider (or both).

This module is inspired by SimpleTOTP by Aidan Rowe but uses the PHP library for Two Factor Authentication by Rob Janssen. It can use SSP default storage or database for the secrets, or integrate with Perun IDM.

As an auth processing filter, this module is flexible in a number of ways:

  • agnostic to where the TOTP secret is stored
  • can be enabled on select Service Providers or an entire Identity Provider


Like any other auth process filter, this module needs to be configured in an authproc array in either config.php or in the metadata for a particular service provider or identity provider.


The secret_attr needs to be available in the attribute payload as it is used to generate the token for comparison. This can be added using other auth process filters to look up an external databases of sorts (SQL, LDAP, etc).

After the module has been called, the attribute will be moved out of the user attribute array. As a safety precaution an extra step should be taken ensure this attribute is removed. This can be done using the core:AttributeAlter filter or similar.


Placed in either config.php's authproc or in the appropriate metadata entity:

10 => array(
	'class' => 'totp:Totp',
	'secret_attr' => 'totp_secret', //default
	'enforce_2fa' => false, //default
	'not_configured_url' => NULL,  //default

Placed in config.php authproc as one of the last functions to be processed:

99 => array(
	'class' => 'core:AttributeAlter',
	'subject' => 'totp_secret',
	'pattern' => '/.*/',

Example of how it can work with example-userpass module. Below config goes in authsource.php This module is enabled by default but if it is not make sure you create a file called enable inside modules/exampleauth directory.

	'example-userpass' => array(
		'student:studentpass' => array(
			'uid' => array('test'),
			'ga_secret' => array('4HX4WBKVIJWDUV5I'),
			'eduPersonAffiliation' => array('member', 'student'),

After logging in with username: student, password: studentpass, you will be challenged for TOTP. 4HX4WBKVIJWDUV5I is a secret key that can be generate by visiting /simplesaml/module.php/totp/generate_token.php

A random one will be generated on the first load and saved in the session. A new token is generated when the page is visited with a fresh session. You can use the QR code to register your IdP with apps such as FreeOTP, Google Authenticator etc.

NOTE: for TOTP to work you MUST ensure that the clock on your server is in sync. If it is not, a matching token will never be generated and authentication will fail.


DecryptSecrets filter

DecryptSecrets filter decrypts encrypted secrets and save them to Attributes array. This filter also supports verification of signed secrets and takes configuration options from module_totp.php. If secret signature verification fails the token can not be used.

Perun integration

In order to use PerunStorage and sync tokens with Perun, you have to add PerunStorage array with configuration options to module_totp.php.


This module uses Composer for dependencies. To install it, clone the repository and use composer install.


This module does not offer brute force protection, which is required to ensure security (there are only 100000 options for a 6 digit code). The authentication page should be brute force protected in order to stop potential attackers.


This module is licensed under the BSD 2-Clause License.

Copyright (c) 2021, Institute of Computer Science, Masaryk University and CESNET, z. s. p. o. All rights reserved.