Thursday, July 14, 2022

Radiator supports EAP-TLS 1.3

One of the most used authentication methods for Radiator users is EAP-TLS. It is widely supported among wireless vendors and the support for EAP-TLS is needed for different certifications for wireless authentication. Radiator has supported different versions of EAP-TLS from the start. As we want to be in the forefront of industry standards, we are happy to announce that Radiator now supports EAP-TLS 1.3 - our team has also been involved in the standardisation work for EAP-TLS and other TLS-based EAP methods.

What is new in EAP-TLS 1.3?

The key feature in EAP-TLS 1.3 is increased privacy and security. Like the RFC document says “TLS 1.3 is in large part a complete remodeling of the TLS handshake protocol including a different message flow, different handshake messages, different key schedule, different cipher suites, different resumption mechanism, different privacy protection, and different record padding.” This new remodeled TLS handshake protocol ensures faster TLS connections as well as patches previous security errors TLS 1.2 had.

Especially important in this new version for EAP-TLS is that no information about the underlying peer identity is disclosed. In other words this means that with EAP-TLS 1.3 the certificate of the user is delivered encrypted. In previous versions of EAP-TLS the client certificate was delivered without encryption, providing a possibility of tracking the users. This has been an issue for some users of EAP-TLS discouraging its deployment. To increase the security of your organization, Radiator configuration allows you to enable EAP-TLS 1.3 for devices that support it, while the earlier versions of EAP-TLS are still available for older devices. Radiator AAA Server Software and its modules are actively developed and updated to support state-of-the-art AAA security features. With the most recent Radiator SIM Pack patch, Radiator now supports IMSI Privacy as well - as one of the few AAA software vendors. So, in short, Radiator is committed to stay in the frontlines of all AAA security features at all times.

Would you like to know more?

While the support for TLS v1.3 in some operating systems varies, the Radiator implementation of TLS v1.3 and EAP-TLS is currently available in the testing branch of Radiator, but will be included in the next stable release as well. If ou are interested please test and give us feedback about the implementation.

If you want to know more about Radiator and EAP-TLS 1.3, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team at info(a) For full list of Radiator technical features, you can also visit the Radiator AAA Server Software product page.