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Error Message: on 'outside' interface [ifIndex=2]

We get the following error message on the ASA5505 on 8.03/ASDM 603 from our Network monitoring device.

Adaptive Security Appliance 'outside' interface [ifIndex=2].

Please advise.

Thanks in anticipation.

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Re: Error Message: on 'outside' interface [ifIndex=2]

You never mentioned any error?

What NMS are you using?

Perhaps its placed on the inside and it is trying to SNMP Poll/Ping the Outside interface as well (like most NMS). And this is not allowed by the elite security rules of the Cisco firewall :). By default you cannot ping any of the firewall's interface while traversing THROUGH the firewall (i.e. you have to be at the 'back' of the interface to ping it).

Regards

Farrukh

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Re: Error Message: on 'outside' interface [ifIndex=2]

Hi Farrukh,

We are using "intermapper".

This is the NMS statemnt we have on the ASA:

snmp-server host inside 10.20.2.245 community xxx version 2c.

The error message is:

Probe Type: SNMP - Cisco Pix (port 161 SNMPv1)

Condition: Adaptive Security Appliance 'outside' interface [ifIndex=2]

Thanks.

Re: Error Message: on 'outside' interface [ifIndex=2]

The command you mentioned is correct, but its for sending traps. The error you see is for polls. I think the error most probably is the one I mentioned earlier:

"Perhaps its placed on the inside and it is trying to SNMP Poll/Ping the Outside interface as well (most NMS try to ping/poll all interfaces/IP discovered on a device). And this is not allowed by the elite security rules of the Cisco firewall :). By default you cannot ping any of the firewall's interface while traversing THROUGH the firewall (i.e. you have to be at the 'back' of the interface to ping it). " For example if you are on the inside interface, you cannot ping the firewall's outside interface, however you can ping machines BEYOND the firewall's interface on the outside.

Regards

Farrukh

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