Handling custom multi-factor authentication

You can use global events to define custom actions that the system performs after a user tries to sign in to Kentico with multi-factor authentication enabled. See the SecurityEvents section of the global event reference to learn more about the available options.

When implementing a custom authentication factor, disable the Display initialization token option in Settings -> Security & Membership -> Authentication.

To set up a custom action that the system performs after a user signs in to Kentico with multi-factor authentication enabled, implement a handler for the SecurityEvents.MultiFactorAuthenticate.Execute event. For example, you can implement functionality that sends users an SMS text or email with a passcode.

The following code is a customization example that sends an email with a valid passcode to users who attempt to sign in with multi-factor authentication enabled. The example uses a custom class in the App_Code folder:

using CMS.Base;
using CMS.Membership;
using CMS.EmailEngine;

public partial class CMSModuleLoader
    /// <summary>
    /// Attribute class that ensures the loading of custom handlers.
    /// </summary>
    public class CustomMFAAuthenticationAttribute : CMSLoaderAttribute
        /// <summary>
        /// The system executes the Init method of the CMSModuleLoader attributes when the application starts.
        /// </summary>
        public override void Init()
            // Assigns a handler to the SecurityEvents.MultiFactorAuthenticate.Execute event
            // This event occurs when users try to sign in to Kentico with multi-factor authentication enabled
            SecurityEvents.MultiFactorAuthenticate.Execute += MFAuthentication_Execute;

        // Handler method that sends the passcode emails
        // You can replace it with your custom code
        private void MFAuthentication_Execute(object sender, AuthenticationEventArgs e)
            // Gets the user's email address
            string userEmail = e.User.Email;

            if (userEmail != null && userEmail != "")
                // Creates the email message
                EmailMessage msg = new EmailMessage();

                msg.From = "system@localhost.local";
                msg.Recipients = userEmail;
                msg.Subject = "Authentication passcode";
                msg.Priority = EmailPriorityEnum.High;
                msg.Body = "<html><body><p>Your authentication passcode: "
                           + e.Passcode.Substring(0, 5)
                           + "</p></body></html>";

                // Sends out the email message

When the multi-factor authentication event occurs, the system generates a valid passcode for the given user. You can access the passcode in the Passcode property of the handler’s AuthenticationEventArgs parameter, and use any type of API to deliver the information to the authenticating user.

Note: The Passcode parameter in its default state contains a large number of generated characters. The multi-factor authentication in Kentico uses only the first 5 characters.