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fail to register SFR module

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Sep 25th, 2014
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I am failing to register my ASA with Sourcefire module. I see in the V DC that the syslog says it connected to the module successfully, but fails to authenticate

“sftunneld:sf_ssl [WARN] VerifyConnect:Failed to authenticate or to be authenticated by peer”

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Brian Clarke Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:33
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Verify that the key being used to configure the manager on the SFR module and the key entered when registering the SFR Module as a Device in Defense Center are the same.

Michael Antonakis Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:37
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Dear all,


I had to open a TAC about this. The problem was that, after a forced power reload of the ASAs, a file "sftunnel.conf" got corrupted. It seems that this file is responsible for the the communication service between the Manager and the SFR. If the service is down then the SFR does not listen on TCP/8305. So the TAC engineer stopped the service, deleted the corrupted file, recreated it and restarted the service. All these from the expert CLI mode of the SFR.



Oleg Tsoy Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:18
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Thanks a lot for information Michael.

Do you remember the process to recreate that file? 

Michael Antonakis Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:02
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Hello Oleg,


I logged the TAC engineer's session so here it is (see attached tac_session_log.txt). Though, you will need the root password to be able to perform what he did.

He sent me the text file sftunnel.conf (included in sftunnel.zip), browsed in /etc/sf/ and created the file named sftunnel.conf with vi editor, where he copy-pasted the text from the file he had sent me.


I hope that helps.

Oleg Tsoy Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:10
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It's working!)

I had exactly the same issue.

Thanks a lot. 


michalis1234 Sat, 02/07/2015 - 00:17
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It did not worked for me. I get access denied at on one point of the process. If i reimage the module, will that help? Or i will have yhe same issue?

jchorlton Sat, 02/07/2015 - 04:36
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I re-imaged my module after suffering this problem and afterwards it worked perfectly.

michalis1234 Sat, 02/07/2015 - 09:24
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I will do that as well, on Monday and let you know of the results!

Oleg Tsoy Sat, 02/07/2015 - 09:35
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Can anyone try to deny youtube.com by using sfr? 

I did such test that fail for me because it's not blocking when I try to access site using Internet Explorer. 


Robert Tyrrell Thu, 06/11/2015 - 11:50
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This fixed my problem.  Straight up awesome!  Thanks!

Saad Mohammad Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:07
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Had the same issue. Followed the instructions on how to edit in VI then pasted the attached sftunnel.conf and saved. Module registered instantly.



Michael Antonakis Fri, 11/14/2014 - 04:51
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When I try to configure the manager on the ASA SFR, it returns the following error:

"Communication channel for management interface is not configured!"

jchorlton Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:53
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Hi Michael,


Did you figure this one out?


I get exactly the same on my ASA SFR.


"Communication channel for management interface is not configured!"







Oleg Tsoy Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:06
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Hello Jonh,

Did you resolve that problem? 
I have the same syslog message.


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