Issue with ESMTP Inspect on ASA and Sophos appliance

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Jul 8th, 2009
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Anyone ever experienced an issue where your Sophos appliance that sits behind the ASA firewall cannot make a TLS connection outbound due to the ESMTP inspect option?


I don't want to disable it entirely. Is there a way to create a policy map to disable ESMTP inspection for just the Sophos appliances?

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drolemc Wed, 07/15/2009 - 05:32
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If you use Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption for e-mail communication then the ESMTP inspection feature (enabled by default) in the PIX drops the packets. In order to allow the e-mails with TLS enabled, disable the ESMTP inspection feature as this output shows.

pix(config)#policy-map global_policy

pix(config-pmap)#class inspection_default

pix(config-pmap-c)#no inspect esmtp

pix(config-pmap-c)#exit

pix(config-pmap)#exit


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