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Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

Hi All.

I have a Cisco ASA 5510 running Version 8.3(2) on which I've been having a problem getting a DMZ server to commiunicate back into the Internal network. While trying different ACL's and NAT's to get this to work I've come across something strange (or at least I wasn't expecting) in the Logs.

I have ACL that I have disabled which is still blocking traffic.

4    Oct 25 2010    13:22:30        192.168.55.5    50218    192.168.7.14    80    Deny tcp src DMZ:192.168.55.5/50218 dst LAN:192.168.7.14/80 by access-group "LAN_access_out" [0x0, 0x0]

Below are my ACL's:

access-list LAN_access_out extended permit ip 192.168.7.0 255.255.255.0 any inactive
access-list WAN_cryptomap extended permit ip object-group TBNETs object-group colo
access-list DMZ_access_in extended permit ip object stage_dmz any
access-list LAN_access_in extended permit ip object stage_dmz object TBLAN
access-list LAN_access_in extended permit ip 192.168.7.0 255.255.255.0 any

The blocked traffic is from the DMZ back into the Internal Network.

I've been away from managing Firewalls for a number of a years now and I'm fairly rusty, so I may just be missing something really simple. But it seams to me, no matter how messed up I may have done my ACLs, I shouldn't have an inactive ACL blocking traffic.

Anyone know what the deal with this is? or am i just crazy?

Thanks!

Ted

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New Member

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

I would try adding a different access-list line to that configuration just temporarily so that you can edit it in ASDM. Of course if you don't want the access-list altogether, just take off that access-group or delete that line and you won't see any effects.

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Cisco Employee

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

Hello,

Would you please paste the configuration of the access group.

Mike.

Mike
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Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

Hi Mike. What took you so long? I had to wait almost 30 seconds for a response.

Here's the Access Groups:

access-group WAN_access in interface WAN
access-group LAN_access_in in interface LAN
access-group LAN_access_out out interface LAN
access-group DMZ_access_in in interface DMZ

Ted

Cisco Employee

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

Hello

I was looking closely Jesus Mary and Joseph, you are right, the ACL is inactive. Is that the return traffic? Or traffic initiated from the DMZ?

Let me know.

Mike

Mike
New Member

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

I am pretty sure it's denying it from the DMZ before it reaches the internal server. I just checked on the internal server I was trying to connect to make sure, there is no connection getting there at all. So it should be the traffic from the DMZ.

I'm makin an assumption that rule affects outbound traffic on that  interface in either direction. please correct me if I am wrong.

wierd, eh? I'm stumped.

Ted

Cisco Employee

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

Hey Ted

Exactly, the deny IP any any is taking precedense, just having the access group in makes the firewall to drop all of the connections going outbound. There is no need to run the packet tracer, the log is very clear, is the access group that is dropping it. The implicit deny that the access list has will drop everything going outbound on the inside interface.

Cheers

Mike
New Member

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

So should I just remove the LAN_access_out Access Group?

You 2 are responding with great answers faster than I can check things.

Ted

New Member

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

My thought is that even though the access-list is inactive, just having the access-list with an item in it is causing the implicit deny statement that every access-list has at the end to still be enabled.

So as long as the access-group for the access-list is in the configuration this behavior will continue until you explicitly permit the traffic.

You can do the following packet-tracer to see if the deny reason is access-list - implicit deny.

packet-tracer input DMZ tcp 192.168.55.5 1024 192.168.7.14 80

New Member

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

Below are the results:

Result of the command: "packet-tracer input DMZ tcp 192.168.55.5 1024 192.168.7.14 80"

Phase: 1
Type: ROUTE-LOOKUP
Subtype: input
Result: ALLOW
Config:
Additional Information:
in   192.168.7.0     255.255.255.0   LAN

Phase: 2
Type: ACCESS-LIST
Subtype: log
Result: ALLOW
Config:
access-group DMZ_access_in in interface DMZ
access-list DMZ_access_in extended permit ip object stage_dmz any
Additional Information:

Phase: 3
Type: IP-OPTIONS
Subtype:
Result: ALLOW
Config:
Additional Information:

Phase: 4
Type: ACCESS-LIST
Subtype:
Result: DROP
Config:
Implicit Rule
Additional Information:

Result:
input-interface: DMZ
input-status: up
input-line-status: up
output-interface: LAN
output-status: up
output-line-status: up
Action: drop
Drop-reason: (acl-drop) Flow is denied by configured rule

Yes, it's the Implicit Rule blocking it. So, would I need to remove the LAN_access_out Access Group all together then? Since I cannot add anything to Access Group, at least via the ASDM GUI (it would get added to the LAN_access_in Group). I really wasn't expecting that behavior. I figured if it was disabled it was disabled. wow.

Thanks,

Ted

New Member

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

I would try adding a different access-list line to that configuration just temporarily so that you can edit it in ASDM. Of course if you don't want the access-list altogether, just take off that access-group or delete that line and you won't see any effects.

New Member

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

You guys are awesome! Thank you Mike and August!

That's exactly what the problem was. Access Group still had the Deny at then end, even though I disable the Access List in it. You can bet that's something I'll NEVER forget now.

I added the below rule to the LAN_access_out Rule and it works now:

     access-list LAN_access_out extended permit ip any any

I'm think I am going to leave it as permit ANY out, because I'll be locking it down for the LAN_access_in ACL anyway.

Since this is the first time I have posted here, I am not sure how the accepting answers goes (or if it matters). I am going to try accept the answers from both of you.

Thank you!

Ted

Cisco Employee

Re: Inactive Access List Blocking Traffic on Cisco ASA

Please do, and we will be more than glad to help you further anytime

Cheers

Mike

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