KB ID 0001019 Dtd 23/12/14
I’ve been working for a client that has a large firewall deployment, and they have twelve switches in their six DMZ’s. I wanted to take a backup of these switches (and all the other network devices).
While I was bemoaning the amount of ACL’s that I would need to allow TFTP in from, (note: that’s UDP port 69 if you are interested). My colleague said "Why not use a global ACL?", On the rare occasions I’m in the ASDM I’ve seen the ‘global’ rule but never really paid it much attention. (Note: You need an OS of 8.3 or newer!)
Don’t panic! I’m not going to use the ASDM, (if you want to use it you can pretty much work out how to do it from the picture above).
What is a Global ACL?
This is an access list that will allow traffic inbound on all interfaces. There are a couple of caveats;
- Interface specific ACL’s will take precedence over the global ACL (with the exception of the implicit deny at the end of the ACL).
- With the above in mind, if there is a deny on an interface ACL, traffic will be blocked for that interface.
- If you have manually added a deny ip any any to the end of an interface ACL (e.g. for logging purposes) then traffic allowed in the global ACL will fail for that interface.
1. Log into the firewall and create and ACL as you would normally.
2. Then instead of applying the ACL directionally to an interface, apply it globally.
Thats it! Let’s test it by trying to backup a DMZ switch.
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