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Routing on FWSM

     I have following Setup..... (FWSM in Cisco 7609 )

     both FWSM interfaces are in security level 0 ....

     following command is there too

     "same-security-traffic permit inter-interface"

      "route if_outside"


     i am unable to understand which Firewall rule producing following Result:

    From MSFC:

  • ping ---> OK
  • ping ----> OK
  • ping source loopback 0  ---> OK
  • ping source loopback 0  ---> NO Reply (Why?) 
    • and message ASDM "No route to from"

then i add route:

     "route if_inside"


  • ping source loopback 0  ---> OK

could any help to understand why default Route was not used....

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Routing on FWSM

Pinging across the FWSM interfaces are not supported. You won't be able to ping the inside interface of the FWSM when ping is coming from the outside interface.

You can only ping the interface where the traffic is coming from, ie: if it's routing via the Outside interface, you can only ping the Outside interface, not the Inside interface, and vice versa, if it's routing via the Inside interface, you can only ping the Inside inteface, not the Outside.

So from your test above, after adding route:

route if_inside

--> you can only ping sourcing from loopback0, and you won't be able to ping anymore once the above route is added.