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Free and open source software (FOSS) implementation of Symantec's VIP Access client.
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This is a fork of @cyrozap's python-vipaccess.

Main differences:

  • No dependency on qrcode or image libraries; you can easily use
    external tools such as qrencode
    to convert an otpauth:// URL to a QR code if needed, so it seems
    unnecessary to build in this functionality.
  • Option to generate either the desktop (VSST) or mobile (VSMT)
    version on the VIP Access tokens; as far as I can tell there is no
    real difference between them, but some clients require one or the
    other specifically.
  • Command-line utility is expanded to support both token
    provisioning (creating a new token) and emitting codes for an
    existing token (inspired by the command-line interface of
    stoken, which handles the same functions for RSA SecurID tokens


python-vipaccess is a free and open source software (FOSS)
implementation of Symantec's VIP Access client.

If you need to access a network which uses VIP Access for two-factor
but can't or don't want to use Symantec's proprietary
applications—which are only available for Windows, MacOS, Android,
iOS—then this is for you.

As @cyrozap discovered in reverse-engineering the VIP Access protocol
(original blog
Symantec VIP Access actually uses a completely open standard
called Time-based One-time Password

for generating the 6-digit codes that it outputs. The only
non-standard part is the provisioning protocol used to create a
new token.


If you have pip installed on your system, you can install them with
pip install lxml oath PyCrypto requests.


If you have Docker installed, you can simply use the
Docker image to run
the vipaccess tool:

docker run --rm kayvan/vipaccess provision -p -t VSST
Credential created successfully:
This credential expires on this date: 2020-06-05T15:26:26.585Z

You will need the ID to register this credential: VSST1113377

And with your generated secret, use the show command like this:

docker run --rm kayvan/vipaccess show -s YOURSECRET

Alternatively, you can build it:

  1. Check out this repository by running
    git clone
  2. Switch to the python-vipaccess directory by running
    cd python-vipaccess
  3. Install the vipaccess module

    • With pip): pip install .
    • Without pip: python install


(This section covers the expanded CLI options of this fork, rather than @cyrozap's original version.)

Provisioning a new VIP Access credential

This is used to create a new VIP Access token: by default, it stores
the new credential in the file .vipaccess in your home directory (in a
format similar to stoken), but it can store to another file instead,
or instead just print out the "token secret" string with instructions
about how to use it.

usage: vipaccess provision [-h] [-p | -o DOTFILE] [-t TOKEN_MODEL]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -p, --print           Print the new credential, but don't save it to a file
  -o DOTFILE, --dotfile DOTFILE
                        File in which to store the new credential (default
  -t TOKEN_MODEL, --token-model TOKEN_MODEL
                        VIP Access token model. Should be VSST (desktop token,
                        default) or VSMT (mobile token). Some clients only
                        accept one or the other.

Here is an example of the output from vipaccess provision -p:

Credential created successfully:
This credential expires on this date: 2019-01-15T12:00:00.000Z

You will need the ID to register this credential: VSST12345678

You can use oathtool to generate the same OTP codes
as would be produced by the official VIP Access apps:

    oathtool -d6 -b --totp    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA  # 6-digit code
    oathtool -d6 -b --totp -v AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA  # ... with extra information

Here is the format of the .vipaccess token file output from
vipaccess provision [-o ~/.vipaccess]. (This file is created with
read/write permissions only for the current user.)

version 1
id VSST12345678
expiry 2019-01-15T12:00:00.000Z

Using qrencode to register your credential with TOTP apps (e.g. Authy)

Once you generate a token with vipaccess provision -p, use the otpauth URL
to generate the QR code:

qrencode -t ANSI256 'otpauth://totp/VIP%20Access:VSSTXXXX?secret=YYYY&issuer=Symantec'

Scan the code into your TOTP generating app, like Authy.

Generating access codes using an existing credential

The vipaccess [show] option will also do this for you: by default it
generates codes based on the credential in ~/.vipaccess, but you can
specify an alternative credential file or specify the OATH "token
secret" on the command line.

usage: vipaccess show [-h] [-s SECRET | -f DOTFILE]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -s SECRET, --secret SECRET
                        Specify the token secret on the command line (base32
  -f DOTFILE, --dotfile DOTFILE
                        File in which the credential is stored (default

As alluded to above, you can use other standard
tools to generate the 6-digit codes identical to what Symantec's official
apps produce.

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