Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Locking down ISAKMP / IPSec (UDP 500 , 4500 and IP 50) on the ASA 5500 Series

By default when enabling ISAKMP / IPSec on an interface the ASA permits access to the service (UDP 500, 4500 and IPSec) to everyone. However in some circumstances where you can reliably predict the source of VPN initiaitors you should ideally lock down access. Unfortuantely this can't be performed via apply an ACL to the interface and instead needs to be performed via the control pane.

We'll firstly need to obtain a list of the IP's in tunnel groups and add them to an ACL e.g.:

access-list outside-control-plane extended permit udp host <REMOTE PEER #1> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE> eq 500
access-list outside-control-plane extended permit udp host <REMOTE PEER #2> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE> eq 500
access-list outside-control-plane extended deny udp any any eq 500

access-list outside-control-plane extended permit udp host <REMOTE PEER #1> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE> eq 4500
access-list outside-control-plane extended permit udp host <REMOTE PEER #2> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE> eq 4500
access-list outside-control-plane extended deny udp any any eq 4500

access-list outside-control-plane extended permit ipsec host <REMOTE PEER #1> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE>
access-list outside-control-plane extended permit ipsec host <REMOTE PEER #2> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE>
access-list outside-control-plane extended deny ipsec any any

access-group outside-control-plane in interface outside-pri control-plane

Note: The above examples presume you do NOT have any IPSec VPN servers behind the firewall.

We can also perform the same for SSL VPNs:

access-list outside-control-plane extended permit tcp host <REMOTE PEER #1> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE> eq 443
access-list outside-control-plane extended permit tcp host <REMOTE PEER #2> host <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE> eq 443
access-list outside-control-plane extended deny tcp any <ASA-VPN-ENABLED-INTERFACE> eq 443

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