SCREENOS: Controlling User Auth Timeout

I have a ScreenOS firewall and access to my proxy service is controlled on it using local users defined on the firewall itself. I noticed that after I had authorised myself to access the proxy service it eventually denied me access. In other words it timed out!

So I had to trace where to extend the timeout period and I found it!

From the main screen click 'Configuration' -> Auth Servers then click 'Edit' next to the Local server configuration.

You will see two timeout controls there for you.The first one is in an inactivity timeout so if you don't do anything for a while you lose access. This was my issue so let us set that to 0 (which means disable the inactivity timeout).

In essence by doing that i'm removing the timeout which is never a good thing! Underneath we can see an 'Absolute Timeout'. In here I have put 1440 minutes which is basically 24hours.

Job Done!

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