Trying to understand SSL sticky with CSS 11506 / ssl-l4-fallback behavior
I have a CSS 11506 (v7.50) which is used to load balance several SSL-based sites. We use the following textbook content rule:
vip address 10.0.0.1
add service s01
add service s02
add service s03
If I read the manual correctly, SSL L3 session IDs are going to be used till a flow is set up. Then the ssl-l4-fallback (it is enabled) directive kicks in and load balancing is done based on the source IP, destination port.
However, my stats show:
Sticky Statistics - SFM Slot 1, Subslot 1:
Total number of new sticky entries is 4937735
Total number of sticky table hits is 33476045
Total number of sticky rejects (no entry) is 0
Total number of sticky collision is 0
Total number of available sticky entries is 0
Total number of used sticky entries is 131071
Total L3 sticky entries are 131
Total L4 sticky entries are 0
Total SSL sticky entries are 130940
Total WAP sticky entries are 0
Total number of SIPCID sticky entries is 0
So, why don't I see anything in the L4 sticky entries?
Also, I would expect that once the ssl-l4-fallback kicks in, a client will be always directed to the same server (since the CSS uses now source IP, dest port for load balancing). However, if I close and start again my browser I hit a different server.
Your thoughts and suggestions are highly appreciated.
Re: Trying to understand SSL sticky with CSS 11506 / ssl-l4-fall
Thank you for your response. If I may ask the group for a final further clarification, so as to put this matter to rest. Since there are a lot of frames transmitted in either direction, I would expect the following to be happening and overriding the use of SSLv3 session IDs. Following is the section of the manual that seems to contradict what you say (and I see on the stats). Am I reading the manual wrong?
"Cisco Content Services Switch
Software Version 8.20
Configuring SSL-Layer 4 Fallback
Insertion of the Layer 4 hash value into the sticky table occurs when more than
three frames are transmitted in either direction (client-to-server, server-to-client)
or if SSL version 2 is in use on the network. If either condition occurs, the CSS
inserts the Layer 4 hash value into the sticky table, overriding the further use of
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