Identity Cloud

Reset registered devices using REST

As described in Recover after replacing a lost device, a user who has lost a mobile phone registered with Identity Cloud can register a replacement device by authenticating using a recovery code, deleting their existing device, and then registering a new device.

Additional support is required for users who lose mobile devices but did not save their recovery codes when they initially registered the device, and for users who have used up all their recovery codes.

Identity Cloud provides a REST API to reset a device profile by deleting information about a user’s registered device. Both the user and administrator accounts can use the REST API to reset a device profile. Administrators can:

  • Provide authenticated users with a self-service page that calls the REST API to reset their devices.

  • Call the REST API themselves to reset a user’s device profiles.

  • Call the REST API themselves to reset a device that is out of sync, where the HOTP counter exceeds the HOTP threshold window and requires a reset.

Reset OATH devices

To reset a user’s OATH device profile, send an HTTP POST request to the /users/user/devices/2fa/oath?_action=reset endpoint.

When making a REST API call, specify the realm in the path component of the endpoint. You must specify the entire hierarchy of the realm. Prefix each realm in the hierarchy with the realms/ keyword. For example, /realms/root/realms/alpha.

The API call references the user by _id. You can obtain this ID from the raw JSON for the user’s profile.

The following example resets the OATH devices for a user in the alpha realm. The user’s _id in this example is 014c54bd-6078-4639-8316-8ce0e7746fa4.

$ curl \
--request POST \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "Accept-API-Version: resource=1.0" \
--header "<session-cookie-name>: AQIC5w...2NzEz*" \
--data '{}' \
'https://<tenant-env-fqdn>/am/json/realms/root/realms/alpha/users/014c54bd-6078-4639-8316-8ce0e7746fa4/devices/2fa/oath?_action=reset'
{"result":true}

The reset action deletes the OATH device profile, which by default has a limit of one profile per device, and sets the Select to Enable Skip option to its default value of Not Set.

Reset push devices

To reset push devices over REST, perform an HTTP POST on the /users/user/devices/2fa/push?_action=reset endpoint:

$ curl \
--request POST \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "Accept-API-Version: resource=1.0" \
--header "<session-cookie-name>: AQIC5w...2NzEz*" \
--data '{}' \
'https://<tenant-env-fqdn>/am/json/realms/root/realms/alpha/users/014c54bd-6078-4639-8316-8ce0e7746fa4/devices/2fa/push?_action=reset'
{"result":true}

Reset bound devices

To delete bound devices (those that have performed device binding) over REST, perform an HTTP POST to the /users/user/devices/2fa/binding?_action=reset endpoint:

$ curl \
--request POST \
--header "Content-Type: application/json" \
--header "Accept-API-Version: resource=1.0" \
--header "<session-cookie-name>: AQIC5w...2NzEz*" \
--data '{}' \
'https://<tenant-env-fqdn>/am/json/realms/root/realms/alpha/users/014c54bd-6078-4639-8316-8ce0e7746fa4/devices/2fa/binding?_action=reset'
{"result":true}

Deleting a bound device on the server does not remove the private keys from the device.

Instead, you can use the ForgeRock SDKs to remove the bound device from the server, and then remove the keys from the device. Refer to Unbind devices by deleting keys.

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