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AAA authorization on PIX for non-standard ports

Would like to set up aaa authorization on a PIX v. 6.0(1) for FTP and secure Telnet on TCP port 992. Will the users need to go thru any special steps or use another app (HTTP client?) for the authorization to take place, or can they use their FTP and Telnet clients for the authorization?

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Re: AAA authorization on PIX for non-standard ports

Authentication can only be done using FTP, Telnet or HTTP. Authorization means that the users have to authenticate first, since authorization is NOT valid without authentication.

So, regardless of what you actually want to authorize, your users will have to authenticate using one of these 3 protocols first. For your FTP clients, this is easy, cause if you set the PIX up to authenticate FTP they'll get prompted for the PIX username/password first, then they'll be prompted for the FTP site's username/password (see If this is going to confuse them then they can open a browser and enter in their details that way.

Alternatively, you can use the "virtual telnet" command ( and telnet to the virtual address, get authenticated, then use whatever application they want to use.

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