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Configuring reCaptcha for Username Recovery

The user account recovery feature implemented in the WSO2 Identity Server helps to recover the username of the account in case the user forgets it. This recovery process can also be secured with captcha verification.

By configuring reCaptcha, you can mitigate or block brute force attacks.

Note

For more information on setting up username recovery, see Username Recovery.

For more information on brute force attacks, see Mitigating Brute Force Attacks

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There are two ways to configure this feature.

Configuring username recovery with reCaptcha for a tenant

Follow the instructions given below to configure username recovery with reCaptcha for a specific tenant.

  1. Set up reCaptcha with WSO2 Identity Server. For instructions on how to do this, and for more information about reCaptcha, see Setting Up ReCaptcha .
  2. Enable the EnableMultiTenancy context-parameter in the accountreoceryendpoint web.xml file.
  3. Start WSO2 Identity Server and log into the management console as tenant admin.
  4. On the Main tab, click on Identity ProviderResident Identity Provider.

  5. Expand the Account Management Policies tab, then click on Account Recovery.

  6. Select the Enable reCaptcha for Username Recovery checkbox to enable reCaptcha for the username recovery flow.

    enable-recaptcha

  7. You have now successfully configured reCaptcha for the username recovery flow. Start the WSO2 Identity Server and log into the end user My Account.

    Tip

    If you have changed the port offset or modified the hostname, change the port or hostname accordingly.

  8. Click on Forgot Username.

forgot-username

Enter the domain name in the page that appears next.

tenant-domain-name

Clicking on Forgot Username redirects you to the following page where you can select the recaptcha option for username recovery.

proceed-to-username-recovery

Configuring username recovery with reCaptcha globally

Follow the instructions given below to configure username recovery with reCaptcha globally.

  1. Add the following properties to the deployment.toml file in the IS_HOME/repository/conf folder to enable username recovery with reCaptcha.

    Tip

    To avoid any configuration issues, perform Step-1 before starting the WSO2 Identity Server product instance.

    [identity_mgt.username_recovery.email] 
    enable_recaptcha= true
  2. Set up reCaptcha with WSO2 Identity Server. For instructions on how to do this and more information about reCaptcha, see Setting Up ReCaptcha .

  3. You have now successfully configured reCaptcha for the username recovery flow. Start WSO2 Identity Server and log into the end user My Account.

    Tip

    If you have changed the port offset or modified the hostname, change the port or hostname accordingly.

  4. Click the Forgot Username link.

forgot-username-link

Clicking on Forgot Username redirects you to the following page where you can select the recaptcha option for username recovery.

recaptcha-for-username-recovery

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