Cisco ASA 5500
You need a tftp server and client to move rules files back and forth.
- 1 Cisco ASDM 5.2 for ASA -- Bug in the Java manager
- 2 Login to the shell
- 3 View saved Startup Configuration
- 4 View the Running Configuration
- 5 Shun or Ban an external host
- 6 Save running configuration
- 7 Copy running configuration to remote server
- 8 Load running configuration from a remote server
- 9 TFTP Notes for Ubuntu
Cisco ASDM 5.2 for ASA -- Bug in the Java manager
The ASA manager has a really annoying bug that can throw you off. When you create a new Security Polity rule or a NAT rule often times when you hit OK to save the rule it will popup with an error saying that the rule already exists or that it conflicts with another rule. But if you ignore the error and hit OK again then it will save the second time without complaint.
Login to the shell
Login via telnet. The ASA can use LDAP, so if it talks to your Active Directory Server then your login and password will taken from there.
$ telnet 192.168.1.1 Connected to 192.168.1.1. Escape character is '^]'. User Access Verification Username: Administrator Password: ******** Type help or '?' for a list of available commands. fw-asa-01>
First set 'enable' to turn on privileged commands -- pretty much useless without doing this!
View saved Startup Configuration
Use the show command:
fw-asa-01# show configuration
View the Running Configuration
Normally Running and Startup Configuration should be the same. See below to edit or save the Running Configuration to the Startup.
fw-asa-01# show running-config
Shun or Ban an external host
It's easy to ban a host by IP address:
fw-asa-01# shun A.B.C.D
This is equivalent to the following in Linux iptables:
iptables -I INPUT -j DROP -s A.B.C.D
Save running configuration
Edits to the running configuration must be saved before a reboot:
fw-asa-01# write memory
Copy running configuration to remote server
You can also save the configuration to a TFTP server:
fw-asa-01# write net 192.168.1.55:running-config
Load running configuration from a remote server
Most of the instructions out there show you how to load a new running-config using a command like this:
fw-asa-01# copy tftp://192.168.1.55/running running-config
The problem is that this actually merges your file with the current running-config. That works fine when you don't have a running-config already defined. This is useless if you are trying to edit and update existing firewall rules. If you try to merge with an existing complex running-config you will get a lot of errors like this:
ERROR: DNS Duplicate server address activedirectory01 ERROR: DNS Duplicate server address 192.168.1.2 Adding obj (port-object eq pop3) to grp (mail) failed; object already exists Adding obj (port-object eq imap4) to grp (mail) failed; object already exists Adding obj (port-object eq smtp) to grp (mail) failed; object already exists Adding obj (port-object eq ssh) to grp (Roothack) failed; object already exists Adding obj (port-object eq www) to grp (Roothack) failed; object already exists
The trick is to copy your new rules over the startup-config and then restart the ASA. This seems stupid because then you can't load and test new rules without being able to revert to a working state if something goes wrong.
copy tftp://192.168.1.55/running-config2 startup-config reload
TFTP Notes for Ubuntu
To move files on and off embedded devices and firewalls you often need a Trivial FTP server. On Ubuntu, install tftpd-hpa:
apt-get -q -y install tftpd-hpa
Edit configuration (vim /etc/default/tftpd-hpa) to something like this:
#Defaults for tftpd-hpa RUN_DAEMON="yes" # The -c option allows clients to write files. # Files are read and written from /tmp. OPTIONS="-c -l -s /tmp"
Start the TFTP server: