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Cisco AsyncOS for Web User Guide
8.0.0
Published: January 27, 2014
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CONTENTS
CHAPTER
1
Introduction to the Product and the Release
Introduction to the Web Security Appliance
What’s New in This Release
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1-1
1-1
Using the Appliance Web Interface 1-3
Web Interface Browser Requirements 1-3
Accessing the Appliance Web Interface 1-3
Committing Changes in the Web Interface 1-4
Clearing Changes in the Web Interface 1-4
The Cisco SensorBase Network 1-4
SensorBase Benefits and Privacy 1-5
Enabling Participation in The Cisco SensorBase Network
CHAPTER
2
Deploy a Content Security Virtual Appliance
2-1
Overview of Deploy a Content Security Virtual Appliance
Task Overview
2-1
2-1
Migrating a Virtual Appliance to an Alternate Physical Host
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3
Connect, Install, and Configure
3-1
Task Overview for Connecting, Installing, and Configuring
Connecting the Appliance
Gathering Setup Information
2-1
3-1
Overview of Connect, Install, and Configure
3-1
3-2
3-5
System Setup Wizard 3-6
System Setup Wizard Reference Information 3-7
Network / System Settings 3-7
Network / Network Context 3-8
Network / Network Interfaces and Wiring 3-9
Network / Routes for Management and Data Traffic
Network / Transparent Connection Settings 3-11
Network / Administrative Settings 3-11
Security / Security Settings 3-13
Upstream Proxies
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Upstream Proxies Task Overview 3-14
Creating Proxy Groups for Upstream Proxies
Network Interfaces 3-15
IP Address Versions 3-15
Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces
3-14
3-16
Using the P2 Data Interface for Web Proxy Data 3-17
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes 3-18
Modifying the Default Route 3-19
Adding a Route 3-19
Saving and Loading Routing Tables 3-20
Deleting a Route 3-20
Configuring Transparent Redirection 3-20
Specifying a Transparent Redirection Device 3-20
Configuring WCCP Services 3-21
Increasing Interface Capacity Using VLANs 3-24
Configuring and Managing VLANs 3-25
Redirect Hostname and System Hostname 3-29
Changing the Redirect Hostname 3-30
Changing the System Hostname 3-30
Configuring SMTP Relay Host Settings 3-30
Configuring an SMTP Relay Host 3-31
DNS Settings 3-31
Split DNS 3-31
Clearing the DNS Cache 3-32
Editing DNS Settings 3-32
Troubleshooting Connect, Install, and Configure
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Connect the Appliance to a Cloud Web Security Tower
4-1
Overview of Connect the Appliance to a Cloud Web Security Tower
Cloud Connector versus Standard Mode 4-2
Documentation
Deployment
4-4
4-5
Configuring the Cloud Connector 4-5
Step 1. Access the Web Interface for the Web Security Appliance
Step 2. Accept the License Agreement and Begin Setup. 4-5
Step 3. Configure System Settings: 4-6
Step 4. Set the Appliance Mode 4-6
Step 5. Configure Cloud Connector Settings 4-6
Step 6. Configure Network Interfaces and Wiring 4-7
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Step 7. Configure Routes for Management and Data Traffic
Step 8. Configure Transparent Connection Settings 4-7
Step 9. Configure Administrative Settings 4-8
Step 10. Review and Install 4-8
Directory Group Policies in the Cloud 4-8
Sending Directory Groups to the Cloud
Bypassing the Cloud Proxy Server
4-7
4-8
4-9
FTP and HTTPS 4-9
FTP 4-9
HTTPS 4-9
Preventing Loss of Secure Data
4-10
Cloud Connector Logs 4-10
Subscribing to the Cloud Connector Logs
4-10
Identities and User Authentication 4-11
Guest Access for Unauthenticated Users
4-11
Configuration Modes 4-11
Switching to Cloud Connector Mode
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5
Intercepting Web Requests
4-11
5-1
Overview of Intercepting Web Requests
Tasks for Intercepting Web Requests
5-1
5-2
Best Practices for Intercepting Web Requests
5-2
Web Proxy Options for Intercepting Web Requests 5-3
Configuring Web Proxy Settings 5-3
Web Proxy Cache 5-5
Clearing the Web Proxy Cache 5-5
Removing URLs from the Web Proxy Cache 5-6
Specifying Domains or URLs that the Web Proxy never Cache
Choosing The Web Proxy Cache Mode 5-7
Web Proxy IP Spoofing 5-8
Web Proxy Custom Headers 5-9
Adding Custom Headers To Web Requests 5-9
Web Proxy Bypassing 5-10
Web Proxy Bypassing for Web Requests 5-10
Configuring Web Proxy Bypassing for Web Requests 5-10
Configuring Web Proxy Bypassing for Applications 5-10
Web Proxy Usage Agreement 5-11
Client Options for Redirecting Web Requests
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Using PAC Files with Client Applications 5-11
Options For Publishing Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) Files 5-11
Client Options For Finding Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) Files 5-12
Automatic PAC File Detection 5-12
Hosting PAC Files on the Web Security Appliance 5-12
Specifying PAC Files in Client Applications 5-13
Configuring a PAC File Location Manually in Clients 5-13
Detecting the PAC File Automatically in Clients 5-13
FTP Proxy Services 5-14
Overview of FTP Proxy Services 5-14
Enabling and Configuring the FTP Proxy
5-14
SOCKS Proxy Services 5-16
Overview of SOCKS Proxy Services 5-16
Enabling Processing of SOCKS Traffic 5-16
Configuring the SOCKS Proxy 5-17
Creating SOCKS Policies 5-17
Troubleshooting Intercepting Requests
CHAPTER
6
Acquire End-User Credentials
5-18
6-1
Overview of Acquire End-User Credentials
Authentication Task Overview 6-2
Authentication Best Practices
6-1
6-2
Credentials 6-2
Configuring Single-Sign-on 6-2
Tracking Credentials for Reuse During a Session
Authentication and Authorization Failures 6-3
6-3
Authentication Realms 6-3
About Authentication Realms 6-3
Creating an Active Directory Realm for Kerberos Authentication Scheme
Creating an Active Directory Authentication Realm 6-6
Creating an LDAP Authentication Realm 6-7
About Deleting Authentication Realms 6-11
Configuring Global Authentication Settings 6-12
Authentication Sequences 6-17
About Authentication Sequences 6-17
Creating Authentication Sequences 6-18
Editing And Reordering Authentication Sequences
Deleting Authentication Sequences 6-19
Failed Authentication
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About Failed Authentication 6-19
Bypassing Authentication 6-20
Permitting Unauthenticated Traffic While Authentication Service is Unavailable 6-20
Granting Guest Access After Failed Authentication 6-20
Define an Identity that Supports Guest Access 6-21
Use an Identity that Supports Guest Access in a Policy 6-21
Configure How Guest User Details are Logged 6-21
Failed Authorization: Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials 6-22
About Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials 6-22
Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials 6-22
Tracking Identified Users 6-22
Tracking Re-Authenticated Users 6-23
Credentials 6-24
Credential Format 6-24
Credential Encryption for Basic Authentication 6-24
About Credential Encryption for Basic Authentication
Configuring Credential Encryption 6-24
Troubleshooting Authentication
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Classify End-Users and Client Software
7-1
Overview of Classify Users and Client Software
Classify Users and Client Software: Best Practices
Identity Criteria
Identities and Authentication
Troubleshooting Identities
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7-1
7-2
7-2
Classifying Users and Client Software
CHAPTER
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SaaS Access Control
7-7
7-8
8-1
Overview of SaaS Access Control
Authenticate SaaS Users
Certificates and Keys
7-3
8-1
8-2
8-2
Configuring the Appliance as an Identity Provider
8-2
Using SaaS Access Control and Multiple Web Security Appliances
Creating SaaS Application Authentication Policies
8-4
8-4
Configuring End-User Access to the Single Sign-On URL
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Classify URLs for Policy Application
9-1
Overview of Categorizing URL Transactions 9-1
Categorization of Failed URL Transactions 9-2
Enabling the Dynamic Content Analysis Engine 9-2
Uncategorized URLs 9-2
Matching URLs to URL Categories 9-3
Reporting Uncategorized and Misclassified URLs 9-3
URL Categories Database 9-3
Configuring the URL Filtering Engine
9-4
Managing Updates to the Set of URL Categories 9-4
Understanding the Impacts of URL Category Set Updates 9-5
Effects of URL Category Set Changes on Policy Group Membership 9-5
Effects of URL Category Set Updates on Filtering Actions in Policies 9-5
Merged Categories - Examples 9-6
Controlling Updates to the URL Category Set 9-7
Manually Updating the URL Category Set 9-7
Default Settings for New and Changed Categories 9-8
Verifying Existing Settings and/or Making Changes 9-8
Receiving Alerts About Category and Policy Changes 9-8
Responding to Alerts about URL Category Set Updates 9-8
Filtering Transactions Using URL Categories 9-9
Configuring URL Filters for Access Policy Groups 9-9
Configuring URL Filters for Decryption Policy Groups 9-11
Configuring URL Filters for Data Security Policy Groups 9-12
Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories
9-13
Filtering Adult Content 9-15
Enforcing Safe Searches and Site Content Ratings
Logging Adult Content Access 9-16
Redirecting Traffic in the Access Policies
Logging and Reporting 9-17
9-15
9-17
Warning Users and Allowing Them to Continue 9-17
Configuring Settings for the End-User Filtering Warning Page
Creating Time Based URL Filters
9-19
Viewing URL Filtering Activity 9-19
Understanding Unfiltered and Uncategorized Data
Access Log File 9-20
Regular Expressions 9-20
Forming Regular Expressions
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Regular Expression Character Table
URL Category Descriptions
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10
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9-22
Create Policies to Control Internet Requests
10-1
Overview of Policies: Control Intercepted Internet Requests
10-1
Managing Web Requests Through Policies Task Overview
10-2
Managing Web Requests Through Policies Best Practices
10-2
Policies 10-2
Policy Types 10-3
Policy Order 10-5
Creating a Policy 10-5
Policy Configuration
10-10
Block, Allow, or Redirect Transaction Requests
10-10
Client Applications 10-11
About Client Applications 10-11
Using Client Applications in Policies 10-12
Exempting Client Applications from Authentication
10-13
Limiting Access by Time of Day 10-13
About Limiting Access by Time of Day 10-13
Creating a Time Range 10-13
Using Limiting Access by Time of Day in Policies 10-14
Controlling Access by URL Category 10-14
About Controlling Access by URL Category 10-14
Creating Custom URL Categories 10-15
Using URL Categories to Identify Web Requests 10-16
Using URL Categories to Action Web Request 10-16
Remote Users 10-17
About Remote Users 10-17
Configuring Identification for Remote Users 10-18
Configuring Identification of Remote Users 10-18
Display Remote User Status and Statistics for ASAs 10-19
Troubleshooting Policies
CHAPTER
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Create Decryption Policies to Control HTTPS Traffic
11-1
Overview of Create Decryption Policies to Control HTTP Traffic 11-1
Managing HTTPS Traffic through Decryption Policies Task Overview
Managing HTTPS Traffic through Decryption Policies Best Practices
Decryption Policies
11-2
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Enabling the HTTPS Proxy 11-3
Controlling HTTPS Traffic 11-4
Configuring Decryption Options 11-4
Authentication and HTTPS Connections
11-5
Certificates 11-5
Managing Certificate Validation and Decryption for HTTPS 11-6
Valid Certificates 11-6
Invalid Certificate Handling 11-7
Uploading a Root Certificate and Key 11-7
Generating a Certificate and Key 11-8
Configuring Invalid Certificate Handling 11-8
Options for Certificate Revocation Status Checking 11-9
Enabling Real-Time Revocation Status Checking 11-10
Trusted Root Certificates 11-10
Adding Certificates to the Trusted List 11-11
Removing Certificates from the Trusted List 11-11
Routing HTTPS Traffic
11-11
Troubleshooting Decryption/HTTPS/Certificates
CHAPTER
12
Scan Outbound Traffic for Existing Infections
11-12
12-1
Overview of Scanning Outbound Traffic 12-1
User Experience with Blocked Requests 12-1
Understanding Upload Requests 12-2
Criteria for Group Membership 12-2
Matching Client Requests to Outbound Malware Scanning Policy Groups
Creating Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
Controlling Upload Requests
Logging
CHAPTER
13
12-3
12-4
12-6
Configuring Security Services
13-1
Overview of Configuring Security Services
13-1
Overview of Web Reputation Filters 13-2
Web Reputation Scores 13-2
Understanding How Web Reputation Filtering Works 13-2
Web Reputation in Access Policies 13-3
Web Reputation in Decryption Policies 13-4
Web Reputation in Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
Overview of Anti-Malware Scanning
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Understanding How the DVS Engine Works 13-4
Working with Multiple Malware Verdicts 13-5
Webroot Scanning 13-5
McAfee Scanning 13-6
Matching Virus Signature Patterns 13-6
Heuristic Analysis 13-6
McAfee Categories 13-7
Sophos Scanning 13-7
Understanding Adaptive Scanning 13-7
Adaptive Scanning and Access Policies
13-7
Enabling Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filters
13-8
Configuring Web Reputation and Anti-Malware in Policies 13-9
Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings in Access Policies 13-9
Configuring Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings with Adaptive Scanning
Enabled 13-10
Configuring Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings with Adaptive Scanning
Disabled 13-11
Configuring Web Reputation Scores 13-12
Configuring Web Reputation Score Thresholds for Access Policies 13-12
Configuring Web Reputation Filter Settings for Decryption Policy Groups 13-12
Configuring Web Reputation Filter Settings for Data Security Policy Groups 13-12
Maintaining the Database Tables 13-13
The Web Reputation Database 13-13
Logging 13-13
Logging Adaptive Scanning
Caching
13-14
Malware Category Descriptions
CHAPTER
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Managing Access to Web Applications
14-1
Overview of Managing Access to Web Applications
14-1
Understanding Application Control Settings 14-2
AVC Engine Updates 14-3
User Experience with Blocked Requests 14-3
Enabling the AVC Engine 14-3
Configuring Application Control Settings in an Access Policy Group
Controlling Bandwidth 14-4
Configuring Overall Bandwidth Limits 14-5
Configuring User Bandwidth Limits 14-5
Configuring the Default Bandwidth Limit for an Application Type
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Overriding the Default Bandwidth Limit for an Application Type
Configuring Bandwidth Controls for an Application 14-6
Controlling Instant Messaging Traffic
14-6
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Viewing AVC Activity 14-7
Access Log File 14-7
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15
Prevent Loss of Sensitive Data
15-1
Overview of Prevent Loss of Sensitive Data 15-1
Bypassing Upload Requests Below a Minimum Size
User Experience with Blocked Requests 15-2
Managing Upload Requests
15-2
15-2
Managing Upload Requests on an External DLP System
15-3
Evaluating Data Security and External DLP Policy Group Membership 15-4
Matching Client Requests to Data Security and External DLP Policy Groups
Creating Data Security and External DLP Policies
Managing Settings for Upload Requests
URL Categories 15-8
Web Reputation 15-8
Content Blocking 15-8
Defining External DLP Systems 15-9
Configuring External DLP Servers
15-5
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15-9
Controlling Upload Requests Using External DLP Policies
Logging
CHAPTER
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Notify End-Users of Proxy Actions
End-User Notifications Overview
16-1
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Notification Best Practices 16-2
Editing On-Box End-User Notification Pages 16-2
Entering the custom URL for notification pages: 16-3
Enabling the End-user Acknowledgment Page 16-3
General Notification Settings 16-3
About General Settings for Notification Pages 16-4
Configuring General Settings for Notification Pages 16-4
On-Box End-User Notification Pages 16-4
Configuring On-Box End-User Notification Pages 16-4
Editing On-Box End-User Notification Pages 16-5
Use Variables in Customized On-Box End-User Notification Pages
Off-Box End-User Notification Pages
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End-User Notification Page Parameters 16-8
Redirecting End-User Notification Pages to a Custom URL
16-9
End-User Acknowledgment Page 16-10
Configuring the End-User Acknowledgment Page 16-11
Access HTTPS and FTP Sites with the End-User Acknowledgment Page
Configuring the End-User URL Filtering Warning Page
Configuring FTP Notification Messages
16-12
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16-13
Custom Text in Notification Pages 16-13
Supported HTML Tags in Notification Pages 16-13
Custom Text and Logos: Authentication, and End-User Acknowledgment Pages
Notification Page Types
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Generate Reports to Monitor End-user Activity
Overview of Reporting 17-1
Working with Usernames in Reports
Report Pages 17-2
17-1
17-1
Using the Reporting Tab 17-2
Changing the Time Range 17-2
Searching Data 17-3
Choosing Which Data to Chart 17-4
Custom Reports 17-4
Creating Your Custom Report Page
17-5
Working with Columns on Report Pages 17-5
Configuring Columns on Report Pages 17-6
Subdomains vs. Second-Level Domains in Reporting and Tracking
Printing and Exporting Reports from Report Pages 17-7
Exporting Report Data 17-7
Enabling Centralized Reporting
17-7
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Scheduling Reports 17-8
Adding a Scheduled Report 17-9
Editing Scheduled Reports 17-9
Deleting Scheduled Reports 17-10
Generating Reports On Demand
Archived Reports
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SNMP Monitoring 17-11
MIB Files 17-11
Hardware Objects 17-12
Hardware Traps 17-12
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CLI Example 17-13
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Web Security Appliance Reports
Overview Page
18-1
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Users Page 18-2
User Details Page
Web Sites Page
18-3
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URL Categories Page 18-3
URL Category Set Updates and Reports
Application Visibility Page
18-4
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Anti-Malware Page 18-5
Malware Category Report Page 18-5
Malware Threat Report Page 18-5
Client Malware Risk Page 18-6
Client Detail Page for Web Proxy - Clients by Malware Risk
Web Reputation Filters Page
L4 Traffic Monitor Page
SOCKS Proxy Page
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Reports by User Location Page
18-8
Web Tracking Page 18-8
Searching for Transactions Processed by the Web Proxy 18-9
Searching for Transactions Processed by the L4 Traffic Monitor 18-11
Searching for Transactions Processed by the SOCKS Proxy 18-11
System Capacity Page
System Status Page
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Detecting Rogue Traffic on Non-Standard Ports
Overview of Detecting Rogue Traffic
Configuring the L4 Traffic Monitor
List of Known Sites
19-1
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Configuring L4 Traffic Monitor Global Settings
Updating L4 Traffic Monitor Anti-Malware Rules
Creating a Policy to Detect Rogue Traffic
Valid Formats 19-4
19-2
19-3
19-3
Viewing L4 Traffic Monitor Activity 19-4
Monitoring Activity and Viewing Summary Statistics
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L4 Traffic Monitor Log File Entries
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Monitor System Activity Through Logs
20-1
Overview of Logging
Tasks for Logging
20-1
20-2
Best Practices for Logging
20-2
Planning For Logging 20-2
Log Types 20-2
Log Subscriptions 20-3
Default Log Subscriptions 20-3
Log File Names and Appliance Directory Structure 20-3
Archiving Log Files Using Rollover 20-4
Saving Disk Space By Compressing Log Files 20-4
Reading and Interpreting Log Files 20-4
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions 20-5
Deleting a Log Subscription 20-8
Manually Rolling Over Log Subscriptions
20-9
Viewing Log Files 20-9
Viewing Log Files Using the Web Interface 20-9
Viewing Log Files Using the Command Line Interface
Adding SCP SSH Public Host Keys to the Appliance
Troubleshooting Web Proxy Issues Using Logs
20-9
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20-11
Access Log Files 20-12
Interpreting Access Log File Entries 20-12
Interpreting Access Log Scanning Verdict Entries
20-13
W3C Compliant Access Log Files 20-15
W3C Field Types 20-15
Interpreting W3C Access Logs 20-15
W3C Log File Headers 20-15
W3C Field Prefixes 20-16
Customizing Access Logs 20-17
Access Log User Defined Fields 20-17
Customizing Regular Access Logs 20-17
Customizing W3C Access Logs 20-18
Traffic Monitor Log Files 20-18
Interpreting Traffic Monitor Logs
Log File Types
20-19
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Log File Fields and Tags
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Access and W3C Log File Fields 20-23
Transaction Result Codes 20-32
ACL Decision Tags 20-33
Malware Scanning Verdict Values 20-36
Troubleshooting Logging
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Perform System Administration Tasks
Overview of System Administration
21-1
21-1
Saving and Loading the Appliance Configuration 21-2
Viewing and Printing the Appliance Configuration 21-2
Saving the Appliance Configuration File 21-2
Loading the Appliance Configuration File 21-2
Support Commands 21-3
Opening a Technical Support Request 21-3
Enabling Remote Access to the Web Security appliance
Packet Capture 21-4
Starting a Packet Capture 21-4
Managing Packet Capture Files 21-5
21-4
Working with Feature Keys 21-6
Displaying and Updating Feature Keys 21-6
Changing Feature Key Update Settings 21-6
Virtual Appliance License 21-7
Installing a Virtual Appliance License
21-7
Administering User Accounts 21-7
Managing Local User Accounts 21-8
Adding Local User Accounts 21-8
Deleting User Accounts 21-9
Editing User Accounts 21-9
Changing Passwords 21-9
RADIUS User Authentication 21-10
Sequence of Events For Radius Authentication 21-10
Enabling External Authentication Using RADIUS 21-10
Defining User Preferences
21-11
Configuring Administrator Settings
21-12
Configuring the Return Address for Generated Messages
Managing Alerts 21-13
Alert Classifications and Severities
Managing Alert Recipients 21-14
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Adding and Editing Alert Recipients
Deleting Alert Recipients 21-14
Configuring Alert Settings 21-14
Alert Listing 21-15
Feature Key Alerts 21-16
Hardware Alerts 21-16
Logging Alerts 21-16
Reporting Alerts 21-17
System Alerts 21-19
Updater Alerts 21-20
21-14
FIPS Compliance 21-20
FIPS Certificate Requirements 21-20
Enabling or Disabling FIPS Mode 21-21
System Date and Time Management 21-21
Setting the Time Zone 21-21
Synchronizing the System Clock with an NTP Server 21-22
Deleting an NTP Server from the Configuration 21-22
Manually Setting the System Date and Time in the GUI 21-22
Installing a Server Digital Certificate 21-22
Obtaining Certificates 21-23
Server Digital Certificate Requirements 21-23
Certificate Signing Requests 21-23
Intermediate Certificates 21-24
Uploading Certificates to the Web Security Appliance
21-24
AsyncOS for Web Upgrades and Updates 21-26
Best Practices For Upgrading AsyncOS for Web 21-26
Upgrading and Updating AsyncOS and Security Service Components 21-26
Upgrading AsyncOS for Web 21-26
Automatic and Manual Update and Upgrade Queries 21-27
Manually Updating Security Service Components 21-27
Local And Remote Update Servers 21-28
Updating and Upgrading from the Cisco Update Servers 21-28
Upgrading from a Local Server 21-29
Differences Between Local and Remote Upgrading Methods 21-30
Configuring Upgrade and Service Update Settings 21-30
Reverting to a Previous Version of AsyncOS for Web 21-31
Configuration File Use in the Revert Process 21-31
Reverting AsyncOS for an Appliance Managed by the SMA
Reverting AsyncOS for Web to a Previous Version 21-32
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Troubleshooting
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Authentication Problems A-1
LDAP Problems A-2
LDAP User Fails Authentication due to NTLMSSP A-2
LDAP Authentication Fails due to LDAP Referral A-2
Basic Authentication Problems A-2
Basic Authentication Fails A-2
Single Sign-On Problems A-3
Users Erroneously Prompted for Credentials A-3
Browser Problems A-3
WPAD Not Working With Firefox
A-3
DNS Problems A-3
Alert: Failed to Bootstrap the DNS Cache
Feature Keys Expired
A-3
A-4
FTP Problems A-4
URL Categories Do Not Block Some FTP Sites A-4
Large FTP Transfers Disconnect A-4
Zero Byte File Appears On FTP Servers After File Upload
A-4
HTTPS/Decryption/Certificate Problems A-4
Accessing HTTPS Sites Using Routing Policies with URL Category Criteria A-5
HTTPS Request Failures A-5
HTTPS with IP-based Surrogates and Transparent Requests A-5
Bypassing Decryption for Particular Websites A-5
Alert: Problem with Security Certificate A-6
Logging Problems A-6
Custom URL Categories Not Appearing in Access Log Entries A-6
Logging HTTPS Transactions A-6
Alert: Unable to Maintain the Rate of Data Being Generated A-7
Problem Using Third-Party Log-Analyzer Tool with W3C Access Logs
A-7
Policy Problems A-7
Access Policy not Configurable for HTTPS A-7
Blocked Object Problems A-8
Some Microsoft Office Files Not Blocked A-8
Blocking DOS Executable Object Types Blocks Updates for Windows OneCare
Identity Disappeared from Policy A-8
Policy Match Failures A-8
Policy is Never Applied A-8
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HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication A-9
User Matches Global Policy for HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests A-9
User Assigned Incorrect Access Policy A-9
Policy Troubleshooting Tool: Policy Trace A-10
About the Policy Trace Tool A-10
Tracing Client Requests A-10
Customizing Request Details A-11
Overriding Response Details A-11
Site Access Problems A-12
Cannot Access URLs that Do Not Support Authentication
Cannot Access Sites With POST Requests A-12
A-12
Upstream Proxy Problems A-13
Upstream Proxy Does Not Receive Basic Credentials A-13
Client Requests Fail Upstream Proxy A-13
Unable to Route FTP Requests Via an Upstream Proxy A-13
WCCP Problems A-13
Maximum Port Entries
CHAPTER
B
Command Line Interface
A-13
B-1
Overview of the Command Line Interface
B-1
Accessing the Command Line Interface B-1
Working with the Command Prompt B-2
Command Syntax B-2
Select Lists B-2
Yes/No Queries B-3
Subcommands B-3
Escaping Subcommands B-3
Command History B-4
Completing Commands B-4
Committing Configuration Changes B-4
General Purpose CLI Commands B-4
Committing Configuration Changes B-4
Clearing Configuration Changes B-5
Exiting the Command Line Interface Session B-5
Seeking Help on the Command Line Interface B-6
Web Security Appliance CLI Commands
Documentation Set
Training
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Cisco Support Community
Customer Support
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Third Party Contributors
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Introduction to the Product and the Release
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Introduction to the Web Security Appliance, page 1-1
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What’s New in This Release, page 1-1
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Using the Appliance Web Interface, page 1-3
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The Cisco SensorBase Network, page 1-4
Introduction to the Web Security Appliance
The Cisco Web Security Appliance intercepts and monitors internet traffic and applies policies to help
keep your internal network secure from malware, sensitive data loss, productivity loss, and other
internet-based threats.
What’s New in This Release
The following new features and enhancements have been added in this release.
Feature
Description
New Features
Cloud Web
Security
Connector
The 8.0 release introduces a new configuration mode, which allows you to connect
to and direct traffic to Cisco Cloud Web Security for policy enforcement and threat
defense. Documentation for the Cloud Connector is in Chapter 3 of the User Guide,
“Connect the Appliance to a Cloud Web Security Tower.” To put the Web Security
appliance in Cloud Connector mode, begin with “Configuring the Cloud
Connector.”
Note
After upgrading to AsyncOS 8.0, if you plan to use the appliance in Cloud
Connector mode, do not put the appliance into Standard mode using the
System Setup Wizard. Put the appliance directly into Cloud Connector
mode.
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Feature
Description
Kerberos
Authentication
Kerberos is a "pass through" authentication protocol for Windows, Mac OS X, and
other operating systems. Due to many operating systems today that no longer
support NTLM or NTLM SSO, Kerberos has become a very popular authentication
protocol. This feature supports Kerberos Version 5 (MS KRB5 and KRB5), and AD
servers such as 2003, 2008, 2008R2, and 2012. We also support the following
internet browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Note
Cisco Web
Security Virtual
Appliance
Active Directory realms created with appliances using AsyncOS versions
prior to 8.0 will not have the Kerberos scheme available.
Cisco offers the Cisco Web Security appliance as a virtual machine that you can
host on your own network.
The virtual appliance requires a separate license for the virtual appliance purchased
from Cisco and a Cisco UCS Server (Blade or Rack-Mounted) hardware platform
running VMware ESXi version 4.x, 5.0, or 5.1.
The Cisco Content Security Virtual Appliance Installation Guide includes more
information on the requirements for the virtual appliance.
The new Web Security virtual appliance models and configurations are:
•
S000V (250 GB disk space, 50 GB cache space, 1 core, 4 GB memory)
•
S100V (250 GB disk space, 50 GB cache space, 2 cores, 6 GB memory)
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S300V (1024 GB disk space, 200 GB cache space, 4 cores, 8 GB memory)
This feature includes the following changes to AsyncOS for Web:
•
The Web Security virtual appliance license allows you to clone and run
multiple virtual appliances on your network.
•
The loadlicense CLI command for installing the virtual appliance license.
•
You can use the same license for multiple virtual appliances.
Feature keys are included as part of the virtual appliance license. The feature keys
will expire at the same time as the license. Purchasing new feature keys will require
downloading and installing a new virtual appliance license.
Due to feature keys being included in the virtual appliance license, there are no
30-day evaluations for AsyncOS features.
You cannot open a Technical Support tunnel before installing the virtual appliance
license.
The version, ipcheck, and support request CLI commands have also been updated
to included virtual appliance information.
There are new alerts and logs for misconfigured virtual appliances.
See the Cisco Content Security Virtual Appliance Installation Guide at
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10164/prod_installation_guides_list.htm
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Feature
Description
IPv6 Support
IPv6 is supported in both explicit and transparent deployment modes. The IPv6
feature is designed to have the same familiar configuration interface as IPv4.
Existing features such as HTTP/HTTPS/FTP, L4TM, Proxy bypass, URL
categorization, AVC, among many others all are IPv6 ready. Logs and reports are
largely unchanged but offer additional visibility into IPv6 traffic.
Enhancements
User Interface
AsyncOS 8.0.0 introduces an easier to use interface that allows "drag and drop"
capabilities. The "view reports" page, favorites page, and other interfaces allow
user to drag and drop to rearrange items on the screen, such as ordering a list or
moving components of the reports dashboard to a different location.
Related Topics
•
Product release notes:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps10164/prod_release_notes_list.html
Using the Appliance Web Interface
•
Web Interface Browser Requirements, page 1-3
•
Accessing the Appliance Web Interface, page 1-3
•
Committing Changes in the Web Interface, page 1-4
•
Clearing Changes in the Web Interface, page 1-4
Web Interface Browser Requirements
To access the web interface, your browser must support and be enabled to accept JavaScript and cookies.
It must be able to render HTML pages containing Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
The Cisco Web Security Appliance follows the Target Environments set by YUI:
http://yuilibrary.com/yui/environments/
Your session automatically times out after 30 minutes of inactivity.
Some buttons and links in the web interface cause additional windows to open. Therefore, you may need
to configure the browser’s pop-up blocking settings in order to use the web interface.
Note
Only use one browser window or tab at a time to edit the appliance configuration. Also, do not edit the
appliance using the web interface and the CLI at the same time. Editing the appliance from multiple
places concurrently results in unexpected behavior and is not supported.
Accessing the Appliance Web Interface
Step 1
Open a browser and enter the IP address (or hostname) of the Web Security appliance. If the appliance
has not been previously configured, use the default settings:
https://192.168.42.42:8443
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-orhttp://192.168.42.42:8080
where 192.168.42.42 is the default IP address, and 8080 is the default admin port setting for HTTP,
and 8443 is default admin port for HTTPS.
Otherwise, if the appliance is currently configured, use the IP address (or hostname) of the M1 port.
Note
You must use a port number when connecting to the appliance (by default, port 8080). Failing to specify
a port number when accessing the web interface results in a default port 80, Proxy Unlicensed error page.
Step 2
When the appliance login screen appears, enter the username and password to access the appliance. By
default, the appliance ships with the following username and password:
•
Username: admin
•
Password: ironport
Committing Changes in the Web Interface
Note
You can make multiple configuration changes before you commit all of them.
Step 1
Click the Commit Changes button.
Step 2
Enter comments in the Comment field if you choose.
Step 3
Click Commit Changes.
Clearing Changes in the Web Interface
Step 1
Click the Commit Changes button.
Step 2
Click Abandon Changes.
The Cisco SensorBase Network
The Cisco SensorBase Network is a threat management database that tracks millions of domains around
the world and maintains a global watch list for Internet traffic. SensorBase provides Cisco with an
assessment of reliability for known Internet domains. The Web Security appliance uses the SensorBase
data feeds to improve the accuracy of Web Reputation Scores.
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SensorBase Benefits and Privacy
Participating in the Cisco SensorBase Network means that Cisco collects data and shares that
information with the SensorBase threat management database. This data includes information about
request attributes and how the appliance handles requests.
Cisco recognizes the importance of maintaining your privacy, and does not collect or use personal or
confidential information such as usernames and passwords. Additionally, the file names and URL
attributes that follow the hostname are obfuscated to ensure confidentiality. When it comes to decrypted
HTTPS transactions, the SensorBase Network only receives the IP address, web reputation score, and
URL category of the server name in the certificate.
If you agree to participate in the SensorBase Network, data sent from your appliance is transferred
securely using HTTPS. Sharing data improves Cisco’s ability to react to web-based threats and protect
your corporate environment from malicious activity.
Enabling Participation in The Cisco SensorBase Network
Note
Standard SensorBase Network Participation is enabled by default during system setup.
Step 1
Choose to the Security Services > SensorBase.
Step 2
Verify that SensorBase Network Participation is enabled.
When it is disabled, none of the data that the appliance collects is sent back to the SensorBase Network
servers.
Step 3
Step 4
In the Participation Level section, choose one of the following levels:
•
Limited. Basic participation summarizes server name information and sends MD5-hashed path
segments to the SensorBase Network servers.
•
Standard. Enhanced participation sends the entire URL with unobfuscated path segments to the
SensorBase Network servers. This option assists in providing a more robust database, and
continually improves the integrity of Web Reputation Scores.
In the AnyConnect Network Participation field, choose whether or not to include information collected
from clients that connect to the Web Security appliance using Cisco AnyConnect Client.
AnyConnect Clients send their web traffic to the appliance using the Secure Mobility feature.
Step 5
In the Excluded Domains and IP Addresses field, optionally enter any domains or IP addresses to
exclude from traffic sent to the SensorBase servers.
Step 6
Submit and commit your changes.
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Overview of Deploy a Content Security Virtual Appliance, page 2-1.
•
Task Overview, page 2-1
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Migrating a Virtual Appliance to an Alternate Physical Host, page 2-1
Overview of Deploy a Content Security Virtual Appliance
Cisco offers the Cisco Web Security appliance as a virtual machine that you can host on your own
network. The virtual appliance requires a separate license for the virtual appliance purchased from Cisco
and a Cisco UCS Server (Blade or Rack-Mounted) hardware platform running VMware ESXi version
4.x, 5.0, or 5.1.
Task Overview
Task
More Information
1.
Connect, install, and configure the physical appliance. Connect, Install, and Configure.
2.
Use the loadlicense command to load the virtual
appliance license.
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3.
Use the provided worksheet to gather basic setup
information.
Gathering Setup Information, page 3-5.
4.
Run the System Setup Wizard on the virtual appliance. System Setup Wizard, page 3-6.
Migrating a Virtual Appliance to an Alternate Physical Host
You can use VMware® VMotion™ to migrate a running virtual appliance to an alternate physical host:
Before You Begin
•
Verify that both the physical hosts have the same network configuration.
•
Verify that both physical hosts have access to the datastore (storage area network (SAN) or
Network-attached storage (NAS)) for the appliance on which the appliance is based.
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•
Step 1
Verify that both physical hosts have access to the defined network(s) to which the appliance's
interfaces are mapped.
Migrate the virtual appliance using VMotion documentation.
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Overview of Connect, Install, and Configure, page 3-1.
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Connecting the Appliance, page 3-2.
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Gathering Setup Information, page 3-5.
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System Setup Wizard, page 3-6
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Upstream Proxies, page 3-13
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Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces, page 3-16
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Using the P2 Data Interface for Web Proxy Data, page 3-17
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Changing the System Hostname, page 3-30
•
DNS Settings, page 3-31
Overview of Connect, Install, and Configure
The appliance works in conjunction with other network devices to intercept traffic. These can include
switches, transparent redirection devices, network taps, and other proxy servers or Web Security
appliances.
The appliance comes with multiple network ports, with each assigned to manage one or more specific
data types.
The appliance uses network routes, DNS, VLANs, and other settings and services to manage network
connectivity and traffic interception. The System Setup Wizard allows you to set up basic services and
settings, and through the appliance web interface which allows you to modify settings or to configure
additional options.
Task Overview for Connecting, Installing, and Configuring
Task
More Information
1.
Connect the appliance to internet traffic.
Connecting the Appliance, page 3-2
2.
Gather and record setup information.
Gathering Setup Information, page 3-5
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Task
More Information
3.
Run the System Setup Wizard.
System Setup Wizard, page 3-6
4.
(Optional) Connect upstream proxies.
Upstream Proxies, page 3-13
Connecting the Appliance
Before You Begin
•
Follow the instructions in the Cisco 170 Series Hardware Installation Guide to mount the appliance,
cable the appliance for management, and connect the appliance to power.
•
If you plan to physically connect the Appliance to a WCCP v2 router for transparent redirection,
first verify that the WCCP router supports Layer 2 redirection.
•
Be aware of Cisco configuration recommendations:
– Use simplex cabling (separate cables for incoming and outgoing traffic) if possible for enhanced
performance and security.
Step 1
Connect the Management interface if you have not already done so:
Ethernet Port
Notes
M1
Connect M1 to where it can:
•
Send and receive Management traffic.
•
(Optional) Send and receive web proxy data traffic.
You can connect a laptop directly to M1 to administer the appliance.
To connect to the management interface using a hostname
(http://hostname:8080), add the appliance hostname and IP address to your DNS
server database.
P1 and P2 (optional)
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Available for outbound management services traffic but not administration.
•
Enable "Restrict M1 port to appliance management services only” Network
> Interfaces page.
•
Set routing for the service to use the Data interface.
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Step 2
(Optional) Connect the appliance to data traffic either directly or through a transparent redirection
device:
Ethernet Port
Explicit Forwarding
Transparent Redirection
P1/P2
P1 only:
Device: WCCP v2 router:
•
Enable "Restrict M1 port to
appliance management services
only”.
•
Connect P1 and M1 to different
subnets.
•
For Layer 2 redirection, physically
connect router to P1/P2.
•
For Layer 3 redirection, be aware of
possible performance issues with
Generic Routing Encapsulation.
Use a duplex cable to connect
• Create a WCCP Service on the
P1 the internal network and the
Appliance.
internet to receive both inbound
Device: Layer-4 Switch:
and outbound traffic.
• For Layer 2 redirection, physically
P1 and P2
connect switch to P1/P2.
• Enable P1.
• For Layer 3 redirection, be aware of
•
•
Connect M1, P1, and P2 to
different subnets.
•
Connect P2 to the internet to
receive inbound internet traffic.
possible performance issues with
Generic Routing Encapsulation.
Note
After running the System Setup
Wizard, enable P2.
M1 (optional)
If "Restrict M1 port to appliance
management services only” is
disabled, M1 is the default port for
data traffic.
The appliance does not support
inline mode.
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Step 3
(Optional) To monitor Layer-4 traffic, connect the Appliance to a TAP, switch, or hub after the proxy
ports and before any device that performs network address translation (NAT) on client IP addresses:
Ethernet Port
Notes
T1/T2
To allow Layer-4 Traffic Monitor blocking, put Layer 4Traffic Monitor on the same
network as the Web Security appliance.
Recommended configuration:
Device: Network TAP:
•
Connect T1 to network TAP to receive outbound client traffic.
•
Connect T2 to network TAP to receive inbound internet traffic.
Other options:
Device: Network TAP:
•
Use duplex cable on T1 to receive inbound and outbound traffic.
Device: Spanned or mirrored port on a switch
•
Connect T1 to receive outbound client traffic and connect T2 to receive inbound
internet traffic.
•
(Less preferred) Connect T1 using a half or full duplex cable to receive both
inbound and outbound traffic.
Device: Hub:
•
(Least preferred) Connect T1 using a duplex cable to receive both inbound and
outbound traffic.
The appliance listens to traffic on all TCP ports on these interfaces.
Step 4
Connect external proxies upstream of the appliance to allow the external proxies to receive data from the
appliance.
Next Step
•
Gathering Setup Information, page 3-5
Related Topics
•
Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces, page 3-16
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Using the P2 Data Interface for Web Proxy Data, page 3-17
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Adding and Editing a WCCP Service, page 3-21
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Configuring Transparent Redirection, page 3-20
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Upstream Proxies, page 3-13
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Gathering Setup Information
You can use the worksheet below to record the configuration values you will need while running the
System Setup Wizard. For additional information about each property, see System Setup Wizard
Reference Information, page 3-7.
System Setup Wizard Worksheet
Property
Value
Property
Appliance Details
Routes
Default System Hostname
Management Traffic
Local DNS Server(s)
Default Gateway
Value
(Required if not using
Internet Root Servers)
DNS Server 1
(Optional) Static Route Table
Name
(Optional) DNS Server 2
(Optional) Static Route Table
Destination Network
(Optional) DNS Server 3
(Optional) Standard Service
Router Addresses
(Optional) Time Settings
(Optional) Data Traffic
Network Time Protocol
Server
Default Gateway
(Optional) External Proxy
Details
Static Route Table Name
Proxy Group Name
Static Route Table
Destination Network
Proxy Server Address
(Optional) WCCP Settings
Proxy Port Number
WCCP Router Address
Interface Details
WCCP Router Password
Management (M1) Port
Administrative Settings
IPv4 Address (required)
Administrator Password
IPv6 Address (optional)
Network Mask
Email System Alerts To
Hostname
(Optional) SMTP Relay Host
(Optional) Data (P1) Port
IPv4 (optional)
IPv6 Address (optional)
Network Mask
Hostname
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System Setup Wizard
Before You Begin:
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Connect the Appliance to networks and devices. Connecting the Appliance, page 3-2
•
Complete the System Setup Wizard worksheet.Gathering Setup Information, page 3-5.
•
If you are preparing to run the System Setup Wizard on a virtual appliance, use the loadlicense
command to load the virtual appliance license. Cisco Security Virtual Appliance Installation Guide.
•
Note that reference information for each configuration item used in the System Setup Wizard is
available at System Setup Wizard Reference Information, page 3-7.
Warning
Only use the System Setup Wizard the first time you install the appliance or if you want to completely
overwrite the existing configuration.
Step 1
Open a browser and enter the IP address of the Web Security appliance. The first time you run the System
Setup Wizard, use the default IP address:
https://192.168.42.42:8443
-orhttp://192.168.42.42:8080
where 192.168.42.42 is the default IP address, and 8080 is the default admin port setting for HTTP,
and 8443 is default admin port for HTTPS.
Otherwise, if the appliance is currently configured, use the IP address of the M1 port.
Step 2
When the appliance login screen appears, enter the username and password to access the appliance. By
default, the appliance ships with the following username and password:
•
Username: admin
•
Password: ironport
Step 3
Choose System Administration > System Setup Wizard.
Step 4
If the appliance is already configured, you will be warned that you are about to reset the configuration.
To continue with the System Setup Wizard, click the Reset Configuration button. The appliance will
reset and the browser will refresh to the appliance home screen. Begin again at Step 3.
Step 5
Read and accept the terms of the end user license agreement.
Step 6
Click Begin Setup to continue.
Step 7
Configure all settings using the provided reference tables as required.
Step 8
Review the configuration information. If you need to change an option, click the Edit button for that
section.
Step 9
Click Install This Configuration.
A Next Steps page should appear once the configuration installed. However, depending on the IP,
hostname, or DNS settings you configured during setup, you may lose connection to the appliance at this
stage. If a page not found is displayed in your browser, change the URL to reflect any new address
settings and reload the page. Then continue with any post setup tasks you wish to perform.
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Network / System Settings
Table 3-1
Property
Description
Default System
Hostname
The system hostname is the fully-qualified hostname used to identify the
appliance in the following areas:
•
the command line interface (CLI)
•
system alerts
•
end-user notification and acknowledgement pages
•
when forming the machine NetBIOS name when the Web Security
appliance joins an Active Directory domain.
The system hostname does not correspond directly to interface hostnames
and is not used by clients to connect to the appliance.
DNS Server(s): 
You can choose to use the Internet root DNS servers for domain name service
Use the Internet’s Root lookups when the appliance does not have access to DNS servers on your
DNS Servers
network.
Note
Internet Root DNS servers will not resolve local hostnames. If you
need the appliance to resolve local hostnames you must use a local
DNS server or add the appropriate static entries to the local DNS
using the Command Line Interface.
DNS Server(s): 
The local DNS server(s) that the appliance can use to resolve hostnames.
Use these DNS Servers
NTP Server
The Network Time Protocol (NTP) server used to synchronize the system
clock with other servers on the network or the Internet.
The default is time.sco.cisco.com.
Time Zone
Affects timestamps in message headers and log files.
Related Topics
•
DNS Settings, page 3-31
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Network / Network Context
When you use the Web Security appliance in a network that contains another proxy server, it is
recommended that you place the Web Security appliance downstream from the proxy server,
closer to the clients.
Note
Table 3-2
Property
Description
Is there another
Is there another proxy on your network, such that
web proxy on your
a. traffic must pass through it?
network?
b. it will be upstream of the Web Security appliance?
If yes for both points, select the checkbox. This allows you to create a proxy group
for one upstream proxy. You can add more upstream proxies later.
Proxy group name A name used to identify the proxy group on the appliance.
Address
The hostname or IP address of the upstream proxy server.
Port
The port number of the upstream proxy server.
Related Topics
•
Upstream Proxies, page 3-13
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Table 3-3
Property
Description
Management
The IP address, network mask, and hostname to use to manage the Web Security
appliance and, by default, for proxy (data) traffic.
Administrators can use the hostname specified here when connecting to the
appliance management interface (or in browser proxy settings if M1 is used for
proxy data), but you must register it in your organization’s DNS.
(Optional) Check the Use M1 Port For Management Only checkbox if you want
to use a separate port for data traffic.
Note
Data
When you use M1 for management traffic only, configure at least one data
interface, on another subnet, for proxy traffic. You must also define
different routes for management and data traffic.
The IP address, network mask, and hostname to use for data traffic on the P1 port.
This must use a different subnet to that used by the management port.
Clients can use the hostname specified here (in browser proxy settings, for
example) but you must register it in your organization’s DNS.
If you configure the M1 interface for management traffic only, you must configure
the P1 interface for data traffic. However, you can configure the P1 interface even
when the M1 interface is used for both management and data traffic.
You can enable and configure the P1 port only in the System Setup Wizard. If you
want to enable the P2 interface, you must do this after finishing the System Setup
Wizard.
Layer-4 Traffic
Monitor
The type of wired connections plugged into the “T” interfaces:
•
Duplex TAP. The T1 port receives both incoming and outgoing traffic.
•
Simplex TAP. The T1 port receives outgoing traffic (from the clients to the
Internet) and the T2 port receives incoming traffic (from the Internet to the
clients).
Cisco recommends using Simplex when possible because it can increase
performance and security.
Network / Routes for Management and Data Traffic
Note
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Table 3-4
Property
Description
Default Gateway
The default gateway IP address to use for the traffic through the Management and
Data interfaces.
Static Routes
Table
Optional static routes for management and data traffic. Multiple routes can be
added. A route gateway must reside on the same subnet as the Management or
Data interface on which it is configured.
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Table 3-5
Property
Description
Layer-4 Switch or Specifies that the Web Security appliance is connected to a layer 4 switch for
No Device
transparent redirection, or that no transparent redirection device is used and clients
will explicitly forward requests to the appliance.
WCCP v2 Router
Specifies that the Web Security appliance is connected to a version 2 WCCP
capable router.
If you connect the appliance to a version 2 WCCP router, you must create at least
one WCCP service. You can enable the standard service on this screen, or after the
System Setup Wizard is finished, where you can also create multiple dynamic
services.
When you enable the standard service, you can also enable router security and
enter a password. The password used here must be used all appliances and WCCP
routers within the same service group.
A standard service type (also known as the “web-cache” service) is assigned a
fixed ID of zero, a fixed redirection method (by destination port), and a fixed
destination port of 80.
A dynamic service type allows you to define a custom ID, port numbers, and
redirection and load balancing options.
Network / Administrative Settings
Table 3-6
Property
Description
Administrator
Password
The password used to access the Web Security appliance for administrative
purposes.
Email System Alerts The email address to which the appliance sends systems alerts.
To
Send Email via
SMTP Relay Host
(optional)
The address and port for an SMTP relay host that AsyncOS can use to send
system generated email messages.
If no SMTP relay host is defined, AsyncOS uses the mail servers listed in the
MX record.
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Property
Description
AutoSupport
Specifies whether or not the appliance sends system alerts and weekly status
report to Cisco Customer Support.
SensorBase Network Specifies whether or not to participate in the Cisco SensorBase Network. If you
Participation
participate, you can configure Limited or Standard (full) participation. Default
is Standard.
The SensorBase Network is a threat management database that tracks millions
of domains around the world and maintains a global watch list for Internet
traffic. When you enable SensorBase Network Participation, the Web Security
appliance sends anonymous statistics about HTTP requests to Cisco to increase
the value of SensorBase Network data.
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Security / Security Settings
Table 3-7
Option
Description
Global Policy
Default Action
Specifies whether to block or monitor all web traffic by default after the System
Setup Wizard completes. You can change this behavior later by editing the
Protocols and User Agents settings for the Global Access Policy. The default
setting is to monitor traffic.
L4 Traffic Monitor
Specifies whether the Layer-4 Traffic Monitor should monitor or block
suspected malware by default after the System Setup Wizard completes. You can
change this behavior later. The default setting is to monitor traffic.
Acceptable Use
Controls
Specifies whether or not to enable Acceptable Use Controls.
If enabled, Acceptable Use Controls allow you to configure policies based on
URL filtering. They also provide application visibility and control, as well as
related options such as safe search enforcement. The default setting is enabled.
Reputation Filtering Specifies whether or not to enable Web Reputation filtering for the Global Policy
Group.
Web Reputation Filters is a security feature that analyzes web server behavior
and assigns a reputation score to a URL to determine the likelihood that it
contains URL-based malware. The default setting is enabled.
Malware and
Spyware Scanning
Specifies whether or not to enable malware and spyware scanning using
Webroot, McAfee, or Sophos. The default setting to that all three options are
enabled.
If any option is enabled, also choose whether to monitor or block detected
malware. The default setting is to monitor malware.
You can further configure malware scanning after you finish the System Setup
Wizard.
Cisco Data Security Specifies whether or not to enable Cisco Data Security Filters.
Filtering
If enabled, the Cisco Data Security Filters evaluate data leaving the network and
allow you to create Cisco Data Security Policies to block particular types of
upload requests. The default setting is enabled.
Upstream Proxies
The web proxy can forward web traffic directly to its destination web server or use routing policies to
redirect it to an external upstream proxy.
•
Upstream Proxies Task Overview, page 3-14
•
Creating Proxy Groups for Upstream Proxies, page 3-14
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Task
More Information
1.
Connect the external proxy upstream of the Cisco Web
Security Appliance.
Connecting the Appliance, page 3-2.
2.
Create and configure a proxy group for the upstream
proxy.
Creating Proxy Groups for Upstream Proxies, page 3-14.
3.
Create a routing policy for the proxy group to manage
which traffic is routed to the upstream proxy.
Create Policies to Control Internet Requests
Creating Proxy Groups for Upstream Proxies
Step 1
Choose Network > Upstream Proxies.
Step 2
Click Add Group.
Step 3
Complete the Proxy Group settings.
Property
Description
Name
The name used to identify proxy groups on the appliance, such as in routing
policies, for example.
Proxy Servers
The address, port and reconnection attempts (should a proxy not respond) for
the proxy servers in the group. Rows for each proxy server can be added or
deleted as required.
Note
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load distribution among the proxies in the proxy group.
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Property
Description
Load Balancing
The strategy that the web proxy uses to load balance requests between
multiple upstream proxies. Choose from:
•
None (failover). The Web Proxy directs transactions to one external
proxy in the group. It tries to connect to the proxies in the order they are
listed. If one proxy cannot be reached, the Web Proxy attempts to
connect to the next one in the list.
•
Fewest connections. The Web Proxy keeps track of how many active
requests are with the different proxies in the group and it directs a
transaction to the proxy currently servicing the fewest number of
connections.
•
Hash based. Least recently used. The Web Proxy directs a transaction
to the proxy that least recently received a transaction if all proxies are
currently active. This setting is similar to round robin except the Web
Proxy also takes into account transactions a proxy has received by being
a member in a different proxy group. That is, if a proxy is listed in
multiple proxy groups, the “least recently used” option is less likely to
overburden that proxy.
•
Round robin. The Web Proxy cycles transactions equally among all
proxies in the group in the listed order.
The Load Balancing option is dimmed until two or more proxies
have been defined.
Note
Failure Handling
Step 4
Specifies the default action to take if all proxies in this group fail. Choose
from:
•
Connect directly. Send the requests directly to their destination servers.
•
Drop requests. Discard the requests without forwarding them.
Submit and commit your changes.
Next Step.
•
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Network Interfaces
•
IP Address Versions, page 3-15
•
Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces, page 3-16
IP Address Versions
In Standard mode, Cisco Web Security Appliance supports IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in most cases.
Note
In Cloud Connector mode, Cisco Web Security Appliance supports IPv4 only.
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A DNS server may return a result with both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address. DNS settings include an IP
Address Version Preference to configure AsyncOS behavior in these cases.
Interface/Service
IPv4
IPv6
Notes
M1 interface
Required
Optional
Use of IPv6 addresses requires an IPv6
routing table that defines the default IPv6
gateway. Depending on the network, you
may also need to specify a static IPv6 route
in the routing table.
P1 interface
Optional
Optional
If the P1 interface has an IPv6 address
configured and the appliance uses split
routing (separate management and data
routes), then the P1 interface cannot use the
IPv6 gateway configured on the
Management route. Instead, specify an IPv6
gateway for the Data routing table.
P2 interface
Optional
Optional
—
Data services
Supported
Supported
—
Control and Management Services
Supported
Partially Supported Images, for example custom logos on
end-user notification pages, require IPv4.
AnyConnect Secure Mobility (MUS)
Supported
Not Supported
Related Topics
•
Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces, page 3-16
•
DNS Settings, page 3-31
Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces
•
Add or modify interface IP addresses
•
Change the Layer-4 Traffic Monitor wiring type
•
Enable split routing of management and data traffic
Step 1
Choose Network > Interfaces.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
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Configure the Interface options.
Table 3-8
Option
Description
Interfaces
Modify or add new IPv4 or IPv6 Address, Netmask, and Hostname details for
the M1, P1, or P2 interfaces as required.
M1 (Management). AsyncOS requires an IPv4 address for M1. In addition to
the IPv4 address, you can specify an IPv6 address. By default, the Management
interface is used to administer the appliance and Web Proxy (data) monitoring.
However, you can configure the M1 port for management use only.
P1 & P2 (Data). Use an IPv4 address, IPv6 address, or use both versions. The
Data interfaces are used for Web Proxy monitoring and Layer-4 Traffic Monitor
blocking (optional). You can also configure these interfaces to support outbound
services such as DNS, software upgrades, NTP, and traceroute data traffic.
Note
If the Management and Data interfaces are all configured, each must be
assigned IP addresses on different subnets
Separate Routing for Specifies whether to use M1 for management data only and to use a separate port
Management
for data traffic.
Services
Note
When you use M1 for management traffic only, configure at least one
data interface, on another subnet, for proxy traffic. Define different
routes for management and data traffic.
Step 4
Appliance
Management
Services
The HTTP and HTTPS ports that the appliance management services listen on.
Also, specifies whether to redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS.
L4 Traffic Monitor
The Layer-4 Traffic Monitor interfaces are used to configure a duplex or simplex
wiring type.
•
Duplex. The T1 interface receives incoming and outgoing traffic.
•
Simplex. T1 receives outgoing traffic and T2 receives incoming traffic.
Submit and commit your changes.
Next Steps
•
If you added an IPv6 address, add an IPv6 routing table.
Related Topics
•
Connecting the Appliance, page 3-2.
•
IP Address Versions, page 3-15
•
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes, page 3-18.
Using the P2 Data Interface for Web Proxy Data
By default, the web proxy does not listen for requests on P2, even when enabled. However, you can
configure P2 to listen for web proxy data.
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Before You Begin
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Enable P2 (you must also enable P1 if not already enabled) (see Enabling or Changing Network
Interfaces, page 3-16).
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Use the advancedproxyconfig -> miscellaneous commands to access the required area
example.com> advancedproxyconfig
Choose a parameter group:
- AUTHENTICATION - Authentication related parameters
- CACHING - Proxy Caching related parameters
- DNS - DNS related parameters
- EUN - EUN related parameters
- NATIVEFTP - Native FTP related parameters
- FTPOVERHTTP - FTP Over HTTP related parameters
- HTTPS - HTTPS related parameters
- SCANNING - Scanning related parameters
- PROXYCONN - Proxy connection header related parameters
- CUSTOMHEADERS - Manage custom request headers for specific domains
- MISCELLANEOUS - Miscellaneous proxy related parameters
- SOCKS - SOCKS Proxy parameters
Step 3
[]> miscellaneous
Step 4
Press Enter past each question until the question:
Do you want proxy to listen on P2?
Enter ‘y’ for this question.
Step 5
Press Enter past the remaining questions.
Step 6
Commit your changes.
If you enable P2 to listen for client requests using the advancedproxyconfig > miscellaneous CLI
command, you can choose whether to use P1 or P2 for outgoing traffic. To use P1 for outgoing traffic,
change the Default Route for data traffic to specify the next IP address that the P1 interface is connected
to. Related Topics
• Connecting the Appliance, page 3-2.
•
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes, page 3-18.
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes
Routes are used for determining where to send (or route) network traffic. The Web Security appliance
needs to route the following kinds of traffic:
•
Data traffic. Traffic the Web Proxy processes from end users browsing the web.
•
Management traffic. Traffic created by managing the appliance through the web interface and
traffic the appliance creates for management services, such as AsyncOS upgrades, component
updates, DNS, authentication, and more.
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By default, both kinds of traffic use the routes defined for all configured network interfaces. However,
you can choose to split the routes (“split routing”) so that the M1 interface is only used for management
traffic. When you enable split routing, data traffic only uses the routes configured for the data interfaces
(P1 and P2, if configured), and management traffic uses the routes configured for all configured network
interfaces.
The number of sections on the Network > Routes page is determined by whether or not split routing is
enabled:
Note
•
Separate route configuration sections for Management and Data traffic (split routing enabled).
When you use the Management interface for management traffic only (“Restrict M1 port” is
enabled), then this page includes two sections to enter routes, one for management traffic and one
for data traffic.
•
One route configuration section for all traffic (split routing enabled). When you use the
Management interface for both management and data traffic (“Restrict M1 port” is disabled), then
this page includes one section to enter routes for all traffic that leaves the Web Security appliance,
both management and data traffic.
A route gateway must reside on the same subnet as the Management or Data interface on which it is
configured. If multiple data ports are enabled, the web proxy sends out transactions on the data interface
that is on the same network as the default gateway configured for data traffic.
Related Topics
•
To enable split routing of management and data traffic, see Enabling or Changing Network
Interfaces, page 3-16
Modifying the Default Route
Step 1
Choose Network > Routes.
Step 2
Click on Default Route in the Management or Data table as required (or the combined
Management/Data table if split routing is not enabled).
Step 3
In the Gateway column, enter the IP address of the computer system on the next hop of the network
connected to the network interface you are editing.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Adding a Route
Step 1
Choose Network > Routes.
Step 2
Click the Add Route button corresponding to the interface for which you are creating the route.
Step 3
Enter a Name, Destination Network, and Gateway.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
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Saving and Loading Routing Tables
Step 1
Note
Choose Network > Routes.
•
To save a route table, click Save Route Table and specify where to save the file.
•
To load a saved route table, click Load Route Table, navigate to the file, open it, and submit and
commit your changes.
When the destination address is on the same subnet as one of the physical network interfaces, AsyncOS
sends data using the network interface with the same subnet. It does not consult the routing tables.
Deleting a Route
Step 1
Choose Network > Routes.
Step 2
Check the checkbox in the Delete column for the appropriate route.
Step 3
Click Delete and confirm.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces, page 3-16.
Configuring Transparent Redirection
Specifying a Transparent Redirection Device
Before You Begin
•
Connect the appliance to a Layer-4 switch or a WCCP v2 router.
Step 1
Choose Network > Transparent Redirection.
Step 2
Click Edit Device.
Step 3
Choose the type of device that transparently redirects traffic to the appliance from the Type drop-down
list.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Step 5
For WCCP v2 devices, complete these additional steps:
a.
Configure the WCCP device using device documentation.
b.
Add a WCCP service.
c.
If IP spoofing is enabled on the appliance, create a second WCCP service.
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Related Topics
•
Connecting the Appliance, page 3-2.
•
Configuring WCCP Services, page 3-21.
Configuring WCCP Services
A WCCP service is an appliance configuration that defines a service group to a WCCP v2 router. It
includes information such as the service ID and ports used. Service groups allow a web proxy to establish
connectivity with a WCCP router and to handle redirected traffic from the router.
Adding and Editing a WCCP Service
Before You Begin
•
Configure the appliance to use a WCCP v2 Router (see Specifying a Transparent Redirection
Device, page 3-20).
Step 1
Choose Network > Transparent Redirection.
Step 2
Click Add Service, or, to edit a WCCP service, click the name of the WCCP service in the Service
Profile Name column.
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Configure the WCCP options as described:
Table 3-9
WCCP Service Option
Description
Service Profile Name
The name for the WCCP service.
Note
Service
If you leave this empty and choose a standard service (see below),
the name ‘web_cache’ is automatically assigned here.
The service group type for the router. Choose from:
Standard service. This service type is assigned a fixed ID of zero, a fixed
redirection method of by destination port, and a fixed destination port of 80.
You can create one standard service only. If a standard service already exists
on the appliance, this option is dimmed.
Dynamic service. This service type allows you to define a custom ID, port
numbers, and redirection and load balancing options. Enter the same
parameters when creating the service on the WCCP router as you entered for
the dynamic service.
If you create a dynamic service, enter the following information:
•
Service ID. Enter any number from 0 to 255 in the Dynamic Service ID
field.
•
Port number(s). Enter up to eight port numbers for traffic to redirect in
the Port Numbers field.
•
Redirection basis. Choose to redirect traffic based on the source or
destination port. Default is destination port.
Note
•
Load balancing basis. When the network uses multiple Web Security
appliances, you can choose how to distribute packets among the
appliances. You can distribute packets based on the server or client
address. When you choose client address, packets from a client always
get distributed to the same appliance. Default is server address.
Router IP Addresses
The IPv4 or IPv6 address for one or more WCCP enabled routers. Use each
router’s unique IP; you cannot enter a multicast address. You cannot mix
IPv4 and IPv6 addresses within a service group.
Router Security
Specifies whether or not to require a password for this service group. If
enabled, every appliance and WCCP router that uses the service group must
use the same password.
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spoofing, choose Redirect based on source port (return path) and set
the source port to 13007.
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Table 3-9
WCCP Service Option
Description
Advanced
Load-Balancing Method. This determines how the router performs load
balancing of packets among multiple Web Security appliances. Choose from:
•
Allow Mask Only. WCCP routers make decisions using hardware in the
router. This method can increase router performance over the hash
method. Not all WCCP routers support mask assignment, however.
•
Allow Hash Only. This method relies on a hash function to make
redirection decisions. This method can be less efficient than the mask
method, but may be the only option the router supports.
•
Allow Hash or Mask. Allows AsyncOS to negotiate a method with the
router. If the router supports mask, then AsyncOS uses masking,
otherwise hashing is used.
Mask Customization. If you select Allow Mask Only or Allow Hash or
Mask, you can customize the mask or specify the number of bits:
Advanced (continued)
•
Custom mask (max 5 bits). You can specify the mask. The web
interface displays the number of bits associated with the mask you
provide.
•
System generated mask. You can let the system generate a mask for
you. Optionally, you can specify the number of bits for the
system-generated mask, up to 5 bits.
Forwarding method. This is the method by which redirected packets are
transported from the router to the web proxy.
Return Method. This is the method by which redirected packets are
transported from the web proxy to the router.
Both the forwarding and return methods use one of the following method
types:
•
Layer 2 (L2). This redirects traffic at layer 2 by replacing the packet’s
destination MAC address with the MAC address of the target web proxy.
The L2 method operates at hardware level and typically offers the best
performance. Not all WCCP routers support L2 forwarding, however. In
addition, WCCP routers only allow L2 negotiation with a directly
(physically) connected Web Security appliance.
•
Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE). This method redirects traffic
at layer 3 by encapsulating the IP packet with a GRE header and a
redirect header. GRE operates at software level, which can impact
performance.
•
•
L2 or GRE. With this option, the appliance uses the method that the
router says it supports. If both the router and appliance support L2 and
GRE, the appliance uses L2.
If the router is not directly connected to the appliance, you must choose
GRE.
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Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Creating WCCP Services for IP Spoofing
Step 1
If you have enabled IP spoofing on the web proxy, create two WCCP services. Create a standard WCCP
service, or create a dynamic WCCP service that redirects traffic based on destination ports.
Step 2
Create a dynamic WCCP service that redirects traffic based on source ports.
Use the same port numbers, router IP address, and router security settings as used for the service created
in Step 1.
Note
Cisco suggests using a service ID number from 90 to 97 for the WCCP service used for the return
path (based on the source port).
Related Topics
•
Web Proxy Cache, page 5-5.
Increasing Interface Capacity Using VLANs
You can configure one or more VLANs to increase the number of networks the Cisco Web Security
Appliance appliance can connect to beyond the number of physical interfaces included. Figure 3-1
provides an example of configuring several VLANs on the P1 interface.
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Figure 3-1
Using VLANs to Increase the Number of Networks Available on the Appliance
Cisco appliance configured for VLAN1,
VLAN2, and VLAN3
VLAN
“Router”
DMZ
NOC
VLAN1
VLAN2
VLAN3
VLANs appear as dynamic “Data Ports” labeled in the format of: “VLAN DDDD” where the “DDDD”
is the ID and is an integer up to 4 digits long (VLAN 2, or VLAN 4094 for example). AsyncOS supports
up to 30 VLANs.
A physical port does not need an IP address configured in order to be in a VLAN. The physical port on
which a VLAN is created can have an IP that will receive non-VLAN traffic, so you can have both VLAN
and non-VLAN traffic on the same interface.
VLANs can only be created on the Management and P1 data ports.
Configuring and Managing VLANs
You can create, edit and delete VLANs via the etherconfig command. Once created, a VLAN can be
configured via the interfaceconfig command in the CLI.
Example 1: Creating a New VLAN
In this example, two VLANs are created (named VLAN 31 and VLAN 34) on the P1 port:
Step 1
Do not create VLANs on the T1 or T2 interfaces.Access the CLI.
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Step 2
Follow the steps shown.
example.com> etherconfig
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- MEDIA - View and edit ethernet media settings.
- VLAN - View and configure VLANs.
- MTU - View and configure MTU.
[]> vlan
VLAN interfaces:
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- NEW - Create a new VLAN.
[]> new
VLAN ID for the interface (Ex: "34"):
[]> 34
Enter the name or number of the ethernet interface you wish bind to:
1. Management
2. P1
3. T1
4. T2
[1]> 2
VLAN interfaces:
1. VLAN
34 (P1)
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- NEW - Create a new VLAN.
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- EDIT - Edit a VLAN.
- DELETE - Delete a VLAN.
[]> new
VLAN ID for the interface (Ex: "34"):
[]> 31
Enter the name or number of the ethernet interface you wish bind to:
1. Management
2. P1
3. T1
4. T2
[1]> 2
VLAN interfaces:
1. VLAN
31 (P1)
2. VLAN
34 (P1)
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- NEW - Create a new VLAN.
- EDIT - Edit a VLAN.
- DELETE - Delete a VLAN.
[]>
Step 3
Commit your changes.
Example 2: Creating an IP Interface on a VLAN
In this example, a new IP interface is created on the VLAN 34 ethernet interface.
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Note
Making changes to an interface may close your connection to the appliance.
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Follow the steps shown.
example.com> interfaceconfig
Currently configured interfaces:
1. Management (10.10.1.10/24 on Management: example.com)
2. P1 (10.10.0.10 on P1: example.com)
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- NEW - Create a new interface.
- EDIT - Modify an interface.
- GROUPS - Define interface groups.
- DELETE - Remove an interface.
[]> new
IP Address (Ex: 10.10.10.10):
[]> 10.10.31.10
Ethernet interface:
1. Management
2. P1
3. VLAN 31
4. VLAN
34
[1]> 4
Netmask (Ex: "255.255.255.0" or "0xffffff00"):
[255.255.255.0]>
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Redirect Hostname and System Hostname
Hostname:
[]> v.example.com
Currently configured interfaces:
1. Management (10.10.1.10/24 on Management: example.com)
2. P1 (10.10.0.10 on P1: example.com)
3. VLAN
34 (10.10.31.10 on VLAN
34: v.example.com)
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- NEW - Create a new interface.
- EDIT - Modify an interface.
- DELETE - Remove an interface.
[]>
example.com> commit
Step 3
Commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Enabling or Changing Network Interfaces, page 3-16.
•
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes, page 3-18.
Redirect Hostname and System Hostname
After running the System Setup Wizard, the System Hostname and the Redirect Hostname are the same.
However, changing the system hostname using the sethostname command does not change the redirect
hostname. Therefore the settings may have different values.
AsyncOS uses the redirect hostname for end-user notifications and acknowledgments.
The system hostname is the fully-qualified hostname used to identify the appliance in the following
areas:
•
The command line interface (CLI)
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Redirect Hostname and System Hostname
•
System alerts
•
When forming the machine NetBIOS name when the Web Security appliance joins an Active
Directory domain.
The system hostname does not correspond directly to interface hostnames and is not used by clients to
connect to the appliance.
Changing the Redirect Hostname
Step 1
In the web user interface, navigate to Network>Authentication.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Enter a new value for Redirect Hostname.
Changing the System Hostname
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Use the sethostname command to change the name of the Web Security appliance:
example.com> sethostname
example.com> hostname.com
example.com> commit
...
hostname.com>
Step 3
Commit your changes.
Configuring SMTP Relay Host Settings
AsyncOS periodically sends system-generated email messages, such as notifications, alerts, and Cisco
Customer Support requests. By default, AsyncOS uses information listed in the MX record on your
domain to send email. However, if the appliance cannot directly reach the mail servers listed in the MX
record, you must configure at least one SMTP relay host on the appliance.
Note
If the Web Security appliance cannot communicate with the mail servers listed in the MX record or any
of the configured SMTP relay hosts, it cannot send email messages and it writes a message in the log
files.
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DNS Settings
You can configure one or more SMTP relay hosts. When you configure multiple SMTP relay hosts,
AsyncOS uses the topmost available SMTP relay host. If an SMTP relay host is unavailable, it tries to
use the one below it in the list.
Configuring an SMTP Relay Host
Step 1
Choose Network > Internal SMTP Relay.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Complete the Internal SMTP Relay settings.
Table 3-10
Property
Description
Relay Hostname or IP
Address
The hostname or IP address to use for the SMTP relay
Port
The port for connecting to the SMTP relay. If this property is left empty, the
appliance uses port 25.
Routing Table to Use
for SMTP
The routing table associated with an appliance network interface, either
Management or Data, to use for connecting to the SMTP relay. Choose
whichever interface is on the same network as the relay system.
Step 4
(Optional) Click Add Row to add additional SMTP relay hosts.
Step 5
Submit and commit your changes.
DNS Settings
AsyncOS for Web can use the Internet root DNS servers or your own DNS servers. When using the
Internet root servers, you can specify alternate servers to use for specific domains. Since an alternate
DNS server applies to a single domain, it must be authoritative (provide definitive DNS records) for that
domain.
•
Split DNS, page 3-31
•
Clearing the DNS Cache, page 3-32
•
Editing DNS Settings, page 3-32
Split DNS
AsyncOS supports split DNS where internal servers are configured for specific domains and external or
root DNS servers are configured for other domains. If you are using your own internal server, you can
also specify exception domains and associated DNS servers.
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DNS Settings
Clearing the DNS Cache
Before You Begin
•
Be aware that using this command might cause a temporary performance degradation while the
cache is repopulated.
Step 1
Choose Network > DNS.
Step 2
Click Clear DNS Cache.
Editing DNS Settings
Step 1
Choose Network > DNS
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Configure the DNS settings as required.
Property
Description
DNS Server(s)
Use these DNS Servers. The local DNS server(s) that the appliance can use to
resolve hostnames.
Use the Internet’s Root DNS Servers. You can choose to use the Internet root
DNS servers for domain name service lookups when the appliance does not have
access to DNS servers on your network.
Note
Internet Root DNS servers will not resolve local hostnames. If you need
the appliance to resolve local hostnames you must use a local DNS
server or add the appropriate static entries to the local DNS using the
Command Line Interface.
Alternate DNS servers Overrides (Optional). Authoritative DNS servers for
particular domains
Routing Table for
DNS Traffic
Specifies which interface the DNS service will route traffic through.
IP Address Version
Preference
When a DNS server provides both an IPv4 and an IPv6 address, AsyncOS uses
this preference to choose the IP address version.
Note
Wait Before Timing
out Reverse DNS
Lookups
The wait time in seconds before timing out non-responsive reverse DNS
lookups.
Domain Search List
A DNS domain search list used when a request is sent to a bare hostname (with
no '.' character). The domains specified will each be attempted in turn, in the
order entered, to see if a DNS match for the hostname plus domain can be found.
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requests.
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Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes, page 3-18
•
IP Address Versions, page 3-15
Troubleshooting Connect, Install, and Configure
•
Upstream Proxy Does Not Receive Basic Credentials, page A-13
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Client Requests Fail Upstream Proxy, page A-13
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Maximum Port Entries, page A-13
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CH A P T E R
4
Connect the Appliance to a Cloud Web Security
Tower
This chapter contains the following information:
•
Overview of Connect the Appliance to a Cloud Web Security Tower, page 4-1
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Documentation, page 4-4
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Deployment, page 4-5
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Configuring the Cloud Connector, page 4-5
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Directory Group Policies in the Cloud, page 4-8
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Bypassing the Cloud Proxy Server, page 4-9
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FTP and HTTPS, page 4-9
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Preventing Loss of Secure Data, page 4-10
•
Cloud Connector Logs, page 4-10
•
Identities and User Authentication, page 4-11
•
Configuration Modes, page 4-11
Overview of Connect the Appliance to a Cloud Web Security
Tower
In Cloud Web Security Connector mode, the appliance connects to and routes traffic to a Cisco Cloud
Web Security tower, where web security policies are enforced. The standard mode of the Web Security
Appliance includes on-site web proxy services and the Layer-4 Traffic Monitor; these services are not
available in Cloud Web Security Connector mode.
•
Cloud Connector versus Standard Mode, page 4-2
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Cloud Connector versus Standard Mode
The Web Security Appliance in Cloud Web Security Connector mode includes a subset of the features
available in standard mode. Use of the features included in the Cloud Connector subset is the same in
both modes.
Menu
Available in Cloud Connector Mode
Available in Standard Mode
Reporting
System Status
System Status
Overview
Users
Web Sites
URL Categories
Application Visibility
Anti-Malware
Client Malware Risk
Web Reputation Filters
Layer-4 Traffic Monitor
Reports by User Location
Web Tracking
System Capacity
Scheduled Reports
Archived Reports
Web Security Manager
Identities
Identities
Cloud Routing Policies
Cloud Routing Policies
External Data Loss Prevention
External Data Loss Prevention
Custom URL Categories
Custom URL Categories
Policies
Decryption Policies
Routing Policies
Access Policies
Overall Bandwidth Limits
Cisco Data Security
Outbound Malware Scanning
Defined Time Ranges
Bypass Settings
Layer-4 Traffic Monitor
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Menu
Available in Cloud Connector Mode
Available in Standard Mode
Security Services
Web Proxy
Web Proxy
FTP Proxy
HTTPS Proxy
PAC File Hosting
Identity Provider for SaaS
Acceptable Use Controls
Web Reputation and Anti Malware
Data Transfer Filters
AnyConnect Secure Mobility
End-User Notification
Layer-4 Traffic Monitor
SensorBase
Reporting
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Documentation
Menu
Available in Cloud Connector Mode
Available in Standard Mode
Network
Interfaces
Interfaces
Transparent Redirection
Transparent Redirection
Routes
Routes
DNS
DNS
Internal SMTP Relay
Internal SMTP Relay
Authentication
Authentication
External DLP Servers
External DLP Servers
Cloud Connector
Upstream Proxy
Users
Users
Alerts
Alerts
Log Subscriptions
Log Subscriptions
Network Access
Network Access
Time Zone
Time Zone
Time Settings
Time Settings
Configuration Summary
Configuration Summary
Configuration File
Configuration File
Feature Keys
Feature Keys
Upgrade and Update Settings
Upgrade and Update Settings
System Upgrade
System Upgrade
System Setup Wizard
System Setup Wizard
System Administration
Policy Trace
Return Addresses
Feature Keys Settings
Next Steps
Documentation
This chapter links to locations within this User Guide that provide information about some of the major
features of the Web Security Appliance that are common to both standard mode and Cloud Web Security
Connector mode. With the exception of Cloud Connector configuration settings and information about
sending directory groups to the cloud, relevant information is in other locations throughout this guide.
This chapter includes information about configuring the Cloud Web Security Connector that is not
applicable in standard mode.
This guide does not include information about the Cisco Cloud Web Security product. Cisco Cloud Web
Security documentation is available on Cisco.com.
Related topics
•
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11720/tsd_products_support_series_home.html
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Deployment
Deployment
Deployment of the appliance is the same in both standard and Cloud Security mode except that on-site
web proxy services and Layer-4 Traffic Monitor services are not available in Cloud Web Security
Connector mode.
You can deploy the Cloud Web Security Connector in either explicit forward mode or in transparent
mode.
Related topics
•
Chapter 3, “Deployment”
Configuring the Cloud Connector
Step 1. Access the Web Interface for the Web Security Appliance
Step 1
Enter the IPv4 address of the Web Security appliance in an internet browser.
The first time you run the System Setup Wizard, use the default IPv4 address:
https://192.168.42.42:8443
-orhttp://192.168.42.42:8080
where 192.168.42.42 is the default IPv4 address, and 8080 is the default admin port setting for HTTP,
and 8443 is default admin port for HTTPS.
Step 2. Accept the License Agreement and Begin Setup.
Step 1
Navigate to System Administration>System Setup Wizard.
Step 2
Accept the terms of the license agreement.
Step 3
Click Begin Setup.
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Step 3. Configure System Settings:
Setting
Description
Default System Hostname
The fully-qualified hostname for the Web Security appliance.
DNS Server(s)
The Internet root DNS servers for domain name service
lookups.
NTP Server
A server with which to synchronize the system clock. The
default is time.ironport.com.
Time Zone
Sets the time zone on the appliance so that timestamps in
message headers and log files are correct.
Related topics
•
Configuring DNS Server(s), page 26-18
Step 4. Set the Appliance Mode
Step 1
Select Cloud Web Security Connector.
Step 5. Configure Cloud Connector Settings
Note
Setting
Description
Cloud Web Security Proxy Servers
The address of the Cloud Proxy Server
(CPS), for example,
proxy1743.scansafe.net.
Failure Handling
If AsyncOS fails to connect to a Cloud
Web Security tower, either Connect
directly to the internet or Drop
requests.
Cloud Web Security Authorization Scheme
Method for authorizing transactions:
Web Security Appliance public
facing IPv4 address
•
Authorization key included with
each transaction. You can generate
an authorization key within the
Cisco Cloud Web Security Portal.
You can return to these settings later by navigating to Network>Cloud Connector.
Related topics
•
Preventing Loss of Secure Data, page 4-10
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Configuring the Cloud Connector
•
Sending Directory Groups to the Cloud, page 4-8
Step 6. Configure Network Interfaces and Wiring
Setting
Description
Ethernet Port
If you configure the M1 interface for management traffic only, you must configure
the P1 interface for data traffic. However, you can configure the P1 interface even
when the M1 interface is used for both management and data traffic.
IP Address
The IPv4 address to use to manage the Web Security appliance.
Network Mask
The network mask to use when managing the Web Security appliance on this
network interface.
Hostname
The hostname to use when managing the Web Security appliance on this network
interface.
Related topics
•
Configuring Network Interfaces, page 26-2
Step 7. Configure Routes for Management and Data Traffic
Setting
Description
Default Gateway
The default gateway IPv4 address to use for the traffic through the Management
and/or Data interface.
Name
A name used to identify the static route.
Internal Network
The IPv4 address for this route’s destination on the network.
Internal Gateway
The gateway IPv4 address for this route. A route gateway must reside on the same
subnet as the Management or Data interface on which it is configured.
Related topics
•
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes, page 26-5
Step 8. Configure Transparent Connection Settings
By default, the Cloud Connector is deployed in transparent mode. which requires a connection to a
Layer-4 switch or a version 2 WCCP router.
Setting
Layer-4 Switch
or
No Device
WCCP v2 Router
Description
•
The Web Security appliance is connected to a layer 4 switch.
or
•
You will deploy the Cloud Connector in explicit forward mode.
The Web Security appliance is connected to a version 2 WCCP capable router.
Note: A password can contain up to seven characters and is optional.
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Related topics
•
Configuring Transparent Redirection, page 26-11
Step 9. Configure Administrative Settings
Setting
Description
Administrator Password
A password to access the Web Security appliance. The password
must be six characters or more.
Email system alerts to
An email address to which the appliance sends alerts.
Send Email via SMTP Relay Host (Optional) A hostname or address for an SMTP relay host that
AsyncOS uses for sending system generated email messages.
The default SMTP relay host is the mail servers listed in the MX
record.
The default port number is 25.
AutoSupport
The appliance can send system alerts and weekly status report to
Cisco Customer Support.
Related topics
•
Managing Alerts, page 27-17
•
Configuring SMTP Relay Hosts, page 26-16
Step 10. Review and Install
Step 1
Review the installation.
Step 2
Click Previous to go back and make changes.
Step 3
Click Install This Configuration to continue with the information you provided.
Directory Group Policies in the Cloud
You can use Cisco Cloud Web Security to control web access based on directory groups. When traffic to
Cisco Cloud Web Security is being routed through a Web Security Appliance in Cloud Connector mode,
Cisco Cloud Web Security needs to receive the directory-group information with the transactions from
the Cloud Connector so it can apply the group-based cloud policies. You can configure the Cloud
Connector to send specific directory groups to the cloud for this purpose.
•
Sending Directory Groups to the Cloud, page 4-8
Sending Directory Groups to the Cloud
Before you begin
•
Add an authentication realm to the Web Security Appliance configuration.
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Bypassing the Cloud Proxy Server
Step 1
Navigate to Network>Cloud Connector.
Step 2
In the Cloud Policy Directory Groups area, click Edit Groups.
Step 3
Select the groups for which you have created Cloud Policies within Cisco Cloud Web Security.
Step 4
Click Add.
Step 5
Click Done and Commit your changes.
Related information
•
Creating Authentication Realms, page 21-11
Bypassing the Cloud Proxy Server
Cloud routing policies allow you to route web traffic to either Cisco Cloud Web Security towers or
directly to the Internet based on these characteristics:
•
Identity
•
Proxy Port
•
Subnet
•
URL Category
•
User Agent
The process of creating cloud routing policies in Cloud Connector mode is identical to the process of
creating routing policies using the standard mode.
Related topics
•
Creating Routing Policies, page 11-5
FTP and HTTPS
The Web Security appliance in Cloud Connector mode does not fully support FTP or HTTPS.
•
FTP, page 4-9
•
HTTPS, page 4-9
FTP
FTP is not supported by the Cloud Connector. AsyncOS drops native FTP traffic when the appliance is
configured for Cloud Connector.
FTP over HTTP is supported in Cloud Connector mode.
HTTPS
The Cloud Connector does not support decryption. It passes through HTTPS traffic without decrypting.
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Preventing Loss of Secure Data
Because the Cloud Connector does not support decryption, AsyncOS generally does not have access to
information in the client headers of HTTPS traffic. Therefore, AsyncOS generally cannot enforce
routing policies that rely on information in encrypted headers. This is always the case for transparent
HTTPS transactions. For example, for transparent HTTPS transactions, AsyncOS does not have access
to the port number in the HTTPS client header and therefore it cannot match a routing policy based on
port number. In this case, AsyncOS uses the default routing policy.
There are two exceptions for explicit HTTPS transactions. AsyncOS has access to the following
information for explicit HTTPS transactions:
•
URL
•
Destination port number
For explicit HTTPS transactions, it is possible to match a routing policy based on URL or port number.
Preventing Loss of Secure Data
You can integrate the Cloud Connector with external Data Loss Prevention servers through
Network>External DLP Servers.
Related topics
•
Chapter 14, “Data Security and External DLP Policies”
Cloud Connector Logs
The Cloud Connector Logs provides useful information for troubleshooting problems with the Cloud
Connector, for example, authenticated users and groups, the Cloud header, and the authorization key.
•
Subscribing to the Cloud Connector Logs, page 4-10
Subscribing to the Cloud Connector Logs
Step 1
Navigate to System Administration>Log Subscriptions.
Step 2
Select Cloud Connector Logs from the Log Type menu.
Step 3
Type a name in the Log Name field.
Step 4
Set the log level.
Step 5
Submit and Commit your changes.
Related topics
•
Tip
Chapter 25, “Logging”
Go to whoami.scansafe.net to view the configured group names, user names, and IP addresses.
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Identities and User Authentication
Identities and User Authentication
The Cloud Web Security Connector supports basic authentication and NTLM. You can also bypass
authentication for certain destinations. With the exception of Kerberos, Authentication works the same
throughout the Web Security Appliance, whether in standard configuration or Cloud Connector
configuration. AsyncOS does not support Kerberos when the appliance is configured in Cloud Connector
mode.
•
Note
Guest Access for Unauthenticated Users, page 4-11
Identities based on User Agent or Destination URL are not supported for HTTPS traffic.
Related topics
•
Chapter 7, “Classify End-Users and Client Software”
•
Chapter 6, “Acquire End-User Credentials”
Guest Access for Unauthenticated Users
If the Web Security appliance is configured to provide guest access for unauthenticated users, in Cloud
Connector mode, AsyncOS assigns guest users to the group, __GUEST_GROUP__, and sends that
information to Cisco Cloud Web Security. Use Identities to provide guest access to unauthenticated
users. Use Cisco Cloud Web Security policies to control these guest users.
Related topics
•
Allowing Guest Access to Users Who Fail Authentication, page 9-11
Configuration Modes
You can switch between Cloud Connector and Standard modes using the System Setup Wizard.
•
Switching to Cloud Connector Mode, page 4-11
Switching to Cloud Connector Mode
Switching to Cloud Connector Mode
Step 1
Select System Administration>System Setup Wizard.
Step 2
Accept the license agreement.
Step 3
Select Cloud Web Security Connector in the Appliance Mode section.
Step 4
Continue configuring the Cloud Connector as described later in this chapter.
Related topics
•
Configuring the Cloud Connector, page 4-5
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CH A P T E R
5
Intercepting Web Requests
•
Overview of Intercepting Web Requests, page 5-1.
•
Tasks for Intercepting Web Requests, page 5-2.
•
Best Practices for Intercepting Web Requests, page 5-2.
•
Web Proxy Options for Intercepting Web Requests, page 5-3.
•
Client Options for Redirecting Web Requests, page 5-11.
•
Using PAC Files with Client Applications, page 5-11.
•
FTP Proxy Services, page 5-14.
•
SOCKS Proxy Services, page 5-16
Overview of Intercepting Web Requests
The Web Security appliance intercepts requests that are forwarded to it by clients or other devices over
the network.
The appliance works in conjunction with other network devices to intercept traffic. These may be
ordinary switches, transparent redirection devices, network taps, and other proxy servers or Web
Security appliances.
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Tasks for Intercepting Web Requests
Steps
Task
Links to Related Topics and Procedures
1.
Review best practices.
•
Best Practices for Intercepting Web Requests,
page 5-2
2.
(Optional) Perform follow up networking tasks:
•
Upstream Proxies, page 3-13
•
Connect and configure upstream proxies.
•
Network Interfaces, page 3-15
•
Configure network interface ports.
•
Configuring Transparent Redirection, page 3-20
•
Configure transparent redirection devices.
•
Configuring TCP/IP Traffic Routes, page 3-18
•
Configure TCP/IP routes.
•
•
Configure VLANs.
Increasing Interface Capacity Using VLANs,
page 3-24
•
Web Proxy Options for Intercepting Web Requests,
page 5-3
•
Configuring Web Proxy Settings, page 5-3
(Optional) Perform follow up Web Proxy tasks:
3.
•
Configure the web proxy to operate in either Forward
or Transparent mode.
•
Decide if additional services are needed for the
protocol types you want to intercept
•
Web Proxy Options for Intercepting Web Requests,
page 5-3
•
Configure IP spoofing.
•
Web Proxy Cache, page 5-5
•
Manage the web proxy cache.
•
Web Proxy IP Spoofing, page 5-8
•
Use custom web request headers.
•
Web Proxy Bypassing, page 5-10
•
Bypass the proxy for some requests.
•
Client Options for Redirecting Web Requests,
page 5-11
•
Using PAC Files with Client Applications, page 5-11
•
FTP Proxy Services, page 5-14
Perform client tasks:
4.
•
•
Decide how clients should redirect requests to the
web proxy.
Configure clients and client resources.
(Optional) Enable and Configure the FTP proxy.
5.
Best Practices for Intercepting Web Requests
•
Enable only the proxy services you require.
•
Use the same forwarding and return method (either L2 or GRE) for all WCCP services defined in
the Web Security appliance. This allows the proxy bypass list to work consistently.
•
Ensure that users cannot access PAC files from outside the corporate network. This allows your
mobile workers to use the web proxy when they are on the corporate network and to connect directly
to web servers at other times.
•
Allow a web proxy to accept X-Forwarded-For headers from trustworthy downstream proxies or
load balancers only.
•
Leave the web proxy in the default transparent mode, even if initially using only explicit forwarding.
Transparent mode also accepts explicitly forwarded requests.
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Web Proxy Options for Intercepting Web Requests
By itself, the Web Proxy can intercept web requests that use HTTP (including FTP over HTTP) and
HTTPS. Additional proxy modules are available to enhance protocol management:
•
FTP Proxy. The FTP Proxy allows the interception of native FTP traffic (rather than just FTP traffic
that has been encoded within HTTP).
•
HTTPS Proxy. The HTTPS proxy supports the decryption of HTTPS traffic and allows the web
proxy to pass unencrypted HTTPS requests on to policies for content analysis.
Note
•
When in transparent mode, the Web Proxy drops all transparently redirected HTTPS requests if
the HTTPS proxy is not enabled. No log entries are created for dropped transparently redirected
HTTPS requests.
SOCKS Proxy. The SOCKS proxy allows the interception of SOCKS traffic.
Each of these additional proxies requires the Web Proxy in order to function.You cannot enable them if
you disable the Web Proxy.
Note
The Web proxy is enabled by default. All other proxies are disabled by default.
Related Topics
•
FTP Proxy Services, page 5-14.
•
SOCKS Proxy Services, page 5-16
Configuring Web Proxy Settings
Before You Begin
•
Enable the web proxy.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Web Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Configure the basic web proxy settings as required.
Property
Description
HTTP Ports to Proxy
The ports that the web Proxy will listen on for HTTP connections
Caching
Specifies whether to enable or disable Web Proxy caching.
The web proxy caches data to increase performance.
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Property
Proxy mode
IP Spoofing
Step 4
Description
•
Forward — Allow the client browser to name the internet target.
Requires individual configuration of each web browser to use the web
proxy. The web proxy can intercept only explicitly forwarded web
requests in this mode.
•
Transparent (Recommended) — Allow the web proxy to name the
internet target. The web proxy can intercept both transparent and
explicitly forwarded web requests in this mode.
•
IP Spoofing disabled — The web proxy changes the request source IP
address to match its own address to increase security.
•
IP Spoofing disabled — The web proxy retains the source address so
that it appears to originate from the source client rather than from the
Web Security appliance.
Complete the advanced web proxy settings as required.
Property
Description
Persistent Connection
Timeout
The maximum time in seconds the web proxy keeps open a connection to a
client or server after a transaction has been completed and no further activity
is detected.
•
Client side. The timeout value for connections to clients.
•
Server side. The timeout value for connections to servers.
If you increase these values connections will remain open longer and reduce
the overhead used to open and close connections repeatedly. However, you
also reduce the ability of the Web Proxy to open new connections if the
maximum number of simultaneous persistent connections has been reached.
Cisco recommends keeping the default values.
In-Use Connection
Timeout
The maximum time in seconds that the web proxy waits for more data from
an idle client or server when the current transaction has not yet been completed.
•
Client side. The timeout value for connections to clients.
•
Server side. The timeout value for connections to servers.
Simultaneous Persistent The maximum number of connections (sockets) the Web Proxy keeps open
Connections (Server
with servers.
Maximum Number)
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Generate Headers
Generate and add headers that encode information about the request.
•
Use Received Headers
X-Forwarded-For headers encode the IP address of the client from
which an HTTP request originated.
Note
To turn header forwarding on or off, use the CLI
advancedproxyconfig command, Miscellaneous option, “Do you
want to pass HTTP X-Forwarded-For headers?”
Note
Using an explicit forward upstream proxy to manage user
authentication or access control with proxy authentication requires
forwarding of these headers.
•
Request Side VIA headers encode the proxies through which the
request passed on its way from the client to the server.
•
Response Side VIA headers encode the proxies through which the
request passed on its way from the server to the client.
Allows a Web proxy deployed as an upstream proxy to identify clients using
X-Forwarded-For headers send by downstream proxies. The Web Proxy will
not accept the IP address in a X-Forwarded-For header from a source that is
not included in this list.
If enabled, requires the IP address of a downstream proxy or load balancer
(you cannot enter subnets or hostnames).
Step 5
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Web Proxy Cache, page 5-5.
•
Configuring Transparent Redirection, page 3-20
Web Proxy Cache
The web proxy caches data to increase performance. AsyncOS includes predefined caching modes that
range from safe to aggressive and also allows you to customize caching. You can also exclude specific
URLs from being cached, either by removing them from the cache or by configuring the cache to ignore
them.
Clearing the Web Proxy Cache
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Web Proxy.
Step 2
Click Clear Cache and confirm your action.
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Removing URLs from the Web Proxy Cache
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Use the webcache -> evict commands to access the required caching area:
vm10wsa0019.qa> webcache
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- EVICT - Remove URL from the cache
- DESCRIBE - Describe URL cache status
- IGNORE - Configure domains and URLs never to be cached
[]> evict
Enter the URL to be removed from the cache.
[]>
Step 3
Enter the URL to be removed from the cache:
Note
If you do not include a protocol in the URL, http:// will be prepended to it (e.g. www.cisco.com
will become http://www.cisco.com)
Specifying Domains or URLs that the Web Proxy never Cache
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Use the webcache -> ignore commands to access the required submenus:
example.com> webcache
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- EVICT - Remove URL from the cache
- DESCRIBE - Describe URL cache status
- IGNORE - Configure domains and URLs never to be cached
[]> ignore
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- DOMAINS - Manage domains
- URLS - Manage urls
[]>
Step 3
Enter the address type you wish to manage: domains or urls.
[]> urls
Manage url entries:
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- DELETE - Delete entries
- ADD - Add new entries
- LIST - List entries
[]>
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Step 4
Choose to add new entries:
[]> add
Enter new url values; one on each line; an empty line to finish
[]>
Step 5
Enter domain or url values, for example:
Enter new url values; one on each line; an empty line to finish
[]> www.example1.com
Enter new url values; one on each line; an empty line to finish
[]>
Note
You can include embedded regular expression (regex) characters in the domain or URL you
specify.
Step 6
When finished entering values, press Enter until you return to the main command interface.
Step 7
Commit your changes.
Choosing The Web Proxy Cache Mode
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Use the advancedproxyconfig -> caching commands to access the required submenus:
example.com> advancedproxyconfig
Choose a parameter group:
- AUTHENTICATION - Authentication related parameters
- CACHING - Proxy Caching related parameters
- DNS - DNS related parameters
- EUN - EUN related parameters
- NATIVEFTP - Native FTP related parameters
- FTPOVERHTTP - FTP Over HTTP related parameters
- HTTPS - HTTPS related parameters
- SCANNING - Scanning related parameters
- PROXYCONN - Proxy connection header related parameters
- CUSTOMHEADERS - Manage custom request headers for specific domains
- MISCELLANEOUS - Miscellaneous proxy related parameters
- SOCKS - SOCKS Proxy parameters
[]> caching
Enter values for the caching options:
The following predefined choices exist for configuring advanced caching
options:
1. Safe Mode
2. Optimized Mode
3. Aggressive Mode
4. Customized Mode
Please select from one of the above choices:
[2]>
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Step 3
Enter a number corresponding to the web proxy cache settings you require:
Entry
Mode
Description
1
Safe
The least caching and the most adherence to RFC #2616
compared to the other modes.
2
Optimized
Moderate caching and moderate adherence to RFC #2616.
Compared to safe mode, in optimized mode the Web Proxy
caches objects when no caching time is specified when a
Last-Modified header is present. The Web Proxy caches
negative responses.
3
Aggressive
The most caching and the least adherence to RFC #2616.
Compared to optimized mode, aggressive mode caches authenticated content, ETag mismatches, and content without
a Last-Modified header. The Web Proxy ignores the
no-cache parameter.
4
Customized mode
Configure each parameter individually.
Step 4
If you chose option 4 (Customized mode), enter values (or leave at the default values) for each of the
custom settings.
Step 5
Press Enter until you return to the main command interface.
Step 6
Commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Web Proxy Cache, page 5-5.
Web Proxy IP Spoofing
When the web proxy forwards a request, it changes the request source IP address to match its own
address by default. This increases security, but you can change this behavior by implementing IP
spoofing, so that requests retain their source address and appear to originate from the source client rather
than from the Web Security appliance.
IP spoofing works for transparent and explicitly forwarded traffic. When the Web Proxy is deployed in
transparent mode, you have the choice to enable IP spoofing for transparently redirected connections
only or for all connections (transparently redirected and explicitly forwarded). If explicitly forwarded
connections use IP spoofing, you should ensure that you have appropriate network devices to route return
packets back to the Web Security appliance.
When IP spoofing is enabled and the appliance is connected to a WCCP router, you must configure two
WCCP services: one based on source ports and one based on destination ports.
Related Topics
•
Configuring Web Proxy Settings, page 5-3.
•
Configuring WCCP Services, page 3-21.
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Web Proxy Custom Headers
You can add custom headers to specific outgoing transactions to request special handling from
destination servers. For example, if you have a relationship with YouTube for Schools, you can use a
custom header to identify transaction requests to YouTube.com as coming from your network and as
requiring special handling.
Adding Custom Headers To Web Requests
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Use the advancedproxyconfig -> customheaders commands to access the required submenus:
example.com> advancedproxyconfig
Choose a parameter group:
- AUTHENTICATION - Authentication related parameters
- CACHING - Proxy Caching related parameters
- DNS - DNS related parameters
- EUN - EUN related parameters
- NATIVEFTP - Native FTP related parameters
- FTPOVERHTTP - FTP Over HTTP related parameters
- HTTPS - HTTPS related parameters
- SCANNING - Scanning related parameters
- PROXYCONN - Proxy connection header related parameters
- CUSTOMHEADERS - Manage custom request headers for specific domains
- MISCELLANEOUS - Miscellaneous proxy related parameters
- SOCKS - SOCKS Proxy parameters
[]> customheaders
Currently defined custom headers:
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- DELETE - Delete entries
- NEW - Add new entries
- EDIT - Edit entries
[]>
Step 3
Enter the required subcommand as follows:
Option
Description
Delete
Deletes the custom header you identify. Identify the header to delete using the
number associated with the header in the list returned by the command.
New
Creates the header you provide for use with the domain or domains you specify.
Example header:
X-YouTube-Edu-Filter: ABCD1234567890abcdef
(The value in this case is a unique key provided by YouTube.)
Example domain:
youtube.com
Edit
Step 4
Replaces an existing header with one you specify. Identify the header to delete using
the number associated with the header in the list returned by the command.
Press Enter until you return to the main command interface.
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Commit your changes.
Web Proxy Bypassing
•
Web Proxy Bypassing for Web Requests, page 5-10
•
Configuring Web Proxy Bypassing for Web Requests, page 5-10
•
Configuring Web Proxy Bypassing for Applications, page 5-10
Web Proxy Bypassing for Web Requests
You can configure the Web Security appliance so that transparent requests from particular clients, or to
particular destinations, bypass the Web Proxy.
Bypassing the web proxy allows you to:
•
Prevent interference with non-HTTP-compliant (or proprietary) protocols that use HTTP ports but
do not work properly when they connect to a proxy server.
•
Ensure that traffic from a particular machine inside the network, such as a malware test machine,
bypasses the Web Proxy and all its built-in security protection.
Bypassing only works for requests that are transparently redirected to the web proxy. The web proxy
processes all requests that clients explicitly forward to it, whether the proxy is in transparent or forward
mode.
Configuring Web Proxy Bypassing for Web Requests
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Bypass Settings.
Step 2
Click Edit Bypass Settings.
Step 3
Enter the addresses for which you wish to bypass the web proxy.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Configuring Web Proxy Bypassing for Applications
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Bypass Settings.
Step 2
Click Edit Application Bypass Settings.
Step 3
Select the application(s) you wish to bypass scanning for.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
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Web Proxy Usage Agreement
You can configure the Web Security appliance to inform users that it is filtering and monitoring their
web activity. The appliance does this by displaying an end-user acknowledgment page when a user first
accesses a browser after a certain period of time. When the end-user acknowledgment page appears,
users must click a link to access the original site requested or any other website.
Related Topics
•
Notify End-Users of Proxy Actions
Client Options for Redirecting Web Requests
If you choose to have clients explicitly forward requests to the web proxy, you must also decide how to
configure the clients to do this. Choose from the following methods:
•
Configure Clients Using Explicit Settings. Configure clients with the web proxy hostname and
port number. See individual client documentation for details on how to do this.
Note
The web proxy port uses port numbers 80 and 3128 by default. Clients can use either port.
•
Configure Clients Using a Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) File. PAC files provide clients with
instructions on where to direct web requests. This options allows you to centrally manage
subsequent changes to the proxy details.
If you choose to use PAC files, you must also choose where to store them and how clients will find them.
Related Topics
•
Using PAC Files with Client Applications, page 5-11.
Using PAC Files with Client Applications
Options For Publishing Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) Files
You must publish PAC files where clients can access them. Valid locations are:
•
Web servers.
•
Web Security appliances. You can place PAC files on a Web Security appliance, which appears to
clients as a web browser. The appliance also offers additional options to manage PAC files, including
the ability to service requests that use different hostnames, ports, and file names.
•
Local machines. You can place the PAC file locally on a client’s hard disk. Cisco does not
recommend this as a general solution, and it is not suited to automatic PAC file detection methods,
but it can be useful for testing.
Related Topics
•
Hosting PAC Files on the Web Security Appliance, page 5-12.
•
Specifying PAC Files in Client Applications, page 5-13.
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Client Options For Finding Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) Files
If you choose to use PAC files for your clients, you must also choose how clients will find the PAC files.
You have two options:
•
Configure client with the PAC file location. Configure the client with a URL that specifically
points to the PAC file.
•
Configure clients to detect the PAC file location automatically. Configure clients to find PAC
files automatically using the WPAD protocol along with DHCP or DNS.
Automatic PAC File Detection
WPAD is a protocol that allows the browser determine the location of a PAC file using DHCP and DNS.
•
To use WPAD with DHCP, you must set up option 252 on the DHCP server’s with the url of the
PAC file location. Not all browsers support DHCP, however.
•
To use WPAD with DNS, you must configure a DNS record to point to the PAC file’s host server.
You can configure either or both options. WPAD will first try to find PAC files using DHCP, and if it
cannot, it will then try DNS.
Related Topics
•
Detecting the PAC File Automatically in Clients, page 5-13
Hosting PAC Files on the Web Security Appliance
Step 1
Choose Security Services > PAC File Hosting
Step 2
Click Enable and Edit Settings.
Step 3
(Optional) Complete the following basic settings:
Step 4
Option
Description
PAC Server Ports
The ports that the Web Security appliance will use to listen for PAC file
requests.
PAC File Expiration
Allows the PAC file to expire after a specified number of minutes in the
browser’s cache.
Click Browse in the PAC Files section and select a PAC file from your local machine for upload to the
Web Security appliance.
Note
Step 5
If the file you select is called default.pac, you do not have to specify the file name when
configuring its location in a browser. The Web Security appliance looks for a file called
default.pac if no name is specified.
Click Upload to upload the PAC file selected in step 4 to the Web Security appliance.
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Step 6
Step 7
(Optional) In the Hostnames for Serving PAC Files Directly section, configure hostnames and associated
file names for PAC file requests that do not include a port number:
Option
Description
Hostname
The hostname that the PAC file request must include if the Web Security
appliance is to service the request. As the request does not include a port
number, it will be processed through the Web Proxy HTTP ports (e.g. port
80) and must be distinguishable as a PAC file request through this hostnamevalue.
Default PAC File for "Get/"
Request through Proxy
Port
The PAC file name that will be associated with the hostname on the same
row. Request to the hostname will return the PAC file specified here.
Add Row
Adds another row to specify additional hostnames and PAC file names.
Only PAC files that have been uploaded are available for selection.
Submit and commit your changes.
Specifying PAC Files in Client Applications
•
Configuring a PAC File Location Manually in Clients, page 5-13
•
Detecting the PAC File Automatically in Clients, page 5-13
Configuring a PAC File Location Manually in Clients
Step 1
Create and publish a PAC file.
Step 2
Enter a URL in your browser’s PAC file configuration area that points to the PAC file location.
The following are valid URL formats if the Web Security appliance is hosting the PAC file:
http://server_address[.domain][:port][/filename] | http://WSAHostname[/filename]
where WSAHostname is the hostname value configured when hosting the PAC file on a Web Security
appliance. Otherwise the URL format will depend on the storage location and, in some cases, on the
client.
Related Topics
•
Hosting PAC Files on the Web Security Appliance, page 5-12.
Detecting the PAC File Automatically in Clients
Step 1
Create a PAC file called wpad.dat and publish it to a web server or Web Security appliance (the file must
be placed in a web server’s root folder if you intend using WPAD with DNS).
Step 2
Configure the web server to set up .dat files with the following MIME type:
application/x-ns-proxy-autoconfig
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A Web Security appliance does this for you automatically.
Step 3
To support DNS lookup, create an internally resolvable DNS name beginning with ‘wpad’ (for example,
wpad.example.com) and associate it with the IP address of the server hosting the wpad.dat file.
Step 4
To support DHCP lookup, configure your DHCP server’s option 252 with the url of the wpad.dat file
location (for example: “http://wpad.example.com/wpad.dat”). The URL can use any valid host
address, including an IP address, and does not require a specific DNS entry.
Related Topics
•
Using PAC Files with Client Applications, page 5-11.
•
Hosting PAC Files on the Web Security Appliance, page 5-12.
FTP Proxy Services
•
Overview of FTP Proxy Services, page 5-14
•
Enabling and Configuring the FTP Proxy, page 5-14
Overview of FTP Proxy Services
The web proxy can intercept two types of FTP requests:
•
Native FTP. Native FTP requests are generated by dedicated FTP clients (or by browsers using
built-in FTP clients). Requires the FTP proxy.
•
FTP over HTTP. Browsers sometimes encode FTP requests inside HTTP requests, rather than using
native FTP. Does not require the FTP proxy.
Related Topics
•
Enabling and Configuring the FTP Proxy, page 5-14.
•
Configuring FTP Notification Messages, page 16-13.
Enabling and Configuring the FTP Proxy
Step 1
Choose Security Services > FTP Proxy.
Step 2
Click Enable and Edit Settings (if the only available option is Edit Settings then the FTP proxy is
already enabled).
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Step 3
(Optional) Configure the basic FTP Proxy settings.
Property
Description
Proxy Listening Port
The port that the FTP Proxy will listen to for FTP control connections.
Clients should use this port when configuring an FTP proxy (not as the port
for connecting to FTP servers, which normally use port 21).
Caching
Whether of not data connections from anonymous users are cached.
Note
Data from non-anonymous users is never cached.
Server Side IP Spoofing Allows the FTP Proxy to imitate the FTP server’s IP address. This supports
FTP clients that do not allow transactions when the IP address is different for
the control and data connections.
Authentication Format
Allows a choice of authentication format the FTP Proxy can use when communicating with FTP clients.
Passive Mode Data Port The range of TCP ports that FTP clients should use to establish a data conRange
nection with the FTP Proxy for passive mode connections.
Active Mode Data Port
Range
The range of TCP ports FTP servers should use to establish a data connection
with the FTP Proxy for active mode connections. This setting applies to both
native FTP and FTP over HTTP connections.
Increasing the port range accommodates more requests from the same FTP
server. Because of the TCP session TIME-WAIT delay (usually a few
minutes), a port does not become available again for the same FTP server immediately after being used. As a result, any given FTP server cannot connect
to the FTP Proxy in active mode more than n times in a short period of time,
where n is the number of ports specified in this field.
Welcome Banner
Step 4
The welcome banner that appears in FTP clients during connection. Choose
from:
•
FTP server message. The message will be provided by the destination
FTP server. This option is only available when the web proxy is configured for transparent mode, and only applies for transparent connections.
•
Custom message. When selected, this custom message is displayed for
all native FTP connections. When not selected, this is still used for
explicit forward native FTP connections.
(Optional) Configure the advanced FTP Proxy settings:
Property
Description
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Timeouts
Data Connection
Timeouts
Step 5
The maximum number of seconds the FTP Proxy waits for more communication in the control connection from an idle FTP client or FTP server when
the current transaction has not been completed.
•
Client side. The timeout value for control connections to idle FTP
clients.
•
Server side. The timeout value for control connections to idle FTP
servers.
How long the FTP Proxy waits for more communication in the data connection from an idle FTP client or FTP server when the current transaction has
not been completed.
•
Client side. The timeout value for data connections to idle FTP clients.
•
Server side. The timeout value for data connections to idle FTP servers.
Submit and commit your changes.
Related topics
•
Overview of FTP Proxy Services, page 5-14.
•
To configure proxy settings that apply to FTP over HTTP connections, see Configuring Web Proxy
Settings, page 5-3.
SOCKS Proxy Services
•
Overview of SOCKS Proxy Services, page 5-16
•
Enabling Processing of SOCKS Traffic, page 5-16
•
Configuring the SOCKS Proxy, page 5-17
•
Creating SOCKS Policies, page 5-17
Overview of SOCKS Proxy Services
The Web Security appliance includes a SOCKS proxy to process SOCKS traffic. SOCKS policies are the
equivalent of access policies and control SOCKS traffic. Similar to access policies, you can make use of
Identities to specify which transactions are governed by which SOCKS policy. Once SOCKS policies
are applied to transactions, Routing policies can then govern routing of the traffic.
Enabling Processing of SOCKS Traffic
Before you Begin
•
Enable the Web Proxy.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > SOCKS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
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Step 3
Select Enable SOCKS Proxy.
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
Configuring the SOCKS Proxy
Step 1
Choose Security Services > SOCKS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Select Enable SOCKS Proxy.
Step 4
Configure the basic and advanced SOCKS Proxy settings.
Property
Description
SOCKS Proxy
Enabled.
SOCKS Control Ports
Ports that accept SOCKS requests. Default is 1080.
UDP Request Ports
UDP ports on which the SOCKS server should listen. Default is
16000-16100.
Proxy Negotiation Timeout
Time to wait (in seconds) to send or receive data from a SOCKS
client in the negotiation phase. Default is 60.
UDP Tunnel Timeout
Time to wait (in seconds) for data from a UDP client or server before
closing the UDP tunnel. Default is 60.
Creating SOCKS Policies
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > SOCKS Policies.
Step 2
Click Add Policy.
Step 3
Assign a name in the Policy Name field.
Note
Each policy group name must be unique and only contain alphanumeric characters or the space
character.
Step 4
(Optional) Add a description.
Step 5
In the Insert Above Policy field, choose where in the SOCKS policies table to insert this SOCKS policy.
Note
Step 6
When configuring multiple SOCKS policies, determine a logical order for each policy. Order
your policies to ensure that correct matching occurs.
In the Identities and Users section, choose one or more Identities to apply to this policy group.
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Step 7
(Optional) Expand the Advanced section to define additional membership requirements.
Advanced Option Description
Proxy Ports
The port configured in the browser.
(Optional) Define policy group membership by the proxy port used to access the
Web Proxy. Enter one or more port numbers in the Proxy Ports field. Separate
multiple ports with commas.
You might want to define policy group membership on the proxy port if you have
one set of clients configured to explicitly forward requests on one port, and another
set of clients configured to explicitly forward requests on a different port.
Note
Subnets
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines Identity
membership by this advanced setting, the setting is not configurable at the
SOCKS policy group level.
(Optional) Define policy group membership by subnet or other addresses.
You can choose to use the addresses that may be defined with the associated
Identity, or you can enter specific addresses here.
Note
Time Range
Step 8
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines its membership by
addresses, then in this policy group you must enter addresses that are a
subset of the Identity’s addresses. Adding addresses in the policy group
further narrows down the list of transactions that match this policy group.
(Optional) Define policy group membership by time range:
1.
Select a time range from the Time Range field.
2.
Specify whether this policy group should apply to the times inside or outside
the selected time range.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
(Optional) Add an Identity for use with SOCKS Policies.
•
Add one or more SOCKS Policies to manage SOCKS traffic.
Troubleshooting Intercepting Requests
•
URL Categories Do Not Block Some FTP Sites, page A-4
•
Large FTP Transfers Disconnect, page A-4
•
Zero Byte File Appears On FTP Servers After File Upload, page A-4
•
Unable to Route FTP Requests Via an Upstream Proxy, page A-13
•
HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication, page A-9
•
User Matches Global Policy for HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests, page A-9
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•
Overview of Acquire End-User Credentials, page 6-1
•
Authentication Best Practices, page 6-2
•
Authentication Realms, page 6-3
•
Failed Authentication, page 6-19
•
Credentials, page 6-24
•
Troubleshooting Authentication, page 6-25
Overview of Acquire End-User Credentials
Server Type/Realm
Authentication
Scheme
Supported Network Protocol
Notes
Active Directory
Kerberos
HTTP, HTTPS
NTLMSSP
Native FTP, FTP over HTTP
Kerberos is only supported in Standard
mode. It is not supported in Cloud
Connector mode.
Basic
SOCKS (Basic authentication)
Basic
HTTP, HTTPS
LDAP
—
Native FTP, FTP over HTTP
SOCKS
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Step Task
Links to Related Topics and Procedures
Create an authentication realm.
1.
•
Creating an Active Directory Authentication Realm,
page 6-6
•
Creating an LDAP Authentication Realm, page 6-7
2.
Configure global authentication settings.
•
Configuring Global Authentication Settings,
page 6-12
3.
(Optional) Create and order additional authentication
realms.
•
Creating Authentication Sequences, page 6-18
Create at least one authentication realm for each
authentication protocol and scheme combination you plan
to use.
4.
(Optional) Configure credential encryption.
•
Configuring Credential Encryption, page 6-24
5.
Create identities to classify users and client software
based on authentication requirements.
•
Classifying Users and Client Software, page 7-3
6.
Create policies to manage web requests from the users
and user groups for which you created identities.
•
Managing Web Requests Through Policies Best
Practices, page 10-2
Authentication Best Practices
•
Create as few Active Directory realms as is practical. Multiple Active Directory realms require
additional memory usage for authentication.
•
If using NTLMSSP, authenticate users using either the Web Security appliance or the upstream
proxy server, but not both. (Recommend Web Security appliance)
•
If using Kerberos, authenticate using the Web Security appliance.
•
For optimal performance, authenticate clients on the same subnet using a single realm.
Credentials
Authentication credentials are obtained from users by either prompting them to enter their credentials
through their browsers, or another client application, or by obtaining the credentials transparently from
another source.
•
Configuring Single-Sign-on, page 6-2
•
Tracking Credentials for Reuse During a Session, page 6-3
•
Authentication and Authorization Failures, page 6-3
Configuring Single-Sign-on
Obtaining credentials transparently facilitates a single-sign-on environment. Transparent user
identification is an authentication realm setting.
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Tracking Credentials for Reuse During a Session
Using authentication surrogates, after a user authenticates once during a session, you can track
credentials for reuse throughout that session rather than having the user authenticate for each new
request. Authentication surrogates may be based on the IP address of the user’s workstation or on a
cookie that is assigned to the session.
Authentication and Authorization Failures
If authentication fails for accepted reasons, such as incompatible client applications, you can grant guest
access.
If authentication succeeds but authorization fails, it is possible to allow re-authentication using a
different set of credentials that may be authorized to access the requested resource.
Related Topics
•
Granting Guest Access After Failed Authentication, page 6-20
•
Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials, page 6-22
Authentication Realms
•
About Authentication Realms, page 6-3
•
Creating an Active Directory Realm for Kerberos Authentication Scheme, page 6-3
•
Creating an Active Directory Authentication Realm, page 6-6
•
Creating an LDAP Authentication Realm, page 6-7
•
About Deleting Authentication Realms, page 6-11
•
Configuring Global Authentication Settings, page 6-12
About Authentication Realms
Authentication realms define the details required to contact the authentication servers and specify which
authentication scheme to use when communicating with clients. AsyncOS supports multiple
authentication realms. Realms can also be grouped into authentication sequences that allow users with
different authentication requirements to be managed through the same policies.
Related Topics
•
Authentication Sequences, page 6-17
Creating an Active Directory Realm for Kerberos Authentication Scheme
Before You Begin
•
Ensure the appliance is configured in Standard mode (not Cloud Connector Mode).
•
Prepare the Active Directory Server.
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– Install Active Directory on one of these servers: Windows server 2003, 2008, 2008R2 or 2012.
– Create a user on the Active Directory server that is a member of the domain administrators.
– Join your client to the domain. Supported clients are Windows XP, Windows 7 and Mac OS
10.5+.
– Use the kerbtray tool from the Windows Resource Kit to verify the Kerberos ticket on the client:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17657 .
– Ticket viewer application on Mac clients is available under main menu > KeyChain Access to
view the Kerberos tickets.
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Ensure you have the rights and domain information needed to join the Web Security appliance to the
Active Directory domain you wish to authenticate against.
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Compare the current time on the Web Security appliance with the current time on the Active
Directory server and verify that the difference is no greater than the time specified in the “Maximum
tolerance for computer clock synchronization” option on the Active Directory server.
•
If the Web Security appliance is managed by a Security Management appliance, be prepared to
ensure that same-named authentication realms on different Web Security appliances have identical
properties defined on each appliance.
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Be aware that once you commit the new realm, you cannot change a realm’s authentication protocol.
Step 1
In the Cisco Web Security Appliance web interface, choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click Add Realm.
Step 3
Assign a unique name to the authentication realm using only alphanumeric and space characters.
Step 4
Select Active Directory in the Authentication Protocol field.
Step 5
Enter up to three fully-qualified domain names or IP addresses for the Active Directory server(s).
Example: ntlm.example.com.
An IP address is required only if the DNS servers configured on the appliance cannot resolve the Active
Directory server hostname.
When multiple authentication servers are configured in the realm, the appliance attempts to authorize
with up to three authentication servers before failing to authorize the transaction within this realm.
Step 6
Join the appliance to the domain:
a.
Configure the Active Directory Account:
Setting
Description
Active Directory Domain The Active Directory server domain name. 
Also known as a DNS Domain or realm.
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Setting
Description
NetBIOS domain name
If the network uses NetBIOS, provide the domain name.
Tip
Computer Account
If this option is not available use the setntlmsecuritymode CLI
command to verify that the NTLM security mode is set to
“domain”.
Specify a location within the Active Directory domain where AsyncOS
will create an Active Directory computer account, also known as a
“machine trust account”, to uniquely identify the computer on the domain.
If the Active Directory environment automatically deletes computer
objects at particular intervals, specify a location for the computer account
that is in a container, protected from automatic deletion.
b.
Step 7
Click Join Domain.
(Optional) Configure transparent user identification.
Setting
Description
Enable Transparent
Enter both the server name for the machine where the primary Active
User Identification using Directory agent is installed and the shared secret used to access it.
Active Directory agent
(Optional) Enter the server name for the machine where a backup Active
Directory agent is installed and its shared secret.
Step 8
Configure Network Security:
Setting
Description
Client Signing Required
Select this option if the Active Directory server is configured to require
client signing.
With this option selected, AsyncOS uses Transport Layer Security when
communicating with the Active Directory server.
Step 9
(Optional) Click Start Test. This will test the settings you have entered, ensuring they are correct before
real users use them to authenticate. For details on the testing performed, see •Create additional NTLM
realms to authenticate users in domains that are not trusted by existing NTLM realms., page 6-11.
Step 10
Submit and commit your changes.
Tip
•
Customize the access log to use the %m custom field parameter.
Next Step
•
Create an Identity that uses the Kerberos authentication scheme. Classifying Users and Client
Software, page 7-3.
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Creating an Active Directory Authentication Realm
Before You Begin
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Ensure you have the rights and domain information needed to join the Web Security appliance to the
Active Directory domain you wish to authenticate against.
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If you plan to use “domain” as the NTLM security mode, use only nested Active Directory groups.
If Active Directory groups are not nested, use the default value, “ads”. See setntlmsecuritymode in
the Command Line Interface appendix of this guide.
•
Compare the current time on the Web Security appliance with the current time on the Active
Directory server and verify that the difference is no greater than the time specified in the “Maximum
tolerance for computer clock synchronization” option on the Active Directory server. If the Web
Security appliance is managed by a Security Management appliance, be prepared to ensure that
same-named authentication realms on different Web Security appliances have identical properties
defined on each appliance. Be aware that once you commit the new realm, you cannot change a
realm’s authentication protocol.
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click Add Realm.
Step 3
Assign a unique name to the authentication realm using only alphanumeric and space characters.
Step 4
Select Active Directory in the Authentication Protocol and Scheme(s) field.
Step 5
Enter up to three fully-qualified domain names or IP addresses for the Active Directory server(s).
Example: active.example.com.
An IP address is required only if the DNS servers configured on the appliance cannot resolve the Active
Directory server hostname.
When multiple authentication servers are configured in the realm, the appliance attempts to authorize
with up to three authentication servers before failing to authorize the transaction within this realm.
Step 6
Join the appliance to the domain:
a.
Configure the Active Directory Account:
Setting
Description
Active Directory Domain The Active Directory server domain name. 
Also known as a DNS Domain or realm.
NetBIOS domain name
If the network uses NetBIOS, provide the domain name.
Tip
Computer Account
If this option is not available use the setntlmsecuritymode CLI
command to verify that the NTLM security mode is set to
“domain”.
Specify a location within the Active Directory domain where AsyncOS
will create an Active Directory computer account, also known as a
“machine trust account”, to uniquely identify the computer on the domain.
If the Active Directory environment automatically deletes computer
objects at particular intervals, specify a location for the computer account
that is in a container, protected from automatic deletion.
b.
Click Join Domain.
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c.
Enter the sAMAccountName user name and password for an existing Active Directory user that has
rights to create computer accounts in the domain.
Example: “jazzdoe” Do not use: “DOMAIN\jazzdoe” or “jazzdoe@domain”
This information is used once to establish the computer account and is not saved.
d.
Step 7
Click Create Account.
(Optional) Configure transparent authentication.
Setting
Description
Enable Transparent
Enter both the server name for the machine where the primary Active
User Identification using Directory agent is installed and the shared secret used to access it.
Active Directory agent
(Optional) Enter the server name for the machine where a backup Active
Directory agent is installed and its shared secret.
Step 8
Configure Network Security:
Setting
Description
Client Signing Required
Select this option if the Active Directory server is configured to require
client signing.
With this option selected, AsyncOS uses Transport Layer Security when
communicating with the Active Directory server.
Step 9
(Optional) Click Start Test. This will test the settings you have entered, ensuring they are correct before
real users use them to authenticate.
Step 10
Submit and commit your changes.
Creating an LDAP Authentication Realm
Before You Begin
•
Obtain the following information about LDAP in your organization:
– LDAP version
– Server addresses
– LDAP ports
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If the Web Security appliance is managed by a Security Management appliance, ensure that
same-named authentication realms on different Web Security appliances have identical properties
defined on each appliance.
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click Add Realm.
Step 3
Assign a unique name to the authentication realm using only alphanumeric and space characters.
Step 4
Select LDAP in the Authentication Protocol and Scheme(s) field.
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Step 5
Enter the LDAP authentication settings:
Setting
Description
LDAP Version
Choose the version of LDAP, and choose whether or not to use Secure LDAP.
The appliance supports LDAP versions 2 and 3. Secure LDAP requires LDAP
version 3.
Choose whether or not this LDAP server supports Novell eDirectory to use with
transparent user identification.
LDAP Server
Enter the LDAP server IP address or hostname and its port number. You can
specify up to three servers.
The hostname must be a fully-qualified domain name. For example,
An IP address is required only if the DNS servers
configured on the appliance cannot resolve the LDAP server hostname.
ldap.example.com.
The default port number for Standard LDAP is 389. The default number for
Secure LDAP is 636.
If the LDAP server is an Active Directory server, enter the hostname or IP
address and the port of the domain controller here. Whenever possible, enter the
name of the Global Catalog Server and use port 3268. However, you might want
to use a local domain controller when the global catalog server is physically far
away and you know you only need to authenticate users on the local domain
controller.
Note: When you configure multiple authentication servers in the realm, the
appliance attempts to authorize with up to three authentication servers before
failing to authenticate the transaction within that realm.
LDAP Persistent
Connections
(under the Advanced
section)
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Choose one of the following values:
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Use persistent connections (unlimited). Use existing connections. If no
connections are available a new connection is opened.
•
Use persistent connections. Use existing connections to service the
number of requests specified. When the maximum is reached, establish a
new connection to the LDAP server.
•
Do not use persistent connections. Always create a new connection to the
LDAP server.
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Setting
Description
User Authentication
Enter values for the following fields:
Base Distinguished Name (Base DN)
The LDAP database is a tree-type directory structure and the appliance uses the
Base DN to navigate to the correct location in the LDAP directory tree to begin
a search. A valid Base DN filter string is composed of one or more components
of the form object-value. For example dc=companyname, dc=com.
User Name Attribute
Choose one of the following values:
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uid, cn, and sAMAccountName. Unique identifiers in the LDAP directory
that specify a username.
•
custom. A custom identifier such as UserAccount.
User Filter Query
The User Filter Query is an LDAP search filter that locates the users Base DN.
This is required if the user directory is in a hierarchy below the Base DN, or if
the login name is not included in the user-specific component of that users Base
DN.
Choose one of the following values:
Query Credentials
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none. Filters any user.
•
custom. Filters a particular group of users.
Choose whether or not the authentication server accepts anonymous queries.
If the authentication server does accept anonymous queries, choose Server
Accepts Anonymous Queries.
If the authentication server does not accept anonymous queries, choose Use
Bind DN and then enter the following information:
•
Bind DN. The user on the external LDAP server permitted to search the
LDAP directory. Typically, the bind DN should be permitted to search the
entire directory.
•
Password. The password associated with the user you enter in the Bind DN
field.
The following text lists some example users for the Bind DN field:
cn=administrator,cn=Users,dc=domain,dc=com
sAMAccountName=jdoe,cn=Users,dc=domain,dc=com.
If the LDAP server is an Active Directory server, you may also enter the Bind
DN username as “DOMAIN\username.”
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Step 6
(Optional) Enable Group Authorization via group object or user object and complete the settings for the
chosen option accordingly:
Group Object Setting
Description
Group Membership
Attribute Within Group
Object
Choose the LDAP attribute which lists all users that belong to this group.
Choose one of the following values:
Attribute that Contains
the Group Name
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member and uniquemember. Unique identifiers in the LDAP
directory that specify group members.
•
custom. A custom identifier such as UserInGroup.
Choose the LDAP attribute which specifies the group name that can be
used in the policy group configuration.
Choose one of the following values:
Query String to
Determine if Object is a
Group
•
cn. A unique identifier in the LDAP directory that specifies the name
of a group.
•
custom. A custom identifier such as FinanceGroup.
Choose an LDAP search filter that determines if an LDAP object represents
a user group.
Choose one of the following values:
•
objectclass=groupofnames
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objectclass=groupofuniquenames
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objectclass=group
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custom. A custom filter such as objectclass=person.
Note: The query defines the set of authentication groups which can be used
in policy groups.
User Object Setting
Description
Group Membership
Attribute Within User
Object
Choose the attribute which list all the groups that this user belongs to.
Group Membership
Attribute is a DN
Choose one of the following values:
•
memberOf. Unique identifiers in the LDAP directory that specify user
members.
•
custom. A custom identifier such as UserInGroup.
Specify whether the group membership attribute is a distinguished name
(DN) which refers to an LDAP object. For Active Directory servers, enable
this option.
When this is enabled, you must configure the subsequent settings.
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User Object Setting
Description
Attribute that Contains When the group membership attribute is a DN, this specifies the attribute that
the Group Name
can be used as group name in policy group configurations.
Choose one of the following values:
Query String to
Determine if Object is
a Group
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cn. A unique identifier in the LDAP directory that specifies the name of
a group.
•
custom. A custom identifier such as FinanceGroup.
Choose an LDAP search filter that determines if an LDAP object represents a
user group.
Choose one of the following values:
•
objectclass=groupofnames
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objectclass=groupofuniquenames
•
objectclass=group
•
custom. A custom filter such as objectclass=person.
Note: The query defines the set of authentication groups which can be used
in Web Security Manager policies.
Step 7
(Optional) Click Start Test. This will test the settings you have entered, ensuring they are correct before
real users use them to authenticate. For details on the testing performed, see •Create additional NTLM
realms to authenticate users in domains that are not trusted by existing NTLM realms., page 6-11.
Note
Once you submit and commit your changes, you cannot later change a realm’s authentication protocol.
Step 8
Submit and commit your changes.
Using Multiple NTLM Realms and Domains
The following rules apply in regard to using multiple NTLM realms and domains:
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You can create up to 10 NTLM authentication realms.
•
The client IP addresses in one NTLM realm must not overlap with the client IP addresses in another
NTLM realm.
•
Each NTLM realm can join one Active Directory domain only but can authenticate users from any
domains trusted by that domain. This trust applies to other domains in the same forest by default and
to domains outside the forest to which at least a one way trust exists.
•
Create additional NTLM realms to authenticate users in domains that are not trusted by existing
NTLM realms.
About Deleting Authentication Realms
Deleting an authentication realm disables associated identities, which in turn removes those identities
from associated policies.
Deleting an authentication realm removes it from sequences.
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Configuring Global Authentication Settings
Configure Global Authentication Settings to apply settings to all authentication realms, independent of
their authentication protocols.
The Web Proxy deployment mode affects which global authentication settings you can configure. More
settings are available when it is deployed in transparent mode than in explicit forward mode.
Before You Begin
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Be familiar with the following concepts:
– Failed Authentication, page 6-19
– Failed Authorization: Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials, page 6-22
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Edit the settings in the Global Authentication Settings section:.
Setting
Description
Action if Authentication
Service Unavailable
Choose one of the following values:
Failed Authentication
Handling
•
Permit traffic to proceed without authentication. Processing
continues as if the user was authenticated.
•
Block all traffic if user authentication fails. Processing is
discontinued and all traffic is blocked.
When you grant users guest access in an Identity policy, this setting
determines how the Web Proxy identifies and logs the user as a guest
in the access logs.
For more information on granting users guest access, see Granting
Guest Access After Failed Authentication, page 6-20.
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Setting
Description
Re-authentication
This setting allows users to authenticate again if the user is blocked
from a website due to a restrictive URL filtering policy or due to being
restricted from logging into another IP address.
(Enable Re-Authentication
Prompt If End User Blocked
by URL Category or User
Session Restriction)
The user sees a block page that includes a link that allows them to enter
new authentication credentials. If the user enters credentials that allow
greater access, the requested page appears in the browser.
Note: This setting only applies to authenticated users who are blocked
due to restrictive URL filtering policies or User Session Restrictions.
It does not apply to blocked transactions by subnet with no
authentication.
For more information, see Failed Authorization: Allowing
Re-Authentication with Different Credentials, page 6-22.
Basic Authentication Token
TTL
Controls the length of time that user credentials are stored in the cache
before revalidating them with the authentication server. This includes
the username and password and the directory groups associated with
the user.
The default value is the recommended setting. When the Surrogate
Timeout setting is configured and is greater than the Basic
Authentication Token TTL, then the Surrogate Timeout value takes
precedence and the Web Proxy contacts the authentication server after
surrogate timeout expires.
The remaining authentication settings you can configure depends on how the Web Proxy is deployed, in
transparent or explicit forward mode.
Step 4
If the Web Proxy is deployed in transparent mode, edit the settings as follows:
Setting
Description
Credential Encryption
This setting specifies whether or not the client sends the login credentials to
the Web Proxy through an encrypted HTTPS connection.
This setting applies to both Basic and NTLMSSP authentication schemes,
but it is particularly useful for Basic authentication scheme because user
credentials are sent as plain text.
For more information, see Failed Authentication, page 6-19.
HTTPS Redirect Port
Specify a TCP port to use for redirecting requests for authenticating users
over an HTTPS connection.
This specifies through which port the client will open a connection to the
Web Proxy using HTTPS. This occurs when credential encryption is enabled
or when using Access Control and users are prompted to authenticate.
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Setting
Description
Redirect Hostname
Enter the short hostname of the network interface on which the Web Proxy
listens for incoming connections.
When you configure authentication on an appliance deployed in transparent
mode, the Web Proxy uses this hostname in the redirection URL sent to
clients for authenticating users.
You can enter either the following values:
Credential Cache
Options:
Surrogate Timeout
•
Single word hostname. You can enter the single word hostname that is
DNS resolvable by the client and the Web Security appliance. This
allows clients to achieve true single sign-on with Internet Explorer
without additional browser side setup.
Be sure to enter the single word hostname that is DNS resolvable by the
client and the Web Security appliance.
For example, if your clients are in domain mycompany.com and the
interface on which the Web Proxy is listening has a full hostname of
proxy.mycompany.com, then you should enter proxy in this field.
Clients perform a lookup on proxy and they should be able to resolve
proxy.mycompany.com.
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Fully qualified domain name (FQDN). You can also enter the FQDN
or IP address in this field. However, if you do that and want true single
sign-on for Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, you must ensure
that the FQDN or IP address is added to the client’s Trusted Sites list in
the client browsers. 
The default value is the FQDN of the M1 or P1 interface, depending on
which interface is used for proxy traffic.
This setting specifies how long the Web Proxy waits before asking the client
for authentication credentials again. Until the Web Proxy asks for
credentials again, it uses the value stored in the surrogate (IP address or
cookie).
It is common for user agents, such as browsers, to cache the authentication
credentials so the user will not be prompted to enter credentials each time.
Credential Cache
Options:
Client IP Idle Timeout
When IP address is used as the authentication surrogate, this setting
specifies how long the Web Proxy waits before asking the client for
authentication credentials again when the client has been idle.
When this value is greater than the Surrogate Timeout value, this setting has
no effect and clients are prompted for authentication after the Surrogate
Timeout is reached.
You might want to use this setting to reduce the vulnerability of users who
leave their computers.
Credential Cache
Options:
Cache Size
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Specifies the number of entries that are stored in the authentication cache.
Set this value to safely accommodate the number of users that are actually
using this device. The default value is the recommended setting.
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Setting
Description
User Session
Restrictions
This setting specifies whether or not authenticated users are allowed to
access the Internet from multiple IP addresses simultaneously.
You might want to restrict access to one machine to prevent users from
sharing their authentication credentials with non-authorized users. When a
user is prevented from logging in at a different machine, an end-user
notification page appears. You can choose whether or not users can click a
button to login as a different username using the Re-authentication setting
on this page.
When you enable this setting, enter the restriction timeout value, which
determines how long users must wait before being able to log into a machine
with a different IP address. The restriction timeout value must be greater
than the surrogate timeout value.
You can remove a specific user or all users from the authentication cache
using the authcache CLI command.
Advanced
Step 5
When using Credential Encryption or Access Control, you can choose
whether the appliance uses the digital certificate and key shipped with the
appliance (the Cisco Web Security Appliance Demo Certificate) or a digital
certificate and key you upload here.
If the Web Proxy is deployed in explicit forward mode, edit the settings as follows:
Setting
Description
Credential Encryption
This setting specifies whether or not the client sends the login credentials to
the Web Proxy through an encrypted HTTPS connection. To enable
credential encryption, choose “HTTPS Redirect (Secure)”. When you
enable credential encryption, additional fields appear to configure how to
redirect clients to the Web Proxy for authentication.
This setting applies to both Basic and NTLMSSP authentication schemes,
but it is particularly useful for Basic authentication scheme because user
credentials are sent as plain text.
For more information, see Failed Authentication, page 6-19.
HTTPS Redirect Port
Specify a TCP port to use for redirecting requests for authenticating users
over an HTTPS connection.
This specifies through which port the client will open a connection to the
Web Proxy using HTTPS. This occurs when credential encryption is enabled
or when using Access Control and users are prompted to authenticate.
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Setting
Description
Redirect Hostname
Enter the short hostname of the network interface on which the Web Proxy
listens for incoming connections.
When you enable Authentication Mode above, the Web Proxy uses this
hostname in the redirection URL sent to clients for authenticating users.
You can enter either the following values:
Credential Cache
Options:
Surrogate Timeout
•
Single word hostname. You can enter the single word hostname that is
DNS resolvable by the client and the Web Security appliance. This
allows clients to achieve true single sign-on with Internet Explorer
without additional browser side setup.
Be sure to enter the single word hostname that is DNS resolvable by the
client and the Web Security appliance.
For example, if your clients are in domain mycompany.com and the
interface on which the Web Proxy is listening has a full hostname of
proxy.mycompany.com, then you should enter proxy in this field. Clients
perform a lookup on proxy and they should be able to resolve
proxy.mycompany.com.
•
Fully qualified domain name (FQDN). You can also enter the FQDN
or IP address in this field. However, if you do that and want true single
sign-on for Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, you must ensure
that the FQDN or IP address is added to the client’s Trusted Sites list in
the client browsers. 
The default value is the FQDN of the M1 or P1 interface, depending on
which interface is used for proxy traffic.
This setting specifies how long the Web Proxy waits before asking the client
for authentication credentials again. Until the Web Proxy asks for
credentials again, it uses the value stored in the surrogate (IP address or
cookie).
Note that it is common for user agents, such as browsers, to cache the
authentication credentials so the user will not be prompted to enter
credentials each time.
Credential Cache
Options:
Client IP Idle Timeout
When IP address is used as the authentication surrogate, this setting
specifies how long the Web Proxy waits before asking the client for
authentication credentials again when the client has been idle.
When this value is greater than the Surrogate Timeout value, this setting has
no effect and clients are prompted for authentication after the Surrogate
Timeout is reached.
You might want to use this setting to reduce the vulnerability of users who
leave their computers.
Credential Cache
Options:
Cache Size
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Specifies the number of entries that are stored in the authentication cache.
Set this value to safely accommodate the number of users that are actually
using this device. The default value is the recommended setting.
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Setting
Description
User Session
Restrictions
This setting specifies whether or not authenticated users are allowed to
access the Internet from multiple IP addresses simultaneously.
You might want to restrict access to one machine to prevent users from
sharing their authentication credentials with non-authorized users. When a
user is prevented from logging at a different machine, an end-user
notification page appears. You can choose whether or not users can click a
button to login as a different username using the Re-authentication setting
on this page.
When you enable this setting, enter the restriction timeout value, which
determines how long users must wait before being able to log into a machine
with a different IP address. The restriction timeout value must be greater
than the surrogate timeout value.
You can remove a specific user or all users from the authentication cache
using the authcache CLI command.
Advanced
When using Credential Encryption or Access Control, you can choose
whether the appliance uses the digital certificate and key shipped with the
appliance (the Cisco Web Security Appliance Demo Certificate) or a digital
certificate and key you upload here.
To upload a digital certificate and key, click Browse and navigate to the
necessary file on your local machine. Then click Upload Files after you
select the files you want.
Step 6
Submit and commit your changes.
Authentication Sequences
•
About Authentication Sequences, page 6-17
•
Creating Authentication Sequences, page 6-18
•
Editing And Reordering Authentication Sequences, page 6-18
•
Editing And Reordering Authentication Sequences, page 6-18
About Authentication Sequences
Use authentication sequences to allow single Identities to authenticate users via different authentication
servers or protocols. Authentication sequences are also useful for providing backup options in case
primary authentication options become unavailable.
Authentication sequences are collections of two or more authentication realms. The realms used can
have different authentication servers and different authentication protocols. For more information on
authentication realms, seeAuthentication Realms, page 6-3.
After you create a second authentication realm, the appliance automatically displays a Realm Sequences
section under Network > Authentication and includes a default authentication sequence named All
Realms. The All Realms sequence automatically includes each realm you define. You can change the
order of the realms within the All Realms sequence, but you cannot delete the All Realms sequence or
remove any realms from it.
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When multiple NTLM authentication realms are defined, the Web Security appliance uses the
NTLMSSP authentication scheme with only one NTLM authentication realm per sequence. You can
choose which NTLM authentication realm to use for NTLMSSP within each sequence, including the All
Realms sequence. To use NTLMSSP with multiple NTLM realms, define a separate Identity for each
realm.
Which authentication realms within a sequence get used during authentication depends on:
Tip
•
The authentication scheme used. This is generally dictated by the type of credentials entered at the
client.
•
The order in which realms are listed within the sequence (for Basic realms only, as only one
NTLMSSP realm is possible).
For optimal performance, authenticate clients on the same subnet using a single realm.
Creating Authentication Sequences
Before You Begin
•
Create two or more authentication realms (see Authentication Realms, page 6-3).
•
If the Web Security appliance is managed by a Security Management appliance, ensure that
same-named authentication realms on different Web Security appliances have identical properties
defined on each appliance. Be aware that AsyncOS will use the realms to process authentication
sequentially, beginning with the first realm in the list.
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication
Step 2
Click Add Sequence.
Step 3
Enter a unique name for the sequence using alphanumeric and space characters.
Step 4
In the first row of the Realm Sequence for Basic Scheme area, choose the first authentication realm you
want to include in the sequence.
Step 5
In the second row of the Realm Sequence for Basic Scheme area, choose the next realm you want to
include in the sequence.
Step 6
(Optional) Click Add Row to include another realm that uses Basic credentials.
Step 7
If an NTLM realm is defined, choose an NTLM realm in the Realm for NTLMSSP Scheme field.
The Web Proxy uses this NTLM realm when the client sends NTLMSSP authentication credentials.
Step 8
Submit and commit your changes.
Editing And Reordering Authentication Sequences
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click the name of the sequence you wish to edit or re-order.
Step 3
Choose a realm name from the Realms drop-down list on the row corresponding to the position number
you want the realm to occupy in the sequence.
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Note
For the All Realms sequence, you can only change the order of its realms, you cannot change
the realms themselves. To change the order of realms in the All Realms sequence, click the
arrows in the Order column to reposition the corresponding realms.
Step 4
Repeat Step 3 until all realms are listed and ordered as required, ensuring that each realm name appears
in one row only.
Step 5
Submit and commit your changes.
Deleting Authentication Sequences
Before You Begin
•
Be aware that deleting an authentication sequence also disables associated identities, which in turn
removes those identities from associated policies.
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click the trash can icon for the sequence name.
Step 3
Click Delete to confirm that you want to delete the sequence.
Step 4
Commit your changes.
Failed Authentication
•
About Failed Authentication, page 6-19
•
Bypassing Authentication, page 6-20
About Failed Authentication
Users may be blocked from the web due to authentication failure for the following reason:
•
Client limitations. Some client applications may not properly support authentication. You can
bypass authentication for these clients by configuring Identities that do not require authorization and
basing their criteria on the clients (and, optionally, on the URLs they need to access).
•
Authentication service is unavailable. An authentication service might be unavailable due to
network or server issues. You can choose to allow unauthenticated traffic in this circumstance.
•
Invalid credentials. Some users may be unable to supply valid credentials for proper authentication
(for example, visitors or users awaiting credentials). You can choose to grant these users limited
access to the web.
Related Topics
•
Bypassing Authentication, page 6-20
•
Permitting Unauthenticated Traffic While Authentication Service is Unavailable, page 6-20
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Granting Guest Access After Failed Authentication, page 6-20
Bypassing Authentication
Step
More Information
1.
Create a custom URL category that contains the
affected websites by configuring the Advanced
properties.
2.
Create an identity with these characteristics:
– Placed above all identities that require
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page 7-3
authentication.
– Includes the custom URL category.
– Includes affected client applications.
– Does not require authentication
3.
Create a policy for the identity.
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Related Topics
•
Bypassing the Web Proxy
Permitting Unauthenticated Traffic While Authentication Service is
Unavailable
Note
This configuration applies only when an authentication service is unavailable. It will not bypass
authentication permanently. For alternative options, see About Failed Authentication, page 6-19
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Click the Permit Traffic To Proceed Without Authentication in the Action If Authentication Service
Unavailable field.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Granting Guest Access After Failed Authentication
Granting guest access requires that the following procedures are completed:
1.
Define an Identity that Supports Guest Access, page 6-21
2.
Use an Identity that Supports Guest Access in a Policy, page 6-21
3.
(Optional) Configure How Guest User Details are Logged, page 6-21
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Note
If an Identity allows guest access and there is no user-defined policy that uses that Identity, users who
fail authentication match the global policy of the applicable policy type. For example, if MyIdentity
allows guest access and there is no user-defined Access Policy that uses MyIdentity, users who fail
authentication match the global Access Policy. If you do not want guest users to match a global policy,
create a policy above the global policy that applies to guest users and blocks all access.
Define an Identity that Supports Guest Access
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Identities.
Step 2
Click Add Identity to add a new identity, or click the name of an existing identity that you wish to use.
Step 3
Check the Support Guest Privileges check box.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Use an Identity that Supports Guest Access in a Policy
Step 1
Choose a policy type from the Web Security Manager menu.
Step 2
Click a policy name in the policies table.
Step 3
Choose Select One Or More Identities from the Identities And Users drop-down list (if not already
chosen).
Step 4
Choose an identity that supports guest access from the drop-down list in the Identity column.
Step 5
Click the Guests (Users Failing Authentication) radio button.
Note
Step 6
If this option is not available it means the identity you chose is not configured to support guest
access. Return to step 4 and choose another, or see Define an Identity that Supports Guest
Access, page 6-21 to define a new one.
Submit and commit your changes.
Configure How Guest User Details are Logged
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Click a Log Guest User By radio button, described below, in the Failed Authentication Handling field.
Radio button
Description
IP Address
The IP address of the guest user’s client will be logged in the access logs.
User Name As Entered By
End-User
The user name that originally failed authentication will be logged in the
access logs.
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Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Failed Authorization: Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials
•
About Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials, page 6-22
•
Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials, page 6-22
About Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials
Use re-authentication to allow users the opportunity to authenticate again, using different credentials, if
the credentials they previously used have failed authorization. A user may authenticate successfully but
still be prevented from accessing a web resource if not authorized to do so. This is because authentication
merely identifies users for the purpose of passing their verified credentials on to policies, but it is the
policies that authorize those users (or not) to access resources.
A user must have authenticated successfully to be allowed to re-authenticate.
To use the re-authentication feature with user defined end-user notification pages, the CGI script that
parses the redirect URL must parse and use the Reauth_URL parameter.
Allowing Re-Authentication with Different Credentials
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Check the Re-Authentication Prompt If End User Blocked by URL Category Or User Session
Restriction check box.
Step 4
Click Submit.
Tracking Identified Users
Note
When the appliance is configured to use cookie-based authentication surrogates, it does not get cookie
information from clients for HTTPS and FTP over HTTP requests. Therefore, it cannot get the user name
from the cookie.
Surrogate Types
Credential Encryption Disabled
Credential Encryption Enabled
Protocol:
HTTP
HTTP
HTTPS &
Native FTP
FTP over
HTTP
No Surrogate
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Yes
HTTPS &
Native FTP
FTP over
HTTP
Yes
NA
NA
NA
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Credential Encryption Disabled
Credential Encryption Enabled
IP-based
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cookie-based
Yes
Yes***
Yes***
Yes
No/Yes**
Yes***
Surrogate Types
Credential Encryption Disabled
Credential Encryption Enabled
Protocol:
HTTP
HTTPS
Native FTP
HTTP
HTTPS
Native FTP
No Surrogate
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
IP-based
Yes
No/Yes*
No/Yes*
Yes
No/Yes*
No/Yes*
Cookie-based
Yes
No/Yes**
No/Yes**
Yes
No/Yes**
No/Yes**
* Works after the client makes a request to an HTTP site and is authenticated. Before this happens, the
behavior depends on the transaction type:
•
Native FTP transactions. Transactions bypass authentication.
•
HTTPS transactions. Transactions are dropped. However, you can configure the HTTPS Proxy to
decrypt the first HTTPS request for authentication purposes.
** When cookie-based authentication is used, the Web Proxy cannot authenticate the user for HTTPS,
native FTP, and FTP over HTTP transactions. Due to this limitation, all HTTPS, native FTP, and FTP
over HTTP requests bypass authentication, so authentication is not requested at all.
*** No surrogate is used in this case even though cookie-based surrogate is configured.
Tracking Re-Authenticated Users
With re-authentication, if a more privileged user authenticates and is authorized, the Web Proxy caches
this user identity for different amounts of time depending on the authentication surrogates configured:
Note
•
Session cookie. The privileged user identity is used until the browser is closed or the session times
out.
•
Persistent cookie. The privileged user identity is used until the surrogate times out.
•
IP address. The privileged user identity is used until the surrogate times out.
•
No surrogate. By default, the Web Proxy requests authentication for every new connection, but
when re-authentication is enabled, the Web Proxy requests authentication for every new request, so
there is an increased load on the authentication server when using NTLMSSP. The increase in
authentication activity may not be apparent to a user, however, because most browsers will cache
the privileged user credentials and authenticate without prompting until the browser is closed. Also,
when the Web Proxy is deployed in transparent mode, and the “Apply same surrogate settings to
explicit forward requests” option is not enabled, no authentication surrogates are used for explicit
forward requests and increased load will occur with re-authentication.
If the Web Security appliance uses cookies for authentication surrogates, Cisco recommends enabling
credential encryption.
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Credentials
•
Credential Format, page 6-24
•
Credential Encryption for Basic Authentication, page 6-24
Credential Format
Authentication Scheme
Credential Format
NTLMSSP
MyDomain\jsmith
Basic
jsmith
MyDomain\jsmith
Note
If the user does not enter the Windows domain, the Web Proxy
prepends the default Windows domain.
Credential Encryption for Basic Authentication
About Credential Encryption for Basic Authentication
Enable credential encryption to transmit credentials over HTTPS in encrypted form. This increases
security of the basic authentication process.
The Web Security appliance uses its own certificate and private key by default to create an HTTPS
connection with the client for the purposes of secure authentication. Most browsers will warn users,
however, that this certificate is not valid. To prevent users from seeing the invalid certificate message,
you can upload a valid certificate and key pair that your organization uses.
Configuring Credential Encryption
Before You Begin:
•
Configure the appliance to use IP surrogates.
•
(Optional) Obtain a certificate and unencrypted private key. The certificate and key configured here
are also used by Access Control.
Step 1
Choose Network > Authentication.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Check the Use Encrypted HTTPS Connection For Authentication check box in the Credential
Encryption field.
Step 4
(Optional) Edit the default port number (443) in the HTTPS Redirect Port field for client HTTP
connections during authentication.
Step 5
(Optional) Upload a certificate and key:
a.
Expand the Advanced section.
b.
Click Browse in the Certificate field and find the certificate file you wish to upload.
c.
Click Browse in the Key field and find the private key file you wish to upload.
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d.
Step 6
Click Upload Files.
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Obtaining Certificates, page 21-23.
Troubleshooting Authentication
•
LDAP User Fails Authentication due to NTLMSSP, page A-2
•
LDAP Authentication Fails due to LDAP Referral, page A-2
•
Basic Authentication Fails, page A-2
•
Users Erroneously Prompted for Credentials, page A-3
•
HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication, page A-9
•
Cannot Access URLs that Do Not Support Authentication, page A-12
•
Client Requests Fail Upstream Proxy, page A-13
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7
Classify End-Users and Client Software
•
Overview of Classify Users and Client Software, page 7-1
•
Classify Users and Client Software: Best Practices, page 7-2
•
Identity Criteria, page 7-2
•
Classifying Users and Client Software, page 7-3
•
Identities and Authentication, page 7-7
•
Troubleshooting Identities, page 7-8
Overview of Classify Users and Client Software
Identities classify users and user agents for these purposes:
•
Application of policies (except SaaS)
•
Specification of identification and authentication requirements
AsyncOS assigns an identity to every transaction:
•
Custom Identities — AsyncOS assigns a custom identity based on that identity’s criteria.
•
The Global Identity — AsyncOS assigns the global identity to transactions that do not meet the
criteria for any custom identity. By default, the global identity does not require authentication.
AsyncOS processes identities sequentially, beginning with the first identity. The global identity is the
last identity.
An identity can include only one criterion. Identities that include multiple criteria require that all the
criteria are met.
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One policy may call on multiple identities:
This Identity allows guest access and applies to users who fail
authentication.
Authentication is not used for this Identity.
The specified user groups in this Identity are authorized for this policy.
This Identity uses an authentication sequence and this policy applies to
one realm in the sequence.
Classify Users and Client Software: Best Practices
•
Create fewer, more general Identities that apply to all users or fewer, larger groups of users. Use
policies, rather than identities, for more granular management.
•
Create Identities with unique criteria.
•
If deployed in transparent mode, create an Identity for sites that do not support authentication. See
Bypassing Authentication, page 1-20.
Identity Criteria
Option
Description
Subnet
The client subnet must match the list of subnets in a policy
Protocol
The protocol used in the transaction, either HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS, or native FTP
Port
The proxy port of the request must be in the Identity’s list of ports, if any listed . For
explicit forward connections this is the port configured in the browser. For
transparent connections this is the same as the destination port.
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Option
Description
User Agent
The user agent (client software) making the request must be in the Identity’s list of
user agents, if any are listed. Some user agents cannot handle authentication,
therefore creating an identity that does not require authentication is necessary.
URL Category
The URL category of the request URL must be in the Identity’s list of URL
categories, if any are listed.
Authentication
requirements
If the Identity requires authentication, the client authentication credentials must
match the Identity’s authentication requirements.
Classifying Users and Client Software
Before you Begin
•
Create authentication realms. See Creating an Active Directory Authentication Realm, page 6-6 or
Creating an LDAP Authentication Realm, page 6-7.
•
Be aware that when you commit a change to Identities, end-users must re-authenticate.
•
(Optional) Create authentication sequences. See Creating Authentication Sequences, page 6-18
•
(Optional) Enable Secure Mobility if the identity will include mobile users.
•
(Optional) Understand authentication surrogates. See Tracking Identified Users, page 6-22.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Identities.
Step 2
Click Add Identity.
Step 3
Assign a name that is unique to Identities.
Step 4
(Optional) Enter a description.
Step 5
In the Insert Above field drop-down list, choose where in the table to place the Identity.
Note
Position Identities that do not require authentication above the first Identity that requires authentication.
Step 6
In the Define Members by User Location section, configure the Identity to apply to local users, remote users,
or both local and remote users. The setting chosen here affects the available authentication settings for this
Identity.
Step 7
In the Define Members by Subnet field, enter the addresses to which this Identity should apply. Enter IP
addresses, CIDR blocks, and subnets.
Note
If no address is entered in this field, the Identity applies to all IP addresses.
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Step 8
Step 9
In the Define Members by Protocol section, check to select the protocols to which this Identity should apply.
Select all that apply:
Option
Description
HTTP/HTTPS
Applies to all requests that use HTTP or HTTPS as the underlying protocol,
including FTP over HTTP and any other protocol tunneled using HTTP
CONNECT.
Native FTP
Applies to native FTP requests only
SOCKS
Applies to SOCKS Policies only
In the Identification and Authentication field, choose an Identity authentication requirement from the
following options:
Option
Description
No
The user is identified primarily by
Authentication IP address
Identify Users
Transparently
through Cisco
ASA
Integration
The user is identified by the current
IP address to user name mapping
received from the Cisco adaptive
security appliance (ASA). This
option appears when Secure
Mobility is enabled and integrates
with a Cisco adaptive security
appliance.
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Method
Go to Step 11
a.
In the Select a Realm or Sequence field,
choose a defined authentication realm or
sequence.
b.
If you chose an NTLM authentication
realm or sequence that contains an NTLM
authentication realm, then go to Step 10 to
choose the authentication scheme.
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Option
Description
Method
Identify Users
Transparently
The user is identified by the current
IP address to user name mapping.
This option appears when at least
one authentication realm is defined
that supports transparent user
identification.
a.
Note
Authenticate
User
(For deployments with a
Security Management
appliance) When
configuring Identities on a
Security Management
appliance, this option
appears when a Web
Security appliance with an
authentication realm that
supports transparent user
identification has been
added as a managed
appliance.
The user is identified by the
authentication credentials entered.
This option appears when at least
one authentication realm is defined
In the Select a Realm or Sequence field,
choose a defined authentication realm that
supports transparent user identification;
– an LDAP authentication realm that
supports Novell eDirectory
– an NTLM authentication realm that is
enabled for transparent user
identification.
– You can also choose a sequence that
contains only realms that support
transparent user identification.
b.
Choose whether to grant users guest access,
or force an authentication prompt to appear
to end users when transparent user
identification fails.
c.
To grant guest access to users who fail
authentication due to invalid credentials,
select the Support Guest privileges check
box.
a.
In the Select a Realm or Sequence field,
choose a defined authentication realm or
sequence.
b.
To grant guest access to users who fail
authentication due to invalid credentials,
select the Support Guest privileges check
box.
Step 10
If you chose an Active Directory authentication realm or sequence that contains an Active Directory
authentication realm, then choose the authentication scheme in the Select a Scheme field.
Step 11
Choose the settings in the Authentication Surrogate section, when authentication is required (a
protocol must first be defined). These settings specify the way that transactions will be associated with a
user after the user has authenticated successfully.
Options vary depending on the Web Proxy deployment mode.
Surrogate Type
Description
IP Address
The Web Proxy tracks an authenticated user at a particular IP address.
Tip
Persistent Cookie
For transparent user identification, choose IP Address.
The Web Proxy tracks an authenticated user on a particular application by
generating a persistent cookie for each user per application. Closing the
application does not remove the cookie.
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Surrogate Type
Description
Session Cookie
The Web Proxy tracks an authenticated user on a particular application by
generating a session cookie for each user per domain per application. (However,
when a user provides different credentials for the same domain from the same
application, the cookie is overwritten.) Closing the application removes the
cookie.
No Surrogate
The Web Proxy does not use a surrogate to cache the credentials, and it tracks an
authenticated user for every new TCP connection. When you choose this option,
the web interface disables other settings that no longer apply. This option is
available only in explicit forward mode and when you disable credential
encryption on the Network > Authentication page.
Apply same surrogate
settings to explicit
forward requests
Select whether or not the surrogate used for transparent requests should also
be used for explicit requests.
Selecting this will enable credential encryption automatically.
This option appears only when the Web Proxy is deployed in transparent
mode.
Note
Step 12
You can define a timeout valve for the authentication surrogate for all requests using Global
Authentication Settings.
(Optional) Expand the Advanced section to define additional membership requirements.
Advanced Option Description
Proxy Ports
The proxy port is used to access the Web Proxy by entering one or more port numbers
in the Proxy Ports field. Separate multiple ports with commas.
For explicit forward connections, this is the port configured in the browser.
For transparent connections, this is the same as the destination port.
Note
URL Categories
Select the user defined or predefined URL categories. Membership for both is excluded
by default, meaning the Web Proxy ignores all categories unless they are selected in the
Add column.
Note
User Agents
Defining identities by port works best when the appliance is deployed in
explicit forward mode or when clients explicitly forward requests to the
appliance. Defining identities by port when client requests are
transparently redirected to the appliance may result in some requests being
denied.
If you need to define membership by URL category, only define it in the
Identity group when you need to exempt from authentication requests to that
category.
Defines the policy group membership by the user agent (applications such as Firefox
or Chrome Web browsers) used in the client request. You can select some commonly
defined browsers, or define your own using regular expressions.
Choose whether this policy group should apply to the selected user agents or to any
user agent that is not in the list of selected user agents.
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Step 13
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
End-User Authentication Methods
•
Managing Web Requests through Policies
Enable/Disable an Identity
Before You Begin
•
Be aware that disabling an identity removes it from associated policies.
•
Be aware that reenabling an identity does not re-associate it with any policies.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Identities.
Step 2
Click a policy name in the policies table.
Step 3
Check or uncheck Enable Identity in the Identity Settings field.
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
Identities and Authentication
Figure 7-1 on page 7-8 shows how the Web Proxy evaluates a client request against the Identities when
the Identity is configured to use:
•
No authentication surrogates
•
IP addresses as authentication surrogates
•
Cookies as authentication surrogates with transparent requests
•
Cookies as authentication surrogates with explicit requests and credential encryption is enabled
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Figure 7-1
Transaction Request flow: Identities and Authentication - No Surrogates and IP-Based
Surrogates
Figure 7-2
Transaction Request flow: Identities and Authentication - TranCookie-Based
Surrogates
Troubleshooting Identities
•
Policy Problems, page A-7
•
Policy is Never Applied, page A-8
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Troubleshooting Identities
•
Policy Troubleshooting Tool: Policy Trace, page A-10
•
Basic Authentication Problems, page A-2
•
Upstream Proxy Problems, page A-13
•
Upstream Proxy Problems, page A-13
•
Policy is Never Applied, page A-8
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8
SaaS Access Control
•
Overview of SaaS Access Control, page 8-1
•
Authenticate SaaS Users, page 8-2
•
Configuring the Appliance as an Identity Provider, page 8-2
•
Using SaaS Access Control and Multiple Web Security Appliances, page 8-4
•
Creating SaaS Application Authentication Policies, page 8-4
•
Configuring End-User Access to the Single Sign-On URL, page 8-6
Overview of SaaS Access Control
The Web Security appliance uses the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to authorize access
to SaaS applications. It works with SaaS applications that are strictly compliant with SAML version 2.0.
Cisco SaaS Access Control allows you to:
•
Control which users can access SaaS applications and from where.
•
Quickly disable access to all SaaS applications when users are no longer employed by the
organization.
•
Reduce the risk of phishing attacks that ask users to enter their SaaS user credentials.
•
Choose whether users are transparently signed in (single sign-on functionality) or prompted to enter
their authentication user name and password.
SaaS Access Control only works with SaaS applications that require an authentication mechanism
supported by the Web Security appliance. Currently, the Web Proxy uses the
“PasswordProtectedTransport” authentication mechanism.
To enable SaaS Access Control, you must configure settings on both the Web Security appliance and the
SaaS application:
Step 1
Configure the web security appliance as
an identity provider.
Configuring the Appliance as an Identity Provider,
page 8-2
Step 2
Create an authentication policy for the
SaaS application.
Creating SaaS Application Authentication
Policies, page 8-4
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Step 3
Configure the SaaS application for single Configuring End-User Access to the Single
sign-on.
Sign-On URL, page 8-6
Step 4
(Optional) Configuring multiple web
security appliances
Using SaaS Access Control and Multiple Web
Security Appliances, page 8-4
Authenticate SaaS Users
Step 1
Configure the “PasswordProtectedTransport” value when you create a SaaS Application Authentication
Policy using the Authentication Context setting
Step 2
Choose “Automatic” as the Authentication Context setting.
Related topics
•
Creating SaaS Application Authentication Policies, page 8-4
Certificates and Keys
When the browser prompts users to authenticate, the browser sends the authentication credentials to the
Web Proxy using a secure HTTPS connection. The appliance uses its own certificate and private key to
create an HTTPS connection with the client by default. Most browsers will warn users that the certificate
is not valid. To prevent users from seeing the invalid certificate message, you can upload a certificate
and key pair your organization uses.
Configuring the Appliance as an Identity Provider
When you configure the Web Security appliance as an identity provider, the settings you define apply to
all SaaS applications it communicates with. The Web Security appliance uses a certificate and key to
sign each SAML assertion it creates.
Before You Begin
•
(Optional) Locate a certificate (PEM format) and key for signing SAML assertions.
•
Upload the certificate to each SaaS application.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Identity Provider for SaaS page.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
In the Identity Provider Domain Name field enter a virtual domain name.
Step 4
In the Identity Provider Entity ID field enter text (a URI format based string is recommended)
Step 5
Either upload or generate a certificate and key:
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Note
If the appliance has both an uploaded certificate and key pair and a generated certificate and key pair, it
only uses the certificate and key pair currently selected in the Signing Certificate section.
Method
Uploaded certificate
and key
Additional Steps
1.
Click Use Uploaded Certificate and Key.
2.
Click Browse for the Certificate field.
Note
3.
Note
Generated certificate
and key
The Web Proxy uses the first certificate or key in the file. The certificate
file must be in PEM format. DER format is not supported.
Click Browse for the Key field. The private key must be unencrypted.
The key length must be 512, 1024, or 2048 bits. The private key file
must be in PEM format. DER format is not supported.
4.
Click Upload Files.
5.
Click Download Certificate to transfer the certificate to the SaaS
applications with which the Web Security appliance will communicate.
6.
Submit and Commit Changes
1.
Click Use Generated Certificate and Key.
2.
Click Generate New Certificate and Key.
3.
In the Generate Certificate and Key dialog box, enter the information to
display in the signing certificate.
Note
You can enter any ASCII character except the forward slash ( / ) in the
Common Name field.
4.
Click Generate.
5.
Click Download Certificate to transfer the certificate to the SaaS
applications with which the Web Security appliance will communicate.
6.
(Optional) Click the Download Certificate Signing Request (DCSR) link
to submit it to a certificate authority (CA). After you receive a signed
certificate from the CA, click Browse and navigate to the signed certificate
location. Click Upload File.
7.
Submit and Commit Changes
Step 6
After you choose which certificate and key to use for signing SAML assertions, upload the certificate to
each SaaS application.
Step 7
Make note of the settings when you configure the appliance as an identity provider. Some of these
settings must be used when configuring the SaaS application for single sign-on.
Related Topics
•
Configuring End-User Access to the Single Sign-On URL, page 8-6
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Using SaaS Access Control and Multiple Web Security
Appliances
Before you begin
•
Configure the Appliance as an Identity Provider, page 15-2
Step 1
Configure the same Identity Provider Domain Name for each Web Security appliance.
Step 2
Configure the same Identity Provider Entity ID for each Web Security appliance.
Step 3
Upload the same certificate and private key to each appliance on the Security Services > Identity
Provider for SaaS page.
Step 4
Upload this certificate to each SaaS application you configure.
Creating SaaS Application Authentication Policies
Before you begin
•
Create associated identities.
•
Configure Identity Provider, see Configuring the Appliance as an Identity Provider, page 8-2.
•
Create an Authentication Realm, Authentication Realms, page 6-3.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > SaaS Policies.
Step 2
Click Add Application.
Step 3
Configure the settings:
Property
Description
Application
Name
Enter a name to identify the SaaS application for this policy, each application name must
be unique. The Web Security appliance uses the application name to generate a single
sign-on URL.
Description
(Optional) Enter a description for this SaaS policy.
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Property
Description
Metadata for
Service
Provider
Configure the metadata that describes the service provider referenced in this policy. You
can either describe the service provider properties manually or upload a metadata file
provided by the SaaS application.
The Web Security appliance uses the metadata to determine how to communicate with
the SaaS application (service provider) using SAML. Contact the SaaS application to
learn the correct settings to configure the metadata.
When you manually configure the metadata information, configure the following values:
• Service Provider Entity ID. Enter the text (typically in URI format) the SaaS
application uses to identify itself as a service provider.
• Name ID Format. Choose from the drop-down list the format the appliance should use
to identify users in the SAML assertion it sends to service providers. The value you enter
here must match the corresponding setting configured on the SaaS application.
• Assertion Consumer Service Location. Enter the URL to where the Web Security
appliance should send the SAML assertion it creates. Read the SaaS application
documentation to determine that correct URL to use (also known as the login URL).
Note
The metadata file is an XML document following the SAML standard that
describes a service provider instance. Not all SaaS applications use metadata
files, but for those that do, contact the SaaS application provider for the file.
Authentication Choose the authentication realm or authentication sequence the Web Proxy should use
to authenticate users accessing this SaaS application. Users must be a member of the
authentication realm or authentication sequence to successfully access the SaaS
application.
In the SaaS SSO Authentication Prompt section, choose how to sign users into the SaaS
application:
•
Always prompt users for their local authentication credentials.
•
Prompt users for their local authentication credentials if the Web Proxy obtained
their user names using transparent user identification.
•
Automatically sign in users to the SaaS application using their local
authentication credentials.
SAML User
Specify how the Web Proxy should represent user names to the service provider in the
Name Mapping SAML assertion. You can pass the user names as they are used inside your network (no
mapping), or you can change the internal user names into a different format using one of
the following methods:
• LDAP query. The user names sent to the service provider are based on one or more
LDAP query attributes. Enter an expression containing LDAP attribute fields and optional
custom text. You must enclose attribute names in angled brackets. You can include any
number of attributes. For example, for the LDAP attributes “user” and “domain,” you
could enter <user>@<domain>.com.
• Fixed Rule mapping. The user names sent to the service provider are based on the
internal user name with a fixed string added before or after the internal user name. Enter
the fixed string and %s for the internal user name.
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Property
Description
SAML
Attribute
Mapping
(Optional) You can provide to the SaaS application additional information about the
internal users from the LDAP authentication server if required by the SaaS
application. Map each LDAP server attribute to a SAML attribute.
Authentication
Context
From the Authentication drop-down list, choose the authentication mechanism the
Web Proxy uses to authenticate its internal users.
Note
Step 4
The authentication context informs the service provider which authentication
mechanism the identity provider used to authenticate the internal users. Some
service providers require a particular authentication mechanism to allow users
to access the SaaS application. If a service provider requires an authentication
context that is not supported by an identity provider, users cannot access the
service provider using single sign-on from the identity provider.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Next Steps
•
Download the certificate and install it on the application website. Security Services > Identity
Provider for SaaS > Edit Settings > click Download Certificate
•
Set up the single sign-on settings on the SaaS application side, using the same parameters to
configure the application.
Configuring End-User Access to the Single Sign-On URL
After you configure the Web Security appliance as an identity provider and create a SaaS Application
Authentication Policy for the SaaS application, the appliance creates a single sign-on URL (SSO URL).
The Web Security appliance uses the application name configured in the SaaS Application
Authentication Policy to generate the single sign-on URL. The single sign-on URL format is:
http://IdentityProviderDomainName/SSOURL/ApplicationName
Step 1
Obtain the single sign-on URL from the Web Security Manager> SaaS Policies page
Step 2
Make the URL available to end-users depending on which flow type
Step 3
If you choose Identity provider initiated flow, the appliance redirects users to the SaaS application
Step 4
If you choose Service Provider initiated flows, you must configure this URL in the SaaS application.
Note
•
Always prompt SaaS users for proxy authentication. After entering valid credentials, users are
logged into the SaaS application.
•
Transparently sign in SaaS users. Users are logged into the SaaS application automatically.
To achieve single sign-on behavior using explicit forward requests for all authenticated users when the
appliance is deployed in transparent mode, select “Apply same surrogate settings to explicit forward
requests” when you configure the Identity group.
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9
Classify URLs for Policy Application
•
Overview of Categorizing URL Transactions, page 9-1
•
Configuring the URL Filtering Engine, page 9-4
•
Managing Updates to the Set of URL Categories, page 9-4
•
Filtering Transactions Using URL Categories, page 9-9
•
Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories, page 9-13
•
Filtering Adult Content, page 9-15
•
Redirecting Traffic in the Access Policies, page 9-17
•
Warning Users and Allowing Them to Continue, page 9-17
•
Creating Time Based URL Filters, page 9-19
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Viewing URL Filtering Activity, page 9-19
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Regular Expressions, page 9-20
•
URL Category Descriptions, page 9-22
Overview of Categorizing URL Transactions
Using policy groups, you can create secure policies that control access to web sites containing
questionable content. The sites that are blocked, allowed, or decrypted depend on the categories you
select when setting up category blocking for each policy group. To control user access based on a URL
category, you must enable Cisco Web Usage Controls. This is a multi-layered URL filtering engine that
uses domain prefixes and keyword analysis to categorize URLs.
You can use URL categories when performing the following tasks:
Option
Method
Define policy group membership
Matching URLs to URL Categories, page 9-3
Control access to HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP
requests
Filtering Transactions Using URL Categories,
page 9-9
Create user defined custom URL categories that
specify specific hostnames and IP addresses
Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories,
page 9-13
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Categorization of Failed URL Transactions
The Dynamic Content Analysis engine categorizes URLs when controlling access to websites in Access
Policies only. It does not categorize URLs when determining policy group membership or when
controlling access to websites using Decryption or Cisco Data Security Policies. This is because the
engine works by analyzing the response content from the destination server, so it cannot be used on
decisions that must be made at request time before any response is downloaded from the server.
If the web reputation score for an uncategorized URL is within the WBRS ALLOW range, AsyncOS
allows the request without performing Dynamic Content Analysis.
After the Dynamic Content Analysis engine categorizes a URL, it stores the category verdict and URL
in a temporary cache. This allows future transactions to benefit from the earlier response scan and be
categorized at request time instead of at response time.
Enabling the Dynamic Content Analysis engine can impact transaction performance. However, most
transactions are categorized using the Cisco Web Usage Controls URL categories database, so the
Dynamic Content Analysis engine is usually only called for a small percentage of transactions.
Enabling the Dynamic Content Analysis Engine
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Acceptable Use Controls.
Step 2
Enable the Cisco Web Usage Controls.
Step 3
Click to enable the Dynamic Content Analysis engine.
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
Note
It is possible for an Access Policy, or an Identity used in an Access Policy, to define policy membership
by a predefined URL category and for the Access Policy to perform an action on the same URL category.
The URL in the request can be uncategorized when determining Identity and Access Policy group
membership, but must be categorized by the Dynamic Content Analysis engine after receiving the server
response. Cisco Web Usage Controls ignores the category verdict from the Dynamic Content Analysis
engine and the URL retains the “uncategorized” verdict for the remainder of the transaction. Future
transactions will still benefit from the new category verdict.
Uncategorized URLs
An uncategorized URL is a URL that does not match any pre-defined URL category or included custom
URL category.
Note
When determining policy group membership, a custom URL category is considered included only when
it is selected for policy group membership.
All transactions resulting in unmatched categories are reported on the Reporting > URL Categories page
as “Uncategorized URLs.” A large number of uncategorized URLs are generated from requests to web
sites within the internal network. Cisco recommends using custom URL categories to group internal
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URLs and allow all requests to internal web sites. This decreases the number of web transactions
reported as “Uncategorized URLs” and instead reports internal transactions as part of “URL Filtering
Bypassed” statistics.
Related Topics
•
Understanding Unfiltered and Uncategorized Data, page 9-19.
•
Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories, page 9-13.
Matching URLs to URL Categories
When the URL filtering engine matches a URL category to the URL in a client request, it first evaluates
the URL against the custom URL categories included in the policy group. If the URL in the request does
not match an included custom category, the URL filtering engine compares it to the predefined URL
categories. If the URL does not match any included custom or predefined URL categories, the request is
uncategorized.
Note
When determining policy group membership, a custom URL category is considered included only when
it is selected for policy group membership.
Tip
To see what category a particular web site is assigned to, go to the URL in Reporting Uncategorized and
Misclassified URLs, page 9-3.
Related Topics
•
Uncategorized URLs, page 9-2.
Reporting Uncategorized and Misclassified URLs
You can report uncategorized and misclassified URLs to Cisco. Cisco provides a URL submission tool
on its website that allows you to submit multiple URLs simultaneously:
https://securityhub.cisco.com/web/submit_urls
To check the status of submitted URLs, click the Status on Submitted URLs tab on this page. You can
also use the URL submission tool to look up the assigned URL category for any URL.
URL Categories Database
The category that a URL falls into is determined by a filtering categories database. The Web Security
appliance collects information and maintains a separate database for each URL filtering engine. The
filtering categories databases periodically receive updates from the Cisco update server
(https://update-manifests.ironport.com).
The URL categories database includes many different factors and sources of data internal to Cisco and
from the Internet. One of the factors occasionally considered, heavily modified from the original, is
information from the Open Directory Project.
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Tip
To see what category a particular web site is assigned to, go to the URL in Reporting Uncategorized and
Misclassified URLs, page 9-3.
Related Topics
•
Manually Updating Security Service Components, page 21-27.
Configuring the URL Filtering Engine
By default, the Cisco Web Usage Controls URL filtering engine is enabled in the System Setup Wizard.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Acceptable Use Controls.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Verify the Enable Acceptable Use Controls property is enabled.
Step 4
Choose whether or not to enable the Dynamic Content Analysis Engine.
Step 5
Choose the default action the Web Proxy should use when the URL filtering engine is unavailable, either
Monitor or Block. Default is Monitor.
Step 6
Submit and Commit Changes.
Managing Updates to the Set of URL Categories
The set of predefined URL categories may occasionally be updated in order to accommodate new web
trends and evolving usage patterns. Updates to the URL category set are distinct from the changes that
add new URLs and re-map misclassified URLs. Category set updates may change configurations in your
existing policies and therefore require action. URL category set updates may occur between product
releases; an AsyncOS upgrade is not required.
Information is available from:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10164/prod_release_notes_list.html.
Take the following actions:
When to Act
Method
Before updates occur
Understanding the Impacts of URL Category Set Updates, page 9-5
(Do these tasks as part Controlling Updates to the URL Category Set, page 9-7
of your initial setup)
Default Settings for New and Changed Categories, page 9-8
Receiving Alerts About Category and Policy Changes, page 9-8
After updates occur
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Understanding the Impacts of URL Category Set Updates
URL category set updates can have the following impacts on existing Access Policies, Decryption
Policies, and Cisco Data Security policies, and on Identities:
•
Effects of URL Category Set Changes on Policy Group Membership, page 9-5
•
Effects of URL Category Set Updates on Filtering Actions in Policies, page 9-5
Effects of URL Category Set Changes on Policy Group Membership
This section applies to all policy types with membership that can be defined by URL category, and to
Identities. When policy group membership is defined by URL category, changes to the category set may
have the following effects:
•
If the sole criterion for membership is a deleted category, the policy or identity is disabled.
•
If membership in any policy is defined by a URL category that changes, and if this causes ACL list
changes, the web proxy will restart.
Effects of URL Category Set Updates on Filtering Actions in Policies
URL category set updates can change policy behavior in the following ways:
Change
Effect on Policies and Identities
A new category can be For each policy, the default action for newly-added categories is the action specified for
added
Uncategorized URLs for that policy.
A category can be
deleted
The action associated with the deleted category is deleted.
If the policy depended exclusively on the deleted category, the policy is disabled.
If a policy depends on an identity that depended exclusively on a deleted category, the policy will
be disabled.
A category can be
renamed
No change to the behavior of the existing policy.
A category can split
A single category can become multiple new categories. Both new categories have the action
associated with the original category.
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Change
Effect on Policies and Identities
Two or more existing
categories can merge
If all original categories in a policy had the same action assigned, the merged category has the same
action as the original categories. If all original categories were set to “Use Global Setting” then the
merged category is also set to “Use Global Setting.”
If the policy had different actions assigned to the original categories, the action assigned to the
merged category depends on the Uncategorized URLs setting in that policy:
•
If Uncategorized URLs is set to Block (or “Use Global Setting” when the global setting is
Block), then the most restrictive action among the original categories is applied to the merged
category.
•
If Uncategorized URLs is set to any action other than Block (or “Use Global Setting” when the
global setting is anything other than Block), then the least restrictive action among the original
categories is applied to the merged category.
In this case, sites that were previously blocked may now be accessible to users.
If policy membership is defined by URL category, and some of the categories involved in the merge,
or the Uncategorized URLs action, are not included in the policy membership definition, then the
values in the Global Policy are used for the missing items.
•
The order of restrictiveness is as follows (not all actions are available for all policy types):Block
•
Drop
•
Decrypt
•
Warn
•
Time-based
•
Monitor
•
Pass Through
Note
Time-based policies that are based on merged categories adopt the action associated with any
one of the original categories. (In time-based policies, there may be no obviously most- or
least-restrictive action.)
Related Topics
•
Merged Categories - Examples, page 9-6.
Merged Categories - Examples
Some examples of merged categories, based on settings on the URL Filtering page for the policy:
Original Category 1 Original Category 2
Uncategorized URLs
Merged Category
Monitor
Monitor
(Not Applicable)
Monitor
Block
Block
(Not Applicable)
Block
Use Global
Settings
Use Global Settings
(Not Applicable)
Use Global
Settings
Warn
Block
Monitor
Warn
Use the least restrictive among the original
categories.
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Original Category 1 Original Category 2
Monitor
Uncategorized URLs
Merged Category
Block
•
Block or
•
Block or
•
Use Global Settings,
when Global is set to Block
•
Use Global Setting, when Global is set to
Block
Use the most restrictive among the original
categories.
Block
Monitor
•
Monitor or
•
Monitor or
•
Use Global Settings, 
when Global is set to Monitor
•
Use Global Setting, when Global is set to
Monitor
Use the least restrictive among the original
categories.
For policies in
which membership
is defined by URL
category:
An action for this category is not
specified in this policy, but the
value in the Global Policy for this
category is Block
An action for Uncategorized URLs is not
specified in this policy, but the value in the
Global Policy for Uncategorized URLs is
Monitor
Monitor
Monitor
Controlling Updates to the URL Category Set
By default, URL category set updates to occur automatically. These updates may change existing policy
configurations, so you may prefer to disable all automatic updates.
Note
Option
Method
If you disable updates, you will need to
manually update all services listed in the
Update Servers (list) section of the System
Administration > Upgrade and Update Settings
page
Manually Updating the URL Category Set, page 9-7
and
Manually Updating Security Service Components,
page 21-27
Disabling all automatic updates
Configuring Upgrade and Service Update Settings,
page 21-30.
If you use the CLI, disable updates by setting the update interval to zero (0)
Manually Updating the URL Category Set
Note
Do not interrupt an update in progress.
If you have disabled automatic updates, you can manually update the set of URL categories at your
convenience.
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Step 1
Choose Security Services > Acceptable Use Controls.
Step 2
Determine whether an update is available:
Look at the “Cisco Web Usage Controls - Web Categorization Categories List” item in the Acceptable
Use Controls Engine Updates table.
Step 3
To update, click Update Now.
Default Settings for New and Changed Categories
URL category set updates may change the behavior of your existing policies. You should specify default
settings for certain changes when you configure your policies, so that they are ready when URL category
set updates occur. When new categories are added, or existing categories merge into a new category, the
default action for these categories for each policy are affected by the Uncategorized URLs setting in that
policy.
Verifying Existing Settings and/or Making Changes
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager.
Step 2
For each Access Policy, Decryption Policy, and Cisco Data Security policy click the URL Filtering link.
Step 3
Check the selected setting for Uncategorized URLs.
Related Topics
•
Effects of URL Category Set Updates on Filtering Actions in Policies, page 17-6.
Receiving Alerts About Category and Policy Changes
Category set updates trigger two types of alerts:
•
Alerts about category changes
•
Alerts about policies that have changed or been disabled as a result of category set changes.
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Alerts.
Step 2
Click Add Recipient and add email address (or multiple email addresses).
Step 3
Decide which Alert Types and Alert Severities to receive.
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
Responding to Alerts about URL Category Set Updates
When you receive an alert about category set changes, you should do the following:
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Check policies and identities to be sure that they still meet your policy goals after category merges,
additions, and deletions, and
•
Consider modifying policies and identities to benefit from new categories and the added granularity
of split categories.
Related Topics
•
Understanding the Impacts of URL Category Set Updates, page 9-5
Filtering Transactions Using URL Categories
The URL filtering engine configured allows you to filter transactions in Access, Decryption, and Data
Security Policies. When you configure URL categories for policy groups, you can configure actions for
custom URL categories, if any are defined, and predefined URL categories.
The URL filtering actions you can configure depends on the type of policy group:
Option
Method
Access Policies
Configuring URL Filters for Access Policy Groups, page 9-9
Decryption Policies
Configuring URL Filters for Decryption Policy Groups,
page 9-11
Cisco Data Security Policies
Configuring URL Filters for Data Security Policy Groups,
page 9-12
Configuring URL Filters for Access Policy Groups
You can configure URL filtering for user defined Access Policy groups and the Global Policy Group.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the URL Filtering column for the policy group you want to edit.
Step 3
(Optional) In the Custom URL Category Filtering section, you can add custom URL categories on which
to take action in this policy:
a.
Click Select Custom Categories.
b.
Choose which custom URL categories to include in this policy and click Apply.
Choose which custom URL categories the URL filtering engine should compare the client request
against. The URL filtering engine compares client requests against included custom URL categories, and
ignores excluded custom URL categories. The URL filtering engine compares the URL in a client
request to included custom URL categories before predefined URL categories.
The custom URL categories included in the policy appear in the Custom URL Category Filtering section.
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Step 4
In the Custom URL Category Filtering section, choose an action for each included custom URL
category.
Action
Description
Use Global
Setting
Uses the action for this category in the Global Policy Group. This is the default action
for user defined policy groups.
Applies to user defined policy groups only.
Note
When a custom URL category is excluded in the global Access Policy, then
the default action for included custom URL categories in user defined Access
Policies is Monitor instead of Use Global Settings. You cannot choose Use
Global Settings when a custom URL category is excluded in the global
Access Policy.
Redirect
Redirects traffic originally destined for a URL in this category to a location you
specify. When you choose this action, the Redirect To field appears. Enter a URL to
which to redirect all traffic.
Allow
Always allows client requests for web sites in this category.
Allowed requests bypass all further filtering and malware scanning.
Only use this setting for trusted web sites. You might want to use this setting for
internal sites.
Step 5
Monitor
The Web Proxy neither allows nor blocks the request. Instead, it continues to evaluate
the client request against other policy group control settings, such as web reputation
filtering.
Warn
The Web Proxy initially blocks the request and displays a warning page, but allows
the user to continue by clicking a hypertext link in the warning page.
Block
The Web Proxy denies transactions that match this setting.
Time-Based
The Web Proxy blocks or monitors the request during the time ranges you specify.
In the Predefined URL Category Filtering section, choose one of the following actions for each category:
•
Use Global Settings
•
Monitor
•
Warn
•
Block
•
Time-Based
Step 6
In the Uncategorized URLs section, choose the action to take for client requests to web sites that do not
fall into a predefined or custom URL category. This setting also determines the default action for new
and merged categories resulting from URL category set updates.
Step 7
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Redirecting Traffic in the Access Policies, page 9-17.
•
Warning Users and Allowing Them to Continue, page 9-17
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Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories, page 9-13
•
Effects of URL Category Set Updates on Filtering Actions in Policies, page 9-5
Configuring URL Filters for Decryption Policy Groups
You can configure URL filtering for user defined Decryption Policy groups and the global Decryption
Policy group.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Decryption Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the URL Categories column for the policy group you want to
edit.
Step 3
(Optional) In the Custom URL Category Filtering section, you can add custom URL categories on which
to take action in this policy:
a.
Click Select Custom Categories.
b.
Choose which custom URL categories to include in this policy and click Apply.
Choose which custom URL categories the URL filtering engine should compare the client request
against. The URL filtering engine compares client requests against included custom URL
categories, and ignores excluded custom URL categories. The URL filtering engine compares the
URL in a client request to included custom URL categories before predefined URL categories.
The custom URL categories included in the policy appear in the Custom URL Category Filtering
section.
Step 4
Choose an action for each custom and predefined URL category.
Action
Description
Use Global
Setting
Uses the action for this category in the global Decryption Policy group. This is the
default action for user defined policy groups.
Applies to user defined policy groups only.
When a custom URL category is excluded in the global Decryption Policy, then the
default action for included custom URL categories in user defined Decryption
Policies is Monitor instead of Use Global Settings. You cannot choose Use Global
Settings when a custom URL category is excluded in the global Decryption Policy.
Pass Through
Passes through the connection between the client and the server without inspecting
the traffic content.
Monitor
The Web Proxy neither allows nor blocks the request. Instead, it continues to
evaluate the client request against other policy group control settings, such as web
reputation filtering.
Decrypt
Allows the connection, but inspects the traffic content. The appliance decrypts the
traffic and applies Access Policies to the decrypted traffic as if it were a plain text
HTTP connection. By decrypting the connection and applying Access Policies, you
can scan the traffic for malware.
Drop
Drops the connection and does not pass the connection request to the server. The
appliance does not notify the user that it dropped the connection.
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Note
Step 5
If you want to block a particular URL category for HTTPS requests, choose to decrypt that URL
category in the Decryption Policy group and then choose to block the same URL category in the
Access Policy group.
In the Uncategorized URLs section, choose the action to take for client requests to web sites that do not
fall into a predefined or custom URL category.
This setting also determines the default action for new and merged categories resulting from URL
category set updates.
Step 6
Submit and Commit Changes.
Configuring URL Filters for Data Security Policy Groups
You can configure URL filtering for user defined Data Security Policy groups and the Global Policy
Group.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Cisco Data Security.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the URL Categories column for the policy group you want to
edit.
Step 3
(Optional) In the Custom URL Category Filtering section, you can add custom URL categories on which
to take action in this policy:
a.
Click Select Custom Categories.
b.
Choose which custom URL categories to include in this policy and click Apply.
Choose which custom URL categories the URL filtering engine should compare the client request
against. The URL filtering engine compares client requests against included custom URL
categories, and ignores excluded custom URL categories. The URL filtering engine compares the
URL in a client request to included custom URL categories before predefined URL categories.
The custom URL categories included in the policy appear in the Custom URL Category Filtering
section.
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Step 4
In the Custom URL Category Filtering section, choose an action for each custom URL category.
Action
Description
Use Global
Setting
Uses the action for this category in the Global Policy Group. This is the default
action for user defined policy groups.
Applies to user defined policy groups only.
When a custom URL category is excluded in the global Cisco Data Security Policy,
then the default action for included custom URL categories in user defined Cisco
Data Security Policies is Monitor instead of Use Global Settings. You cannot choose
Use Global Settings when a custom URL category is excluded in the global Cisco
Data Security Policy.
Allow
Always allows upload requests for web sites in this category. Applies to custom URL
categories only.
Allowed requests bypass all further data security scanning and the request is
evaluated against Access Policies.
Only use this setting for trusted web sites. You might want to use this setting for
internal sites.
Step 5
Monitor
The Web Proxy neither allows nor blocks the request. Instead, it continues to
evaluate the upload request against other policy group control settings, such as web
reputation filtering.
Block
The Web Proxy denies transactions that match this setting.
In the Predefined URL Category Filtering section, choose one of the following actions for each category:
•
Use Global Settings
•
Monitor
•
Block
Step 6
In the Uncategorized URLs section, choose the action to take for upload requests to web sites that do not
fall into a predefined or custom URL category. This setting also determines the default action for new
and merged categories resulting from URL category set updates.
Step 7
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Effects of URL Category Set Updates on Filtering Actions in Policies, page 9-5.
Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories
You can also create user defined custom URL categories that specify specific hostnames and IP
addresses. In addition, you can edit and delete existing URL categories. When you include these custom
URL categories in the same Access, Decryption, or Cisco Data Security Policy group and define
different actions to each category, the action of the higher included custom URL category takes effect.
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Note
The Web Security appliance uses the first four characters of custom URL category names preceded by
“c_” in the access logs. Consider the custom URL category name if you use Sawmill for to parse the
access logs. If the first four characters of the custom URL category include a space, Sawmill for cannot
properly parse the access log entry. Instead, only use supported characters in the first four characters if
you will use Sawmill for to parse the access logs. If you want to include the full name of a custom URL
category in the access logs, add the %XF format specifier to the access logs.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Custom URL Categories.
Step 2
To create a custom URL category, click Add Custom Category. To edit an existing custom URL
category, click the name of the URL category.
Step 3
Enter the settings in the table below for the custom URL category.
Setting
Description
Category Name
Enter a name for the URL category. This name appears when you configure
URL filtering for policy groups.
List Order
Choose the order in the list of custom URL categories to place this category.
Enter “1” for the topmost URL category.
The URL filtering engine evaluates a client request against the custom URL
categories in the order specified.
Sites
Enter one or more addresses that belong in the custom category.
You can enter multiple addresses separated by line breaks or commas.
Advanced: Regular
Expressions
You can use regular expressions to specify multiple web servers that match the
pattern you enter.
Note
Step 4
(Optional) Click Sort URLs to sort all addresses in the Sites field.
Note
Step 5
Once you sort the addresses, you cannot retrieve their original order.
Submit and Commit Changes.
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Sites field first. If the URL of a transaction matches an entry in the Sites
field, it is not compared to any expression entered here.
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Related Topics
•
Regular Expressions, page 9-20.
•
Customizing Access Logs, page 20-17.
Filtering Adult Content
You can configure the Web Security appliance to filter adult content from some web searches and
websites. To enforce safe search and site content ratings, the AVC engine takes advantage of the safe
mode feature implemented at a particular website by rewriting URLs and/or web cookies to force the
safety mode to be on.
The following features filter adult content:
Note
Option
Description
Enforce safe searches
You can configure the Web Security appliance so that outgoing search
requests appear to search engines as safe search requests. This can
prevent users from bypassing acceptable use policies using search
engines.
Enforce site content ratings
Some content sharing sites allow users to restrict their own access to the
adult content on these sites by either enforcing their own safe search
feature or blocking access to adult content, or both. This classification
feature is commonly called content ratings.
Any Access Policy that has either the safe search or site content ratings feature enabled is considered a
safe browsing Access Policy.
Enforcing Safe Searches and Site Content Ratings
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link under the URL Categories column for an Access Policy group or the Global Policy Group.
Step 3
When editing a user-defined Access Policy, choose Define Content Filtering Custom Settings in the
Content Filtering section.
Step 4
Click the Enable Safe Search check box to enable the safe search feature.
Step 5
Choose whether to block users from search engines that are not currently supported by the Web Security
appliance safe search feature.
Step 6
Click the Enable Site Content Rating check box to enable the site content ratings feature.
Step 7
Choose whether to block all adult content from the supported content ratings websites or to display the
end-user URL filtering warning page.
Note
When the URL of one of the supported search engines or supported content ratings websites is included
in a custom URL category with the Allow action applied, no search results are blocked and all content
is visible.
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Step 8
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Warning Users and Allowing Them to Continue, page 9-17.
•
Controlling Access to Web Applications, page 17-18
Logging Adult Content Access
By default, the access logs include a safe browsing scanning verdict inside the angled brackets of each
entry. The safe browsing scanning verdict indicates whether or not either the safe search or site content
ratings feature was applied to the transaction. You can also add the safe browsing scanning verdict
variable to the access logs or W3C access logs:
•
Access logs: %XS
•
W3C access logs: x-request-rewrite
Value
Description
ensrch
The original client request was unsafe and the safe search feature was applied.
encrt
The original client request was unsafe and the site content ratings feature was applied.
unsupp
The original client request was to an unsupported search engine.
err
The original client request was unsafe, but neither the safe search nor the site content
ratings feature could be applied due to an error.
-
Neither the safe search nor the site content ratings feature was applied to the client request
because the features were bypassed (for example, the transaction was allowed in a custom
URL category) or the request was made from an unsupported application.
Requests blocked due to either the safe search or site content rating features, use one of the following
ACL decision tags in the access logs:
•
BLOCK_SEARCH_UNSAFE
•
BLOCK_CONTENT_UNSAFE
•
BLOCK_UNSUPPORTED_SEARCH_APP
•
BLOCK_CONTINUE_CONTENT_UNSAFE
Related Topics
•
ACL Decision Tags, page 20-33.
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Redirecting Traffic in the Access Policies
You can configure the Web Security appliance to redirect traffic originally destined for a URL in a
custom URL category to a location you specify. This allows you to redirect traffic at the appliance
instead of at the destination server. You can redirect traffic for a custom Access Policy group or the
Global Policy Group
Before you Begin
•
To redirect traffic you must define at least one custom URL category.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link under the URL Categories column for an Access Policy group or the Global Policy Group.
Step 3
In the Custom URL Category Filtering section, click Select Custom Categories.
Step 4
In the Select Custom Categories for this Policy dialog box, choose Include in policy for the custom
URL category you want to redirect.
Step 5
Click Apply.
Step 6
Click the Redirect column for the custom category you want to redirect.
Step 7
Enter the URL to which you want to redirect traffic in the Redirect To field for the custom category.
Step 8
Submit and Commit Changes.
Note
Beware of infinite loops when you configure the appliance to redirect traffic.
Related Topics
•
Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories, page 9-13
Logging and Reporting
When you redirect traffic, the access log entry for the originally requested website has an ACL tag that
starts with REDIRECT_CUSTOMCAT. Later in the access log (typically the next line) appears the entry
for the website to which the user was redirected.
The reports displayed on the Reporting tab display redirected transactions as “Allowed.”
Warning Users and Allowing Them to Continue
You can warn users that a site does not meet the organization’s acceptable use policies. Users are tracked
in the access log by user name if authentication has made a user name available, and tracked by IP
address if no user name is available.
You can warn and allow users to continue using one of the following methods:
•
Choose the Warn action for a URL category in an Access Policy group or
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•
Enable the site content ratings feature and warn users that access adult content instead of blocking
them.
Configuring Settings for the End-User Filtering Warning Page
Step 1
Choose Security Services > End-User Notification.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Configure the following settings on the End-User Filtering Warning page:
Option
Method
Time Between Warning
The Time Between Warning determines how often the Web Proxy
displays the end-user URL filtering warning page for each URL category
per user.
This setting applies to users tracked by username and users tracked by IP
address.
Specify any value from 30 to 2678400 seconds (one month). Default is 1
hour (3600 seconds).
Custom Message
The custom message is text you enter that appears on every end-user URL
filtering warning page.
Include some simple HTML tags to format the text.
Step 4
Click Submit.
Note
The warn and continue feature only works for HTTP and decrypted HTTPS transactions. It does not
work with native FTP transactions.
Note
When the URL filtering engine warns users for a particular request, it provides a warning page that the
Web Proxy sends to the end user. (However, not all websites display the warning page to the end user.
When this happens, users are blocked from the URL that is assigned the Warn option without being given
the chance to continue accessing the site anyway.
Related Topics
•
Filtering Adult Content, page 9-15
•
Custom Text in Notification Pages, page 16-13
•
Configuring the End-User URL Filtering Warning Page, page 16-12
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Creating Time Based URL Filters
You can configure how the Web Security appliance to handles requests for URLs in particular categories
differently based on time and day.
Before you Begin
Go to the Web Security Manager > Defined Time Range page to define at least one time range.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the URL Categories column for the policy group you want to
edit.
Step 3
Select Time-Based for the custom or predefined URL category you want to configure based on time
range.
Step 4
In the In Time Range field, choose the defined time range to use for the URL category.
Step 5
In the Action field, choose the action to enact on transactions in this URL category during the defined
time range.
Step 6
In the Otherwise field, choose the action to enact on transactions in this URL category outside the
defined time range.
Step 7
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Limiting Access by Time of Day, page 10-13
Viewing URL Filtering Activity
The Reporting > URL Categories page provides a collective display of URL statistics that includes
information about top URL categories matched and top URL categories blocked. This page displays
category-specific data for bandwidth savings and web transactions.
Related Topics
•
Generate Reports to Monitor End-user Activity, page 17-1
Understanding Unfiltered and Uncategorized Data
When viewing URL statistics on the Reporting > URL Categories page, it is important to understand
how to interpret the following data:
Data Type
Description
URL Filtering Bypassed
Represents policy, port, and admin user agent blocking that
occurs before URL filtering.
Uncategorized URL
Represents all transactions for which the URL filtering
engine is queried, but no category is matched.
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Regular Expressions
Access Log File
The access log file records the URL category for each transaction in the scanning verdict information
section of each entry.
Related Topics
•
Monitor System Activity Through Logs, page 20-1.
•
URL Category Descriptions, page 9-22.
Regular Expressions
The Web Security appliance uses POSIX extended regular expression syntax, fully described by IEEE
POSIX 1003.2. However, the appliance does not support using a backward slash to escape a forward
slash. If you need to use a forward slash in a regular expression, type the forward slash without a
backward slash.
Note
Technically, AsyncOS for Web uses the Flex regular expression analyzer. For more detailed information
about how it reads regular expressions, see http://flex.sourceforge.net/manual/Patterns.html.
You can use regular expressions in the following locations:
Note
•
Custom URL categories for Access Policies. When you create a custom URL category to use with
Access Policy groups, you can use regular expressions to specify multiple web servers that match
the pattern you enter.
•
Custom user agents to block. When you edit the applications to block for an Access Policy group,
you can use regular expressions to enter specific user agents to block.
Regular expressions that perform extensive character matching consume resources and can affect system
performance. For this reason, regular expressions should be cautiously applied.
Related Topics
•
Creating and Editing Custom URL Categories, page 9-13
•
Policy: Protocols and User Agents, page 9-13
Forming Regular Expressions
Regular expressions are rules that typically use the word “matches” in the expression. They can be
applied to match specific URL destinations or web servers. For example, the following regular
expression matches any pattern containing blocksite.com:
\.blocksite\.com
Consider the following regular expression example:
server[0-9]\.example\.com
In this example, server[0-9] matches server0, server1, server2, ..., server9 in the domain
example.com.
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Regular Expressions
In the following example, the regular expression matches files ending in .exe, .zip, and .bin in the
downloads directory.
/downloads/.*\.(exe|zip|bin)
Avoid using regular expressions strings that are redundant because they can cause higher CPU usage on
the Web Security appliance. A redundant regular expression is one that starts or ends with “.*”.
Note
You must enclose regular expressions that contain blank spaces or non-alphanumeric characters in
ASCII quotation marks.
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Regular Expression Character Table
Character
Description
.
Matches a single character.
*
Matches zero or more occurrences of the preceding regular expression.
For example:
[0-9]* matches any number of digits
“.*” matches any arbitrary string of characters
^
Matches the beginning of a line as the first character of a regular expression.
$
Matches the end of a line as the last character of a regular expression.
+
Matches one or more occurrences of the preceding regular expression.
?
Matches zero or one occurrence of the preceding regular expression.
|
Matches the preceding regular expression or the following regular expression. For
example:
x|y matches either x or y
abc|xyz matches either of the strings abc or xyz
[]
Matches the characters or digits that are enclosed within the brackets.
For example:
[a-z] matches any character between a and z
[r-u] matches any of the characters r, s, t, or u
[0-3] matches any of the single digits 0, 1, 2, 3
{}
Specifies the number of times to match the previous pattern.
For example:
D{1,3} matches one to three occurrences of the letter D
()
Group characters in a regular expression.
For example:
(abc)* matches abc or abcabcabc
“...”
Literally interprets any characters enclosed within the quotation marks.
\
Escape character.
URL Category Descriptions
This section lists the URL categories for Cisco Web Usage Controls. The tables also include the
abbreviated URL category names that may appear in the Web Reputation filtering and anti-malware
scanning section of an access log file entry.
Note
In the access logs, the URL category abbreviations for Cisco Web Usage Controls include the prefix
“IW_” before each abbreviation so that the “art” category becomes “IW_art.”
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URL Category
Abbreviation
Code
Adult
adlt
1006
Directed at adults, but not necessarily pornographic. www.adultentertainmentexpo
May include adult clubs (strip clubs, swingers clubs, .com
escort services, strippers); general information
www.adultnetline.com
about sex, non-pornographic in nature; genital
piercing; adult products or greeting cards;
information about sex not in the context of health or
disease.
Advertisements
adv
1027
Banner and pop-up advertisements that often
accompany a web page; other advertising websites
that provide advertisement content. Advertising
services and sales are classified as “Business and
Industry.”
www.adforce.com
Alcohol as a pleasurable activity; beer and wine
making, cocktail recipes; liquor sellers, wineries,
vineyards, breweries, alcohol distributors. Alcohol
addiction is classified as “Health and Nutrition.”
Bars and restaurants are classified as “Dining and
Drinking.”
www.samueladams.com
Alcohol
alc
1077
Description
Example URLs
www.doubleclick.com
www.whisky.com
Arts
art
1002
www.moma.org
Galleries and exhibitions; artists and art;
photography; literature and books; performing arts www.nga.gov
and theater; musicals; ballet; museums; design;
architecture. Cinema and television are classified as
“Entertainment.”
Astrology
astr
1074
Astrology; horoscope; fortune telling; numerology; www.astro.com
psychic advice; tarot.
www.astrology.com
Auctions
auct
1088
Online and offline auctions, auction houses, and
classified advertisements.
www.craigslist.com
www.ebay.com
Business and
Industry
busi
1019
www.freightcenter.com
Marketing, commerce, corporations, business
practices, workforce, human resources,
www.staples.com
transportation, payroll, security and venture capital;
office supplies; industrial equipment (process
equipment), machines and mechanical systems;
heating equipment, cooling equipment; materials
handling equipment; packaging equipment;
manufacturing: solids handling, metal fabrication,
construction and building; passenger transportation;
commerce; industrial design; construction, building
materials; shipping and freight (freight services,
trucking, freight forwarders, truckload carriers,
freight and transportation brokers, expedited
services, load and freight matching, track and trace,
rail shipping, ocean shipping, road feeder services,
moving and storage).
Chat and Instant
Messaging
chat
1040
Web-based instant messaging and chat rooms.
www.icq.com
www.meebo.com
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URL Category
Abbreviation
Code
1051
Description
Example URLs
Promoting cheating and selling written work, such
as term papers, for plagiarism.
www.bestessays.com
Cheating and
Plagiarism
plag
Child Abuse
Content
cprn
1064
Worldwide illegal child sexual abuse content.
—
Computer Security csec
1065
Offering security products and services for
corporate and home users.
www.computersecurity.com
www.superiorpapers.com
www.symantec.com
Computers and
Internet
comp
1003
Information about computers and software, such as www.xml.com
hardware, software, software support; information
www.w3.org
for software engineers, programming and
networking; website design; the web and Internet in
general; computer science; computer graphics and
clipart. “Freeware and Shareware” is a separate
category.
Dating
date
1055
Dating, online personals, matrimonial agencies.
www.eharmony.com
www.match.com
Digital Postcards
card
1082
Enabling sending of digital postcards and e-cards.
www.all-yours.net
www.delivr.net
Dining and
Drinking
food
1061
Eating and drinking establishments; restaurants,
bars, taverns, and pubs; restaurant guides and
reviews.
Dynamic and
Residential
dyn
1091
http://109.60.192.55
IP addresses of broadband links that usually
indicates users attempting to access their home
http://dynalink.co.jp
network, for example for a remote session to a home
http://ipadsl.net
computer.
Education
edu
1001
www.education.com
Education-related, such as schools, colleges,
universities, teaching materials, and teachers’
www.greatschools.org
resources; technical and vocational training; online
training; education issues and policies; financial aid;
school funding; standards and testing.
Entertainment
ent
1093
www.eonline.com
Details or discussion of films; music and bands;
television; celebrities and fan websites;
www.ew.com
entertainment news; celebrity gossip; entertainment
venues. Compare with the “Arts” category.
Extreme
extr
1075
www.car-accidents.com
Material of a sexually violent or criminal nature;
violence and violent behavior; tasteless, often gory
www.crime-scene-photos.co
photographs, such as autopsy photos; photos of
m
crime scenes, crime and accident victims; excessive
obscene material; shock websites.
Fashion
fash
1076
Clothing and fashion; hair salons; cosmetics;
accessories; jewelry; perfume; pictures and text
relating to body modification; tattoos and piercing;
modeling agencies. Dermatological products are
classified as “Health and Nutrition.”
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www.restaurantrow.com
www.fashion.net
www.findabeautysalon.com
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URL Category
Abbreviation
Code
Description
Example URLs
File Transfer
Services
fts
1071
File transfer services with the primary purpose of
www.rapidshare.com
providing download services and hosted file sharing
www.yousendit.com
Filter Avoidance
filt
1025
Promoting and aiding undetectable and anonymous www.bypassschoolfilter.com
web usage, including cgi, php and glype anonymous www.filterbypass.com
proxy services.
Finance
fnnc
1015
finance.yahoo.com
Primarily financial in nature, such as accounting
practices and accountants, taxation, taxes, banking, www.bankofamerica.com
insurance, investing, the national economy, personal
finance involving insurance of all types, credit cards,
retirement and estate planning, loans, mortgages.
Stock and shares are classified as “Online Trading.”
Freeware and
Shareware
free
1068
Providing downloads of free and shareware
software.
Gambling
gamb
1049
Casinos and online gambling; bookmakers and odds; www.888.com
gambling advice; competitive racing in a gambling
www.gambling.com
context; sports booking; sports gambling; services
for spread betting on stocks and shares. Websites
dealing with gambling addiction are classified as
“Health and Nutrition.” Government-run lotteries
are classified as “Lotteries”.
Games
game
1007
Various card games, board games, word games, and www.games.com
video games; combat games; sports games;
www.shockwave.com
downloadable games; game reviews; cheat sheets;
computer games and Internet games, such as
role-playing games.
Government and
Law
gov
1011
Government websites; foreign relations; news and
information relating to government and elections;
information relating to the field of law, such as
attorneys, law firms, law publications, legal
reference material, courts, dockets, and legal
associations; legislation and court decisions; civil
rights issues; immigration; patents and copyrights;
information relating to law enforcement and
correctional systems; crime reporting, law
enforcement, and crime statistics; military, such as
the armed forces, military bases, military
organizations; anti-terrorism.
Hacking
hack
1050
Discussing ways to bypass the security of websites, www.hackthissite.org
software, and computers.
www.gohacking.com
Hate Speech
hate
1016
www.kkk.com
Websites promoting hatred, intolerance, or
discrimination on the basis of social group, color,
www.nazi.org
religion, sexual orientation, disability, class,
ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity;
sites promoting racism; sexism; racist theology; hate
music; neo-Nazi organizations; supremacism;
Holocaust denial.
www.freewarehome.com
www.shareware.com
www.usa.gov
www.law.com
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URL Category
Abbreviation
Code
Description
Example URLs
Health and
Nutrition
hlth
1009
Health care; diseases and disabilities; medical care; www.health.com
hospitals; doctors; medicinal drugs; mental health; www.webmd.com
psychiatry; pharmacology; exercise and fitness;
physical disabilities; vitamins and supplements; sex
in the context of health (disease and health care);
tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, and gambling in
the context of health (disease and health care); food
in general; food and beverage; cooking and recipes;
food and nutrition, health, and dieting; cooking,
including recipe and culinary websites; alternative
medicine.
Humor
lol
1079
Jokes, sketches, comics and other humorous content. www.humor.com
Adult humor likely to offend is classified as “Adult.” www.jokes.com
Illegal Activities
ilac
1022
Promoting crime, such as stealing, fraud, illegally
accessing telephone networks; computer viruses;
terrorism, bombs, and anarchy; websites depicting
murder and suicide as well as explaining ways to
commit them.
www.ekran.no
www.thedisease.net
Illegal Downloads
ildl
1084
Providing the ability to download software or other www.keygenguru.com
materials, serial numbers, key generators, and tools www.zcrack.com
for bypassing software protection in violation of
copyright agreements. Torrents are classified as
“Peer File Transfer.”
Illegal Drugs
drug
1047
Information about recreational drugs, drug
paraphernalia, drug purchase and manufacture.
Infrastructure and
Content Delivery
Networks
infr
Internet Telephony voip
www.cocaine.org
www.hightimes.com
1018
www.akamai.net
Content delivery infrastructure and dynamically
generated content; websites that cannot be classified
www.webstat.net
more specifically because they are secured or
otherwise difficult to classify.
1067
Telephonic services using the Internet.
www.evaphone.com
www.skype.com
Job Search
job
Lingerie and
Swimsuits
ling
Lotteries
lotr
1004
1031
1034
Career advice; resume writing and interviewing
skills; job placement services; job databanks;
permanent and temporary employment agencies;
employer websites.
www.careerbuilder.com
Intimate apparel and swimwear, especially when
modeled.
www.swimsuits.com
www.monster.com
www.victoriassecret.com
Sweepstakes, contests and state-sponsored lotteries. www.calottery.com
www.flalottery.com
Mobile Phones
cell
1070
Short Message Services (SMS); ringtones and
mobile phone downloads. Cellular carrier websites
are included in the “Business and Industry”
category.
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www.cbfsms.com
www.zedge.net
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URL Category Descriptions
URL Category
Abbreviation
Code
Nature
natr
1013
www.enature.com
Natural resources; ecology and conservation;
forests; wilderness; plants; flowers; forest
www.nature.org
conservation; forest, wilderness, and forestry
practices; forest management (reforestation, forest
protection, conservation, harvesting, forest health,
thinning, and prescribed burning); agricultural
practices (agriculture, gardening, horticulture,
landscaping, planting, weed control, irrigation,
pruning, and harvesting); pollution issues (air
quality, hazardous waste, pollution prevention,
recycling, waste management, water quality, and the
environmental cleanup industry); animals, pets,
livestock, and zoology; biology; botany.
News
news
1058
News; headlines; newspapers; television stations;
magazines; weather; ski conditions.
www.cnn.com
Non-governmental organizations such as clubs,
lobbies, communities, non-profit organizations and
labor unions.
www.panda.org
Description
Example URLs
news.bbc.co.uk
Non-Governmental ngo
Organizations
1087
Non-Sexual Nudity nsn
1060
Nudism and nudity; naturism; nudist camps; artistic www.artenuda.com
nudes.
www.naturistsociety.com
Online
Communities
1024
Affinity groups; special interest groups; web
newsgroups; message boards. Excludes websites
classified as “Professional Networking” or “Social
Networking.”
comm
www.unions.org
www.igda.org
www.ieee.org
Online Storage and osb
Backup
1066
Offsite and peer-to-peer storage for backup, sharing, www.adrive.com
and hosting.
www.dropbox.com
Online Trading
trad
1028
Online brokerages; websites that enable the user to www.tdameritrade.com
trade stocks online; information relating to the stock www.scottrade.com
market, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, brokers, stock
analysis and commentary, stock screens, stock
charts, IPOs, stock splits. Services for spread betting
on stocks and shares are classified as “Gambling.”
Other financial services are classified as “Finance.”
Organizational
Email
pem
1085
Websites used to access business email (often via
Outlook Web Access).
Parked Domains
park
1092
www.domainzaar.com
Websites that monetize traffic from the domain
using paid listings from an ad network, or are owned www.parked.com
by “squatters” hoping to sell the domain name for a
profit. These also include fake search websites
which return paid ad links.
Peer File Transfer
p2p
1056
Peer-to-peer file request websites. This does not
track the file transfers themselves.
www.bittorrent.com
Websites about and from private individuals;
personal homepage servers; websites with personal
contents; personal blogs with no particular theme.
www.karymullis.com
Personal Sites
pers
1081
—
www.limewire.com
www.stallman.org
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URL Category
Abbreviation
Code
Photo Searches and img
Images
1090
Politics
1083
pol
Description
Example URLs
Facilitating the storing and searching for, images,
photographs, and clip-art.
www.flickr.com
Websites of politicians; political parties; news and
information on politics, elections, democracy, and
voting.
www.politics.com
www.photobucket.com
www.thisnation.com
Pornography
porn
1054
Sexually explicit text or depictions. Includes explicit www.redtube.com
anime and cartoons; general explicit depictions;
www.youporn.com
other fetish material; explicit chat rooms; sex
simulators; strip poker; adult movies; lewd art;
web-based explicit email.
Professional
Networking
pnet
1089
Social networking for the purpose of career or
professional development. See also “Social
Networking.”
www.linkedin.com
Real Estate
rest
Information that would support the search for real
estate; office and commercial space; real estate
listings, such as rentals, apartments, and homes;
house building.
www.realtor.com
1045
www.europeanpwn.net
www.zillow.com
Reference
ref
1017
City and state guides; maps, time; reference sources; www.wikipedia.org
dictionaries; libraries.
www.yellowpages.com
Religion
rel
1086
Religious content, information about religions;
religious communities.
www.religionfacts.com
Web portals for online business services; online
meetings.
www.netsuite.com
Directed at, and specifically approved for, young
children.
kids.discovery.com
Science and technology, such as aerospace,
electronics, engineering, mathematics, and other
similar subjects; space exploration; meteorology;
geography; environment; energy (fossil, nuclear,
renewable); communications (telephones,
telecommunications).
www.physorg.com
Search engines and other initial points of access to
information on the Internet.
www.bing.com
Factual websites dealing with sex; sexual health;
contraception; pregnancy.
www.avert.org
Bartering; online purchasing; coupons and free
offers; general office supplies; online catalogs;
online malls.
www.amazon.com
Social networking. See also “Professional
Networking.”
www.facebook.com
and B2B
saas
Safe for Kids
Science and
Technology
kids
sci
1080
1057
1012
Search Engines and srch
Portals
1020
Sex Education
1052
Shopping
sxed
shop
Social Networking
snet
1005
1069
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www.religioustolerance.org
www.salesforce.com
www.nickjr.com
www.science.gov
www.google.com
www.scarleteen.com
www.shopping.com
www.twitter.com
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URL Category Descriptions
URL Category
Abbreviation
Code
Social Science
socs
1014
Sciences and history related to society; archaeology; www.archaeology.org
anthropology; cultural studies; history; linguistics; www.anthropology.net
geography; philosophy; psychology; women's
studies.
Society and
Culture
scty
1010
Family and relationships; ethnicity; social
organizations; genealogy; seniors; child-care.
www.childcare.gov
Software Updates
swup
Websites that host updates for software packages.
www.softwarepatch.com
1053
Description
Example URLs
www.familysearch.org
www.versiontracker.com
Sports and
Recreation
sprt
Streaming Audio
aud
Streaming Video
vid
1008
1073
1072
All sports, professional and amateur; recreational
activities; fishing; fantasy sports; public parks;
amusement parks; water parks; theme parks; zoos
and aquariums; spas.
www.espn.com
Real-time streaming audio content including
Internet radio and audio feeds.
www.live-radio.net
Real-time streaming video including Internet
television, web casts, and video sharing.
www.hulu.com
www.recreation.gov
www.shoutcast.com
www.youtube.com
Tobacco
tob
1078
Pro-tobacco websites; tobacco manufacturers; pipes www.bat.com
and smoking products (not marketed for illegal drug www.tobacco.org
use). Tobacco addiction is classified as “Health and
Nutrition.”
Transportation
trns
1044
Personal transportation; information about cars and www.cars.com
motorcycles; shopping for new and used cars and
www.motorcycles.com
motorcycles; car clubs; boats, airplanes, recreational
vehicles (RVs), and other similar items. Note, car
and motorcycle racing is classified as “Sports and
Recreation.”
Travel
trvl
1046
Business and personal travel; travel information;
travel resources; travel agents; vacation packages;
cruises; lodging and accommodation; travel
transportation; flight booking; airfares; car rental;
vacation homes.
www.expedia.com
www.lonelyplanet.com
Unclassified
—
—
Websites which are not in the Cisco database are
—
recorded as unclassified for reporting purposes. This
may include mistyped URLs.
Weapons
weap
1036
Information relating to the purchase or use of
conventional weapons such as gun sellers, gun
auctions, gun classified ads, gun accessories, gun
shows, and gun training; general information about
guns; other weapons and graphic hunting sites may
be included. Government military websites are
classified as “Government and Law.”
www.coldsteel.com
Website hosting; bandwidth services.
www.bluehost.com
Web Hosting
whst
1037
www.gunbroker.com
www.godaddy.com
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Abbreviation
Code
Description
Example URLs
Web Page
Translation
tran
Translation of web pages between languages.
babelfish.yahoo.com
Web-Based Email
mail
URL Category
1063
translate.google.com
1038
Public web-based email services. Websites enabling mail.yahoo.com
individuals to access their company or
www.hotmail.com
organization’s email service are classified as
“Organizational Email.”
Related Topics
•
Managing Updates to the Set of URL Categories, page 9-4
•
Reporting Uncategorized and Misclassified URLs, page 9-3
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Create Policies to Control Internet Requests
•
Overview of Policies: Control Intercepted Internet Requests, page 10-1
•
Managing Web Requests Through Policies Best Practices, page 10-2
•
Policies, page 10-2
•
Policy Configuration, page 10-10
•
Block, Allow, or Redirect Transaction Requests, page 10-10
•
Client Applications, page 10-11
•
Limiting Access by Time of Day, page 10-13
•
Remote Users, page 10-17
•
Troubleshooting Policies, page 10-19
Overview of Policies: Control Intercepted Internet Requests
When the user creates a web request the configured Web Security Appliance intercepts the requests and
manages the process of which the request travels to get to its final outcome, be that accessing a particular
web site, an email or even accessing an online application. In configuring the Web Security Appliance
policies are created to define the criteria and actions of requests made by the user.
Policies are the means by which the Web Security Appliance identifies and controls web requests. When
a client sends a web request to a server, the Web Proxy receives the request, evaluates it, and determines
to which policy it belongs. Actions defined in the policy are then applied to the request.
The Web Security Appliance uses multiple policy types to manage different aspects of web requests.
Policy types might fully manage transactions by themselves or pass transactions along to other policy
types for additional processing. Policy types can be groups by the functions they perform, such as access,
routing, or security.
AsyncOS evaluates transactions based on policies before it evaluates external dependencies to avoid
unnecessary external communication from the appliance. For example, if a transaction is blocked based
on a policy that blocks uncategorized URLs, the transaction will not also fail based on a DNS error.
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Managing Web Requests Through Policies Task Overview
Managing Web Requests Through Policies Task Overview
Task List for Managing Web Requests through
Step Policies
Links to Related Topics and Procedures
1
Set up and sequence Authentication Realms
Authentication Realms, page 6-3
2
(For upstream proxies) Create a proxy group.
Creating Proxy Groups for Upstream Proxies,
page 3-14
2
(Optional) Create Custom Client Applications
Client Applications, page 10-11
3
(Optional) Create Custom URL Categories
Creating Custom URL Categories,
page 10-15
4
Create Identities
Classifying Users and Client Software,
page 7-3
5
(Optional) Create time ranges to Limit Access
by Time of Day
Limiting Access by Time of Day, page 10-13
6
Create and Order Policies
•
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
•
Policy Order, page 10-5
Managing Web Requests Through Policies Best Practices
•
If you want to use Active Directory user objects to manage web requests, do not use primary groups
as criteria. Active Directory user objects to not contain the primary group.
•
Policy Types, page 10-3
•
Policy Order, page 10-5
•
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Policies
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Policy Types
Policy Type
Request Type
Description
Link to task
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Access
•
HTTP
SOCKS
•
SOCKS
Allow or block SOCKS communication
requests.
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Application
Authentication
•
application
Allow or deny access to a Software as a
Service (SaaS) application.
Creating SaaS Application
Authentication Policies, page 8-4
Block, allow or redirect inbound HTTP,
FTP, and decrypted HTTPS traffic.
• Decrypted HTTPS
Access policies also manage inbound
• FTP
encrypted HTTPS traffic if the HTTPS
proxy is disabled.
Use single sign-on to authenticate users and
increase security by allowing access to
applications to be quickly disabled.
To use the single sign-on feature of policies
you must configure the Web Security
appliance as an identity provider and upload
or generate a certificate and key for SaaS.
Encrypted
HTTPS
Management
•
Data Security
•
External DLP
(Data Loss
Prevention)
•
HTTPS
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Decrypt, pass through, or drop HTTPS
connections.
AsyncOS passes decrypted traffic to Access
policies for further processing.
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Manage data uploads to the web. Data
Security policies scan outbound traffic to
• Decrypted HTTPS
ensure it complies to company rules for data
• FTP
uploads, based on its destination and
content. Unlike External DLP policies,
which redirect outbound traffic to external
servers for scanning, Data Security policies
use the Web Security appliance to scan and
evaluate traffic.
HTTP
Send outbound traffic to servers running
3rd-party DLP systems, which scan it for
• Decrypted HTTPS
adherence to company rules for data
• FTP
uploads. Unlike Data Security policies,
which also manage data uploads, External
DLP policies move scanning work away
from the Web Security appliance, which
frees resources on the appliance and
leverages any additional functionality
offered by 3rd-party software.
HTTP
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
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Policy Type
Request Type
Description
Link to task
Block, monitor, or allow requests to upload Creating a Policy, page 10-5
data that may contain malicious data.
• Decrypted HTTPS
Prevent malware that is already present on
• FTP
your network from being transmitted to
external networks.
Outbound
Malware
Scanning
•
HTTP
Routing
•
HTTP
•
HTTPS
•
FTP
Direct web traffic through upstream proxies Creating a Policy, page 10-5
or direct it to destination servers. You might
want to redirect traffic through upstream
proxies to preserve your existing network
design, to off-load processing from the Web
Security appliance, or to leverage additional
functionality provided by 3rd-party proxy
systems.
If multiple upstream proxies are available,
the Web Security appliance can use load
balancing techniques to distribute data to
them.
Each policy type uses a policy table to store and manage its policies. Each policy table comes with a
predefined, global policy, which maintains default actions for a policy type. Additional, user-defined
policies are created and added to the policy table as required. Policies are processed in the order in which
they are listed in the policy table.
Individual policies define the request types they manage and the actions they perform on those requests.
Each policy has two main parts:
Note
1.
Criteria. The criteria used to identify the requests to which the policy applies. One or more criteria
can be specified in a policy and all must be match for the criteria to be met. The criteria are
•
Protocols. Allow the transfer of data between various networking devices such as http, https, ftp,
etc.
•
Subnet. The logical grouping of connected network devices (such as geographic location or Local
Area Network [LAN]), where the request originated
•
Proxy Port. the numbered port by which the request accesses the web proxy,
•
Limiting Access by Time of Day. Time ranges can be created for use in policies to identify or apply
actions to web requests based on the time or day the requests were made. The time ranges are created
as individual units.
•
URL Categories. URL categories are predefined or custom categories of websites, such as News,
Business, Social Media, etc. These can be used to identify or apply actions to web requests.
•
User Agents. These are the client applications (such as a web browser Firefox or Chrome) used to
make requests. You can define policy criteria based on user agents, and you can specify control
settings based on user agents. You can also exempt user agents from authentication, which is useful
for applications that cannot prompt for credentials. You can define custom client applications but
cannot reuse these definitions other policies.
When you define multiple membership criteria, the client request must meet all criteria to match the
policy.
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2.
Actions. The actions a policy will apply to requests that match its membership criteria. Actions are
typically to block or allow requests, but other actions, such as to scan or redirect requests, are also
possible, depending on the policy type.
Criteria must be specified when creating user-defined policies but actions are inherited from global
policies until explicitly defined. Most global policies are permissive by default, which means they allow
all requests. The SOCKS global policy blocks all traffic by default, however.
Identities. Identities are used in policy membership criteria and are particularly important as they
contain many options for identifying web transaction. They also share many properties with policies.
Identities are created as individual units.
Policy Order
The order in which policies are listed in a policy table determines the priority with which they are applied
to web requests. Web requests are checked against policies beginning at the top of the table and ending
at the first policy matched. Any policies below that point in the table are not processed.
If no user-defined policy is matched against a web request, then the global policy for that policy type is
applied. Global policies are always positioned last in policy tables and cannot be reordered.
Creating a Policy
Before you begin
•
Enable the appropriate proxy:
– Web Proxy (for HTTP, decrypted HTTPS, and FTP)
– HTTPS Proxy
– SOCKS Proxy
Step 1
•
Create associated identities.
•
Understand Policy Order, page 10-5.
•
(Encrypted HTTPS only) Upload or generate a Certificate and Key.
•
(Data Security only) Enable Cisco Data Security Filters Settings.
•
(External DLP only) Define an External DLP server.
•
(Routing only) Define the associated upstream proxy on the Web Security appliance.
•
(Optional) Create associated client applications.
•
(Optional) Create associated time ranges in Limiting Access by Time of Day.
•
(Optional) Create associated URL categories.
From the Web Security Manager menu, select one of these policy types:
•
Access
•
Encrypted HTTPS
•
Data Security
•
External DLP
•
Outbound Malware Scanning
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•
Routing
•
SOCKS
Step 2
Click Add Policy.
Step 3
Assign a name that is unique to the type of policy.
Step 4
(Optional) Enter a description.
Step 5
Considering the desired policy order, using the Insert Above field drop-down list, choose where in the
policies table to place the policy.
Step 6
In the Identities and Users section, choose one or more Identities to which this policy will apply.
Note
HTTPS: If the Identity requires authentication, consider that authentication information may not be available
when a user tries to connect to an HTTPS server.
Step 7
(Optional) Expand the Advanced section to apply this policy to transactions based on additional transaction
characteristics.
Advanced Option
Description
Protocols
Select the protocols to which this policy will apply. “All others” means any
protocol not listed above this option. If the associated identity applies to specific
protocols, this policy applies to those same protocols...
Proxy Ports
Apply this policy only to traffic using specific ports to access the web proxy. Enter
one or more port numbers in the Proxy Ports field. Separate multiple ports with
commas.
For explicit forward connections, this is the port configured in the browser.
For transparent connections, this is the same as the destination port.
Note
Subnets
If the associated identity applies only to specific proxy ports, the web
interface will not allow you to enter proxy ports here.
Apply this policy only to traffic on specific subnets.
Note
If the associated identity applies to specific subnets, you can further
restrict the application of this policy to a subset of the addresses to which
the identity applies.
Limiting Access by Apply this policy only to traffic on specific subnets.
Time of Day
URL Categories
Apply this policy only to traffic on specific subnets.
Note
If the associated identity applies to specific subnets, you can further
restrict the application of this policy to a subset of the addresses to which
the identity applies.
Client Applications Apply this policy only to traffic on specific subnets.
Note
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restrict the application of this policy to a subset of the addresses to which
the identity applies.
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Step 8
Configure the policy to manage web requests:
a.
Review the actions available to apply to specific types of content.
Action
Description
Use Global
Setting
Uses the action for this category in the Global Policy. This is the default action for user
defined policies. Applies to user defined policies only.
Block
The Web Proxy stops transactions that match this setting.
Redirect
Redirects traffic originally destined for a URL in this category to a location you specify.
When you choose this action, the Redirect To field appears. Enter a URL to which to
redirect all traffic.
Allow
Always allows client requests for web sites in this category. Allowed requests bypass all
further filtering and malware scanning.
Monitor
The Web Proxy neither allows nor blocks the request. Instead, it continues to evaluate the
client request against other policy group control settings, such as web reputation
filtering.
Warn
The Web Proxy initially blocks the request and displays a warning page, but allows the
user to continue by clicking a hypertext link in the warning page.
Time-Based The Web Proxy blocks or monitors the request during the time ranges you specify.
b.
Specify the action to take for each type of content.
•
(Optional) Apply specific actions to requests for Protocols and Client Applications:
Option
Use Global Policy
Setting
Define Custom
Settings
Additional Steps
—
1.
Click to Block FTP over HTTP, HTTP or Native FTP
2.
Define HTTP Connect Ports (enables applications to tunnel outbound traffic
over HTTP). Leave blank to block all ports.
3.
Block Custom Client Applications (for example; Firefox, MSN, Skype)
Disable Settings for Do not use protocol, HTTP connection ports, or client application to block
this Policy
requests.
•
(Optional) Apply specific actions to requests for URL Categories:
Option
Custom URL Category
Filtering
Predefined URL
Category Filtering
Additional Steps
1.
Click Select Custom Categories.
2.
Choose which custom URL categories to include/exclude in this policy
and click Apply.
3.
Select the action to apply to the included categories.
4.
Submit.
1.
Select the action to apply to the predefined URL categories.
2.
Submit.
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Option
Uncategorized URLs
Content Filtering
•
Additional Steps
1.
Select the action to apply to uncategorized URLs.
2.
Select the action to apply to the update categories.
3.
Submit.
1.
Choose Define Content Filtering Custom Settings from the drop-down
menu
2.
(Optional) Click the Enable Safe Search check box.
3.
Choose whether to block users from search engines that are not currently
supported by the Web Security appliance safe search feature.
4.
(Optional) Click the Enable Site Content Rating check box.
5.
Choose whether to block all adult content from the supported content
ratings websites or to display the end-user URL filtering warning page.
(Optional) Apply an action to requests to connect with specific Applications:
Option
Click the
button
beside the application
Select the Edit all... option
•
Additional Steps
1.
Select the link of the required application
2.
Set the action for that application
•
Use Global Setting (Monitor)
•
Monitor
•
Monitor and Block Posting Text
•
Block
1.
Set the action for that application
•
Leave current settings
•
Use Global Setting (Monitor)
•
Block
•
Monitor
2.
Click Apply
(Optional) Block objects based on size or type:
Option
Use Global Policy Setting
Define Custom Object
Blocking Settings
Additional Steps
—
1.
Define object size for:
•
HTTP/HTTPS Max Download Size
•
FTP Max Download Size.
2.
Select Object Type to Block from the predefined list.
3.
Block Custom MIME types (for example; WAV, MP4, WMV)
Disable Object Blocking for Do not block objects
this Policy
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•
(Optional) Manage suspected malware:
Option
Step 9
Additional Steps
Web Reputation Settings
1.
Check to enable Web Reputation Filtering
DVS Anti-Malware settings
1.
Enable Suspect Client Applications Scanning
2.
Enable Anti-Malware Scanning (Webroot, McAfee and Sophos)
3.
Select whether to monitor or block each malware category
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Creating a Time Range
•
Using Client Applications in Policies
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Policy Configuration
Policy Configuration
Option
Description
Protocols and Client Used to control policy access to protocols and configure blocking for particular
Applications
client applications, such as instant messaging clients, web browsers, and
Internet phone services. You can also configure the appliance to tunnel HTTP
CONNECT requests on specific ports. With tunneling enabled, the appliance
passes HTTP traffic through specified ports without evaluating it.
URL Categories
AsyncOS for Web allows you to configure how the appliance handles a
transaction based on the URL category of a particular HTTP or HTTPS request.
Using a predefined category list, you can choose to monitor, block, warn or set
time-based content by category. You can also create custom URL categories and
choose to allow, monitor, block, warn, redirect or configure time-based traffic
for a website in the custom category.
Applications
The Application Visibility and Control engine (AVC engine) is an acceptable use
policy component that inspects web traffic to gain deeper understanding and
control of web traffic used for applications. The appliance allows the Web Proxy
to be configured to block or allow applications by application type or a particular
application. You can also apply controls to particular application behaviors
within a particular application, such as file transfers.
Object Blocking
Allows the Web Proxy to be configured to block file downloads based on file
characteristics, such as file size and file type. An object is, generally, any item
that can be individually selected, uploaded, downloaded and manipulated, such
as:
•
Application: pdf, xml, zip, exe
•
Text: cmd, csv, html, javascript
•
Image: gif, jpeg, png, tiff
•
Video: mp4, Quicktime, avi, wmv
•
Audio: mp4, wav, webm, mpeg
•
Message: http, xml, rfc822, partial
•
x-world: wrl, wrz, xof, 3dmf
Note
Object blocking does not inspect inside compressed files.
Web Reputation and Web reputation filters allow for a web-based reputation score to be assigned to
Anti-Malware
a URL to determine the probability of it containing URL-based malware.
Anti-malware scanning identifies and stops web-based malware threats.
The Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filtering policy inherits global settings
respective to each component. Within Security Services > Web Reputation
and Anti-Malware, malware categories can be customized to monitor or block
based on malware scanning verdicts and web reputation score thresholds can be
customized. Malware categories can be further customized within a policy.
For more information, see Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings in Access
Policies, page 13-9.
Block, Allow, or Redirect Transaction Requests
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The web proxy controls web traffic based on the policies that you create for groups of transaction
requests.
Note
•
Allow. The Web Proxy permits the connection without interruption. Allowed connections may not
have been scanned by the DVS engine.
•
Block. The Web Proxy does not permit the connection and instead displays an end user notification
page explaining the reason for the block.
•
Redirect. The Web Proxy does not allow the connection to the originally requested destination
server and instead connects to a different specified URL, see Redirecting Traffic in the Access
Policies.
The preceding actions are final actions that the Web Proxy takes on a client request. The Monitor action
that you can configure for Access Policies is not a final action.
Generally, different types of policies control traffic based on the transport protocol.
Policy Type
Access
Protocols
Actions Supported
HTTP
HTTPS
FTP
x
x
x
SOCKS
Note
SOCKS
x
SAAS
x
x
Decryption
x
x
Data Security
x
x
x
External DLP
x
x
x
Outbound
Malware
Scanning
x
x
x
Routing
x
x
x
Block
Allow
Redirect
Monitor
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Decryption policy takes precedence over Access policy.
Client Applications
About Client Applications
Client Applications (such as a web browser) are used to make requests. You can define policy
membership based on client applications, and you can specify control settings and exempt client
applications from authentication, which is useful for applications that cannot prompt for credentials.
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Using Client Applications in Policies
Defining Policy Membership Using Client Applications
Step 1
Choose a policy type from the Web Security Manager menu.
Step 2
Click a policy name in the policies table.
Step 3
Expand the Advanced section and click the link in the Client Applications field.
Step 4
Define one or more of the client applications:
Table 10-1
Option
Method
Choose a predefined Expand the Browser and Other sections and check the required client
client application
application check boxes.
Tip
Define a custom
client application
Choose only the Any Version options when possible, as this provides
better performance than having multiple selections.
Enter an appropriate regular expression in the Custom Client Applications field.
Enter additional regular expressions on new lines as required.
Tip
Click Example Client Applications Patterns for examples of regular
expressions.
Step 5
(Optional) Click the Match All Except The Selected Client Applications Definitions radio button to
base the policy membership on all client applications except those you have defined.
Step 6
Click Done.
Defining Policy Control Settings Using Client Applications
Step 1
Choose a policy type from the Web Security Manager menu.
Step 2
Find the required policy name in the policies table.
Step 3
Click the cell link in the Protocols and Client Applications column on the same row.
Step 4
Choose Define Custom Settings from the drop-down list in the Edit Protocols and Client Applications
Settings pane (if not already set).
Step 5
Enter a regular expression in the Custom Client Applications field that matches the client application
you wish to define. Enter additional regular expressions on new lines as required.
Tip
Step 6
Click Example Client Application Patterns for examples of regular expressions.
Submit and commit your changes.
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Exempting Client Applications from Authentication
Step
Task
Link
Step 1
Create an Identity that does not require authentication.
Classifying Users and Client
Software
Step 2
Set the Identity membership as the client application to exempt. Using Client Applications in Policies
Step 3
Place the Identity above all other Identities in the policies table Policy Order
that require authentication.
Limiting Access by Time of Day
About Limiting Access by Time of Day
A defined time range can limit the times at which Routing, Access, Encrypted HTTPS Management, and
SOCKS policies are enforced. They can be used to define policy membership, which limits the time the
entire policy is enforced. They can also be used to define URL filtering control settings, which limits the
time that this control is applied.
Note
You cannot use time ranges to define the times at which users must authenticate. Authentication
requirements are defined in Identities, which do not support time ranges.
Creating a Time Range
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Defined Time Ranges.
Step 2
Click Add Time Range.
Step 3
Enter a name for the time range.
Step 4
Choose a Time Zone option:
Table 10-2
Step 5
Option
Description
Use Time Zone Setting From Appliance
Use the same time zone as the Web Security appliance.
Specify Time Zone For Limiting Access by
Time of Day
Configure a time zone which is different to that used by
the Web Security appliance.
Check one or more Day of Week check boxes.
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Step 6
Choose a Time Of Day option:
Table 10-3
Tip
Option
Description
All Day
Use the full 24-hour period.
From / To
Define a specific hourly range. Enter a start and end time in HH:MM (24 hour
format).
Each time range includes the start time and excludes the end time. For example, entering 8:00 through
17:00 matches 8:00:00 through 16:59:59, but not 17:00:00. Midnight must be specified as 00:00 for a
start time, and as 24:00 for an end time.
Step 7
(Optional) Click Add Row and repeat steps 5 and 6 to define another Day of Week and Time of Day
combination.
Step 8
Submit and commit your changes.
Using Limiting Access by Time of Day in Policies
Step 1
Choose a policy type from the Web Security Manager menu.
Step 2
Click a policy name in the policies table.
Step 3
Expand the Advanced section and click the link in the Limiting Access by Time of Day field.
Step 4
Choose the time range you wish to use in the Limiting Access by Time of Day drop-down list.
Step 5
Click the Match Except During The Selected Limiting Access by Time of Day radio button to have
the policy match times outside the time range you have specified,.
Step 6
Submit and commit your changes.
Controlling Access by URL Category
About Controlling Access by URL Category
You can identify and action web requests based on the category of website they address. The Web
Security appliance ships with many predefined URL categories by default, such as Web-based Email and
others.
Predefined categories, and the websites associated with them, are defined within filtering databases that
reside on the Web Security appliance. These databases are automatically kept up to date by Cisco. You
can also create user-defined custom URL categories, however, for hostnames and IP addresses that you
specify.
URL categories can be used by all policies except policies to identify requests. They can also be used by
Access, Encrypted HTTPS Management and Data Security policies to apply actions to requests.
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Before you can use create or use URL categories you must enable Acceptable Use Control on the Web
Security appliance.
Creating Custom URL Categories
Before you begin
•
Enable Acceptable Use Control, see Configuring the URL Filtering Engine.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Custom URL Categories.
Step 2
Click Add Custom Category.
Step 3
Enter the settings for the custom URL category:
Table 10-4
Setting
Description
Category Name
Enter a name for the URL category. This name appears when you configure
URL filtering for policies.
Note: The Sawmill for reporting tool will not find custom URL categories in
access logs if their names contain spaces in the first four characters.
List Order
Choose the order in the list of custom URL categories to place this category.
Enter “1” for the topmost URL category.
The URL filtering engine evaluates a client request against the custom URL
categories in the order specified.
Sites
Enter one or more addresses that belong in the custom category.
You can enter multiple addresses separated by line breaks or commas. You can
enter addresses using any of the following formats:
•
IP address, such as 10.1.1.0
•
CIDR address, such as 10.1.1.0/24
•
Domain name, such as example.com
•
Hostname, such as crm.example.com
•
Partial hostname, such as .example.com
Note: Entering a partial hostname, such as .example.com, also matches
www.example.com.
Note: It is possible to use the same address in multiple custom URL categories,
but the order in which the categories are listed in is relevant. If you include these
categories in the same policy, and define different actions to each one, then the
action of the category listed highest in the custom URL categories table is what
takes effect.
Advanced: Regular
Expressions
You can use regular expressions to specify multiple web servers that match the
pattern you enter.
Note: The URL filtering engine compares URLs with addresses entered in the
Sites field first. If the URL of a transaction matches an entry in the Sites field,
it is not compared to any expression entered here.
Step 4
(Optional) Click Sort URLs to sort all addresses in the Sites field into alphanumeric order.
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Note
Step 5
Once you sort the addresses, you cannot retrieve their original order.
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Regular Expressions
Using URL Categories to Identify Web Requests
Before You Begin
•
Enable Acceptable Use Control, see Configuring the URL Filtering Engine.
•
(Optional) Create Custom URL Categories, see Creating Custom URL Categories.
Step 1
Choose a policy type (except SaaS) from the Web Security Manager menu.
Step 2
Click a policy name in the policies table (or add a new policy).
Step 3
Expand the Advanced section and click the link in the URL Categories field.
Step 4
Click the Add column cells corresponding to URL Categories you wish to identify web requests by. Do
this for the Custom URL Categories and Predefined URL Categories lists as required.
Step 5
Click Done.
Step 6
Submit and commit your changes.
Using URL Categories to Action Web Request
Before you begin
Note
•
Enable Acceptable Use Control, see Configuring the URL Filtering Engine.
•
(Optional) Create Custom URL Categories, see Creating Custom URL Categories.
If you have used URL categories as criteria within a policy then those categories alone are available to
specify actions against within the same policy. Some of the options described below may differ or be
unavailable because of this.
Step 1
Choose one of Access Policies, Cisco Data Security Policies, or Encrypted HTTPS Management
from the Web Security Manager menu.
Step 2
Find the required policy name in the policies table.
Step 3
Click the cell link in the URL Filtering column on the same row.
Step 4
(Optional) Add custom URL categories:
a.
Click Select Custom Categories.
b.
Choose which custom URL categories to include in this policy and click Apply.
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Choose which custom URL categories the URL filtering engine should compare the client request
against. The URL filtering engine compares client requests against included custom URL
categories, and ignores excluded custom URL categories. The URL filtering engine compares the
URL in a client request to included custom URL categories before predefined URL categories.
The custom URL categories included in the policy appear in the Custom URL Category Filtering
section.
Step 5
Choose an action for each custom and predefined URL category.
Available actions vary between custom and predefined categories and between policy types.
Note
Step 6
In the Uncategorized URLs section, choose the action to take for client requests to web sites that do not
fall into a predefined or custom URL category.
Step 7
Submit and commit your changes.
Remote Users
•
About Remote Users, page 10-17
•
Configuring Identification for Remote Users, page 10-18
•
Display Remote User Status and Statistics for ASAs, page 10-19
About Remote Users
Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility extends the network perimeter to remote endpoints, enabling the
integration of web filtering services offered by the Web Security appliance.
Remote and mobile users use the Cisco AnyConnect Secure VPN (virtual private network)client to
establish VPN sessions with the Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). The ASA sends web traffic to the
Web Security appliance along with information identifying the user by IP address and user name. The
Web Security appliance scans the traffic, enforces acceptable use policies, and protects the user from
security threats. The security appliance returns all traffic deemed safe and acceptable to the user.
When Secure Mobility is enabled, you can configure identities and policies to apply to users by their
location:
•
Remote users. These users are connected to the network from a remote location using VPN. The
Web Security appliance automatically identifies remote users when both the Cisco ASA and Cisco
AnyConnect client are used for VPN access. Otherwise, the Web Security appliance administrator
must specify remote users by configuring a range of IP addresses.
•
Local users. These users are connected to the network either physically or wirelessly.
When the Web Security appliance integrates with a Cisco ASA, you can configure it to identify users by
an authenticated user name transparently to achieve single sign-on for remote users.
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Configuring Identification for Remote Users
Task
Further information
1.
Configure identification of remote users. Configuring Identification of Remote Users,
page 10-18
2.
Create an identity for remote users.
3.
Create a policy for remote users.
Classifying Users and Client Software, page 7-3
a.
In the “Define Members by User Location”
section, select Remote Users Only.
b.
In the “Define Members by Authentication”
section, select “Identify Users Transparently
through Cisco ASA Integration.”
Creating a Policy, page 10-5
Configuring Identification of Remote Users
Step 1
Security Services > AnyConnect Secure Mobility, and click Enable.
Step 2
Read the terms of the AnyConnect Secure Mobility License Agreement, and click Accept.
Step 3
Configure how to identify remote users.
Option
Description
IP Address
Specify a range of IP addresses
that the appliance should consider
as assigned to remote devices.
Cisco ASA
Integration
Additional Steps
1.
Enter a range of IP addresses in the IP Range
field.
2.
Go to step 4
Specify one or more Cisco ASA
1. Enter the Cisco ASA host name or IP address.
the Web Security appliance
2. Enter the port number used to access the ASA.
communicates with. The Cisco
The default port number for the Cisco ASA is
ASA maintains an IP
11999.
address-to-user mapping and
3. If multiple Cisco ASA are configured in a
communicates that information
cluster, click Add Row and configure each
with the Web Security appliance.
ASA in the cluster.
When the Web Proxy receives a
transaction, it obtains the IP
Note
If two Cisco ASA are configured for high
address and determines the user
availability, enter only one host name or IP
by checking the IP
address for the active Cisco ASA.
address-to-user mapping. When
users are determined by
4. Enter the access password for the Cisco ASA.
integrating with a Cisco ASA,
Note
The password you enter here must match the
you can enable single sign-on for
access password configured for the
remote users.
specified Cisco ASA.
5.
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
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configured Cisco ASA.
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Display Remote User Status and Statistics for ASAs
Use this command to display information related to Secure Mobility when the Web Security appliance
is integrated with an ASA.
Command
Description
musstatus
This command displays the following information:
•
The status of the Web Security appliance connection with each ASA.
•
The duration of the Web Security appliance connection with each ASA in minutes.
•
The number of remote clients from each ASA.
•
The number of remote clients being serviced, which is defined as the number of
remote clients that have passed traffic through the Web Security appliance.
•
The total number of remote clients.
Troubleshooting Policies
•
Access Policy not Configurable for HTTPS, page A-7
•
Some Microsoft Office Files Not Blocked, page A-8
•
Blocking DOS Executable Object Types Blocks Updates for Windows OneCare, page A-8
•
Identity Disappeared from Policy, page A-8
•
Policy is Never Applied, page A-8
•
HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication, page A-9
•
User Matches Global Policy for HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests, page A-9
•
User Assigned Incorrect Access Policy, page A-9
•
Policy Troubleshooting Tool: Policy Trace, page A-10
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11
Create Decryption Policies to Control HTTPS
Traffic
•
Overview of Create Decryption Policies to Control HTTP Traffic, page 11-1
•
Managing HTTPS Traffic through Decryption Policies Best Practices, page 11-2
•
Decryption Policies, page 11-2
•
Certificates, page 11-5
•
Routing HTTPS Traffic, page 11-11
Overview of Create Decryption Policies to Control HTTP Traffic
Decryption policies define the handling of HTTPS traffic within the web proxy:
•
When to decrypt HTTPS traffic.
•
How to handle requests that use invalid or revoked security certificates.
You can create decryption policies to handle HTTPS traffic in the following ways:
Caution
•
Pass through encrypted traffic
•
Decrypt traffic and apply the content-based access policies defined for HTTP traffic. This also
makes malware scanning possible.
•
Drop the HTTPS connection
•
Monitor the request (take no final action) as the web proxy continues to evaluate the request against
policies that may lead to a final drop, pass through, or decrypt action.
Handle personally identifiable information with care: If you choose to decrypt an end-user’s HTTPS
session, the Web Security appliance access logs and reports may contain personally identifiable
information. The Administrator can configure how much URI text is stored in the logs using the
advancedproxyconfig CLI command and the HTTPS subcommand. You can log the entire URI, or a
partial form of the URI with the query portion removed. However, even when you choose to strip the
query from the URI, personally identifiable information may still remain.
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Managing HTTPS Traffic through Decryption Policies Task Overview
Task List for Managing HTTPS Traffic
Step through Decryption Policies
Links to Related Topics and Procedures
1
Enabling the HTTPS proxy
Enabling the HTTPS Proxy, page 11-3
2
Upload or Generate a certificate and key
•
Uploading a Root Certificate and Key, page 11-7
•
Generating a Certificate and Key, page 11-8
3
Configuring Decryption options
Configuring Decryption Options, page 11-4
5
(Optional) Configure invalid certificate
handling
Configuring Invalid Certificate Handling, page 11-8
6
(Optional) Enabling real-time
revocation status checking
Enabling Real-Time Revocation Status Checking,
page 11-10
7
(Optional) Manage trusted and blocked
certificates
Trusted Root Certificates, page 11-10
Managing HTTPS Traffic through Decryption Policies Best
Practices
•
Create fewer, more general Decryption Policy groups that apply to all users or fewer, larger groups
of users on the network. Then, if you need to apply more granular control to decrypted HTTPS
traffic, use more specific Access Policy groups.
Decryption Policies
The appliance can perform any of the following actions on an HTTPS connection request:
Option
Description
Monitor
Monitor is an intermediary action that indicates the Web Proxy should continue
evaluating the transaction against the other control settings to determine which final
action to ultimately apply.
Drop
The appliance drops the connection and does not pass the connection request to the
server. The appliance does not notify the user that it dropped the connection.
Pass through The appliance passes through the connection between the client and the server without
inspecting the traffic content.
Decrypt
The appliance allows the connection, but inspects the traffic content. It decrypts the
traffic and applies Access Policies to the decrypted traffic as if it were a plaintext HTTP
connection. By decrypting the connection and applying Access Policies, you can scan
the traffic for malware.
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Enabling the HTTPS Proxy
To monitor and decrypt HTTPS traffic, you must enable the HTTPS Proxy. When you enable the HTTPS
Proxy, you must configure what the appliance uses for a root certificate when it sends self-signed server
certificates to the client applications on the network. You can upload a root certificate and key that your
organization already has, or you can configure the appliance to generate a certificate and key with
information you enter.
Once the HTTPS Proxy is enabled, all HTTPS policy decisions are handled by Decryption Policies. Also
on this page, you can configure what the appliance does with HTTPS traffic when the server certificate
is invalid.
Before You Begin
•
Step 1
When the HTTPS proxy is enabled, HTTPS-specific rules in access policies are disabled and the
web proxy processes decrypted HTTPS traffic using rules for HTTP.
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy, click Enable and Edit Settings.
The HTTPS Proxy License Agreement appears.
Step 2
Read the terms of the HTTPS Proxy License Agreement, and click Accept.
Step 3
Verify the Enable HTTPS Proxy field is enabled.
Step 4
In the HTTPS Ports to Proxy field, enter the ports the appliance should check for HTTPS traffic. Port
443 is the default port.
Note
The maximum number of ports for which the Web Security appliance can serve as proxy is 30, which
includes both HTTP and HTTPS.
Step 5
Note
Step 6
Upload or generate a root/signing certificate to use for decryption.
If the appliance has both an uploaded certificate and key pair and a generated certificate and key pair, it
only uses the certificate and key pair currently selected in the Root Certificate for Signing section.
In the HTTPS Transparent Request section, select one of the following options:
•
Decrypt the HTTPS request and redirect for authentication
•
Deny the HTTPS request
This setting only applies to transactions that use IP address as the authentication surrogate and when the
user has not yet been authenticated.
Note
Step 7
This field only appears when the appliance is deployed in transparent mode.
In the Applications that Use HTTPS section, choose whether to enable decryption for enhanced
application visibility and control.
Note
Decryption may cause some applications to fail unless the root certificate for signing is installed
on the client. For more information on the appliance root certificate, see.
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Step 8
Submit and commit your changes.
Related topics
•
Managing Certificate Validation and Decryption for HTTPS, page 11-6
Controlling HTTPS Traffic
After the Web Security appliance assigns an HTTPS connection request to a Decryption Policy group,
the connection request inherits the control settings of that policy group. The control settings of the
Decryption Policy group determine whether the appliance decrypts, drops, or passes through the
connection:
Option
Description
URL Categories
You can configure the action to take on HTTPS requests for each predefined
and custom URL category. Click the link under the URL Categories column for
the policy group you want to configure.
Note
If you want to block (with end-user notification) a particular URL
category for HTTPS requests instead of drop (with no end-user
notification), choose to decrypt that URL category in the Decryption
Policy group and then choose to block the same URL category in the
Access Policy group.
Web Reputation
You can configure the action to take on HTTPS requests based on the web
reputation score of the requested server. Click the link under the Web
Reputation column for the policy group you want to configure.
Default Action
You can configure the action the appliance should take when none of the other
settings apply. Click the link under the Default Action column for the policy
group you want to configure.
Note
The configured default action only affects the transaction when no
decision is made based on URL category or Web Reputation score. If
Web Reputation filtering is disabled, the default action applies to all
transactions that match a Monitor action in a URL category. If Web
Reputation filtering is enabled, the default action is used only if the
Monitor action is selected for sites with no score.
Configuring Decryption Options
Before you begin
•
Verify that the HTTPS proxy is enabled as described in Enabling the HTTPS Proxy, page 11-3
Step 1
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
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Step 3
Enable the decryption options.
Decryption Option
Description
Decrypt for
Authentication
For users who have not been authenticated prior to this HTTPS transaction,
allow decryption for authentication.
Decrypt for End-User
Notification
Allow decryption so that AsyncOS can display the end-user notification.
Note
Decrypt for End-User
Acknowledgement
If the certificate is invalid and invalid certificates are set to drop,
when running a policy trace, the first logged action for the transaction
will be “decrypt”.
For users who have not acknowledged the web proxy prior to this HTTPS
transaction, allow decryption so that AsyncOS can display the end-user
acknowledgement.
Decrypt for Application Enhances the ability of AsyncOS to detect HTTPS applications.
Detection
Authentication and HTTPS Connections
Authentication at the HTTPS connection layer is available for these types of requests:
Option
Explicit requests
Transparent
requests
Description
•
secure client authentication disabled or
•
secure client authentication enabled and an IP-based surrogate
•
IP-based surrogate, decryption for authentication enabled or
•
IP-based surrogate, client previously authenticated using an HTTP request
Certificates
The HTTPS proxy uses the root certificates and private key files that you upload to the appliance to
decrypt traffic. The root certificate and private key files you upload to the appliance must be in PEM
format; DER format is not supported.
You can enter root certificate information in the following ways:
•
Generate. You can enter some basic organization information and then click a button so the
appliance generates the rest of the certificate and a private key.
•
Upload. You can upload a certificate file and its matching private key file created outside of the
appliance.
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Note
You can also upload an intermediate certificate that has been signed by a root certificate authority. When
the Web Proxy mimics the server certificate, it sends the uploaded certificate along with the mimicked
certificate to the client application. That way, as long as the intermediate certificate is signed by a root
certificate authority that the client application trusts, the application will trust the mimicked server
certificate, too.
You can choose how to handle the root certificates issued by the Web Security appliance:
•
Inform users to accept the root certificate. You can inform the users in your organization what the
new policies are at the company and tell them to accept the root certificate supplied by the
organization as a trusted source.
•
Add the root certificate to client machines. You can add the root certificate to all client machines
on the network as a trusted root certificate authority. This way, the client applications automatically
accept transactions with the root certificate.
Step 1
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Click the Download Certificate link for either the generated or uploaded certificate.
Note
To reduce the possibility of client machines getting a certificate error, submit the changes after you
generate or upload the root certificate to the Web Security appliance, then distribute the certificate to
client machines, and then commit the changes to the appliance.
Managing Certificate Validation and Decryption for HTTPS
The Web Security appliance validates certificates before inspecting and decrypting content.
Valid Certificates
Qualities of a valid certificate:
•
Not expired. The certificate’s validity period includes the current date.
•
Recognized certificate authority. The issuing certificate authority is included in the list of trusted
certificate authorities stored on the Web Security appliance.
•
Valid signature. The digital signature was properly implemented based on cryptographic standards.
•
Consistent naming. The common name matches the hostname specified in the HTTP header.
•
Not revoked. The issuing certificate authority has not revoked the certificate.
Related Topics
•
Managing Certificate Validation and Decryption for HTTPS, page 11-6
•
Configuring Invalid Certificate Handling, page 11-8
•
Options for Certificate Revocation Status Checking, page 11-9
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Enabling Real-Time Revocation Status Checking, page 11-10
Invalid Certificate Handling
The appliance can perform one of the following actions for invalid server certificates:
•
Drop.
•
Decrypt.
•
Monitor.
Certificates that are Invalid for Multiple Reasons
For server certificates that are invalid due to both an unrecognized root authority and an expired
certificate, the HTTPS proxy performs the action that applies to unrecognized root authorities.
In all other cases, for server certificates that are invalid for multiple reasons simultaneously, the HTTPS
Proxy performs actions in order from the most restrictive action to the least restrictive action.
Untrusted Certificate Warnings for Decrypted Connections
When the Web Security appliance encounters an invalid certificate and is configured to decrypt the
connection, AsyncOS creates an untrusted certificate that requires the end-user to accept or reject the
connection. The common name of the certificate is “Untrusted Certificate Warning.”
Adding this untrusted certificate to the list of trusted certificates will remove the end user’s option to
accept or reject the connection.
When AsyncOS generates one of these certificates, it creates a proxy log entry with the text “Signing
untrusted key” or “Signing untrusted cert”.
Uploading a Root Certificate and Key
Before you begin
•
Enable the HTTPS Proxy. Enabling the HTTPS Proxy, page 11-3.
Step 1
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Select Use Uploaded Certificate and Key.
Step 4
Click Browse for the Certificate field to navigate to the certificate file stored on the local machine.
If the file you upload contains multiple certificates or keys, the Web Proxy uses the first certificate or
key in the file.
Step 5
Note
Click Browse for the Key field to navigate to the private key file.
The key length must be 512, 1024, or 2048 bits.
Step 6
Select Key is Encrypted if the key is encrypted.
Step 7
Click Upload Files to transfer the certificate and key files to the Web Security appliance.
The uploaded certificate information is displayed on the Edit HTTPS Proxy Settings page.
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Step 8
(Optional) Click Download Certificate so you can transfer it to the client applications on the network.
Generating a Certificate and Key
Before you begin
•
Enable the HTTPS Proxy. Enabling the HTTPS Proxy, page 11-3.
Step 1
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Select Use Generated Certificate and Key.
Step 4
Click Generate New Certificate and Key.
Step 5
In the Generate Certificate and Key dialog box, enter the information to display in the root certificate.
You can enter any ASCII character except the forward slash ( / ) in the Common Name field.
Step 6
Click Generate.
Step 7
The generated certificate information is displayed on the Edit HTTPS Proxy Settings page.
Step 8
(Optional) Click Download Certificate so you can transfer it to the client applications on the network.
Step 9
(Optional) Click the Download Certificate Signing Request link. so you can submit the Certificate
Signing Request (CSR) to a certificate authority (CA).
Step 10
(Optional) Upload the signed certificate to the Web Security appliance after receiving it back from the
CA. You can do this at anytime after generating the certificate on the appliance.
Step 11
Submit and Commit Changes.
Configuring Invalid Certificate Handling
Before you begin
•
Verify that the HTTPS proxy is enabled as described in Enabling the HTTPS Proxy, page 11-3
Step 1
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
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Step 3
For each type of certificate error, define the proxy response, Drop, Decrypt or Monitor.
Certificate Error Type
Description
Expired
The current date falls outside of the range of validity for the certificate.
Mismatched hostname
The hostname in the certificate does not match the hostname the client was
trying to access.
Note
Step 4
The Web Proxy can only perform hostname match when it is
deployed in explicit forward mode. When it is deployed in
transparent mode, it does not know the hostname of the destination
server (it only knows the IP address), so it cannot compare it to the
hostname in the server certificate.
Unrecognized root
authority/issuer
Either the root authority or an intermediate certificate authority is
unrecognized.
Invalid signing
certificate
There was a problem with the signing certificate.
Invalid leaf certificate
There was a problem with the leaf certificate, for example, a rejection,
decoding, or mismatch problem.
All other error types
Most other error types are due to the appliance not being able to complete
the SSL handshake with the HTTPS server. For more information about
additional error scenarios for server certificates, see
http://www.openssl.org/docs/apps/verify.html.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Options for Certificate Revocation Status Checking
To determine whether the issuing certificate authority has revoked a certificate, the Web Security
appliance can check with the issuing certificate authority in these ways:
Note
•
Certificate Revocation List (Comodo certificates only). The Web Security appliance checks
Comodo’s certificate revocation list. Comodo maintains this list, updating it according to their own
policies. Depending on when it was last updated, the certificate revocation list may be out of date at
the time the Web Security appliance checks it.
•
Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP). The Web Security appliance checks the revocation
status with the issuing certificate authority in real time. If the issuing certificate authority supports
OCSP, the certificate will include a URL for real-time status checking. This feature is enabled by
default for fresh installations and disabled by default for updates.
The Web Security appliance only performs the OCSP query for certificates that it determines to be valid
in all other respects and that include the OCSP URL.
Related Topics
•
Enabling Real-Time Revocation Status Checking, page 11-10
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Configuring Invalid Certificate Handling, page 11-8
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Enabling Real-Time Revocation Status Checking
Before you Begin
•
Ensure the HTTPS Proxy is enabled. See Enabling the HTTPS Proxy, page 11-3
Step 1
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Select Enable Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP).
Step 4
Configure the OCSP Result Handling properties,
Cisco recommends configuring the OCSP Result Handling options to the same actions as Invalid
Certificate Handling options. For example, if you set Expired Certificate to Monitor, configure Revoked
Certificate to monitor.
Step 5
(Optional) Expand the Advanced configuration section and configure the settings described below.
Field Name
Description
OCSP Valid
Response Cache
Timeout
Time to wait before rechecking a valid OCSP response in seconds (s), minutes
(m), hours (h), or days (d). Default unit is seconds. Valid range is from 1 second
to 7 days.
OCSP Invalid
Response Cache
Timeout
Time to wait before rechecking an invalid OCSP response in seconds (s),
minutes (m), hours (h), or days (d). Default unit is seconds. Valid range is from
1 second to 7 days.
OCSP Network Error Time to wait before attempting to contact the OCSP responder again after
Cache Timeout
failing to get a response in seconds (s), minutes (m), hours (h), or days (d).
Valid range from 1 second to 24 hours.
Allowed Clock Skew Maximum allowed difference in time settings between the Web Security
appliance and the OCSP responder in seconds (s) or minutes (m). Valid range
from 1 second to 60 minutes.
Step 6
Maximum Time to
Wait for OCSP
Response
Maximum time to wait for a response from the OCSP responder. Valid range is
from 1 second to 10 minutes. Specify a shorter duration to reduce delays in end
user access to HTTPS requests in the event that the OCSP responder is
unavailable.
Use upstream proxy
for OCSP checking
Group Name of the upstream proxies.
Servers exempt from
upstream proxy
IP addresses or hostnames of the servers to exempt. May be left blank.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Trusted Root Certificates
The Web Security appliance ships with and maintains a list of trusted root certificates. Web sites with
trusted certificates do not require decryption.
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Routing HTTPS Traffic
You can manage the trusted certificate list, adding certificates to it and functionally removing certificates
from it. While the Web Security appliance does not delete certificates from the master list, it allows you
to override trust in a certificate, which functionally removes the certificate from the trusted list.
Adding Certificates to the Trusted List
Before you begin
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Verify that the HTTPS Proxy is enabled. See Enabling the HTTPS Proxy, page 11-3
Step 1
Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Manage Trusted Root Certificates.
Step 3
Click Import.
Step 4
Click Browse and navigate to the certificate file.
Step 5
Submit and Commit Changes.
Look for the certificate you uploaded in the Custom Trusted Root Certificates list.
Removing Certificates from the Trusted List
Step 1
Select Security Services > HTTPS Proxy.
Step 2
Click Manage Trusted Root Certificates.
Step 3
Select the Override Trust checkbox corresponding to the certificate you wish to remove from the list.
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
Routing HTTPS Traffic
The ability of AsyncOS to route HTTPS transactions based on information stored in client headers is
limited and is different for transparent and explicit HTTPS.
Option
Description
Transparent
HTTPS
In the case of transparent HTTPS, AsyncOS does not have access to information
in the client headers. Therefore, AsyncOS cannot enforce routing policies that
rely on information in client headers.
Explicit HTTPS
In the case of explicit HTTPS, AsyncOS has access to the following information
in client headers:
•
URL
•
Destination port number
Therefore, for explicit HTTPS transactions, it is possible to match a routing
policy based on URL or port number.
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Troubleshooting Decryption/HTTPS/Certificates
Troubleshooting Decryption/HTTPS/Certificates
•
Accessing HTTPS Sites Using Routing Policies with URL Category Criteria, page A-5
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HTTPS with IP-based Surrogates and Transparent Requests, page A-5
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Bypassing Decryption for Particular Websites, page A-5
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Alert: Problem with Security Certificate, page A-6
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Overview of Scanning Outbound Traffic, page 12-1
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Understanding Upload Requests, page 12-2
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Creating Outbound Malware Scanning Policies, page 12-3
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Controlling Upload Requests, page 12-4
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Logging, page 12-6
Overview of Scanning Outbound Traffic
To prevent malicious data from leaving the network, the Web Security appliance provides the Outbound
Malware Scanning feature. Using policy groups, you can define which uploads are scanned for malware,
which anti-malware scanning engines to use for scanning, and which malware types to block.
The Cisco IronPort Dynamic Vectoring and Streaming (DVS) engine scans transaction requests as they
leave the network. By working with the Cisco IronPort DVS engine, the Web Security appliance enables
you to prevent users from unintentionally uploading malicious data.
You can perform the following tasks:
Task
Link to Task
Create policies to block malware
Creating Outbound Malware Scanning Policies, page 12-4
Assign upload requests to outbound
malware policy groups
Controlling Upload Requests, page 12-6
User Experience with Blocked Requests
When the Cisco IronPort DVS engine blocks an upload request, the Web Proxy sends a block page to the
end user. However, not all websites display the block page to the end user. Some Web 2.0 websites
display dynamic content using javascript instead of a static webpage and are not likely to display the
block page. Users are still properly blocked from uploading malicious data, but they may not always be
informed of this by the website.
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Understanding Upload Requests
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies define whether or not the Web Proxy blocks HTTP requests and
decrypted HTTPS connections for transactions that upload data to a server (upload requests). An upload
request is an HTTP or decrypted HTTPS request that has content in the request body.
When the Web Proxy receives an upload request, it compares the request to the Outbound Malware
Scanning policy groups to determine which policy group to apply. After it assigns the request to a policy
group, it compares the request to the policy group’s configured control settings to determine whether to
block the request or monitor the request. When an Outbound Malware Scanning Policy determines to
monitor a request, it is evaluated against the Access Policies, and the final action the Web Proxy takes
on the request is determined by the applicable Access Policy.
Note
Upload requests that try to upload files with a size of zero (0) bytes are not evaluated against Outbound
Malware Scanning Policies.
Criteria for Group Membership
Each client request is assigned to an Identity and is then evaluated against the other policy types to
determine to which policy group it belongs for each type. The Web Proxy applies the configured policy
control settings to a client request based on the client request’s policy group membership.
The Web Proxy follows a specific process for matching the group membership criteria. It considers the
following factors for group membership:
Criteria
Description
Identity
Each client request either matches an Identity, fails authentication and is granted
guest access, or fails authentication and is terminated
Authorized users
If the assigned Identity requires authentication, the user must be in the list of
authorized users in the Outbound Malware Scanning Policy group to match the
policy group. The list of authorized users can be any of the specified groups or
users or can be guest users if the Identity allows guest access
Advanced options
You can configure several advanced options for Outbound Malware Scanning
Policy group membership. Some options, such as proxy port and URL category,
can also be defined within the Identity. When an advanced option is configured in
the Identity, it is not configurable in the Outbound Malware Scanning Policy
group level
Matching Client Requests to Outbound Malware Scanning Policy Groups
The Web Proxy compares the upload request status to the membership criteria of the first policy group.
If they match, the Web Proxy applies the policy settings of that policy group.
If they do not match, the Web Proxy compares the upload request to the next policy group. It continues
this process until it matches the upload request to a user defined policy group. If it does not match a user
defined policy group, it matches the global policy group. When the Web Proxy matches the upload
request to a policy group or the global policy group, it applies the policy settings of that policy group.
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Creating Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
You can create Outbound Malware Scanning Policy groups based on combinations of several criteria,
such as one or more Identities or the URL category of the destination site. You must define at least one
criterion for policy group membership. When you define multiple criteria, the upload request must meet
all criteria to match the policy group. However, the upload request needs to match only one of the
configured Identities.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Outbound Malware Scanning.
Step 2
Click Add Policy.
Step 3
Enter a name and an optional description for the policy group.
Note
Step 4
Each policy group name must be unique and only contain alphanumeric characters or the space
character.
In the Insert Above Policy field, select where in the policies table to place the policy group.
When configuring multiple policy groups, you must specify a logical order for each group.
Step 5
In the Identities and Users section, select one or more Identity groups to apply to this policy group.
Step 6
(Optional) Expand the Advanced section to define additional membership requirements.
Step 7
To define policy group membership by any of the advanced options, click the link for the advanced
option and configure the option on the page that appears.
Advanced Option
Description
Protocols
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by the protocol used in
the client request. Select the protocols to include.
“All others” means any protocol not listed above this option.
Note
Proxy Ports
When the HTTPS Proxy is enabled, only Decryption Policies apply to
HTTPS transactions. You cannot define policy membership by the HTTPS
protocol for Access, Routing, Outbound Malware Scanning, Data Security,
or External DLP Policies.
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by the proxy port used
to access the Web Proxy. Enter one or more port numbers in the Proxy Ports field.
Separate multiple ports with commas.
For explicit forward connections, this is the port configured in the browser. For
transparent connections, this is the same as the destination port.
If you define policy group membership by the proxy port when client requests are
transparently redirected to the appliance, some requests might be denied.
Note
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines Identity
membership by this advanced setting, the setting is not configurable at the
non-Identity policy group level.
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Advanced Option
Description
Subnets
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by subnet or other
addresses.
You can select to use the addresses that may be defined with the associated Identity,
or you can enter specific addresses here.
Note
URL Categories
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by URL categories.
Select the user defined or predefined URL categories.
Note
User Agents
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines Identity
membership by this advanced setting, the setting is not configurable at the
non-Identity policy group level.
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by the user agent used
in the client request. You can select some commonly defined browsers, or define
your own using regular expressions. Choose whether this policy group should
apply to the selected user agents or to any user agent that is not in the list of selected
user agents.
Note
User Location
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines its membership by
addresses, then in this policy group you must enter addresses that are a
subset of the addresses defined in the Identity. Adding addresses in the
policy group further narrows down the list of transactions that match this
policy group.
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines Identity
membership by this advanced setting, the setting is not configurable at the
non-Identity policy group level.
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by user location, either
remote or local.
Step 8
Submit your changes.
Step 9
Configure Outbound Malware Scanning Policy group control settings to define how the Web Proxy
handles transactions.
The new Outbound Malware Scanning Policy group automatically inherits global policy group settings
until you configure options for each control setting.
Step 10
Submit and Commit Changes.
Controlling Upload Requests
Each upload request is assigned to an Outbound Malware Scanning Policy group and inherits the control
settings of that policy group. After the Web Proxy receives the upload request headers, it has the
information necessary to decide if it should scan the request body. The DVS engine scans the request
and returns a verdict to the Web Proxy. The block page appears to the end user, if applicable.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Outbound Malware Scanning.
Step 2
In the Destinations column, click the link for the policy group you want to configure.
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Step 3
In the Edit Destination Settings section, select “Define Destinations Scanning Custom Settings” from
the drop-down menu.
Step 4
In the Destinations to Scan section, select one of the following:
Option
Description
Do not scan any uploads
The DVS engine scans no upload requests. All upload requests are
evaluated against the Access Policies
Scan all uploads
The DVS engine scans all upload requests. The upload request is blocked
or evaluated against the Access Policies, depending on the DVS engine
scanning verdict
Scan uploads to specified The DVS engine scans upload requests that belong in specific custom URL
custom URL categories categories. The upload request is blocked or evaluated against the Access
Policies, depending on the DVS engine scanning verdict.
Click Edit custom categories list to select the URL categories to scan
Step 5
Submit your changes.
Step 6
In the Anti-Malware Filtering column, click the link for the policy group.
Step 7
In the Anti-Malware Settings section, select “Define Anti-Malware Custom Settings”.
Step 8
In the Cisco IronPort DVS Anti-Malware Settings section, select which anti-malware scanning engines
to enable for this policy group.
Step 9
In the Malware Categories section, select whether to monitor or block the various malware categories.
The categories listed in this section depend on which scanning engines you enable.
Note
Step 10
URL transactions are categorized as unscannable when the configured maximum time setting is
reached or when the system experiences a transient error condition. For example, transactions
might be categorized as unscannable during scanning engine updates or AsyncOS upgrades. The
malware scanning verdicts SV_TIMEOUT and SV_ERROR are considered unscannable
transactions.
Submit and Commit Changes.
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Logging
Logging
The access logs indicate whether or not the DVS engine scanned an upload request for malware. The
scanning verdict information section of each access log entry includes values for the DVS engine activity
for scanned uploads. You can also add one of the fields to the W3C or access logs to more easily find
this DVS engine activity:
Table 12-1
Log Fields in W3C Logs and Format Specifiers in Access Logs
W3C Log Field
Format Specifier in Access Logs
x-req-dvs-scanverdict
%X2
x-req-dvs-threat-name
%X4
x-req-dvs-verdictname
%X3
When the DVS engine marks an upload request as being malware and it is configured to block malware
uploads, the ACL decision tag in the access logs is BLOCK_AMW_REQ.
However, when the DVS engine marks an upload request as being malware and it is configured to
monitor malware uploads, the ACL decision tag in the access logs is actually determined by the Access
Policy applied to the transaction.
To determine whether or not the DVS engine scanned an upload request for malware, view the results of
the DVS engine activity in the scanning verdict information section of each access log entry.
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Overview of Configuring Security Services, page 13-1
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Overview of Web Reputation Filters, page 13-2
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Overview of Anti-Malware Scanning, page 13-4
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Understanding Adaptive Scanning, page 13-7
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Enabling Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filters, page 13-8
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Configuring Web Reputation and Anti-Malware in Policies, page 13-9
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Maintaining the Database Tables, page 13-13
•
Logging, page 13-13
•
Caching, page 13-14
•
Malware Category Descriptions, page 13-15
Overview of Configuring Security Services
The Web Security appliance uses security components to protect end users from a range of malware
threats. You can configure anti-malware and web reputation settings for each policy group. When you
configure Access Policies, you can also have AsyncOS for Web choose a combination of anti-malware
scanning and web reputation scoring to use when determining what content to block.
To protect end users from malware, you enable these features on the appliance, and then configure
anti-malware and web reputation settings per policy.
Option
Description
Anti-malware scanning Works with multiple anti-malware
scanning engines integrated on the
appliance to block malware threats
Link
Overview of Anti-Malware
Scanning, page 13-4
Web Reputation Filters Analyzes web server behavior and
Overview of Web Reputation Filters,
determines whether the URL contains page 13-2
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Related Topics
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Enabling Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filters, page 13-8
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Related Topics, page 13-9
•
Understanding Adaptive Scanning, page 13-7
Overview of Web Reputation Filters
Web Reputation Filters assigns a web-based reputation score (WBRS) to a URL to determine the
likelihood that it contains URL-based malware. The Web Security appliance uses web reputation scores
to identify and stop malware attacks before they occur. You can use Web Reputation Filters with Access,
Decryption, and Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies.
Web Reputation Scores
Web Reputation Filters use data to assess the reliability of Internet domains and score the reputation of
URLs. The web reputation calculation associates a URL with network parameters to determine the
probability that malware exists. The aggregate probability that malware exists is then mapped to a Web
Reputation Score between -10 and +10, with +10 being the least likely to contain malware.
Example parameters include the following:
Note
•
URL categorization data
•
Presence of downloadable code
•
Presence of long, obfuscated End-User License Agreements (EULAs)
•
Global volume and changes in volume
•
Network owner information
•
History of a URL
•
Age of a URL
•
Presence on any block lists
•
Presence on any allow lists
•
URL typos of popular domains
•
Domain registrar information
•
IP address information
Cisco does not collect identifiable information such as user names, passwords, or client IP addresses.
Understanding How Web Reputation Filtering Works
Web Reputation Scores are associated with an action to take on a URL request. You can configure each
policy group to correlate an action to a particular Web Reputation Score. The available actions depend
on the policy group type that is assigned to the URL request:
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Policy Type
Action
Access Policies
You can choose to block, scan, or allow
Decryption Policies
You can choose to drop, decrypt, or pass through
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
You can choose to block or monitor
Web Reputation in Access Policies
When you configure web reputation settings in Access Policies, you can choose to configure the settings
manually, or let AsyncOS for Web choose the best options using Adaptive Scanning. When Adaptive
Scanning is enabled, you can enable or disable web reputation filtering in each Access Policy, but you
cannot edit the Web Reputation Scores.
Score
Action
Description
-10 to -6.0
Block
Bad site. The request is blocked,
and no further malware scanning
occurs.
-5.9 to 5.9
6.0 to 10.0
Scan
Allow
Example
•
URL downloads information without
user permission.
•
Sudden spike in URL volume.
•
URL is a typo of a popular domain.
Undetermined site. Request is
passed to the DVS engine for
further malware scanning. The
DVS engine scans the request
and server response content.
•
Recently created URL that has a
dynamic IP address and contains
downloadable content.
•
Network owner IP address that has a
positive Web Reputation Score.
Good site. Request is allowed.
No malware scanning required.
•
URL contains no downloadable
content.
•
Reputable, high-volume domain
with long history.
•
Domain present on several allow
lists.
•
No links to URLs with poor
reputations.
By default, URLs in an HTTP request that are assigned a Web Reputation Score of +7 are allowed and
require no further scanning. However, a weaker score for an HTTP request, such as +3, is automatically
forwarded to the Cisco IronPort DVS engine where it is scanned for malware. Any URL in an HTTP
request that has a poor reputation is blocked.
Related Topics
•
Understanding Adaptive Scanning, page 13-7
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Web Reputation in Decryption Policies
Score
Action
Description
-10 to -9.0
Drop
Bad site. The request is dropped with no notice sent to the end user. Use
this setting with caution.
-8.9 to 5.9
Decrypt
Undetermined site. Request is allowed, but the connection is decrypted
and Access Policies are applied to the decrypted traffic.
6.0 to 10.0
Pass through
Good site. Request is passed through with no inspection or decryption.
Web Reputation in Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
Score
Action
Description
-10 to -6.0
Block
Bad site. The transaction is blocked, and no further scanning occurs.
-5.9 to 0.0
Monitor
The transaction will not be blocked based on Web Reputation, and will
proceed to content checks (file type and size).
Note
Sites with no score are monitored.
Overview of Anti-Malware Scanning
The Web Security appliance anti-malware feature uses the Cisco IronPort DVS™ engine in combination
with anti-malware scanning engines to stop web-based malware threats. The DVS engine works with the
Webroot™, McAfee, and Sophos anti-malware scanning engines.
The scanning engines inspect transactions to determine a malware scanning verdict to pass to the DVS
engine. The DVS engine determines whether to monitor or block the request based on the malware
scanning verdicts. To use the anti-malware component of the appliance, you must enable anti-malware
scanning and configure global settings, and then apply specific settings to different policies.
Related Topics
•
Enabling Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filters, page 13-8
•
Related Topics, page 13-9
Understanding How the DVS Engine Works
The DVS engine performs anti-malware scanning on URL transactions that are forwarded from the Web
Reputation Filters. Web Reputation Filters calculate the probability that a particular URL contains
malware, and assign a URL score that is associated with an action to block, scan, or allow the transaction.
When the assigned web reputation score indicates to scan the transaction, the DVS engine receives the
URL request and server response content. The DVS engine, in combination with the Webroot and/or
Sophos or McAfee scanning engines, returns a malware scanning verdict. The DVS engine uses
information from the malware scanning verdicts and Access Policy settings to determine whether to
block or deliver the content to the client.
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Working with Multiple Malware Verdicts
The DVS engine might determine multiple malware verdicts for a single URL. Multiple verdicts can
come from one or both enabled scanning engines:
•
Different verdicts from different scanning engines. When you enable both Webroot and either
Sophos or McAfee, each scanning engine might return different malware verdicts for the same
object. When a URL causes multiple verdicts from both enabled scanning engines, the appliance
performs the most restrictive action. For example, if one scanning engine returns a block verdict and
the other a monitor verdict, the DVS engine always blocks the request.
•
Different verdicts from the same scanning engine. A scanning engine might return multiple
verdicts for a single object when the object contains multiple infections. When a URL causes
multiple verdicts from the same scanning engine, the appliance takes action according to the verdict
with the highest priority. The following text lists the possible malware scanning verdicts from the
highest to the lowest priority.
•
Virus
•
Trojan Downloader
•
Trojan Horse
•
Trojan Phisher
•
Hijacker
•
System monitor
•
Commercial System Monitor
•
Dialer
•
Worm
•
Browser Helper Object
•
Phishing URL
•
Adware
•
Encrypted file
•
Unscannable
•
Other Malware
Webroot Scanning
The Webroot scanning engine inspects objects to determine the malware scanning verdict to send to the
DVS engine. The Webroot scanning engine inspects the following objects:
•
URL request. Webroot evaluates a URL request to determine if the URL is a malware suspect. If
Webroot suspects the response from this URL might contain malware, the appliance monitors or
blocks the request, depending on how the appliance is configured. If Webroot evaluation clears the
request, the appliance retrieves the URL and scans the server response.
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Server response. When the appliance retrieves a URL, Webroot scans the server response content
and compares it to the Webroot signature database.
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McAfee Scanning
The McAfee scanning engine inspects objects downloaded from a web server in HTTP responses. After
inspecting the object, it passes a malware scanning verdict to the DVS engine so the DVS engine can
determine whether to monitor or block the request.
The McAfee scanning engine uses the following methods to determine the malware scanning verdict:
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Matching virus signature patterns
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Heuristic analysis
Matching Virus Signature Patterns
McAfee uses virus definitions in its database with the scanning engine to detect particular viruses, types
of viruses, or other potentially unwanted software. It searches for virus signatures in files. When you
enable McAfee, the McAfee scanning engine uses this method to scan server response content.
Heuristic Analysis
Heuristic analysis is a technique that uses general rules, rather than specific rules, to detect new viruses
and malware. When the McAfee scanning engine uses heuristic analysis, it looks at the code of an object,
applies generic rules, and determines how likely the object is to be virus-like.
Using heuristic analysis increases the possibility of reporting false positives (clean content designated
as a virus) and might impact appliance performance.When you enable McAfee, you can choose whether
or not to also enable heuristic analysis when scanning objects.
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McAfee Categories
McAfee Verdict
Malware Scanning Verdict Category
Known Virus
Virus
Trojan
Trojan Horse
Joke File
Adware
Test File
Virus
Wannabe
Virus
Killed
Virus
Commercial Application
Commercial System Monitor
Potentially Unwanted Object
Adware
Potentially Unwanted Software Package
Adware
Encrypted File
Encrypted File
Sophos Scanning
The Sophos scanning engine inspects objects downloaded from a web server in HTTP responses. After
inspecting the object, it passes a malware scanning verdict to the DVS engine so the DVS engine can
determine whether to monitor or block the request. You might want to enable the Sophos scanning engine
instead of the McAfee scanning engine if McAfee anti-malware software is installed.
Understanding Adaptive Scanning
Adaptive Scanning decides which anti-malware scanning engine will process the web request. Adaptive
Scanning applies the ‘Outbreak Heuristics’ anti-malware category to transactions it identifies as
malware prior to running any scanning engines. You can choose whether or not to block these
transactions when you configure anti-malware settings on the appliance.
Adaptive Scanning and Access Policies
When Adaptive Scanning is enabled, the web reputation and anti-malware settings that you can
configure in Access Policies are slightly different:
Note
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You can enable or disable web reputation filtering in each Access Policy, but you cannot edit the
Web Reputation Scores.
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You can enable anti-malware scanning in each Access Policy, but you cannot choose which
anti-malware scanning engine to enable. Adaptive Scanning chooses the most appropriate engine for
each web request.
If Adaptive Scanning is not enabled and an Access Policy has particular web reputation and anti-malware
settings configured, and then Adaptive Scanning is enabled, any existing web reputation and
anti-malware settings are overridden.
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Enabling Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filters
Before You Begin
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Check the Web Reputation Filters, DVS engine, and the Webroot, McAfee, and Sophos scanning
engines are enabled. By default these should be enabled during system setup.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Web Reputation and Anti-Malware .
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Configure the web reputation and anti-malware settings as necessary.
Setting
Description
Web Reputation
Filtering
Choose whether or not to enable Web Reputation Filtering.
Adaptive Scanning
Choose whether or not to enable Adaptive Scanning. You can only enable
Adaptive Scanning when Web Reputation Filtering is enabled.
Object Scanning
Limits
Specify a maximum request/response size.
Sophos
Choose whether or not to enable the Sophos scanning engine.
McAfee
Choose whether or not to enable the McAfee scanning engine.
The Maximum Object Size value you specify applies to the entire size of
requests and responses that might be scanned by security components on the
Web Security appliance, such as the Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters or the
Webroot scanning engine. When an upload or download size exceeds this size,
the security component may abort the scan in progress and may not provide a
scanning verdict to the Web Proxy.
When you enable the McAfee scanning engine, you can choose whether or not
to enable heuristic scanning.
Note
Webroot
Heuristic analysis increases security protection, but can result in false
positives and decreased performance.
Choose whether or not to enable the Webroot scanning engine.
When you enable the Webroot scanning engine, you can configure the Threat
Risk Threshold (TRT). The TRT assigns a numerical value to the probability
that malware exists.
Proprietary algorithms evaluate the result of a URL matching sequence and
assign a Threat Risk Rating (TRR). This value is associated with the threat risk
threshold setting. If the TRR value is greater than or equal to the TRT, the URL
is considered malware and is passed on for further processing.
Note
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
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dramatically increases the rate of URL blocking and denies legitimate
requests. Cisco strongly recommends maintaining the TRT default
value of 90. The minimum value for a TRT setting is 51.
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Related Topics
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Understanding Adaptive Scanning, page 13-7
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McAfee Scanning, page 13-6
Configuring Web Reputation and Anti-Malware in Policies
When Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filters are enabled on the appliance, you can configure
different settings in policy groups. You can enable monitoring or blocking for malware categories based
on malware scanning verdicts.
You can configure anti-malware settings in the following policy groups:
Policy Type
Link to Task
Access Policies
Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings in Access
Policies, page 13-9
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
Controlling Upload Requests Using Outbound Malware
Scanning Policies
You can configure web reputation settings in the following policy groups:
Policy Type
Link to Task
Access Policies
Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings in Access
Policies, page 13-9
Decryption Policies
Configuring Web Reputation Filter Settings for Decryption
Policy Groups, page 13-12
Cisco Data Security Policies
Configuring Web Reputation Filter Settings for Decryption
Policy Groups, page 13-12
Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings in Access Policies
When Adaptive Scanning is enabled, the web reputation and anti-malware settings you can configure for
Access Policies are slightly different than when Adaptive Scanning is turned off.
Note
If your deployment includes a Security Management appliance, and you are configuring this feature in
a Configuration Master, options on this page depend on whether Adaptive Security is enabled for the
relevant configuration master. Check the setting on the Security Management appliance, on the Web >
Utilities > Security Services Display page.
Related Topics
•
Understanding Adaptive Scanning, page 13-7
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Configuring Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings with Adaptive Scanning Enabled
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filtering link for the Access Policy you want to
configure.
Step 3
Under the Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings section, choose Define Web Reputation and
Anti-Malware Custom Settings.
This allows you to configure web reputation and anti-malware settings for this Access Policy that differ
from the global policy.
Step 4
In the Web Reputation Settings section, choose whether or not to enable Web Reputation Filtering.
Adaptive Scanning chooses the most appropriate web reputation score thresholds for each web request.
Step 5
Scroll down to the Cisco IronPort DVS Anti-Malware Settings section.
Step 6
Configure the anti-malware settings for the policy as necessary.
Setting
Description
Enable Suspect User
Agent Scanning
Choose whether or not to scan traffic based on the user agent field specified in
the HTTP request header.
When you select this checkbox, you can choose to monitor or block suspect
user agents in the Additional Scanning section at the bottom of the page.
Enable Anti-Malware Choose whether or not to use the DVS engine to scan traffic for malware.
Scanning
Adaptive Scanning chooses the most appropriate engine for each web request.
Step 7
Malware Categories
Choose whether to monitor or block the various malware categories based on
a malware scanning verdict.
Other Categories
Choose whether to monitor or block the types of objects and responses listed
in this section.
Note
The category Outbreak Heuristics applies to transactions which are
identified as malware by Adaptive Scanning prior to running any
scanning engines.
Note
URL transactions are categorized as unscannable when the configured
maximum time setting is reached or when the system experiences a
transient error condition. For example, transactions might be
categorized as unscannable during scanning engine updates or
AsyncOS upgrades. The malware scanning verdicts SV_TIMEOUT
and SV_ERROR, are considered unscannable transactions.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Malware Category Descriptions, page 13-15
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Configuring Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings with Adaptive Scanning Disabled
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filtering link for the Access Policy you want to
configure.
Step 3
Under the Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings section, choose Define Web Reputation and
Anti-Malware Custom Settings.
This allows you to configure web reputation and anti-malware settings for this Access Policy that differ
from the global policy.
Step 4
Configure the settings in the Web Reputation Settings section.
Step 5
Scroll down to the Cisco IronPort DVS Anti-Malware Settings section.
Step 6
Configure the anti-malware settings for the policy as necessary.
Note
When you enable Webroot, Sophos or McAfee scanning, you can choose to monitor or block some
additional categories in the Malware categories on this page
Setting
Description
Enable Suspect User Choose whether or not to enable the appliance to scan traffic based on the user
Agent Scanning
agent field specified in the HTTP request header.
When you select this checkbox, you can choose to monitor or block suspect user
agents in the Additional Scanning section at the bottom of the page.
Enable Webroot
Choose whether or not to enable the appliance to use the Webroot scanning
engine when scanning traffic.
Enable Sophos or
McAfee
Choose whether or not to enable the appliance to use either the Sophos or
McAfee scanning engine when scanning traffic.
Malware Categories
Choose whether to monitor or block the various malware categories based on a
malware scanning verdict. The categories listed in this section depend on which
scanning engines you enable above.
Other Categories
Choose whether to monitor or block the types of objects and responses listed in
this section.
Note
Step 7
URL transactions are categorized as unscannable when the configured
maximum time setting is reached or when the system experiences a
transient error condition. For example, transactions might be
categorized as unscannable during scanning engine updates or AsyncOS
upgrades. The malware scanning verdicts SV_TIMEOUT and
SV_ERROR, are considered unscannable transactions.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
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Configuring Web Reputation Score Thresholds for Access Policies, page 13-12
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Malware Category Descriptions, page 13-15
Configuring Web Reputation Scores
When you install and set up the Web Security appliance, it has default settings for Web Reputation
Scores. However, you can modify threshold settings for web reputation scoring to fit your organization’s
needs.You configure the web reputation filter settings for each policy group.
Configuring Web Reputation Score Thresholds for Access Policies
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link under the Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Filtering column for the Access Policy group
you want to edit.
Step 3
Under the Web Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings section, choose Define Web Reputation and
Anti-Malware Custom Settings.
This allows you to configure web reputation and anti-malware settings for this Access Policy that differ
from the global policy.
Step 4
Verify the Enable Web Reputation Filtering field is enabled.
Step 5
Move the markers to change the range for URL block, scan, and allow actions.
Step 6
Submit and Commit Changes.
Note
You can edit the web reputation score thresholds in Access Policies when Adaptive Scanning is disabled
Configuring Web Reputation Filter Settings for Decryption Policy Groups
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Decryption Policies.
Step 2
Click the link under the Web Reputation column for the Decryption Policy group you want to edit.
Step 3
Under the Web Reputation Settings section, choose Define Web Reputation Custom Settings. This
allows you to override the web reputation settings from the Global Policy Group.
Step 4
Verify the Enable Web Reputation Filtering field is checked.
Step 5
Move the markers to change the range for URL drop, decrypt, and pass through actions.
Step 6
In the Sites with No Score field, choose the action to take on request for sites that have no assigned Web
Reputation Score.
Step 7
Submit and Commit Changes.
Configuring Web Reputation Filter Settings for Data Security Policy Groups
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Cisco IronPort Data Security.
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Step 2
Click the link under the Web Reputation column for the Data Security Policy group you want to edit.
Step 3
Under the Web Reputation Settings section, choose Define Web Reputation Custom Settings.
This allows you to override the web reputation settings from the Global Policy Group.
Step 4
Move the marker to change the range for URL block and monitor actions.
Step 5
Submit and Commit Changes.
Note
Only negative and zero values can be configured for web reputation threshold settings for Cisco IronPort
Data Security Policies. By definition, all positive scores are monitored
Maintaining the Database Tables
The web reputation, Webroot, Sophos, and McAfee databases periodically receive updates from the
Cisco IronPort update server (https://update-manifests.ironport.com). Server updates are
automated and the update interval is set by the server.
The Web Reputation Database
The Web Security appliance maintains a filtering database that contains statistics and information about
how different types of requests are handled. The appliance can also be configured to send web reputation
statistics to a Cisco SensorBase Network server. SensorBase server information is leveraged with data
feeds from the SensorBase Network and the information is used to produce a Web Reputation Score.
Logging
The access log file records the information returned by the Web Reputation Filters and the DVS engine
for each transaction. The scanning verdict information section in the access logs includes many fields to
help understand the cause for the action applied to a transaction. For example, some fields display the
web reputation score or the malware scanning verdict Sophos passed to the DVS engine.
Logging Adaptive Scanning
Custom Field
Custom Field in
in Access Logs W3C Logs
Description
%X6
The anti-malware name returned by Adaptive Scanning. If the
transaction is not blocked, this field returns a hyphen (“-”). This
variable is included in the scanning verdict information (in the
angled brackets at the end of each access log entry).
x-as-malware-thr
eat-name
Transactions blocked and monitored by the adaptive scanning engine use the ACL decision tags:
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Caching
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BLOCK_AMW_RESP
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MONITOR_AMW_RESP
Caching
The following guidelines explains how AsyncOS uses the cache while scanning for malware:
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AsyncOS only caches objects if the entire object downloads. If malware is blocked during scanning,
the whole object is not downloaded and therefore is not cached.
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AsyncOS scans content whether it is retrieved from the server or from the web cache.
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The length of time that content is cached varies with many factors - there is no default.
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AsyncOS rescans content when signatures are updated.
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Malware Category Descriptions
Malware Category Descriptions
Malware Type
Description
Adware
Adware encompasses all software executables and plug-ins that direct users
towards products for sale. These programs may also change security settings
making it impossible for users to make changes to their system settings.
Browser Helper Object A browser helper object is a browser plug-in that may perform a variety of
functions related to serving advertisements or hijacking user settings.
Commercial System
Monitor
A commercial system monitor is a piece of software with system monitor
characteristics that can be obtained with a legitimate license through legal
means.
Dialer
A dialer is a program that utilizes your modem or another type of Internet
access to connect you to a phone line or a site that causes you to accrue long
distance charges to which you did not provide your full consent.
Generic Spyware
Spyware is a type of malware installed on computers that collects small pieces
of information about users without their knowledge.
Hijacker
A hijacker modifies system settings or any unwanted changes to a user’s
system that may direct them to a website or run a program without a users
consent.
Other Malware
This category is used to catch all other malware and suspicious behavior that
does not exactly fit in one of the other defined categories.
Phishing URL
A phishing URL is displayed in the browser address bar. In some cases, it
involves the use of domain names and resembles those of legitimate domains.
PUA
Potentially Unwanted Application. A PUA is an application that is not
malicious, but may be considered to be undesirable.
System Monitor
A system monitor encompasses any software that performs one of the
following:
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Overtly or covertly records system processes and/or user action.
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Makes those records available for retrieval and review at a later time.
Trojan Downloader
A trojan downloader is a Trojan that, after installation, contacts a remote
host/site and installs packages or affiliates from the remote host.
Trojan Horse
A trojan horse is a destructive program that masquerades as a benign
application. Unlike viruses, Trojan horses do not replicate themselves.
Trojan Phisher
A trojan phisher may sit on an infected computer waiting for a specific web
page to be visited or may scan the infected machine looking for user names and
passwords.
Virus
A virus is a program or piece of code that is loaded onto your computer without
your knowledge.
Worm
A worm is program or algorithm that replicates itself over a computer network
and performs malicious actions.
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Managing Access to Web Applications
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Overview of Managing Access to Web Applications, page 14-1
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Understanding Application Control Settings, page 14-2
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Enabling the AVC Engine, page 14-3
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Controlling Bandwidth, page 14-4
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Controlling Instant Messaging Traffic, page 14-6
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Viewing AVC Activity, page 14-7
Overview of Managing Access to Web Applications
The AVC engine allows you to create policies to control application activity on the network without
having to fully understand the underlying technology of each application. You can configure application
control settings in Access Policy groups. You can block or allow applications by application type or a
particular application. You can also apply controls to particular application types.
Using Access Policies you can:
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Control application behaviors
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Control the amount of bandwidth used for particular application types
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Notify end-users when they are blocked
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Assign controls to Instant Messaging, Blogging and Social Media applications
To control applications using the AVC engine, perform the following tasks:
Task
Link to Task
Enable the AVC engine
Enabling the AVC Engine, page 14-3
Setting Controls in an Access Policy Group
Configuring Application Control Settings in an Access
Policy Group, page 14-4
Limit bandwidth consumed by some
application types to control congestion
Controlling Bandwidth, page 14-4
Allow instant messaging traffic, but disallow
file sharing using instant messenger
Controlling Instant Messaging Traffic, page 14-6
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Understanding Application Control Settings
Controlling applications involves configuring the following elements:
Option
Description
Application types
A category that contains one or more applications
Applications
Particular applications that belong in an application type
Application behaviors
Particular actions or behaviors that users can do within an application
that administrators can control. Not all applications include application
behaviors you can configure
The Applications Visibility and Control page offers the following views for configuring applications:
Note
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Browse view. You can browse for application types. You can use Browse view to configure
applications of a particular type at the same time. When an application type is collapsed in Browse
view, the summary for the application type lists the final actions for the applications and does not
indicate whether the actions are inherited from the global policy or configured in the current Access
Policy.
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Search view. You can search for applications. You might want to use Search view when the total list
of applications is long and you need to quickly find and configure a particular application.
You can configure most of the same control settings in both views. However, you can only configure the
bandwidth control limits for application types in Browse view.
When configuration applications, you can choose the following actions:
Option
Description
Block
This action is a final action. Users are prevented from viewing a webpage and instead
an end-user notification page displays
Monitor
This action is an intermediary action. The Web Proxy continues comparing the
transaction to the other control settings to determine which final action to apply
Restrict
This action indicates that an application behavior is blocked. For example, when you
block file transfers for a particular instant messaging application, the action for that
application is Restrict
Related topics
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Enabling the AVC Engine
AVC Engine Updates
AsyncOS periodically queries the update servers for new updates to all security service components,
including the AVC engine. AVC engine updates can include support for new application types and
applications as well as updated support for existing applications if any application behavior changes. By
updating the AVC engine in between AsyncOS versions, the Web Security appliance remains flexible
without requiring a server upgrade.
AsyncOS for Web assigns the following default actions for the Global Access Policy:
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New application types default to Monitor.
•
New application behaviors, such as block file transfer within a particular application, default to
Monitor.
•
New applications for an existing application type default to the application type default.
Note
You can view the AVC engine scanning activity in the Application Visibility report on the Reporting >
Application Visibility page.
Note
In the Global Access Policy, you can set the default action for each application type. You might want to
set the default action for each application type so new applications introduced in an Application
Visibility and Control engine update automatically inherit the default action.
User Experience with Blocked Requests
When the AVC engine blocks a transaction, the Web Proxy sends a block page to the end user. However,
not all websites display the block page to the end user. Some Web 2.0 websites display dynamic content
using javascript instead of a static webpage and are not likely to display the block page. Users are still
properly blocked from downloading malicious data, but they may not always be informed of this by the
website.
Enabling the AVC Engine
Enable the AVC engine when you enable Cisco Web Usage Controls.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Acceptable Use Controls.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Verify the Enable Acceptable Use Controls property is enabled.
Step 4
In the Acceptable Use Controls Service area, select Cisco Web Usage Controls, and then select Enable
Application Visibility and Control.
Step 5
Submit and Commit Changes.
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Controlling Bandwidth
Configuring Application Control Settings in an Access Policy Group
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the Applications column for the policy group you want to edit.
Step 3
When configuring the Global Access Policy, define the default action for each application type in the
Default Actions for Application Types section.
Step 4
When configuring a user defined Access Policy, choose Define Applications Custom Settings in the
Edit Applications Settings section.
Step 5
In the Application Settings area, choose Browse view or Search view from the drop down menu.
Step 6
Configure the action for each application and application behavior.
Step 7
Configure the bandwidth controls for each applicable application.
Step 8
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related topics
•
Controlling Bandwidth, page 14-4
Controlling Bandwidth
When both the overall limit and user limit applies to a transaction, the most restrictive option applies.
You can define bandwidth limits for particular URL categories by defining an Identity group for a URL
category and using it in an Access Policy that restricts the bandwidth.
You can define the following bandwidth limits:
Bandwidth Description
limit
Note
Overall
Configuring Overall
Define an overall limit for all users on the network for the
Bandwidth Limits,
supported application types. The overall bandwidth limit
affects the traffic between the Web Security appliance and web page 14-5
servers. It does not limit traffic served from the web cache.
User
Define a limit for particular users on the network per
application type. User bandwidth limits traffic from web
servers as well as traffic served from the web cache.
Configuring User
Bandwidth Limits,
page 14-5
Defining bandwidth limits only throttles the data going to users. It does not block data based on reaching
a quota. The Web Proxy introduces latency into each application transaction to mimic a slower link to
the server.
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Task
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Controlling Bandwidth
Configuring Overall Bandwidth Limits
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Overall Bandwidth Limits
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Select the Limit to option.
Step 4
Enter the amount of traffic to limit in either Megabits per second (Mbps) or kilobits per second (kbps).
Step 5
Submit and Commit Changes.
Configuring User Bandwidth Limits
You can define user bandwidth limits by configuring bandwidth control settings on the Applications
Visibility and Control page of Access Policies. You can define the following types of bandwidth controls
for users in Access Policies:
Option
Description
Link to task
Default bandwidth limit
for an application type
In the Global Access Policy, you can
Configuring the Default
define the default bandwidth limit for all Bandwidth Limit for an
applications of an application type.
Application Type, page 14-5
Bandwidth limit for an
application type
In a user defined Access Policy, you can Overriding the Default
override the default bandwidth limit for Bandwidth Limit for an
Application Type, page 14-6
the application type defined in the
Global Access Policy.
Bandwidth limit for an
application
Configuring Bandwidth
In a user defined or Global Access
Controls for an Application,
Policy, you can choose to apply the
application type bandwidth limit or no page 14-6
limit (exempt the application type limit).
Configuring the Default Bandwidth Limit for an Application Type
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the Applications column for the Global Access Policy.
Step 3
In the Default Actions for Application Types section, click the link next to “Bandwidth Limit” for the
application type you want to edit.
Step 4
Select Set Bandwidth Limit and enter the amount of traffic to limit in either Megabits per second
(Mbps) or kilobits per second (kbps).
Step 5
Click Apply.
Step 6
Submit and Commit Changes.
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Controlling Instant Messaging Traffic
Overriding the Default Bandwidth Limit for an Application Type
You can override the default bandwidth limit defined at the Global Access Policy group in the user
defined Access Policies. You can only do this in Browse view.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the Applications column for the user defined policy group you
want to edit.
Step 3
Choose Define Applications Custom Settings in the Edit Applications Settings section.
Step 4
Click the link next to “Bandwidth Limit” for the application type you want to edit.
Step 5
To choose a different bandwidth limit value, select Set Bandwidth Limit and enter the amount of traffic
to limit in either Megabits per second (Mbps) or kilobits per second (kbps). To specify no bandwidth
limit, select No Bandwidth Limit for Application Type.
Step 6
Click Apply.
Step 7
Submit and Commit Changes.
Configuring Bandwidth Controls for an Application
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the Applications column for the policy group you want to edit.
Step 3
Expand the application type that contains the application you want to define.
Step 4
Click the link for the application you want to configure.
Step 5
Select Monitor, and then choose to use either the bandwidth limit defined for the application type or no
limit.
Note
The bandwidth limit setting is not applicable when the application is blocked or when no bandwidth limit
is defined for the application type.
Step 6
Click Done.
Step 7
Submit and Commit Changes.
Controlling Instant Messaging Traffic
You can block or monitor the IM traffic, and depending on the IM service, you can block particular
activities (also known as application behaviors) in an IM session.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Access Policies.
Step 2
Click the link in the policies table under the Applications column for the policy group you want to edit.
Step 3
Click Define Applications Custom Setting.
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Step 4
Expand the Instant Messaging application type.
Step 5
Click the link next to the IM application you want to configure.
Step 6
To block all traffic for this IM application, select Block.
Step 7
To monitor the IM application, but block particular activities within the application, select Monitor, and
then select the application behavior to Block.
Step 8
Click Done.
Step 9
Submit and Commit Changes.
Viewing AVC Activity
The Reporting > Application Visibility page displays information about the top applications and
application types used. It also displays the top applications and application types blocked.
Access Log File
The access log file records the information returned by the Application Visibility and Control engine for
each transaction. The scanning verdict information section in the access logs includes the fields listed
below:
Description
Custom Field in Access Logs
Custom Field in W3C Logs
Application name
%XO
x-avc-app
Application type
%Xu
x-avc-type
Application behavior
%Xb
x-avc-behavior
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Overview of Data Security and External DLP Policies, page 13-1
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Managing Upload Requests, page 13-2
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Managing Upload Requests on an External DLP System, page 15-3
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Evaluating Data Security and External DLP Policy Group Membership, page 15-4
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Creating Data Security and External DLP Policies, page 15-5
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Managing Settings for Upload Requests, page 15-7
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Defining External DLP Systems, page 15-9
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Controlling Upload Requests Using External DLP Policies, page 15-11
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Logging, page 15-11
Overview of Prevent Loss of Sensitive Data
The Web Security appliance secures your data by providing the following capabilities:
Option
Description
Cisco IronPort Data Security The Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters on the Web Security appliance
Filters
evaluate data leaving the network over HTTP, HTTPS and FTP.
Third party data loss
The Web Security appliance integrates with leading third party
prevention (DLP) integration content-aware DLP systems that identify and protect sensitive data. The
Web Proxy uses the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) which
allows proxy servers to offload content scanning to external systems
When the Web Proxy receives an upload request, it compares the request to the Data Security and
External DLP Policy groups to determine which policy group to apply. If both types of policies are
configured, it compares the request to Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies before external DLP
Policies. After it assigns the request to a policy group, it compares the request to the policy group’s
configured control settings to determine what to do with the request. How you configure the appliance
to handle upload requests depends on the policy group type.
Note
Upload requests that try to upload files with a size of zero (0) bytes are not evaluated against Cisco
IronPort Data Security or External DLP Policies.
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To restrict and control data that is leaving the network, you can perform the following tasks:
Task
Link to Task
Create Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
Managing Upload Requests, page 13-2
Create External DLP Policies
Managing Upload Requests on an External DLP
System, page 13-3
Create Data Security and External DLP Policies Creating Data Security and External DLP Policies,
page 15-5
Control Upload Requests using Cisco IronPort
Data Security Policies
Managing Settings for Upload Requests, page 13-7
Control Upload Requests Using External DLP
Policies
Controlling Upload Requests Using External DLP
Policies, page 13-11
Bypassing Upload Requests Below a Minimum Size
To help reduce the number of upload requests recorded in the log files, you can define a minimum request
body size, below which upload requests are not scanned by the Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters or
the external DLP server.
To do this, use the following CLI commands:
•
datasecurityconfig.
•
externaldlpconfig.
Applies to the Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters.
Applies to the configured external DLP servers.
The default minimum request body size is 4 KB (4096 bytes) for both CLI commands. Valid values are
1 to 64 KB. The size you specify applies to the entire size of the upload request body.
Note
All chunk encoded uploads and all native FTP transactions are scanned by the Cisco IronPort Data
Security Filters or external DLP servers when enabled. However, they can still be bypassed based on a
custom URL category.
User Experience with Blocked Requests
When the Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters or an external DLP server blocks an upload request, it
provides a block page that the Web Proxy sends to the end user. Not all websites display the block page
to the end user. For example, some Web 2.0 websites display dynamic content using javascript instead
of a static webpage and are not likely to display the block page. Users are still properly blocked from
performing data security violations, but they may not always be informed of this by the website.
Managing Upload Requests
Before You Begin
•
Go to Security Services > Data Security Filters to enable the Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters.
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Step 1
Create and configure Data Security Policy groups. Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies use URL
filtering, web reputation, and upload content information when evaluating the upload request. You
configure each of these security components to determine whether or not to block the upload request.
When the Web Proxy compares an upload request to the control settings, it evaluates the settings in order.
Each control setting can be configured to perform one of the following actions for Cisco IronPort Data
Security Policies:
Action
Description
Block
The Web Proxy does not permit the connection and instead displays an end user
notification page explaining the reason for the block.
Allow
The Web Proxy bypasses the rest of the Data Security Policy security service scanning
and then evaluates the request against the Access Policies before taking a final action.
For Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies, Allow bypasses the rest of data security
scanning, but does not bypass External DLP or Access Policy scanning. The final action
the Web Proxy takes on the request is determined by the applicable Access Policy (or
an applicable external DLP Policy that may block the request).
Monitor
The Web Proxy continues comparing the transaction to the other Data Security Policy
group control settings to determine whether to block the transaction or evaluate it
against the Access Policies.
For Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies, only the Block action is a final action that the Web Proxy takes
on a client request. The Monitor and Allow actions are intermediary actions. In both cases, the Web
Proxy evaluates the transaction against the External DLP Policies (if configured) and Access Policies.
The Web Proxy determines which final action to apply based on the Access Policy group control settings
(or an applicable external DLP Policy that may block the request).
Related Topics
•
Managing Upload Requests on an External DLP System, page 13-3
•
Managing Settings for Upload Requests, page 15-7
Managing Upload Requests on an External DLP System
To configure the Web Security appliance to handle upload requests on an external DLP system, perform
the following tasks:
Step 1
Choose Network > External DLP Servers. Define an external DLP system. To pass an upload request
to an external DLP system for scanning, you must define at least one ICAP-compliant DLP system on
the Web Security appliance.
Step 2
Create and configure External DLP Policy groups. After an external DLP system is defined, you
create and configure External DLP Policy groups to determine which upload requests to send to the DLP
system for scanning.
Step 3
When an upload request matches an External DLP Policy, the Web Proxy sends the upload request to the
DLP system using the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) for scanning. The DLP system scans
the request body content and returns a block or allow verdict to the Web Proxy. The allow verdict is
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similar to the Allow action for Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies in that the upload request will be
compared to the Access Policies. The final action the Web Proxy takes on the request is determined by
the applicable Access Policy.
Related Topics
•
Controlling Upload Requests Using External DLP Policies, page 15-11
•
Defining External DLP Systems, page 15-9
Evaluating Data Security and External DLP Policy Group
Membership
Each client request is assigned to an Identity and then is evaluated against the other policy types to
determine which policy group it belongs for each type. The Web Proxy evaluates upload requests against
the Data Security and External DLP Policies. The Web Proxy applies the configured policy control
settings to a client request based on the client request’s policy group membership.
Matching Client Requests to Data Security and External DLP Policy Groups
To determine the policy group that a client request matches, the Web Proxy follows a specific process
for matching the group membership criteria. It considers the following factors for group membership:
•
Identity. Each client request either matches an Identity, fails authentication and is granted guest
access, or fails authentication and gets terminated.
•
Authorized users. If the assigned Identity requires authentication, the user must be in the list of
authorized users in the Data Security or External DLP Policy group to match the policy group. The
list of authorized users can be any of the specified groups or users or can be guest users if the Identity
allows guest access.
•
Advanced options. You can configure several advanced options for Data Security and External DLP
Policy group membership. Some options (such as proxy port and URL category) can also be defined
within the Identity. When an advanced option is configured in the Identity, it is not configurable in
the Data Security or External DLP Policy group level.
The information in this section gives an overview of how the Web Proxy matches upload requests to both
Data Security and External DLP Policy groups.
The Web Proxy sequentially reads through each policy group in the policies table. It compares the upload
request status to the membership criteria of the first policy group. If they match, the Web Proxy applies
the policy settings of that policy group.
If they do not match, the Web Proxy compares the upload request to the next policy group. It continues
this process until it matches the upload request to a user defined policy group. If it does not match a user
defined policy group, it matches the global policy group. When the Web Proxy matches the upload
request to a policy group or the global policy group, it applies the policy settings of that policy group.
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Creating Data Security and External DLP Policies
You can create Data Security and External DLP Policy groups based on combinations of several criteria,
such as one or more Identities or the URL category of the destination site. You must define at least one
criterion for policy group membership. When you define multiple criteria, the upload request must meet
all criteria to match the policy group. However, the upload request needs to match only one of the
configured Identities.
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > Cisco IronPort Data Security (for Defining Data Security Policy
group membership) or Web Security Manager > External Data Loss Prevention (for Defining
External DLP Policy group membership).
Step 2
Click Add Policy.
Step 3
In the Policy Name field, enter a name for the policy group, and in the Description field (optional) add
a description.
Note
Step 4
Each policy group name must be unique and only contain alphanumeric characters or the space
character.
In the Insert Above Policy field, choose where in the policies table to place the policy group.
When configuring multiple policy groups you must specify a logical order for each group. Order your
policy groups to ensure that correct matching occurs.
Step 5
In the Identities and Users section, choose one or more Identity groups to apply to this policy group.
Step 6
(Optional) Expand the Advanced section to define additional membership requirements.
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Step 7
To define policy group membership by any of the advanced options, click the link for the advanced
option and configure the option on the page that appears.
Advanced Option
Description
Protocols
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by the protocol used
in the client request. Select the protocols to include.
“All others” means any protocol not listed above this option.
Note
Proxy Ports
When the HTTPS Proxy is enabled, only Decryption Policies apply to
HTTPS transactions. You cannot define policy membership by the
HTTPS protocol for Access, Routing, Outbound Malware Scanning, Data
Security, or External DLP Policies.
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by the proxy port used
to access the Web Proxy. Enter one or more port numbers in the Proxy Ports field.
Separate multiple ports with commas.
For explicit forward connections, this is the port configured in the browser. For
transparent connections, this is the same as the destination port. You might want
to define policy group membership on the proxy port if you have one set of clients
configured to explicitly forward requests on one port, and another set of clients
configured to explicitly forward requests on a different port.
Cisco recommends only defining policy group membership by the proxy port
when the appliance is deployed in explicit forward mode, or when clients
explicitly forward requests to the appliance. If you define policy group
membership by the proxy port when client requests are transparently redirected
to the appliance, some requests might be denied.
Note
Subnets
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines Identity
membership by this advanced setting, the setting is not configurable at the
non-Identity policy group level.
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by subnet or other
addresses.
You can choose to use the addresses that may be defined with the associated
Identity, or you can enter specific addresses here.
Note
URL Categories
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by URL categories.
Select the user defined or predefined URL categories.
Note
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If the Identity associated with this policy group defines its membership
by addresses, then in this policy group you must enter addresses that are
a subset of the addresses defined in the Identity. Adding addresses in the
policy group further narrows down the list of transactions that match this
policy group.
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines Identity
membership by this advanced setting, the setting is not configurable at the
non-Identity policy group level.
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Advanced Option
Description
User Agents
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by the user agent used
in the client request. You can select some commonly defined browsers, or define
your own using regular expressions. Choose whether this policy group should
apply to the selected user agents or to any user agent that is not in the list of
selected user agents.
Note
User Location
If the Identity associated with this policy group defines Identity
membership by this advanced setting, the setting is not configurable at the
non-Identity policy group level.
Choose whether or not to define policy group membership by user location, either
remote or local.
This option only appears when the Secure Mobility is enabled.
Step 8
Submit your changes.
Step 9
If you are creating a Data Security Policy group, configure its control settings to define how the Web
Proxy handles upload requests.
The new Data Security Policy group automatically inherits global policy group settings until you
configure options for each control setting.
If you are creating an External DLP Policy group, configure its control settings to define how the Web
Proxy handles upload requests.
The new External DLP Policy group automatically inherits global policy group settings until you
configure custom settings.
Step 10
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Evaluating Data Security and External DLP Policy Group Membership, page 15-4
•
Matching Client Requests to Data Security and External DLP Policy Groups, page 15-4
•
Managing Settings for Upload Requests, page 15-7
•
Controlling Upload Requests Using External DLP Policies, page 15-11
Managing Settings for Upload Requests
Each upload request is assigned to a Data Security Policy group and inherits the control settings of that
policy group. The control settings of the Data Security Policy group determine whether the appliance
blocks the connection or evaluates it against the Access Polices.
Configure control settings for Data Security Policy groups on the Web Security Manager > Cisco
IronPort Data Security page.
You can configure the following settings to determine what action to take on upload requests:
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Option
Link
URL Categories
URL Categories, page 13-8
Web Reputation
Web Reputation, page 13-8
Content
Content Blocking, page 13-8
After a Data Security Policy group is assigned to an upload request, the control settings for the policy
group are evaluated to determine whether to block the request or evaluate it against the Access Policies.
URL Categories
AsyncOS for Web allows you to configure how the appliance handles a transaction based on the URL
category of a particular request. Using a predefined category list, you can choose to monitor or block
content by category. You can also create custom URL categories and choose to allow, monitor, or block
traffic for a website in the custom category.
Web Reputation
The Web Reputation setting inherits the global setting. To customize web reputation filtering for a
particular policy group, you can use the Web Reputation Settings pull-down menu to customize web
reputation score thresholds.
Only negative and zero values can be configured for web reputation threshold settings for Cisco IronPort
Data Security Policies. By definition, all positive scores are monitored.
Content Blocking
You can use the settings on the Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies > Content page to configure the
Web Proxy to block data uploads based on the following file characteristics:
•
File size. You can specify the maximum upload size allowed. All uploads with sizes equal to or
greater than the specified maximum are blocked. You can specify different maximum file sizes for
HTTP/HTTPS and native FTP requests.
When the upload request size is greater than both the maximum upload size and the maximum scan
size (configured in the “Object Scanning Limits” field on Security Services > Anti-Malware page),
the upload request is still blocked, but the entry in the data security logs does not record the file name
and content type. The entry in the access logs is unchanged.
•
File type. You can block predefined file types or custom MIME types you enter. When you block a
predefined file type, you can block all files of that type or files greater than a specified size. When
you block a file type by size, the maximum file size you can specify is the same as the value for the
“Object Scanning Limits” field on Security Services > Anti-Malware page. By default, that value is
32 MB.
Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters do not inspect the contents of archived files when blocking by
file type. Archived files can be blocked by its file type or file name, not according to its contents.
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Note
•
Note
For some groups of MIME types, blocking one type blocks all MIME types in the group. For
example, blocking application/x-java-applet blocks all java MIME types, such as
application/java and application/javascript.
File name. You can block files with specified names. You can use text as a literal string or a regular
expression for specifying file names to block.
Only enter file names with 8-bit ASCII characters. The Web Proxy only matches file names with
8-bit ASCII characters.
Defining External DLP Systems
The Web Security appliance can integrate with multiple external DLP servers from the same vendor by
defining multiple DLP servers in the appliance. You can define the load balancing technique the Web
Proxy uses when contacting the DLP systems. This is useful when you define multiple DLP systems.
Note
Verify the external DLP server does not send the Web Proxy modified content. AsyncOS for Web only
supports the ability to block or allow upload requests. It does not support uploading content modified by
an external DLP server.
Configuring External DLP Servers
Step 1
Choose Network > External DLP Servers.
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Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Setting
Description
External DLP Servers Enter the following information to access an ICAP compliant DLP system:
Load Balancing
Service Request
Timeout
•
Server address and port. The hostname or IP address and TCP port for
accessing the DLP system.
•
Reconnection attempts. The number of times the Web Proxy tries to
connect to the DLP system before failing.
•
DLP Service URL. The ICAP query URL specific to the particular DLP
server. The Web Proxy includes what you enter here in the ICAP request
it sends to the external DLP server. The URL must start with the ICAP
protocol: icap://
If multiple DLP servers are defined, select which load balancing technique the
Web Proxy uses to distribute upload requests to different DLP servers. You can
choose the following load balancing techniques:
•
None (failover). The Web Proxy directs upload requests to one DLP
server. It tries to connect to the DLP servers in the order they are listed. If
one DLP server cannot be reached, the Web Proxy attempts to connect to
the next one in the list.
•
Fewest connections. The Web Proxy keeps track of how many active
requests are with the different DLP servers and it directs the upload
request to the DLP server currently servicing the fewest number of
connections.
•
Hash based. The Web Proxy uses a hash function to distribute requests to
the DLP servers. The hash function uses the proxy ID and URL as inputs
so that requests for the same URL are always directed to the same DLP
server.
•
Round robin. The Web Proxy cycles upload requests equally among all
DLP servers in the listed order.
Enter how long the Web Proxy waits for a response from the DLP server. When
this time is exceeded, the ICAP request has failed and the upload request is
either blocked or allowed, depending on the Failure Handling setting.
Default is 60 seconds.
Maximum
Simultaneous
Connections
Specifies the maximum number of simultaneous ICAP request connections
from the Web Security appliance to each configured external DLP server. The
Failure Handling setting on this page applies to any request which exceeds this
limit.
Default is 25.
Failure Handling
Choose whether upload requests are blocked or allowed (passed to Access
Policies for evaluation) when the DLP server fails to provide a timely response.
Default is allow (“Permit all data transfers to proceed without scanning”).
Step 3
(Optional) You can add another DLP server by clicking Add Row and entering the DLP Server
information in the new fields provided.
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Step 4
You can test the connection between the Web Security appliance and the defined external DLP server(s)
by clicking Start Test.
Step 5
Submit and Commit Changes.
Controlling Upload Requests Using External DLP Policies
Once the Web Proxy receives the upload request headers, it has the information necessary to decide if
the request should go to the external DLP system for scanning. The DLP system scans the request and
returns a verdict to the Web Proxy, either block or monitor (evaluate the request against the Access
Policies).
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > External Data Loss Prevention.
Step 2
Click the link under the Destinations column for the policy group you want to configure.
Step 3
Under the Edit Destination Settings section, choose “Define Destinations Scanning Custom
Settings”.
Step 4
In the Destination to scan section, choose one of the following options:
Step 5
•
Do not scan any uploads. No upload requests are sent to the configured DLP system(s) for
scanning. All upload requests are evaluated against the Access Policies.
•
Scan all uploads. All upload requests are sent to the configured DLP system(s) for scanning. The
upload request is blocked or evaluated against the Access Policies depending on the DLP system
scanning verdict.
•
Scan uploads to specified custom URL categories only. Upload requests that fall in specific
custom URL categories are sent to the configured DLP system for scanning. The upload request is
blocked or evaluated against the Access Policies depending on the DLP system scanning verdict.
Click Edit custom categories list to select the URL categories to scan.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Logging
The access logs indicate whether or not an upload request was scanned by either the Cisco IronPort Data
Security Filters or an external DLP server. The access log entries include a field for the Cisco IronPort
Data Security scan verdict and another field for the External DLP scan verdict based.
In addition to the access logs, the Web Security appliance provides the following log file types to
troubleshoot Cisco IronPort Data Security and External DLP Policies:
•
Data Security Logs. Records client history for upload requests that are evaluated by the Cisco
IronPort Data Security Filters.
•
Data Security Module Logs. Records messages related to the Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters.
•
Default Proxy Logs. In addition recording errors related to the Web Proxy, the default proxy logs
include messages related to connecting to external DLP servers. This allows you to troubleshoot
connectivity or integration problems with external DLP servers.
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Logging
The following text illustrates a sample Data Security Log entry:
Mon Mar 30 03:02:13 2009 Info: 303 10.1.1.1 - <<bar,text/plain,5120><foo,text/plain,5120>>
BLOCK_WEBCAT_IDS-allowall-DefaultGroup-DefaultGroup-NONE-DefaultRouting ns server.com nc
Field Value
Description
Mon Mar 30 03:02:13 2009 Info:
Timestamp and trace level
303
Transaction ID
10.1.1.1
Source IP address
-
User name
-
Authorized group names
<<bar,text/plain,5120><foo,text/plai
n,5120>>
File name, file type, file size for each file uploaded at once
Note
Note
BLOCK_WEBCAT_IDS-allowall-DefaultGro
up-DefaultGroup-NONE-DefaultRouting
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policy and action
ns
Web reputation score
server.com
Outgoing URL
nc
URL category
To learn when data transfer, such as a POST request, to a site was blocked by the external DLP server,
search for the IP address or hostname of the DLP server in the access logs.
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This field does not include text/plain files that are
less than the configured minimum request body
size, the default of which is 4096 bytes.
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•
End-User Notifications Overview, page 16-1
•
Related Topics, page 16-4
•
General Notification Settings, page 16-3
•
On-Box End-User Notification Pages, page 16-4
•
Off-Box End-User Notification Pages, page 16-8
•
End-User Acknowledgment Page, page 16-10
•
Access HTTPS and FTP Sites with the End-User Acknowledgment Page, page 16-12
•
Configuring FTP Notification Messages, page 16-13
•
Custom Text in Notification Pages, page 16-13
•
Notification Page Types, page 16-15
End-User Notifications Overview
When a policy blocks a user from a website, you can configure the appliance to notify the user why it
blocked the URL request. These pages are called end-user notification pages.
You can configure the following types of notification pages and settings:
Option
Description
Further information
General
notification
settings.
You can configure the language used in on-box end-user
notification pages for both HTTP and FTP. You can also
configure a logo to use for on-box end-user notification
pages for HTTP requests.
Configuring General
Settings for Notification
Pages, page 16-4.
On-box
end-user
notification
pages.
Predefined notification pages that are customizable, are
displayed depending on the reason for blocking the URL
request.
Configuring On-Box
End-User Notification
Pages, page 16-4.
Editing On-Box End-User
Notification Pages,
page 16-5
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Option
Description
Further information
Off-box
end-user
notification
pages.
The Web Proxy can be configured to redirect all HTTP
end-user notification pages to a specific URL. The Web
Proxy includes parameters in the redirected URL that
explain the reasons for the block so the server in the
redirected URL can customize the page it displays.
Redirecting End-User
Notification Pages to a
Custom URL, page 16-9.
End-user
The Web Proxy can be configured to inform users that it is Configuring the End-User
Acknowledgment Page,
acknowledg filtering and monitoring their web activity. An end-user
page 16-11
ement page. acknowledgment page is displayed when a user first
accesses a browser after a certain period of time.
End-user
URL
filtering
warning
page.
The Web Proxy can be configured to warn users that a site Configuring the End-User
URL Filtering Warning
does not meet the organization’s acceptable use policies
Page, page 16-12
and allow them to continue if they choose. An end-user
URL filtering warning page is displayed when a user first
accesses a website in a particular URL category after a
certain period of time. You can also configure the warning
page when a user accesses adult content when the site
content ratings feature is enabled.
FTP
notification
messages.
The FTP Proxy displays a different, predefined
notification messages depending on the reason for
blocking a native FTP transaction. You can customize
these pages with a custom message.
Configuring FTP
Notification Messages,
page 16-13.
Notification Best Practices
•
Editing On-Box End-User Notification Pages, page 16-5
•
End-User Notification Page Parameters, page 16-8
•
Redirecting End-User Notification Pages to a Custom URL, page 16-9
•
Configuring the End-User Acknowledgment Page, page 16-11
Editing On-Box End-User Notification Pages
•
Each customized on-box end-user notification page file must be a valid HTML file. For a list of
HTML tags you can include, see Supported HTML Tags in Notification Pages, page 16-13.
•
The customized on-box end-user notification page file names must exactly match the file names
shipped with the Web Security appliance.
•
Do not include any links to URLs in the HTML files. Any link included in the notification pages are
subject to the access control rules defined in the Access Policies and users might end up in a
recursive loop.
•
If the configuration\eun directory does not contain a particular file with the required name, then the
appliance displays the standard on-box end-user notification page.
•
For new customized on-box end-user notification pages to go into effect, you must first upload the
customized files to the appliance and then enable the customized files using the
advancedproxyconfig > EUN CLI command.
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Entering the custom URL for notification pages:
•
You can use any HTTP or HTTPS URL.
•
The URL may specify a specific port number.
•
The URL may not have any arguments after the question mark.
•
The URL must contain a well-formed hostname.
For example, if you have the following URL entered in the Redirect to Custom URL field:
http://www.example.com/eun.policy.html
And you have the following access log entry:
1182468145.492 1 172.17.0.8 TCP_DENIED/403 3146 GET http://www.espn.com/index.html
HTTP/1.1 - NONE/- - BLOCK_WEBCAT-DefaultGroup-DefaultGroup-NONE-NONE-DefaultRouting
<IW_sprt,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,IW_sprt,-> -
Then AsyncOS creates the following redirected URL:
http://www.example.com/eun.policy.html?Time=21/Jun/
2007:23:22:25%20%2B0000&ID=0000000004&Client_IP=172.17.0.8&User=&Site=www.espn.com&URI=index.html&Status_Code=403&Decision_Tag=
BLOCK_WEBCAT-DefaultGroup-DefaultGroup-NONE-NONE-DefaultRouting
&URL_Cat=Sports%20and%20Recreation&WBRS=-&DVS_Verdict=-&
DVS_ThreatName=-&Reauth_URL=-
Enabling the End-user Acknowledgment Page
•
When a user is tracked by IP address, the appliance uses the shortest value for maximum time
interval and maximum IP address idle timeout to determine when to display the end-user
acknowledgment page again.
•
When a user is tracked using a session cookie, the Web Proxy displays the end-user acknowledgment
page again if the user closes and then reopens their web browser or opens a second web browser
application.
•
Using a session cookie to track users when the client accesses HTTPS sites or FTP servers using
FTP over HTTP does not work.
•
When the appliance is deployed in explicit forward mode and a user goes to an HTTPS site, the
end-user acknowledgment page includes only the domain name in the link that redirects the user to
the originally requested URL. If the originally requested URL contains text after the domain name,
that text is truncated.
•
When the end-user acknowledgment page is displayed to a user, the access log entry for that
transaction shows OTHER as the ACL decision tag. This is because the originally requested URL
was blocked, and instead the user was shown the end-user acknowledgment page.
General Notification Settings
•
About General Settings for Notification Pages, page 16-4
•
Configuring General Settings for Notification Pages, page 16-4
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About General Settings for Notification Pages
You can configure the following general settings:
•
Language. You can configure a different language for HTTP and FTP end-user notification pages.
The HTTP language setting applies to all HTTP notification pages (acknowledgment, on-box
end-user, customized end-user, and end-user URL filtering warning), and the FTP language applies
to all FTP notification messages.
•
Logo. You can configure a logo for HTTP end-user notification pages only. The logo setting applies
to all HTTP notification pages served over IPv4. AsyncOS does not support images over IPv6.
Configuring General Settings for Notification Pages
Step 1
Security Services > End-User Notification.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
In the General Settings section, select the language the Web Proxy should use when displaying HTTP
notification pages.
Step 4
Choose whether or not to use a logo on each notification page. You can specify the Cisco logo or any
graphic file referenced at the URL you enter in the Use Custom Logo field.
Step 5
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Custom Text and Logos: Authentication, and End-User Acknowledgment Pages, page 16-14
On-Box End-User Notification Pages
When enabled, the Web Proxy displays a different page depending on the reason why it blocked the
original page. each page is customizable to make them specific to your organization.
Configuring On-Box End-User Notification Pages
Before you begin
•
Review Supported HTML Tags in Notification Pages, page 16-13
Step 1
Security Services > End-User Notification.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
From the Notification Type field, choose Use On Box End User Notification.
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Step 4
Configure the on-box end-user notification page settings.
Setting
Description
Custom Message
Include any additional text required on each notification page. When you
enter a custom message, AsyncOS places the message before the last
sentence on the notification page which includes the contact information.
Contact Information
Customize the contact information listed on each notification page.
AsyncOS displays the contact information sentence as the last sentence on
a page, before providing notification codes that users can provide to the
network administrator.
End-User
Misclassification
Reporting
Step 5
Note
Step 6
When enabled, users can report misclassified URLs to Cisco. An additional
button appears on the on-box end-user notification pages for sites blocked
due to suspected malware or URL filters. This button allows the user to
report when they believe the page has been misclassified. It does not appear
for pages blocked due to other policy settings.
(Optional) Click Preview Notification Page Customization link to view the current end-user
notification page in a separate browser window.
If the end-user notification pages have been edited this preview functionality is not available.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Editing On-Box End-User Notification Pages
Each on-box end-user notification page is stored on the Web Security appliance as an HTML file. You
can edit the content of these HTML pages to include additional text or to edit the overall look and feel
of each page.
You can use variables in the HTML files to display specific information to the user. You can also turn
each variable into a conditional variable to create if-then statements. For more information, see Use
Variables in Customized On-Box End-User Notification Pages, page 16-7.
Table below describes the variables you can include in customized end-user notification pages.
Variable
Description
Always Evaluates to
TRUE if Used as
Conditional Variable
%a
Authentication realm for FTP
No
%A
ARP address
Yes
%b
User-agent name
No
%B
Blocking reason, such as BLOCK-SRC or BLOCK-TYPE
No
%c
Error page contact person
Yes
%C
Entire Set-Cookie: header line, or empty string
No
%d
Client IP address
Yes
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Variable
Description
Always Evaluates to
TRUE if Used as
Conditional Variable
%D
User name
No
%e
Error page email address
Yes
%E
The error page logo URL
No
%f
User feedback section
No
%F
The URL for user feedback
No
%g
The web category name, if available
Yes
%G
Maximum file size allowed in MB
No
%h
The hostname of the proxy
Yes
%H
The server name of the URL
Yes
%i
Transaction ID as a hexadecimal number
Yes
%I
Management IP Address
Yes
%j
URL category warning page custom text
No
%k
Redirection link for the end-user acknowledgment page and
end-user URL filtering warning page
No
%K
Response file type
No
%l
WWW-Authenticate: header line
No
%L
Proxy-Authenticate: header line
No
%M
The Method of the request, such as “GET” or “POST”
Yes
%n
Malware category name, if available
No
%N
Malware threat name, if available
No
%o
Web reputation threat type, if available
No
%O
Web reputation threat reason, if available
No
%p
String for the Proxy-Connection HTTP header
Yes
%P
Protocol
Yes
%q
Identity policy group name
Yes
%Q
Policy group name for non-Identity polices
Yes
%r
Redirect URL
No
%R
Re-authentication is offered. This variable outputs an empty string No
when false and a space when true, so it is not useful to use it alone.
Instead, use it as condition variable.
%S
The signature of the proxy
No, always evaluates
to FALSE
%t
Timestamp in Unix seconds plus milliseconds
Yes
%T
The date
Yes
%u
The URI part of the URL (the URL excluding the server name)
Yes
%U
The full URL of the request
Yes
%v
HTTP protocol version
Yes
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Variable
Description
Always Evaluates to
TRUE if Used as
Conditional Variable
%W
Management WebUI port
Yes
%X
Yes
Extended blocking code. This is a 16-byte base64 value that
encodes the most of the web reputation and anti-malware
information logged in the access log, such as the ACL decision tag
and WBRS score.
%Y
Administrator custom text string, if set, else empty
No
%y
End-user acknowledgment page custom text
Yes
%z
Web reputation score
Yes
%Z
DLP meta data
Yes
%%
Prints the percent symbol (%) in the notification page
N/A
To edit the on-box end-user notification pages:
Step 1
Use an FTP client to connect to the Web Security appliance.
Step 2
Navigate to the configuration\eun directory.
Step 3
Download the language directory files for the on-box end-user notification pages you want to edit.
Step 4
On your local machine, use a text or HTML editor to edit each HTML file for the on-box end-user
notification pages.
Step 5
Use the FTP client to upload the customized HTML files to the same directory from which you
downloaded them in step 3.
Step 6
Open an SSH client and connect to the Web Security appliance.
Step 7
Run the advancedproxyconfig > EUN CLI command.
Step 8
Type 2 to use the custom end-user notification pages.
Note
Step 9
If the custom end-user notification pages option is currently enabled when you update the HTML
files, you must type 1 to refresh the custom end-user notification pages. If you do not do this,
the new files do not take effect until the Web Proxy restarts.
Commit your change, and close the SSH client.
Use Variables in Customized On-Box End-User Notification Pages
When editing on-box end-user notification pages, you can include conditional variables to create if-then
statements to take different actions depending on the current state.
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The table describes the different conditional variable formats.
Conditional Variable Format
Description
%?V
This conditional variable evaluates to TRUE if the output of variable
%V is not empty.
%!V
Represents the following condition:
else
Use this with the %?V conditional variable.
%#V
Represents the following condition:
endif
Use this with the %?V conditional variable.
For example, the following text is some HTML code that uses %R as a conditional variable to check if
re-authentication is offered, and uses %r as a regular variable to provide the re-authentication URL.
%?R
<div align="left">
<form name="ReauthInput" action="%r" method="GET">
<input name="Reauth" type="button" OnClick="document.location='%r'"
id="Reauth" value="Login as different user...">
</form>
</div>
%#R
Any variable included in Editing On-Box End-User Notification Pages can be used as a conditional
variable. However, the best variables to use in conditional statements are the ones that relate to the client
request instead of the server response, and the variables that may or may not evaluate to TRUE instead
of the variables that always evaluate to TRUE.
Off-Box End-User Notification Pages
You can define notification pages outside the Web Security appliance by redirecting all notification
pages to a custom URL you specify. By default, AsyncOS redirects all blocked websites to the URL
regardless of the reason why it blocked the original page. However, AsyncOS also passes parameters as
a query string appended to the redirect URL so you can ensure that the user sees a unique page explaining
the reason for the block. For more information on the included parameters, see End-User Notification
Page Parameters, page 16-8.
When you want the user to view a different page for each reason for a blocked website, construct a CGI
script on the web server that can parse the query string in the redirect URL. Then the server can perform
a second redirect to an appropriate page.
End-User Notification Page Parameters
AsyncOS passes the parameters to the web server as standard URL Parameters in the HTTP GET request.
It uses the following format:
<notification_page_url>?param1=value1&param2=value2
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The table describes the parameters AsyncOS includes in the query string.
Parameter Name
Description
Time
Date and time of the transaction.
ID
Transaction ID.
Client_IP
IP address of the client.
User
Username of the client making the request, if available.
Site
Hostname of the destination in the HTTP request.
URI
URL path specified in the HTTP request.
Status_Code
HTTP status code for the request.
Decision_Tag
ACL decision tag as defined in the Access log entry that indicates how the DVS
engine handled the transaction.
URL_Cat
URL category that the URL filtering engine assigned to the transaction request.
Note: AsyncOS for Web sends the entire URL category name for both
predefined and user defined URL categories. It performs URL encoding on the
category name, so spaces are written as “%20”.
WBRS
WBRS score that the Web Reputation Filters assigned to the URL in the request.
DVS_Verdict
Malware category that the DVS engine assigns to the transaction.
DVS_ThreatName
The name of the malware found by the DVS engine.
Reauth_URL
A URL that users can click to authenticate again if the user is blocked from a
website due to a restrictive URL filtering policy. Use this parameter when the
“Enable Re-Authentication Prompt If End User Blocked by URL Category or
User Session Restriction” global authentication setting is enabled and the user is
blocked from a website due to a blocked URL category.
To use this parameter, make sure the CGI script performs the following steps:
1. Get the value of Reauth_Url parameter.
2. URL-decode the value.
3. Base64 decode the value and get the actual re-authentication URL.
4. Include the decoded URL on the end-user notification page in some way,
either as a link or button, along with instructions for users informing them they
can click the link and enter new authentication credentials that allow greater
access.
Note
AsyncOS always includes all parameters in each redirected URL. If no value exists for a particular
parameter, AsyncOS passes a hyphen (-).
Redirecting End-User Notification Pages to a Custom URL
Step 1
Security Services > End-User Notification.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Choose Redirect to Custom URL.
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Step 4
In the Notification Page URL field, enter the URL to which you want to redirect blocked websites.
Step 5
(Optional) Click Preview Custom URL link.
Step 6
Submit and Commit Changes.
End-User Acknowledgment Page
You can configure the Web Security appliance to inform users that it is filtering and monitoring their
web activity. When configured the appliance displays an end-user acknowledgment page for every user
accessing the web using HTTP or HTTPS. It displays the end-user acknowledgment page when a user
tries to access a website for the first time, or after a configured time interval.
The Web Proxy tracks users by username if authentication has made a username available. If no user
name is available, you can choose how to track users, either by IP address or web browser session cookie.
Note
Native FTP transactions are exempt from the end-user acknowledgment page.
The table describes the settings you can configure when you enable the end-user acknowledgment page.
Setting
Description
Time Between
The Time Between Acknowledgments determines how often the Web Proxy
Acknowledgements displays the end-user acknowledgment page for each user. This setting applies
to users tracked by username and users tracked by IP address or session cookie.
You can specify any value from 30 to 2678400 seconds (one month). Default is
one day (86400 seconds).
When the Time Between Acknowledgments changes and is committed, the Web
Proxy uses the new value even for users who have already acknowledged the
Web Proxy.
Inactivity Timeout
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by IP address or session cookie (unauthenticated users only) can be idle before
the user is no longer considered acknowledged. You can specify any value from
30 to 2678400 seconds (one month). Default is four hours (14400 seconds).
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Setting
Description
Surrogate Type
Determines which method the Web Proxy uses to track the user:
•
Note
•
IP Address. The Web Proxy allows the user at that IP address to use any
web browser or non-browser HTTP process to access the web once the user
clicks the link on the end-user acknowledgment page. Tracking the user by
IP address allows the user to access the web until the Web Proxy displays a
new end-user acknowledgment page due to inactivity or the configured time
interval for new acknowledgments. Unlike tracking by a session cookie,
tracking by IP address allows the user to open up multiple web browser
applications and not have to agree to the end-user acknowledgment unless
the configured time interval has expired.
When IP address is configured and the user is authenticated, the Web
Proxy tracks users by username instead of IP address.
Session Cookie. The Web Proxy sends the user’s web browser a cookie
when the user clicks the link on the end-user acknowledgment page and
uses the cookie to track their session. Users can continue to access the web
using their web browser until the Time Between Acknowledgments value
expires, they have been inactive longer than the allotted time, or they close
their web browser.
If the user using a non-browser HTTP client application, they must be able
to click the link on the end-user acknowledgment page to access the web. If
the user opens a second web browser application, the user must go through
the end-user acknowledgment process again in order for the Web Proxy to
send a session cookie to the second web browser.
Note
Custom message
Using a session cookie to track users when the client accesses HTTPS
sites or FTP servers using FTP over HTTP is not supported.
Customize the text that appears on every end-user acknowledgment page. You
can include some simple HTML tags to format the text.
Note
You can only include a custom message when you configure the
end-user acknowledgment page in the web interface, versus the CLI.
Configuring the End-User Acknowledgment Page
You can enable and configure the end-user acknowledgment page in the web interface or the command
line interface. When you configure the end-user acknowledgment page in the web interface, you can
include a custom message that appears on each page.
In the CLI, use advancedproxyconfig > eun.
Step 1
Security Services > End-User Notification.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Enable the “Require end-user to click through acknowledgment page” field.
Step 4
In the Time Between Acknowledgments field, enter the time interval the appliance uses between
displaying the end-user acknowledgment page.
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You can specify any value from 30 to 2678400 seconds (one month). Default is 1 day (86400 seconds).
You can enter the value in seconds, minutes, or days. Use ‘s’ for seconds, ‘m’ for minutes, and ‘d’ for
days.
Step 5
In the Inactivity Timeout field, enter the maximum IP address idle timeout.
You can specify any value from 30 to 2678400 seconds (one month). Default is four hours (14400
seconds). You can enter the value in seconds, minutes, or days. Use ‘s’ for seconds, ‘m’ for minutes, and
‘d’ for days.
Step 6
Select the Surrogate Type.
Step 7
In the Custom Message field, enter text you want to appear on every end-user acknowledgment page.
Step 8
(Optional) Click Preview Acknowledgment Page Customization to view the current end-user
acknowledgment page in a separate browser window.
Step 9
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Custom Text and Logos: Authentication, and End-User Acknowledgment Pages, page 16-14
•
Supported HTML Tags in Notification Pages, page 16-13
Access HTTPS and FTP Sites with the End-User Acknowledgment Page
The end-user acknowledgment page works because it displays an HTML page to the end user that forces
them to click an acceptable use policy agreement. After users click the link, the Web Proxy redirects
clients to the originally requested website. It keeps track of when users accepted the end-user
acknowledgment page using a surrogate (either by IP address or web browser session cookie) if no
username is available for the user.
•
HTTPS. The Web Proxy tracks whether the user has acknowledged the end-user acknowledgment
page with a cookie, but it cannot obtain the cookie unless it decrypts the transaction. You can choose
to either bypass (pass through) or drop HTTPS requests when the end-user acknowledgment page is
enabled and tracks users using session cookies. Do this using the advancedproxyconfig > EUN CLI
command, and choose bypass for the “Action to be taken for HTTPS requests with Session based
EUA (“bypass” or “drop”).” command.
•
FTP over HTTP. Web browsers never send cookies for FTP over HTTP transactions, so the Web
Proxy cannot obtain the cookie. To work around this, you can exempt FTP over HTTP transactions
from requiring the end-user acknowledgment page. Do this by creating a custom URL category
using “ftp://” as the regular expression (without the quotes) and defining and Identity policy that
exempts users from the end-user acknowledgment page for this custom URL category.
Configuring the End-User URL Filtering Warning Page
Step 1
Security Services > End-User Notification.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Scroll down to the End-User URL Filtering Warning Page section.
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Step 4
In the Time Between Warning field, enter the time interval the Web Proxy uses between displaying the
end-user URL filtering warning page for each URL category per user.
You can specify any value from 30 to 2678400 seconds (one month). Default is 1 hour (3600 seconds).
You can enter the value in seconds, minutes, or days. Use ‘s’ for seconds, ‘m’ for minutes, and ‘d’ for
days.
Step 5
In the Custom Message field, enter text you want to appear on every end-user URL filtering warning
page.
Step 6
(Optional) Click Preview URL Category Warning Page Customization to view the current end-user
URL filtering warning page in a separate browser window.
Step 7
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Supported HTML Tags in Notification Pages, page 16-13
Configuring FTP Notification Messages
The FTP Proxy displays a predefined notification message to native FTP clients when the FTP Proxy
cannot establish a connection with the FTP server for any reason, such as an error with FTP Proxy
authentication or a bad reputation for the server domain name.
Step 1
Security Services > End-User Notification.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Scroll down to the Native FTP section.
Step 4
In the Language field, select the language to use when displaying native FTP notification messages.
Step 5
In the Custom Message field, enter the text you want to display in every native FTP notification message.
Step 6
Submit and Commit Changes.
Custom Text in Notification Pages
The following sections apply to custom text entered for on-box end-user notification and end-user
acknowledgment pages.
Supported HTML Tags in Notification Pages
You can format the text in on-box end-user notification and end-user acknowledgment pages using some
HTML tags. Tags must be in lower case and follow standard HTML syntax (closing tags, etc.).
You can use the following HTML tags.
•
<a></a>
•
<span></span>
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<b></b>
•
<big></big>
•
<br>
•
<code></code>
•
<em></em>
•
<i></i>
•
<small></small>
•
<strong></strong>
For example, you can make some text italic:
Please acknowledge the following statements <i>before</i> accessing the Internet.
With the <span> tag, you can use any CSS style to format text. For example, you can make some text red:
<span style=”color: red”>Warning:</span> You must acknowledge the following statements
<i>before</i> accessing the Internet.
Custom Text and Logos: Authentication, and End-User Acknowledgment Pages
All combinations of URL paths and domain names in embedded links within custom text and the custom
logo in on-box end-user notification, end-user acknowledgment, and end-user URL filtering warning
pages are exempted from the following:
•
User authentication
•
End-user acknowledgment
•
All scanning, such as malware scanning and web reputation scoring
For example, if the following URLs are embedded in custom text:
http://www.example.com/index.html
http://www.mycompany.com/logo.jpg
Then all of the following URLs will also be treated as exempt from all scanning:
http://www.example.com/index.html
http://www.mycompany.com/logo.jpg
http://www.example.com/logo.jpg
http://www.mycompany.com/index.html
Also, where an embedded URL is of the form: <protocol>://<domain-name>/<directory path>/ then
all sub-files and sub-directories under that directory path on the host will also be exempted from all
scanning.
For example, if the following URL is embedded: http://www.example.com/gallery2/ URLs such as
will also be treated as exempt.
http://www.example.com/gallery2/main.php
This allows administrators to create a more sophisticated page with embedded content so long as the
embedded content is relative to the initial URL. However, administrators should also take care when
deciding which paths to include as links and custom logos.
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Notification Page Types
By default, the Web Proxy displays a notification page informing users they were blocked and the reason
for the block.
Most notification pages display a different set of codes that may help administrators or Cisco Customer
Support troubleshoot any potential problem. Some codes are for Cisco internal use only. The different
codes that might appear in the notification pages are the same as the variables you can include in
customized notification pages, as shown in Editing On-Box End-User Notification Pages.
The table describes the different notification pages users might encounter.
File Name and
Notification Title
ERR_ACCEPTED
Feedback Accepted,
Thank You
Notification Description
Notification Text
Notification page that is displayed after the
users uses the “Report Misclassification”
option.
The misclassification report has been sent.
Thank you for your feedback.
ERR_ADAPTIVE_SECUR Block page that is displayed when the user is Based on your organization’s security policies,
ITY
blocked due to the Adaptive Scanning feature. this web site <URL> has been blocked because
its content has been determined to be a security
Policy: General
risk.
ERR_ADULT_CONTENT
Policy Acknowledgment
The warning page that is displayed when the
end-user accesses a page that is classified as
adult content. Users can click an
acknowledgment link to continue to the
originally requested site.
You are trying to visit a web page whose
content are rated as explicit or adult. By
clicking the link below, you acknowledge that
you have read and agree with the organization's
policies that govern the usage of the Internet
for this type of content. Data about your
browsing behavior may be monitored and
recorded. You will be periodically asked to
acknowledge this statement for continued
access to this kind of web page.
Click here to accept this statement and access
the Internet.
ERR_AVC
Policy: Application
Controls
ERR_BAD_REQUEST
Bad Request
Block page that is displayed when the user is
blocked due to the Application Visibility and
Control engine.
Based on your organization’s access policies,
access to application %1 of type %2 has been
blocked.
Error page that results from an invalid
transaction request.
The system cannot process this request. A
non-standard browser may have generated an
invalid HTTP request.
If you are using a standard browser, please
retry the request.
ERR_BLOCK_DEST
Policy: Destination
Block page that is displayed when the user tries Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
to access a blocked website address.
access to this web site <URL> has been
blocked.
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File Name and
Notification Title
ERR_BROWSER
Security: Browser
Notification Description
Notification Text
Block page that is displayed when the
transaction request comes from an application
that has been identified to be compromised by
malware or spyware.
Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
requests from your computer have been
blocked because it has been determined to be a
security threat to the organization’s network.
Your browser may have been compromised by
a malware/spyware agent identified as
“<malware name>”.
Please contact <contact name> <email
address> and provide the codes shown below.
If you are using a non-standard browser and
believe it has been misclassified, use the button
below to report this misclassification.
Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
ERR_BROWSER_CUSTO Block page that is displayed when the
transaction request comes from a blocked user requests from your browser have been blocked.
M
agent.
This browser “<browser type>” is not
Policy: Browser
permitted due to potential security risks.
ERR_CERT_INVALID
Invalid Certificate
ERR_CONTINUE_UNAC
KNOWLEDGED
Policy Acknowledgment
Block page that is displayed when the
requested HTTPS site uses an invalid
certificate.
A secure session cannot be established because
the site <hostname> provided an invalid
certificate.
Warning page that is displayed when the user
requests a site that is in a custom URL category
that is assigned the Warn action. Users can
click an acknowledgment link to continue to
the originally requested site.
You are trying to visit a web page that falls
under the URL Category <URL category>. By
clicking the link below, you acknowledge that
you have read and agree with the
organization’s policies that govern the usage of
the Internet for this type of content. Data about
your browsing behavior may be monitored and
recorded. You will be periodically asked to
acknowledge this statement for continued
access to this kind of web page.
Click here to accept this statement and access
the Internet.
ERR_DNS_FAIL
DNS Failure
Error page that is displayed when the requested The hostname resolution (DNS lookup) for this
URL contains an invalid domain name.
hostname <hostname> has failed. The Internet
address may be misspelled or obsolete, the host
<hostname> may be temporarily unavailable,
or the DNS server may be unresponsive.
Please check the spelling of the Internet
address entered. If it is correct, try this request
later.
ERR_EXPECTATION_FA
ILED
Expectation Failed
Error page that is displayed when the
transaction request triggers the HTTP 417
“Expectation Failed” response.
The system cannot process the request for this
site <URL>. A non-standard browser may have
generated an invalid HTTP request.
If using a standard browser, please retry the
request.
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File Name and
Notification Title
ERR_FILE_SIZE
Policy: File Size
ERR_FILE_TYPE
Policy: File Type
ERR_FILTER_FAILURE
Filter Failure
ERR_FOUND
Notification Description
Notification Text
Block page that is displayed when the
requested file is larger than the allowed
maximum file size.
Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
access to this web site or download <URL> has
been blocked because the download size
exceeds the allowed limit.
Block page that is displayed when the
requested file is a blocked file type.
Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
access to this web site or download <URL> has
been blocked because the file type “<file
type>” is not allowed.
Error page that is displayed when the URL
filtering engine is temporarily unable to deliver
a URL filtering response and the “Default
Action for Unreachable Service” option is set
to Block.
The request for page <URL> has been denied
because an internal server is currently
unreachable or overloaded.
Internal redirection page for some errors.
The page <URL> is being redirected to
<redirected URL>.
Error page that is displayed when the FTP over
HTTP transaction request triggers the HTTP
416 “Requested Range Not Satisfiable”
response.
The request for the file <URL> did not
succeed. The FTP server <hostname>
unexpectedly terminated the connection.
Found
ERR_FTP_ABORTED
FTP Aborted
ERR_FTP_AUTH_REQUI Error page that is displayed when the FTP over
HTTP transaction request triggers the FTP 530
RED
“Not Logged In” response.
FTP Authorization
Required
Please retry the request later.
Please retry the request later.
Authentication is required by the FTP server
<hostname>. A valid user ID and password
must be entered when prompted.
In some cases, the FTP server may limit the
number of anonymous connections. If you
usually connect to this server as an anonymous
user, please try again later.
ERR_FTP_CONNECTION Error page that is displayed when the FTP over The system cannot communicate with the FTP
_FAILED
HTTP transaction request triggers the FTP 425 server <hostname>. The FTP server may be
“Can’t open data connection” response.
temporarily or permanently down, or may be
FTP Connection Failed
unreachable because of network problems.
Please check the spelling of the address
entered. If it is correct, try this request later.
ERR_FTP_FORBIDDEN
FTP Forbidden
ERR_FTP_NOT_FOUND
FTP Not Found
ERR_FTP_SERVER_ERR
FTP Server Error
Error page that is displayed when the FTP over Access was denied by the FTP server
HTTP transaction request is for an object the <hostname>. Your user ID does not have
user is not allowed to access.
permission to access this document.
Error page that is displayed when the FTP over The file <URL> could not be found. The
HTTP transaction request is for an object that address is either incorrect or obsolete.
does not exist on the server.
Error page that is displayed for FTP over
HTTP transactions that try to access a server
that does support FTP. The server usually
returns the HTTP 501 “Not Implemented”
response.
The system cannot communicate with the FTP
server <hostname>. The FTP server may be
temporarily or permanently down, or may not
provide this service.
Please confirm that this is a valid address. If it
is correct, try this request later.
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File Name and
Notification Title
ERR_FTP_SERVICE_UN
AVAIL
FTP Service Unavailable
Notification Description
Notification Text
Error page that is displayed for FTP over
HTTP transactions that try to access an FTP
server that is unavailable.
The system cannot communicate with the FTP
server <hostname>. The FTP server may be
busy, may be permanently down, or may not
provide this service.
Please confirm that this is a valid address. If it
is correct, try this request later.
ERR_GATEWAY_TIMEO
UT
Gateway Timeout
Error page that is displayed when the requested The system cannot communicate with the
server has not responded in a timely manner. external server <hostname>. The Internet
server may be busy, may be permanently down,
or may be unreachable because of network
problems.
Please check the spelling of the Internet
address entered. If it is correct, try this request
later.
ERR_IDS_ACCESS_FOR
BIDDEN
IDS Access Forbidden
Block page that is displayed when the user tries Based on your organization’s data transfer
policies, your upload request has been blocked.
to upload a file that is blocked due to a
configured Cisco Data Security Policy.
File details:
<file details>
ERR_INTERNAL_ERRO
R
Error page that is displayed when there is an
internal error.
Internal system error when processing the
request for the page <URL>.
Please retry this request.
Internal Error
If this condition persists, please contact
<contact name> <email address> and provide
the code shown below.
ERR_MALWARE_SPECI
FIC
Block page that is displayed when malware is
detected when downloading a file.
Security: Malware
Detected
Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
this web site <URL> has been blocked because
it has been determined to be a security threat to
your computer or the organization’s network.
Malware <malware name> in the category
<malware category> has been found on this
site.
ERR_MALWARE_SPECI
FIC_OUTGOING
Block page that is displayed when malware is
detected when uploading a file.
Security: Malware
Detected
Based on your organization’s policy, the
upload of the file to URL (<URL>) has been
blocked because the file was detected to
contain malware that will be harmful to the
receiving end's network security.
Malware Name: <malware name>
Malware Category: <malware category>
ERR_NATIVE_FTP_DENI Block message displayed in native FTP clients 530 Login denied
ED
when the native FTP transaction is blocked.
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File Name and
Notification Title
ERR_NO_MORE_FORW
ARDS
No More Forwards
ERR_POLICY
Policy: General
ERR_PROTOCOL
Policy: Protocol
ERR_PROXY_AUTH_RE
QUIRED
Proxy Authorization
Required
ERR_PROXY_PREVENT
_MULTIPLE_LOGIN
Already Logged In From
Another Machine
Notification Description
Notification Text
Error page that is displayed when the appliance
has detected a forward loop between the Web
Proxy and another proxy server on the
network. The Web Proxy breaks the loop and
displays this message to the client.
The request for the page <URL> failed.
Block page that is displayed when the request
is blocked by any policy setting.
Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
access to this web site <URL> has been
blocked.
Block page that is displayed when the request
is blocked based on the protocol used.
Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
this request has been blocked because the data
transfer protocol “<protocol type>” is not
allowed.
The server address <hostname> may be
invalid, or you may need to specify a port
number to access this server.
Notification page that is displayed when users Authentication is required to access the
Internet using this system. A valid user ID and
must enter their authentication credentials to
continue. This is used for explicit transaction password must be entered when prompted.
requests.
Block page that is displayed when someone
tries to access the web using the same
username that is already authenticated with the
Web Proxy on a different machine. This is used
when the User Session Restrictions global
authentication option is enabled.
ERR_PROXY_REDIRECT Redirection page.
Redirect
ERR_PROXY_UNACKNO End-user acknowledgment page.
WLEDGED
For more information, see On-Box End-User
Notification Pages, page 16-4.
Policy Acknowledgment
Based on your organization’s policies, the
request to access the Internet was denied
because this user ID has an active session from
another IP address.
If you want to login as a different user, click on
the button below and enter a different a user
name and password.
This request is being redirected. If this page
does not automatically redirect, click here to
proceed.
Please acknowledge the following statements
before accessing the Internet.
Your web transactions will be automatically
monitored and processed to detect dangerous
content and to enforce organization’s policies.
By clicking the link below, you acknowledge
this monitoring and accept that data about the
sites you visit may be recorded. You will be
periodically asked to acknowledge the
presence of the monitoring system. You are
responsible for following organization’s
polices on Internet access.
Click here to accept this statement and access
the Internet.
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File Name and
Notification Title
ERR_PROXY_UNLICEN
SED
Proxy Not Licensed
Notification Description
Notification Text
Block page that is displayed when there is no
valid license key for the Web Security
appliance Web Proxy.
Internet access is not available without proper
licensing of the security device.
Please contact <contact name> <email
address> and provide the code shown below.
Note
To access the management interface of
the security device, enter the
configured IP address with port.
ERR_RANGE_NOT_SATI Error page that is displayed when the requested The system cannot process this request. A
range of bytes cannot be satisfied by the web non-standard browser may have generated an
SFIABLE
server.
invalid HTTP request.
Range Not Satisfiable
If you are using a standard browser, please
retry the request.
ERR_REDIRECT_PERM
ANENT
Internal redirection page.
The page <URL> is being redirected to
<redirected URL>.
Redirect Permanent
ERR_REDIRECT_REPEA Internal redirection page.
T_REQUEST
Please repeat your request.
Redirect
ERR_SAAS_AUTHENTIC Notification page that is displayed when users
must enter their authentication credentials to
ATION
continue. This is used for accessing
Policy: Access Denied
applications.
ERR_SAAS_AUTHORIZ
ATION
Policy: Access Denied
Based on your organization’s policy, the
request to access <URL> was redirected to a
page where you must enter the login
credentials. You will be allowed to access the
application if authentication succeeds and you
have the proper privileges.
Block page that is displayed when users try to Based on your organization’s policy, the access
access a application that they have no privilege to the application <URL> is blocked because
you are not an authorized user. If you want to
to access.
login as a different user, enter a different
username and password for a user that is
authorized to access this application.
ERR_SAML_PROCESSIN Error page that is displayed when an internal
G
process fails trying to process the single
sign-on URL for accessing a application.
Policy: Access Denied
The request to access <user name> did not go
through because errors were found during the
process of the single sign on request.
ERR_SERVER_NAME_E
XPANSION
Internal redirection page that automatically
expands the URL and redirects users to the
updated URL.
The server name <hostname> appears to be an
abbreviation, and is being redirected to
<redirected URL>.
Block page that is displayed when the URL
length is too long.
The requested URL was too long and could not
be processed. This may represent an attack on
your network.
Server Name Expansion
ERR_URI_TOO_LONG
URI Too Long
Please contact <contact name> <email
address> and provide the code shown below.
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File Name and
Notification Title
ERR_WBRS
Security: Malware Risk
Notification Description
Notification Text
Block page that is displayed when the Web
Reputation Filters block the site due to a low
web reputation score.
Based on your organization’s access policies,
this web site <URL> has been blocked because
it has been determined by Web Reputation
Filters to be a security threat to your computer
or the organization’s network. This web site
has been associated with malware/spyware.
Threat Type: %o
Threat Reason: %O
ERR_WEBCAT
Policy: URL Filtering
Block page that is displayed when users try to Based on your organization’s Access Policies,
access a website in a blocked URL category.
access to this web site <URL> has been
blocked because the web category “<category
type>” is not allowed.
ERR_WWW_AUTH_REQ Notification page that is displayed when the
requested server requires users to enter their
UIRED
credentials to continue.
WWW Authorization
Required
Authentication is required to access the
requested web site <hostname>. A valid user
ID and password must be entered when
prompted.
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17
Generate Reports to Monitor End-user Activity
•
Overview of Reporting, page 17-1
•
Using the Reporting Tab, page 17-2
•
Enabling Centralized Reporting, page 17-8
•
Scheduling Reports, page 17-8
•
Generating Reports On Demand, page 17-10
•
Archived Reports, page 17-10
•
SNMP Monitoring, page 17-11
Overview of Reporting
The Web Security appliance generates high-level reports, allowing you to understand what is happening
on the network and also allows you to view traffic details for a particular domain, user, or category. You
can run reports to view an interactive display of system activity over a specific period of time, or you
can schedule reports and run them at regular intervals.
Related Topics
•
Printing and Exporting Reports from Report Pages, page 17-7
Working with Usernames in Reports
When you enable authentication, reports list users by their usernames when they authenticate with the
Web Proxy. By default, usernames are written as they appear in the authentication server. However, you
can choose to make usernames unrecognizable in all reports.
Note
Administrators always see usernames in reports.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Reporting, and click Edit Settings.
Step 2
Under Local Reporting, select Anonymize usernames in reports.
Step 3
Submit and Commit Changes.
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Using the Reporting Tab
Report Pages
The Web Security appliance offers the following reports:
•
Overview
•
Users
•
Web Sites
•
URL Categories
•
Application Visibility
•
Anti-Malware
•
Client Malware Risk
•
Web Reputation Filters
•
Layer-4 Traffic Monitor
•
Reports by User Location
•
Web Tracking
•
System Capacity
•
System Status
Using the Reporting Tab
The Reporting tab provides several options for viewing system data. The report pages provide an
overview of system activity and support multiple options for viewing system data. You can also search
each page for website and client-specific data.
You can perform the following tasks on most reports on the Reporting tab:
Option
Link to Task
Change the time range displayed in a report Changing the Time Range, page 17-2
Search for specific clients and domains
Searching Data, page 17-3
Choose which data to display in charts
Choosing Which Data to Chart, page 17-4
Choose and sort columns
Related Topics, page 17-4
Export reports to external files
Printing and Exporting Reports from Report Pages,
page 17-7
Changing the Time Range
You can update the data displayed for each security component using the Time Range field. This option
allows you to generate updates for predefined time ranges and it allows you to define custom time ranges
from a specific start time to a specific end time.
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Note
The time range you select is used throughout all of the report pages until you select a different value in
the Time Range menu.
Time Range
Data is returned in...
Hour
Sixty (60) complete minutes plus up to 5 additional minutes.
Day
One hour intervals for the last 24 hours and including the current partial hour.
Week
One day intervals for the last 7 days plus the current partial day.
Month (30 days) One day intervals for the last 30 days plus the current partial day.
Yesterday
The last 24 hours (00:00 to 23:59) using the Web Security appliance defined time
zone.
Custom Range
The custom time range defined by the user.
When you choose Custom Range, a dialog box appears where you can enter the start
and end times.
Note
All reports display date and time information based on the systems configured time zone, shown as a
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) offset. However, data exports display the time in GMT to accommodate
multiple systems in multiple time zones around the world.
Searching Data
Some reports include a field that allow you to search for particular data points. When you search for data,
the report refines the report data for the particular data set you are searching.You can search for values
that exactly match of the string you enter, or for values that start with the string you enter. The following
report pages include search fields:
Note
Search Fields
Description
Users
Search for a user by user name or client IP address
Web Sites
Search for a server by domain or server IP address
URL Categories
Search for a URL category
Application Visibility
Search for an application name that the AVC engine monitors and blocks
Client Malware Risk
Search for a user by user name or client IP address
You need to configure authentication to view client user IDs as well as client IP addresses.
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Custom Reports
Choosing Which Data to Chart
The default charts on each Web Reporting page display commonly-referenced data, but you can choose
to chart different data instead. If a page has multiple charts, you can change each chart. The chart options
are the same as the columns headings of the table(s) in the report.
Step 1
Click the Chart Options link below a chart.
Step 2
Choose the data to display.
Step 3
Click Done.
Related Topics
Related Topics, page 17-4
•
Custom Reports
You can create a custom report page by assembling charts (graphs) and tables from existing report pages.
To
Do This
Add modules to your See:
custom report page
View your custom
report page
•
Creating Your Custom Report Page, page 17-5.
•
Creating Your Custom Report Page, page 17-5
1.
Choose Reporting > My Reports.
2.
Select the time range to view. The time range selected applies to all reports, including all modules
on the My Reports page.
Newly-added modules appear at the top of the relevant section.
Rearrange modules
on your custom
report page
Drag and drop modules into the desired location.
Delete modules from Click the [X] in the top right corner of the module.
your custom report
page
Generate a PDF or
CSV version of your
custom report
See:
•
Generating Reports On Demand, page 17-10
Periodically generate See:
a PDF or CSV
• Scheduling Reports, page 17-8
version of your
custom report
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Creating Your Custom Report Page
Before You Begin
Step 1
•
Be aware that search results, including Web Tracking search results cannot be added to custom
reports.
•
Delete any default modules that you do not need by clicking the [X] in the top right corner of the
module.
Use one of the following methods to add a module to your custom report page:
Note
Some modules are available only using one of these methods. If you cannot add a module using
one method, try another method.
•
Navigate to the report page that has the module that you want to add, then click the [+] button at
the top of the module.
•
Go to Reporting > My Reports, click the [+] button at the top of one of the sections, then select the
report module that you want to add. You may need to click the [+] button in each section on the My
Reports page in order to find the module that you are looking for.
You can add each module only once; if you have already added a particular module to your report, the
option to add it will not be available.
Step 2
If you add a module that you have customized (for example, by adding, deleting, or reordering columns,
or by displaying non-default data in the chart), customize the modules on the My Reports page.
Modules are added with default settings. Time range of the original module is not maintained.
Step 3
If you add a chart that includes a separate legend (for example, a graph from the Overview page), add
the legend separately. If necessary, drag and drop it into position beside the data it describes.
Working with Columns on Report Pages
Each page has interactive column headings that can be configured to sort the data in each column specific
to your needs for viewing data on that page.
Note
Not every column is available for every report page. Click the Columns link for each report page to view
the available columns.
Column Name
Description
Domain or Realm
The domain or realm of the user displayed in text format.
User ID or Client IP
The username or client IP address of the user displayed in text format.
Bandwidth Used
The amount of bandwidth that is used by a particular user or action. Bandwidth units
are displayed in Bytes or percentage.
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Column Name
Description
Bandwidth Saved by Blocking
The amount of bandwidth that has been saved due to blocking certain transactions.
Bandwidth units are displayed in Bytes
Time Spent
Amount of time spent on a web page. For purposes of investigating a user, the time
spent by the user on each URL category. When tracking a URL, the time spent by each
user on that specific URL.
To calculate the time spent, AsyncOS assigns each active user with 60 seconds of time
for activity during a minute. At the end of the minute, the time spent by each user is
evenly distributed among the different domains the user visited. For the purposes of the
time spent value, considering the following notes:
Note
Units displayed in Hours:Minutes format.
Allowed URL Category
The number and type of categories that have been allowed.
Monitored URL Category
The number and type of categories that are being monitored.
Warned URL Category
The number and type of categories that have initiated a warning.
Blocked by URL Category
The transaction that has been blocked due to URL Category.
Blocked by Application or
Application Type
The application that has been blocked due to application type.
Blocked by Web Reputation
The transaction that has been blocked due to web reputation.
Blocked by Anti-Malware
The transactions blocked by Anti-Malware.
Other Blocked Transactions
All other transactions that have been blocked.
Transactions with Bandwidth Limit
The number of transactions that have a bandwidth limit.
Transactions without Bandwidth
Limit
The number of transactions that do not have a bandwidth limit.
Transactions Blocked by
Application
The number of transactions blocked by a specific application type.
Warned Transactions
All transactions that rendered a warning to the user.
Transactions Completed
The transactions completed by a user.
Transactions Blocked
All transactions that have been blocked.
Total Transactions
The total number of transactions that have occurred.
Note
Units displayed in transaction type.
Configuring Columns on Report Pages
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Report_Name.
Step 2
Click the Columns link that appears in the lower right corner of a report.
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Step 3
Select each column to display by clicking the checkbox next to each column in the pop-up window and
click Done.
Subdomains vs. Second-Level Domains in Reporting and Tracking
In reporting and tracking searches, second-level domains (regional domains listed at
http://george.surbl.org/two-level-tlds) are treated differently from subdomains, even though the two
domain types may appear to be the same. For example:
•
Reports will not include results for a two-level domain such as co.uk, but will include results for
foo.co.uk. Reports include subdomains under the main corporate domain, such as cisco.com.
•
Tracking search results for the regional domain co.uk will not include domains such as foo.co.uk,
while search results for cisco.com will include subdomains such as subdomain.cisco.com.
Printing and Exporting Reports from Report Pages
You can generate a printer-friendly formatted PDF version of any of the report pages by clicking the
Printable (PDF) link at the top-right corner of the page. You can also export raw data as a
comma-separated value (CSV) file by clicking the Export link.
Because CSV exports include only raw data, exported data from a web-based report page may not
include calculated data such as percentages, even if that data appears in the web-based report.
Exporting Report Data
Most reports include an Export link that allows you to export raw data to a comma-separated values
(CSV) file. After exporting the data to a CSV file, you can access and manipulate the data in it using
applications such as Microsoft Excel.
The exported CSV data displays all message tracking and reporting data in Greenwich Mean Time
(GMT) regardless of what is set on the Web Security appliance. The purpose of the GMT time conversion
is to allow data to be used independently from the appliance or when referencing data from appliances
in multiple time zones.
The following example is an entry from a raw data export of the Anti-Malware category report, where
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) is displayed as GMT - 7 hours:
Begin Timestamp, End Timestamp, Begin Date, End Date, Name, Transactions Monitored,
Transactions Blocked, Transactions Detected
1159772400.0, 1159858799.0, 2006-10-02 07:00 GMT, 2006-10-03 06:59 GMT, Adware, 525,
2100, 2625
Category Header
Value
Description
Begin Timestamp
1159772400.0
Query start time in number of seconds from epoch.
End Timestamp
1159858799.0
Query end time in number of seconds from epoch.
Begin Date
2006-10-02 07:00
GMT
Date the query began.
End Date
2006-10-03 06:59
GMT
Date the query ended.
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(continued)
Category Header
Value
Description
Name
Adware
Name of the malware category.
Transactions Monitored
525
Number of transactions monitored.
Transactions Blocked
2100
Number of transactions blocked.
Transactions Detected
2625
Total number of transactions:
Number of transactions detected + Number of
transactions blocked.
Note
Category headers are different for each type of report.
Note
If you export localized CSV data, the headings may not be rendered properly in some browsers. This
occurs because some browsers may not use the proper character set for the localized text. To work around
this problem, you can save the file to your local machine, and open the file in any web browser using
File > Open. When you open the file, select the character set to display the localized text.
Enabling Centralized Reporting
When the Web Security appliance is managed by a Security Management appliance, you can choose
which appliance displays reports on the web traffic that is processed by the Web Security appliance. You
might want to enable Centralized Reporting when the Security Management appliance manages multiple
Web Security appliances.
Note
When you enable Centralized Reporting, only the System Capacity and System Status reports are
available on the Web Security appliance. To view the other reports, connect to the Security Management
appliance.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Reporting and click Edit Settings.
Step 2
Choose Centralized Reporting.
Step 3
Submit and Commit Changes.
Scheduling Reports
You can schedule reports to run on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Scheduled reports can be
configured to include data for the previous day, previous seven days, or previous month.
You can schedule reports for the following types of reports:
•
Overview
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•
Users
•
Web Sites
•
URL Categories
•
Application Visibility
•
Anti-Malware
•
Client Malware Risk
•
Web Reputation Filters
•
Layer-4 Traffic Monitor
•
Reports by User Location
•
System Capacity
Adding a Scheduled Report
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Scheduled Reports and click Add Scheduled Report.
Step 2
Select a report type.
Step 3
Enter a title for the report. To avoid creating multiple reports with the same name, consider using a
descriptive title.
Step 4
Select a time range for the data included in the report.
Step 5
Choose the format for the generated report.
The default format is PDF. Most reports also allow you to save raw data as a CSV file.
Step 6
Depending on the type of report you configure, you can specify different report options, such as the
number of rows to include and by which column to sort the data. Configure these options as necessary.
Step 7
In the Schedule section, choose whether to run the report daily, weekly, or monthly and at what time.
Step 8
In the Email field, enter the email address to where to send the generated report.
If you do not specify an email address, the report is archived only.
Step 9
Submit and Commit Changes.
Editing Scheduled Reports
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Scheduled Reports.
Step 2
Select the report title from the list.
Step 3
Modify settings.
Step 4
Submit and Commit Changes.
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Deleting Scheduled Reports
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Scheduled Reports.
Step 2
Select the check boxes corresponding to the reports that you want to delete.
Step 3
To remove all scheduled reports, select the All check box.
Step 4
Delete and Commit Changes.
Note
Archived versions of deleted reports are not deleted.
Generating Reports On Demand
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Archived Reports.
Step 2
Click Generate Report Now.
Step 3
Select a report type and edit the title.
Step 4
Select a time range for the data included in the report.
Step 5
Choose the format for the generated report.
The default format is PDF. Most reports also allow you to save raw data as a CSV file.
Step 6
Depending on the type of report you configure, you can specify different report options, such as the
number of rows to include and by which column to sort the data. Configure these options as necessary.
Step 7
Select whether to archive the report (if so, the report will appear on the Archived Reports page).
Step 8
Specify whether to email the report, and list the email addresses of the recipients.
Step 9
Click Deliver this Report to generate the report.
Step 10
Commit Changes.
Archived Reports
The Reporting > Archived Reports page lists available archived reports. Report names in the Report
Title column are interactive and link to a view of each report. The Show menu filters the types of reports
that are listed. Interactive column headings can be used to sort the data in each column.
The appliance stores up to 12 instances of each scheduled report (up to 1000 reports). Archived reports
are stored in the /periodic_reports directory on the appliance. Archived reports are deleted
automatically. As new reports are added, older reports are removed to keep the number at 1000. The limit
of 12 instances applies to each scheduled report with the same name and time range.
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SNMP Monitoring
The AsyncOS operating system supports system status monitoring via SNMP (Simple Network
Management Protocol). This includes Cisco’s Enterprise MIB, asyncoswebsecurityappliance-mib.txt.
The asyncoswebsecurityappliance-mib helps administrators better monitor system health. In addition,
this release implements a read-only subset of MIB-II as defined in RFCs 1213 and 1907. (For more
information about SNMP, see RFCs 1065, 1066, and 1067.) Please note:
•
SNMP requests are serviced on the P1 interface.
•
SNMP is off by default.
•
SNMP SET operations (configuration) are not implemented.
•
AsyncOS supports SNMPv1, v2, and v3.
•
The use of SNMPv3 with password authentication and DES Encryption is mandatory to enable this
service. (For more information on SNMPv3, see RFCs 2571-2575.) You are required to set a
SNMPv3 passphrase of at least 8 characters to enable SNMP system status monitoring. The first
time you enter a SNMPv3 passphrase, you must re-enter it to confirm. The snmpconfig command
“remembers” this phrase the next time you run the command.
•
The SNMPv3 username is: v3get.
> snmpwalk -v 3 -l AuthNoPriv -u v3get -a MD5 serv.example.com
•
If you use only SNMPv1 or SNMPv2, you must set a community string. The community string does
not default to public.
•
For SNMPv1 and SNMPv2, you must specify a network from which SNMP GET requests are
accepted.
•
To use traps, an SNMP manager (not included in AsyncOS) must be running and its IP address
entered as the trap target. (You can use a hostname, but if you do, traps will only work if DNS is
working.)
Use the snmpconfig command to configure SNMP system status for the appliance. After you choose and
configure values for an interface, the appliance responds to SNMPv3 GET requests. These version 3
requests must include a matching password. By default, version 1 and 2 requests are rejected. If enabled,
version 1 and 2 requests must have a matching community string.
MIB Files
Cisco provides “enterprise” MIBs for Email and Web Security appliances as well as a “Structure of
Management Information” (SMI) file:
•
asyncoswebsecurityappliance-mib.txt — an SNMPv2 compatible description of the Enterprise MIB
for Web Security appliances.
•
ASYNCOS-MAIL-MIB.txt — an SNMPv2 compatible description of the Enterprise MIB for Email
Security appliances.
•
IRONPORT-SMI.txt — defines the role of the asyncoswebsecurityappliance-mib.
These files are available on the documentation CD included with your Cisco Web Security Appliance
appliance. You can also find these files here:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/customer/products/ps10164/tsd_products_support_series_home.h
tml
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Hardware Objects
Hardware sensors conforming to the Intelligent Platform Management Interface Specification (IPMI)
report temperature, fan speed, and power supply status.
The number displayed is the number of instances of that object that can be monitored. For example, you
can query the RPMs for 4 fans in the S350 appliance.
Model
Ambient Temp
Fans
Power Supply
Disk Status
NIC Link
S160
1
2
1
2
6
S350
1
4
2
6
6
S360
1
4
2
4
6
S650
1
4
2
6
6
S660
1
4
2
6
6
Hardware Traps
Model
High Temp
(Ambient)
S160/S350/S360/S650 47C
/S660
Fan Failure
Power Supply
RAID
Link
0 RPMs
Status Change
Status Change
Status Change
Status change traps are sent when the status changes. Fan Failure and high temperature traps are sent
every 5 seconds. The other traps are failure condition alarm traps - they are sent once when the state
changes (healthy to failure). Temperatures within 10 per cent of the critical value may be a cause for
concern.
Note
Failure condition alarm traps represent a critical failure of the individual component, but may not cause
a total system failure.
SNMP Traps
SNMP provides the ability to send traps, or notifications, to advise an administration application when
one or more conditions have been met. Traps are network packets that contain data relating to a
component of the system sending the trap. Traps are generated when a condition has been met on the
SNMP agent (in this case, the Cisco Web Security Appliance appliance). After the condition has been
met, the SNMP agent then forms an SNMP packet and sends it over port 162, the standard SNMP trap
port. In the example below, the trap target of 10.1.1.29 and the Trap Community string are entered. This
is the host running the SNMP management console software that will receive the SNMP traps from the
appliance.
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You can configure SNMP traps (enable or disable specific traps) when you enable SNMP for an
interface. To specify multiple trap targets: when prompted for the trap target, you may enter up to 10
comma separated IP addresses.
CLI Example
In this example, the snmpconfig command is used to enable SNMP on the “PublicNet” interface on port
161. A passphrase for version 3 is entered and then re-entered for confirmation. The system is configured
to service version 1 and 2 requests, and the community string public is entered for GET requests from
those versions 1 and 2. The trap target of 10.1.1.29 is entered. Finally, system location and contact
information is entered.
example.com> snmpconfig
Current SNMP settings:
SNMP Disabled.
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- SETUP - Configure SNMP.
[]> setup
Do you want to enable SNMP? [N]> y
Please choose an IP interface for SNMP requests.
1. Management (192.168.1.1/24: wsa01-vmw1-tpub.qa)
[1]>
Enter the SNMPv3 passphrase.
>
Please enter the SNMPv3 passphrase again to confirm.
>
Which port shall the SNMP daemon listen on?
[161]>
Service SNMP V1/V2c requests? [N]> y
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Enter the SNMP V1/V2c community string.
[]> public
From which network shall SNMP V1/V2c requests be allowed?
[192.168.1.1]>
Enter the Trap target as a host name, IP address or list of IP addresses separated by
commas (IP address preferred). Enter “None” to disable traps.
[None]> 10.1.1.29
Enter the Trap Community string.
[]> tcomm
Enterprise Trap Status
1. CPUUtilizationExceeded
Disabled
2. RAIDStatusChange
Enabled
3. connectivityFailure
Disabled
4. fanFailure
Enabled
5. highTemperature
Enabled
6. keyExpiration
Enabled
7. linkDown
Enabled
8. linkUp
Enabled
9. memoryUtilizationExceeded
Disabled
10. powerSupplyStatusChange
Enabled
11. resourceConservationMode
Enabled
12. updateFailure
Enabled
13. upstream_proxy_failure
Enabled
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Do you want to change any of these settings? [N]> y
Do you want to disable any of these traps? [Y]> n
Do you want to enable any of these traps? [Y]> y
Enter number or numbers of traps to enable. Separate multiple numbers with commas.
[]> 1,3
What threshold would you like to set for CPU utilization?
[95]>
What URL would you like to check for connectivity failure?
[http://downloads.ironport.com]>
Enterprise Trap Status
1. CPUUtilizationExceeded
Enabled
2. RAIDStatusChange
Enabled
3. connectivityFailure
Enabled
4. fanFailure
Enabled
5. highTemperature
Enabled
6. keyExpiration
Enabled
7. linkDown
Enabled
8. linkUp
Enabled
9. memoryUtilizationExceeded
Disabled
10. powerSupplyStatusChange
Enabled
11. resourceConservationMode
Enabled
12. updateFailure
Enabled
13. upstream_proxy_failure
Enabled
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Do you want to change any of these settings? [N]>
Enter the System Location string.
[Unknown: Not Yet Configured]> Network Operations Center - west; rack #30, position 3
Enter the System Contact string.
[snmp@localhost]> Joe Administrator, x8888
Current SNMP settings:
Listening on interface “Management” 192.168.1.1 port 161.
SNMP v3: Enabled.
SNMP v1/v2: Enabled, accepting requests from subnet 192.168.1.1.
SNMP v1/v2 Community String: public
Trap target: 10.1.1.29
Location: Network Operations Center - west; rack #30, position 3
System Contact: Joe Administrator, x8888
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- SETUP - Configure SNMP.
[]>
example.com>
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Overview Page, page 23-1
•
Users Page, page 18-2
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Web Sites Page, page 18-3
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URL Categories Page, page 18-3
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Application Visibility Page, page 18-4
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Anti-Malware Page, page 18-5
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Client Malware Risk Page, page 18-6
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Web Reputation Filters Page, page 18-6
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L4 Traffic Monitor Page, page 18-7
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SOCKS Proxy Page, page 18-7
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Reports by User Location Page, page 18-8
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Web Tracking Page, page 18-8
•
System Capacity Page, page 18-11
•
System Status Page, page 18-12
Overview Page
The Reporting > Overview page provides a synopsis of the activity on the Web Security appliance. It
includes graphs and summary tables for web traffic processed by the Web Security appliance.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows you to choose the time range of the data
contained in the report.
Total Web Proxy Activity
Displays the actual number of transactions (vertical scale) as well
as the approximate date that the (web Proxy) activity occurred
(horizontal timeline).
Web Proxy Summary
Allows you to view the percentage of Web Proxy activity that are
suspect or clean Web Proxy activity.
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Users Page
(continued)
Section
Description
L4 Traffic Monitor Summary
Reports on traffic monitored and blocked by the L4 Traffic
Monitor.
Suspect Transactions
Allows you to view the web transactions that have been labeled as
suspect by the various security components.
Displays the actual number of transactions as well as the
approximate date that the activity occurred.
Suspect Transactions Summary
Allows you to view the percentage of blocked or warned
transactions that are suspect.
Top URL Categories by Total
Transactions
Displays the top 10 URL categories that have been blocked.
Top Application Types by Total
Transactions
Displays the top application types that have been blocked by the
AVC engine.
Top Malware Categories Detected
Displays all malware categories that have been detected.
Top Users Blocked or Warned
Transactions
Displays the users that are generating the blocked or warned
transactions. Authenticated users are displayed username and
unauthenticated users are displayed by IP address.
Users Page
The Reporting > Users page provides several links that allows you to view web traffic information for
individual users. You can view how much time users on the network have spent on the Internet or on a
particular website or URL, and how much bandwidth users have used.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows to choose the time range of the data contained
in the report.
Top Users by Transactions Blocked Lists the users (vertical scale) that have the greatest number of
blocked transactions (horizontal scale).
Top Users by Bandwidth Used
Users Table
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bandwidth on the system (horizontal scale represented in
gigabyte usage).
Lists individual users and displays multiple statistics on each
user.
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Web Sites Page
User Details Page
The User Details page displays information about a specific user selected in the Users Table on the
Reporting > Users page.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list) A menu that allows to choose the time range of the data contained in
the report.
URL Categories by Total
Transactions
Lists the specific URL categories that a specific user is using.
Trend by Total Transaction
Displays at what times the user accessed the web.
URL Categories Matched
Shows all matched URL categories during a specified time range for
both completed and blocked transactions.
Domains Matched
Displays information about a specific Domain or IP address that this
user has accessed.
Applications Matched
Displays specific application that a specific user is using as detected by
the AVC engine.
Malware Threats Detected
Displays the top malware threats that a specific user is triggering.
Policies Matched
Displays a specific policy that is being enforced on this particular user.
Web Sites Page
The Reporting > Web Sites page is an overall aggregation of the activity that is happening on the Web
Security appliance.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
Menu allows you to choose the time range of the data contained in the
report.
Top Domains by Total
Transactions
Lists the top domains that are being visited on the site in a graph
format.
Top Domains by Transactions Lists the top domains that triggered a block action to occur per
Blocked
transaction in a graph format.
Domains Matched
Lists the domains that are that are being visited on the site in an
interactive table.
URL Categories Page
The Reporting > URL Categories page can be used to view the URL categories that are being visited
by users on the network. The URL Categories page can be used in conjunction with the Application
Visibility Page and the Users Page to investigate a particular user and also what types of applications or
websites that a particular user is trying to access.
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Note
The set of predefined URL categories is occasionally updated.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
Choose the time range for your report.
Top URL Categories by Total
Transactions
This section lists the top URL categories that are being visited on
the site in a graph format.
Top URL Categories by Blocked
and Warned Transactions
Lists the top URL that triggered a block or warning action to
occur per transaction in a graph format.
URL Categories Matched
Shows the disposition of transactions by URL category during the
specified time range, plus bandwidth used and time spent in each
category.
If the percentage of uncategorized URLs is higher than 15-20%,
consider the following options:
•
For specific localized URLs, you can create custom URL
categories and apply them to specific users or group policies.
•
You can report uncategorized and misclassified and URLs to
the Cisco for evaluation and database update.
•
Verify that Web Reputation Filtering and Anti-Malware
Filtering are enabled.
URL Category Set Updates and Reports
The set of predefined URL categories may periodically be updated automatically on your Web Security
appliance.
When these updates occur, old category names will continue to appear in reports until the data associated
with the older categories is too old to be included in reports. Report data generated after a URL category
set update will use the new categories, so you may see both old and new categories in the same report.
Application Visibility Page
The Reporting > Application Visibility page shows the applications and application types used and
blocked as detected by the Application Visibility and Control engine.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows to choose the time range of the data contained
in the report.
Top Application Types by Total
Transactions
This section lists the top application types that are being visited
on the site in a graph format.
Top Applications by Blocked
Transactions
Lists the top application types that triggered a block action to
occur per transaction in a graph format.
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(continued)
Section
Description
Application Types Matched
Allows you to view granular details about the application types
listed in the Top Applications Type by Total Transactions graph.
Applications Matched
Shows all the application during a specified time range.
Anti-Malware Page
The Reporting > Anti-Malware page allows you to monitor and identify malware detected by the Cisco
IronPort DVS engine.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows to choose the time range of the data contained
in the report.
Top Malware Categories Detected
Displays the top malware categories detected by the DVS engine.
Top Malware Threats Detected
Displays the top malware threats detected by the DVS engine.
Malware Categories
Displays information about particular malware categories that are
shown in the Top Malware Categories Detected section.
Malware Threats
Displays information about particular malware threats that are
shown in the Top Malware Threats section.
Malware Category Report Page
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Anti-Malware.
Step 2
In the Malware Categories interactive table, click on a category in the Malware Category column.
Malware Threat Report Page
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Anti-Malware.
Step 2
In the Malware Threat table, click on a category in the Malware Category column.
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Client Malware Risk Page
Client Malware Risk Page
The Reporting > Client Malware Risk page is a security-related reporting page that can be used to
monitor client malware risk activity. The Client Malware Risk page also lists client IP addresses involved
in frequent malware connections, as identified by the L4 Traffic Monitor (L4TM).
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows you to choose the time range of the data
contained in the report.
Web Proxy: Top Clients by
Malware Risk
This chart displays the top ten users that have encountered a
malware risk.
L4 Traffic Monitor: Malware
Connections Detected
This chart displays the IP addresses of the computers in your
organization that most frequently connect to malware sites.
Web Proxy: Clients by Malware
Risk
The Web Proxy: Clients by Malware Risk table shows detailed
information about particular clients that are displayed in the Web
Proxy: Top Clients by Malware Risk section.
L4 Traffic Monitor: Clients by
Malware Risk
This table displays IP addresses of computers in your
organization that frequently connect to malware sites.
Client Detail Page for Web Proxy - Clients by Malware Risk
The Client Details page shows all the web activity and malware risk data for a particular client during
the specified time range.
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Client Malware Risk.
Step 2
In the Web Proxy - Client Malware Risk section, click on a user in the “User ID / Client IP Address”
column.
Related Topics
•
User Details Page, page 23-3
Web Reputation Filters Page
The Reporting > Web Reputation Filters page is a security-related reporting page that allows you to
view the results of your set Web Reputation Filters for transactions during a specified time range.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows to choose the time range of the data contained
in the report.
Web Reputation Actions (Trend)
Displays the total number of web reputation actions (vertical)
against the time specified (horizontal timeline).
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Section
Description
Web Reputation Actions (Volume)
Displays the web reputation action volume in percentages by
transactions.
Web Reputation Threat Types by
Blocked Transactions
Displays the threat types that were blocked due to a low
reputation score.
Web Reputation Threat Types by
Scanned Further Transactions
Displays the threat types that resulted in a reputation score that
indicated to scan the transaction.
Web Reputation Actions 
(Breakdown by Score)
Displays the web reputation scores broken down for each action.
L4 Traffic Monitor Page
The Reporting > L4 Traffic Monitor page is a security-related reporting page that displays information
about malware ports and malware sites that the L4 Traffic Monitor has detected during the specified time
range. It also displays IP addresses of clients that frequently encounter malware sites.
The L4 Traffic Monitor listens to network traffic that comes in over all ports on the appliance and
matches domain names and IP addresses against entries in its own database tables to determine whether
to allow incoming and outgoing traffic.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows you to choose a time range on which to report.
Top Client IPs
Displays, in graph format, the IP addresses of computers in your
organization that most frequently connect to malware sites.
Top Malware Sites
Displays, in graph format, the top malware domains detected by
the L4 Traffic Monitor.
Client Source IPs
Displays the IP addresses of computers in your organization that
frequently connect to malware sites.
Malware Ports
Displays the ports on which the L4 Traffic Monitor has most
frequently detected malware.
Malware Sites Detected
Displays the domains on which the L4 Traffic Monitor most
frequently detects malware.
SOCKS Proxy Page
The Reporting > SOCKS Proxy Page allows you to view data and trends for transactions processed
through the SOCKS proxy, including information about top destinations and users.
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Reports by User Location Page
The Reporting > Reports by User Location page allows you to find out what activities your local and
remote users are conducting.
Activities include:
•
URL categories that are being accessed by the local and remote users.
•
Anti-Malware activity that is being triggered by sites the local and remote users are accessing.
•
Web Reputation of the sites being accessed by the local and remote users.
•
Applications that are being accessed by the local and remote users.
•
Users (local and remote).
•
Domains accessed by local and remote users.
Section
Description
Time Range (drop-down list)
A menu that allows to choose the time range of the data contained
in the report.
Total Web Proxy Activity: Remote Displays the activity of your remote users (vertical) over the
Users
specified time (horizontal).
Web Proxy Summary
Displays a summary of the activities of the local and remote users
on the network.
Total Web Proxy Activity: Local
Users
Displays the activity of your remote users (vertical) over the
specified time (horizontal).
Suspect Transactions Detected:
Remote Users
Displays the suspect transactions that have been detected due to
Access Policies defined for remote users (vertical) over the
specified time (horizontal).
Suspect Transactions Summary
Displays a summary of suspected transactions of the remote users
on the network.
Suspect Transactions Detected:
Local Users
Displays the suspect transactions that have been detected due to
Access Policies defined for your remote users (vertical) over the
specified time (horizontal).
Suspect Transactions Summary
Displays a summary of suspected transactions of the local users
on the network.
Web Tracking Page
Use the Web Tracking page to search for and get details about individual transactions or patterns of
transactions that may be of concern. Depending on your needs, search in one or both of the following
tabs:
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Web Tracking Page
Link to Task
Transactions processed by the Web Proxy
Searching for Transactions Processed by the Web
Proxy, page 18-9
Transactions processed by the L4 Traffic
Monitor
Searching for Transactions Processed by the L4 Traffic
Monitor, page 18-11
Transactions processed by the SOCKS Proxy Searching for Transactions Processed by the SOCKS
Proxy, page 18-11
Searching for Transactions Processed by the Web Proxy
You can use the Proxy Services tab on the Reporting > Web Tracking page to track and report on web
usage for a particular user or for all users.
You can view search results for the type of transactions logged (blocked, monitored, warned, and
completed) during a particular time period. You can also filter the data results using several criteria, such
as URL category, malware threat, and application.
Note
The Web Proxy only reports on transactions that include an ACL decision tag other than
“OTHER-NONE.
Step 1
Choose Reporting > Web Tracking.
Step 2
Click the Proxy Services tab.
Step 3
Configure the settings.
Setting
Description
Time Range
Choose the time range on which to report.
User/Client IP
(Optional) Enter an authentication username as it appears in reports or a client IP
address that you want to track. You can also enter an IP range in CIDR format.
When you leave this field empty, the search returns results for all users.
Website
(Optional) Enter a website that you want to track. When you leave this field empty,
the search returns results for all websites.
Transaction
Type
Choose the type of transactions that you want to track, either All Transactions,
Completed, Blocked, Monitored, or Warned.
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Step 4
(Optional) Expand the Advanced section and configure the fields to filter the web tracking results with
more advanced criteria.
Setting
Description
URL Category
To filter by a URL category, select Filter by URL Category and type the first letter
of a URL category by which to filter. Choose the category from the list that appears.
Application
To filter by an application, select Filter by Application and choose an application
by which to filter.
To filter by an application type, select Filter by Application Type and choose an
application type by which to filter.
Policy
To filter by a policy group, select Filter by Policy and enter a policy group name by
which to filter.
Malware Threat To filter by a particular malware threat, select Filter by Malware Threat and enter
a malware threat name by which to filter.
To filter by a malware category, select Filter by Malware Category and choose a
malware category by which to filter.
WBRS
In the WBRS section, you can filter by web reputation score and by a particular web
reputation threat.
•
To filter by web reputation score, select Score Range and select the upper and
lower values by which to filter. Or, you can filter for websites that have no score
by selecting No Score.
•
To filter by web reputation threat, select Filter by Reputation Threat and enter
a web reputation threat by which to filter.
AnyConnect
To filter by the location of users (either remote or local), select Filter by User
Secure Mobility Location and choose a user type by which to filter.
User Request
To filter by transactions that were initiated by the client, select Filter by
User-Requested Transactions.
Note
Step 5
When you enable this filter, the search results include some “best guess”
transactions.
Click Search.
Results are sorted by time stamp, with the most recent result at the top.
The number in parentheses below the “Display Details” link is the number of related transactions
spawned by the user-initiated transaction, such as images loaded, javascripts run, and secondary sites
accessed.
Step 6
(Optional) Click Display Details in the Transactions column to view more detailed information about
each transaction.
Note
If you need to view more than 1000 results, click the Printable Download link to obtain a CSV
file that includes the complete set of raw data, excluding details of related transactions.
Tip
If a URL in the results is truncated, you can find the full URL in the access log.
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To view details for up to 500 related transactions, click the Related Transactions link.
Related Topics
•
URL Category Set Updates and Reports, page 18-4
Searching for Transactions Processed by the L4 Traffic Monitor
The L4 Traffic Monitor tab on the Reporting > Web Tracking page provides details about connections
to malware sites and ports. You can search for connections to malware sites by the following types of
information:
•
Time range
•
Site, using IP address or domain
•
Port
•
IP address associated with a computer in your organization
•
Connection type
The first 1000 matching search results are displayed.
Searching for Transactions Processed by the SOCKS Proxy
You can search for transactions that meet a variety of criteria, including blocked or completed
transactions; users; and destination domain, IP address, or port.
Step 1
Choose Web > Reporting > Web Tracking.
Step 2
Click the SOCKS Proxy tab.
Step 3
To filter results, click Advanced.
Step 4
Enter search criteria.
Step 5
Click Search.
Related Topics
•
SOCKS Proxy Page, page 18-7
System Capacity Page
The Reporting > System Capacity page displays current and historical information about resource
usage on the Web Security appliance.
When choosing time ranges for viewing data on the System Capacity page, the following is important to
remember:
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Hour Report. The Hour report queries the minute table and displays the exact number of items, such
as bytes and connection, that have been recorded by the appliance on an minute by minute basis over
a 60 minute period.
•
Day Report. The Day report queries the hour table and displays the exact number of items, such as
bytes and connection, that have been recorded by the appliance on an hourly basis over a 24 hour
period. This information is gathered from the hour table.
The Week Report and 30 Days Report work similarly to the Hour and Day Reports.
System Status Page
Use the Reporting > System Status page to monitor the System Status. This page displays the current
status and configuration of the Web Security appliance.
This Section...
Web Security Appliance
Status
Displays
•
System uptime
•
System resource utilization — CPU usage, RAM usage, and
percentage of disk space used for reporting and logging.
RAM usage for a system that is working efficiently may be above 90%,
because RAM that is not otherwise in use by the system is used by the
web object cache. If your system is not experiencing serious
performance issues and this value is not stuck at 100%, the system is
operating normally.
Note
Proxy Traffic
Characteristics
Current Configuration
Proxy Buffer Memory is one component that uses this RAM.
•
Transactions per second
•
Bandwidth
•
Response time
•
Cache hit rate
•
Connections
Web Proxy settings:
•
Web Proxy Status — enabled or disabled.
•
Deployment Topology.
•
Web Proxy Mode — forward or transparent.
•
IP Spoofing — enabled or disabled.
L4 Traffic Monitor settings:
•
L4 Traffic Monitor Status — enabled or disabled.
•
L4 Traffic Monitor Wiring.
•
L4 Traffic Monitor Action — monitor or block.
Web Security Appliance Version Information
Hardware information
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Related Topics
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System Capacity Page, page 18-11
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Detecting Rogue Traffic on Non-Standard Ports
•
Overview of Detecting Rogue Traffic, page 19-1
•
Configuring the L4 Traffic Monitor, page 19-1
•
List of Known Sites, page 19-2
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Configuring L4 Traffic Monitor Global Settings, page 19-2
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Updating L4 Traffic Monitor Anti-Malware Rules, page 19-3
•
Creating a Policy to Detect Rogue Traffic, page 19-3
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Viewing L4 Traffic Monitor Activity, page 19-4
Overview of Detecting Rogue Traffic
The Web Security appliance has an integrated Layer-4 Traffic Monitor that detects rogue traffic across
all network ports and stops malware attempts to bypass port 80. When internal clients are infected with
malware and attempt to phone-home across non-standard ports and protocols, the L4 Traffic Monitor
prevents phone-home activity from going outside the corporate network. By default, the L4 Traffic
Monitor is enabled and set to monitor traffic on all ports. This includes DNS and other services.
The L4 Traffic Monitor uses and maintains its own internal database. This database is continuously
updated with matched results for IP addresses and domain names.
Configuring the L4 Traffic Monitor
Before you begin
•
Configure the L4 Traffic Monitor inside the firewall.
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List of Known Sites
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Ensure the L4 Traffic Monitor is ‘logically’ connected after the proxy ports and before any device
that performs network address translation (NAT) on client IP addresses.
Step 1
Configure the Global Settings
See Configuring L4 Traffic Monitor
Global Settings, page 19-2.
Step 2
Create L4 TrafficMonitor Policies
See Creating a Policy to Detect Rogue
Traffic, page 19-3.
List of Known Sites
Address
Description
Known allowed
Any IP address or hostname listed in the Allow List property. These addresses
appear in the log files as “whitelist” addresses.
Unlisted
Any IP address that is not known to be a malware site nor is a known allowed
address. They are not listed on the Allow List, Additional Suspected Malware
Addresses properties, or in the L4 Traffic Monitor Database. These addresses do
not appear in the log files.
Ambiguous
These appear in the log files as “greylist” addresses and include:
– Any IP address that is associated with both an unlisted hostname and a
known malware hostname.
– Any IP address that is associated with both an unlisted hostname and a
hostname from the Additional Suspected Malware Addresses property
Known malware
These appear in the log files as “blacklist” addresses and include:
– Any IP address or hostname that the L4 Traffic Monitor Database
determines to be a known malware site and not listed in the Allow List.
– Any IP address that is listed in the Additional Suspected Malware
Addresses property, not listed in the Allow List and is not ambiguous
Configuring L4 Traffic Monitor Global Settings
Step 1
Choose Security Services > L4 Traffic Monitor.
Step 2
Click Edit Global Settings.
Step 3
Choose whether or not to enable the L4 Traffic Monitor.
Step 4
When you enable the L4 Traffic Monitor, choose which ports it should monitor:
•
All ports. Monitors all 65535 TCP ports for rogue activity.
•
All ports except proxy ports. Monitors all TCP ports except the following ports for rogue activity.
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– Ports configured in the “HTTP Ports to Proxy” property on the Security Services > Web Proxy
page (usually port 80).
– Ports configured in the “Transparent HTTPS Ports to Proxy” property on the Security Services
> HTTPS Proxy page (usually port 443).
Step 5
Submit and Commit Changes.
Updating L4 Traffic Monitor Anti-Malware Rules
Step 1
Choose Security Services > L4 Traffic Monitor.
Step 2
Click Update Now.
Creating a Policy to Detect Rogue Traffic
The actions the L4 Traffic Monitor takes depends on the L4 Traffic Monitor policies you configure:
Step 1
Choose Web Security Manager > L4 Traffic Monitor.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
On the Edit L4 Traffic Monitor Policies page, configure the L4 Traffic Monitor policies:
a.
Define the Allow List
b.
Add known good sites to the Allow List
Note
c.
Do not include the Web Security appliance IP address or hostname to the Allow List
otherwise the L4 Traffic Monitor does not block any traffic.
Determine which action to perform for Suspected Malware Addresses:
Action
Description
Allow
It always allows traffic to and from known allowed and unlisted addresses
Monitor
It monitors traffic under the following circumstances:
– When the Action for Suspected Malware Addresses option is set to Monitor, it
always monitors all traffic that is not to or from a known allowed address.
– When the Action for Suspected Malware Addresses option is set to Block, it
monitors traffic to and from ambiguous addresses
Block
When the Action for Suspected Malware Addresses option is set to Block, it blocks
traffic to and from known malware addresses
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d.
Note
When you choose to block suspected malware traffic, you can also choose whether or not to
always block ambiguous addresses. By default, ambiguous addresses are monitored.
Note
If the L4 Traffic Monitor is configured to block, the L4 Traffic Monitor and the Web Proxy
must be configured on the same network. Use the Network > Routes page to confirm that
all clients are accessible on routes that are configured for data traffic.
Define the Additional Suspected Malware Addresses properties
Note
Step 4
Adding internal IP addresses to the Additional Suspected Malware Addresses list causes
legitimate destination URLs to show up as malware in L4 Traffic Monitor reports. To avoid
this do not enter internal IP addresses in the “Additional Suspected Malware Addresses”
field on the Web Security Manager > L4 Traffic Monitor Policies page.
Submit and Commit Changes.
Related Topics
•
Overview of Detecting Rogue Traffic, page 19-1
•
Valid Formats, page 19-4.
Valid Formats
When you add addresses to the Allow List or Additional Suspected Malware Addresses properties,
separate multiple entries with whitespace or commas. You can enter addresses in any of the following
formats:
•
IPv4 IP address. Example: IPv4 format: 10.1.1.0. IPv6 format: 2002:4559:1FE2::4559:1FE2
•
CIDR address. Example: 10.1.1.0/24.
•
Domain name. Example: example.com.
•
Hostname. Example: crm.example.com.
Viewing L4 Traffic Monitor Activity
The S-Series appliance supports several options for generating feature specific reports and interactive
displays of summary statistics.
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Monitoring Activity and Viewing Summary Statistics
The Reporting > L4 Traffic Monitor page provides statistical summaries of monitoring activity. You
can use the following displays and reporting tools to view the results of L4 Traffic Monitor activity:
To view...
See...
Client statistics
Reporting > Client Activity
Malware statistics
Reporting > L4 Traffic Monitor
Port statistics
L4 Traffic Monitor log files
Note
System Administration > Log Subscriptions
•
trafmon_errlogs
•
trafmonlogs
If the Web Proxy is configured as a forward proxy and L4 Traffic Monitor is set to monitor all ports, the
IP address of the proxy’s data port is recorded and displayed as a client IP address in the client activity
report on the Reporting > Client Activity page. If the Web Proxy is configured as a transparent proxy,
enable IP spoofing to correctly record and display the client IP addresses.
L4 Traffic Monitor Log File Entries
The L4 Traffic Monitor log file provides a detailed record of monitoring activity.
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Overview of Logging, page 20-1
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Tasks for Logging, page 20-2
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Best Practices for Logging, page 20-2
•
Planning For Logging, page 20-2
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5
•
Viewing Log Files, page 20-9
•
Adding SCP SSH Public Host Keys to the Appliance, page 20-10
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Troubleshooting Web Proxy Issues Using Logs, page 20-11
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Access Log Files, page 20-12
•
W3C Compliant Access Log Files, page 20-15
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Customizing Access Logs, page 20-17
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Traffic Monitor Log Files, page 20-18
•
Log File Types, page 20-19
•
Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23
Overview of Logging
The Web Security appliance records its own system and traffic management activities by writing them
to log files. Administrators can consult these log files to monitor and troubleshoot the appliance.
The appliance divides different types of activity into different logging types to simplify the task of
finding information on specific activities. The majority of these are automatically enabled by default,
but some must be manually enabled as required.
You enable and manage log files through log file subscriptions. Subscriptions allow you to define the
settings for creating, customizing, and managing log files.
The two main log files types typically used by administrators are:
•
Access log. This records all Web Proxy filtering and scanning activity.
•
Traffic Monitor log. This records all Layer-4 Traffic Monitor activity.
You can view current and past appliance activity using these and other log types. Reference tables are
available to help you interpret log file entries.
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Tasks for Logging
Steps
Task
Links to Related Topics and Procedures
1
Plan logging tasks:
Best Practices for Logging, page 20-2
•
Review the best practices for logging
•
Review logging concepts
Planning For Logging, page 20-2
2
Create or change logging subscriptions
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5
3
View log files
Viewing Log Files, page 20-9
4
Understand Access logs
Access Log Files, page 20-12
5
Understand W3C compliant Access logs
W3C Compliant Access Log Files, page 20-15
7
Customizing Access and W3C Access logs
Customizing Access Logs, page 20-17
7
Understand Traffic Monitor logs
Traffic Monitor Log Files, page 20-18
8
Find log file reference information
Log File Types, page 20-19
Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23
Best Practices for Logging
•
Avoid creating multiple logging subscriptions and using high detail levels when possible, as these
can adversely affect system performance.
Planning For Logging
•
Log Types, page 20-2
•
Log Subscriptions, page 20-3
•
Log File Names and Appliance Directory Structure, page 20-3
•
Archiving Log Files Using Rollover, page 20-4
•
Saving Disk Space By Compressing Log Files, page 20-4
•
Reading and Interpreting Log Files, page 20-4
Log Types
A log type defines the range of activity that is recorded in log files of that type. The Web Security
appliance provides numerous log types, each of which logs activity related to a specific area.
Two of the main log types that administrators use for normal appliance monitoring are the Access logs
and Traffic Monitor logs. Access logs record activity related to client access through the web proxy,
including filtering and scanning activity. Traffic Monitor logs record activity related to Layer-4 traffic
monitoring.
Access logs are further divided into standard Access logs and W3C compliant access logs. Both can
record the same range of activity but do so in different formats. W3C are also more customizable with
regard to their content and layout than standard Access logs.
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Related Topics
•
Log File Types, page 20-19.
•
Traffic Monitor Log Files, page 20-18.
•
W3C Compliant Access Log Files, page 20-15.
•
Customizing Access Logs, page 20-17.
Log Subscriptions
To enable logging for a log type, you have to create a subscription to that log type. Subscriptions are the
collective term for all the settings related to a logging instance. Subscription settings include:
•
Rollover settings, which determine when log files are archived.
•
Compression settings for archived logs.
•
The level of detail written to logs
•
Custom field layouts and user-defined fields for Access and W3C compliant logs.
•
Retrieval settings for archived logs, which specifies if logs are archive onto a remote server or stored
on the appliance.
You can add, edit, or delete log subscriptions and you can create multiple log subscriptions for each type
of log file.
Default Log Subscriptions
By default, subscriptions exist on the Web Security appliance for most log types. Some log types related
to the web proxy component are not enabled, however. The main web proxy log type, called the “Default
Proxy Logs,” is enabled by default and captures basic information on all Web Proxy modules. Each Web
Proxy module also has its own log type that you must manually enable as required.
Related Topics
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
Log File Names and Appliance Directory Structure
The appliance creates a directory for each log subscription based on the log subscription name. The name
of the log file in the directory is composed of the following information:
•
Log file name specified in the log subscription
•
Timestamp when the log file was started
•
A single-character status code, either .c (signifying current) or .s (signifying saved)
The filename of logs are made using the following formula:
/LogSubscriptionName/LogFilename.@timestamp.statuscode
Note
You should only transfer log files with the saved status.
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Related Topics
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
Archiving Log Files Using Rollover
AsyncOS will periodically close current log files and begin new ones as a means of managing log file
size and storage location. This is called log file “rollover”. Based on the retrieval method defined for the
log subscription, AsyncOS stores the older log files on the appliance for retrieval or delivers them to an
external computer.
AsyncOS rolls over log subscriptions in the following ways:
•
Manually. The appliance administrator can manually roll over log subscriptions on demand from
either the web interface or the CLI.
•
Automatically. AsyncOS rolls over log subscriptions when a current log file reaches a
user-specified limit of maximum file size or maximum time since last rollover. This is configured
as part of the subscription settings.
Related Topics
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
•
Manually Rolling Over Log Subscriptions, page 20-9.
Saving Disk Space By Compressing Log Files
To save disk space on the Web Security appliance, log subscriptions can compress rolled over log files
before storing them on the disk. Only rolled over logs are compressed. The current active log file is not
compressed.
Each log subscription has its own log compression setting, so you can choose which log subscriptions
to compress. AsyncOS compresses log files using the gzip compression format.
Related Topics
•
Archiving Log Files Using Rollover, page 20-4
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5
Reading and Interpreting Log Files
You can read current log file activity as a means of monitoring and troubleshooting the Web Security
appliance. This is done using the appliance interface.
You can also read archived files for a record of past activity. This can be done using the appliance
interface if the archived files are stored on the appliance; otherwise they must be read from their external
storage location using an appropriate method.
Each item of information in a log file is represented by a field variable. By determining which fields
represent which items of information, you can look up the field function and interpret the log file
contents. For W3C compliant access logs, the file header lists field names in the order in which they
appear in log entries. For standard Access logs, however, you must consult the documentation regarding
this log type for information on its field order.
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Related Topics
•
Viewing Log Files, page 20-9.
•
Interpreting Access Log File Entries, page 20-12.
•
Interpreting W3C Access Logs, page 20-15.
•
Interpreting Traffic Monitor Logs, page 20-19.
•
Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23.
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Log Subscriptions.
Step 2
To add a log subscription, click Add Log Subscription. Or, to edit a log subscription, click the name of
the log file in the Log Name field.
Step 3
Complete the subscription option.
Option
Description
Log Type
A list of available log file types that you can subscribe to. The other options
on the page may change according to log file type you choose.
Note
The Request Debug Logs log type can only be subscribed to using
the CLI and does not appear on this list.
Log Name
The name used to refer to the subscription on the Web Security appliance.
This name is also used for the log directory which will store the log files for
the subscription.
Rollover by File Size
The maximum file size to which the current log file can grow before it is
archived and a new log file started. You must enter a number between 100
kilobytes and 10 gigabytes.
Rollover by Time
The maximum time interval before the current log file is archived and a new
log file started. The following interval types are available:
Log Style
•
None. AsyncOS only performs a rollover when the log file reaches the
maximum file size.
•
Custom Time Interval. AsyncOS performs a rollover after a specified
amount of time has passed since the previous rollover. Specify the
number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds between rollovers using d,
h, m, and s as suffixes.
•
Daily Rollover. AsyncOS performs a rollover every day at a specified
time. Separate multiple times a day using a comma. Use an asterisk (*)
for the hour to have rollover occur every hour during the day. You can
also use an asterisk to rollover every minute of an hour.
•
Weekly Rollover. AsyncOS performs a rollover on one or more days of
the week at a specified time.
Specifies the log format to use, either Squid, Apache, or Squid Details.
(Access Logs)
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Option
Description
Custom Fields
Allows you to include custom information in each access log entry.
(Access Logs)
The syntax for entering format specifiers in the Custom Field is as follows:
<format_specifier_1> <format_specifier_2> ...
For example: %a %b %E
You can add tokens before the format specifiers to display descriptive text in
the access log file. For example:
client_IP %a body_bytes %b error_type %E
where client_IP is the description token for log format specifier %a, and so
on.
File Name
The name of the log files. Current log files are appended with a .c extension
and rolled over log files are appended with the file creation timestamp and a
.s extension.
Log Fields
Allows you to choose the fields you want to include in the W3C access log.
(W3C Access Logs)
Select a field in the Available Fields list, or type a field in the Custom Field
box, and click Add.
The order the fields appear in the Selected Log Fields list determines the
order of fields in the W3C access log file. You can change the order of fields
using the Move Up and Move Down buttons. You can remove a field by
selecting it in the Selected Log Fields list and clicking Remove.
You can enter multiple user defined fields in the Custom Fields box and add
them simultaneously as long as each entry is separated by a new line (click
Enter) before clicking Add.
When you change the log fields included in a W3C log subscription, the log
subscription automatically rolls over. This allows the latest version of the log
file to include the correct new field headers.
Log Compression
Specifies whether or not rolled over files are compressed. AsyncOS
compresses log files using the gzip compression format.
Log Exclusions
(Optional)
Allows you to specify HTTP status codes (4xx or 5xx only) to exclude the
associated transactions from an access log or a W3C access log.
(Access Logs)
For example, entering 401 will filter out authentication failure requests that
have that transaction number.
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Option
Log Level
Description
Specifies the level of detail for log entries. Choose from:
•
Critical. Includes errors only. This is the least detailed setting and is
equivalent to the syslog level “Alert.”
•
Warning. Includes errors and warnings. This log level is equivalent to
the syslog level “Warning.”
•
Information. Includes errors, warnings and additional system
operations. This is the default detail level and is equivalent to the syslog
level “Info.”
•
Debug. Includes data useful for debugging system problems. Use the
Debug log level when you are trying to discover the cause of an error.
Use this setting temporarily, and then return to the default level. This log
level is equivalent to the syslog level “Debug.”
•
Trace. This is the most detailed setting. This level includes a complete
record of system operations and activity. The Trace log level is
recommended only for developers. Using this level causes a serious
degradation of system performance and is not recommended. This log
level is equivalent to the syslog level “Debug.”
Note
More detailed settings create larger log files and have a greater
impact on system performance.
Retrieval Method
Specifies where rolled over log files are stored and how they are retrieved for
reading. See below for descriptions of the available methods.
Retrieval Method:
The FTP on Appliance method (equivalent to FTP Poll) requires a remote
FTP client accessing the appliance to retrieve log files using an admin or
operator user’s username and password.
FTP on Appliance
When you choose this method, you must enter the maximum number of log
files to store on the appliance. When the maximum number is reached, the
system deletes the oldest file.
This is the default retrieval method.
Retrieval Method:
FTP on Remote Server
The FTP on Remote Server method (equivalent to FTP Push) periodically
pushes log files to an FTP server on a remote computer.
When you choose this method, you must enter the following information:
•
FTP server hostname
•
Directory on FTP server to store the log file
•
Username and password of a user that has permission to connect to the
FTP server
Note
AsyncOS for Web only supports passive mode for remote FTP
servers. It cannot push log files to an FTP server in active mode.
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Option
Description
Retrieval Method:
The SCP on Remote Server method (equivalent to SCP Push) periodically
pushes log files using the secure copy protocol to a remote SCP server. This
method requires an SSH SCP server on a remote computer using the SSH2
protocol. The subscription requires a user name, SSH key, and destination
directory on the remote computer. Log files are transferred based on a
rollover schedule set by you.
SCP on Remote Server
When you choose this method, you must enter the following information:
Retrieval Method:
Syslog Push
•
SCP server hostname
•
Directory on SCP server to store the log file
•
Username of a user that has permission to connect to the SCP server
The Syslog Push method sends log messages to a remote syslog server on
port 514. This method conforms to RFC 3164.
When you choose this method, you must enter the following information:
•
Syslog server hostname
•
Protocol to use for transmission, either UDP or TCP
•
Facility to use with the log
You can only choose syslog for text-based logs.
Syslog messages greater than 1024 bytes are truncated. Access logs and
W3C access logs with many custom variables, especially of variable length,
might exceed the 1024 byte limit.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Step 5
If you chose SCP as the retrieval method, the appliance displays an SSH key to you must place on the
SCP server host.
Related Topics
•
Planning For Logging, page 20-2.
Deleting a Log Subscription
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Log Subscriptions.
Step 2
Click the icon under the Delete column for the log subscription you want to delete.
Step 3
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Log Subscriptions, page 20-3.
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Manually Rolling Over Log Subscriptions
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Log Subscriptions.
Step 2
Check the checkbox in the Rollover column of the log subscriptions you wish to roll over, or check the
All checkbox to select all the subscriptions.
Step 3
Click Rollover Now to roll over the selected logs.
Related Topics
•
Archiving Log Files Using Rollover, page 20-4.
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
Viewing Log Files
You can use the Web interface or Command Line Interface to view log files that are currently being
written to. The CLI allows you to view current log activity in real time, while you must refresh the Web
interface to display the new entries (though this may vary with different browsers).
You can also use the Web interface to view rolled over log files, if the files are stored on the appliance.
Otherwise, you must using the appropriate means to access the external storage location and read the
logs.
Viewing Log Files Using the Web Interface
Step 1
Choose Administration > Log Subscriptions.
Step 2
Click the name of the log subscription in the Log Files column of the list of log subscriptions.
Step 3
When prompted, enter the administers username and password for accessing the appliance.
Step 4
When logged in, click one of the log files to view it in your browser or to save it to disk.
Note
If a log subscription is compressed, you must download it before you can decompress and open
it.
Viewing Log Files Using the Command Line Interface
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Enter the tail command:
example.com> tail
Currently configured logs:
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1. "accesslogs" Type: "Access Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
2. "authlogs" Type: "Authentication Framework Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
3. "avc_logs" Type: "AVC Engine Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
4. "bs_access_test" Type: "Access Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
[...Output truncated...]
34. "uds_logs" Type: "UDS Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
35. "updater_logs" Type: "Updater Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
36. "wbnp_logs" Type: "WBNP Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
37. "webcat_logs" Type: "Web Categorization Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
38. "webrootlogs" Type: "Webroot Logs" Retrieval: FTP Poll
39. "welcomeack_logs" Type: "Welcome Page Acknowledgement Logs" Retrieval: FTP
Poll
Enter the number of the log you wish to tail.
[]>
Step 3
Enter a number corresponding to the log file you wish to view
[]> 1
Press Ctrl-C to stop.
#Version: 1.0
#Date: yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss
#System: 172.x.x.x - example.com
#Software: AsyncOS for Web 8.0.0-xxx
#Fields: %t %e %a %w/%h %s %2r %A %H/%d %c %D %Xr
%?BLOCK_SUSPECT_USER_AGENT,MONITOR_SUSPECT_USER_AGENT?%<User-Agent:%!%-%.
The current log file contents are displayed and the screen updates with new log activity as it occurs.
Step 4
Press CTRL-C when finished, to stop the trace.
Related Topics
•
Interpreting Access Log File Entries, page 20-12.
•
Interpreting W3C Access Logs, page 20-15.
•
Interpreting Traffic Monitor Logs, page 20-19.
Adding SCP SSH Public Host Keys to the Appliance
If using Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) to push log files to another server from the Web Security appliance,
you need to add the remote server’s SSH public host key to the appliance. SSH servers have a pair of
host keys, one private and one public. The private host key resides on the SSH server and cannot be read
by remote machines. The public host key is distributed to any client machine that needs to interact with
the SSH server.
Step 1
Access the CLI.
Step 2
Use the logconfig -> hostkeyconfig command to access the required area.
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Step 3
Step 4
Use the commands below to perform the required tasks:
Command
Description
New
Add a new key.
Host
Display system host keys. This is the value to place in the remote system’s
‘known_hosts’ file.
Fingerprint
Display system host key fingerprints.
User
Displays the public key of the system account that pushes the logs to the remote
machine. This is the same key that is displayed when setting up an SCP push
subscription. This is the value to place in the remote system’s ‘authorized_keys’ file.
Commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
Troubleshooting Web Proxy Issues Using Logs
By default, the Web Security appliance has one log subscription created for Web Proxy logging
messages, called the “Default Proxy Logs.” This captures basic information on all Web Proxy modules.
The appliance also includes log file types for each Web Proxy module so you can read more specific
debug information for each module without cluttering up the Default Proxy Logs.
Follow the steps below to troubleshoot Web Proxy issues using the various logs available.
Step 1
Read the Default Proxy Logs.
Step 2
If you see an entry that might related to the issue but does not have enough information to resolve it,
create a log subscription for the relevant specific Web Proxy module. The following Web Proxy module
logs types are available:
Access Control Engine Logs
McAfee Integration Framework Logs
AVC Engine Framework Logs
Memory Manager Logs
Configuration Logs
Miscellaneous Proxy Modules Logs
Connection Management Logs
Request Debug Logs
Data Security Module Logs
SNMP Module Logs
DCA Engine Framework Logs
Sophos Integration Framework Logs
Disk Manager Logs
WBRS Framework Logs
FTP Proxy Logs
WCCP Module Logs
HTTPS Logs
Webcat Integration Framework Logs
License Module Logs
Webroot Integration Framework Logs
Logging Framework Logs
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Step 3
Recreate the issue and read the new Web Proxy module log for relevant entries.
Step 4
Repeat as required with other Web Proxy module logs.
Step 5
Remove subscriptions that are no longer required.
Related Topics
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
Access Log Files
Access log files provides a descriptive record of all Web Proxy filtering and scanning activity. Access
log file entries display a record of how the appliance handled each transaction.
Note
The W3C access log also records all Web Proxy filtering and scanning activity, but in a format that is
W3C compliant.
Interpreting Access Log File Entries
The following text is an example access log file entry for a single transaction:
1278096903.150 97 172.xx.xx.xx TCP_MISS/200 8187 GET http://my.site.com/ DIRECT/my.site.com text/plain
DEFAULT_CASE_11-AccessOrDecryptionPolicy-Identity-OutboundMalwareScanningPolicy-DataSecu
rityPolicy-ExternalDLPPolicy-RoutingPolicy
<IW_comp,6.9,-,"-",-,-,-,-,"-",-,-,-,"-",-,-,"-","-",-,-,IW_comp,-,"-","-","Unknown","Un
known","-","-",198.34,0,-,[Local],"-","-"> -
Each item of information in this example corresponds to a log file format specifier. Use the following
table to match the information items to their format specifiers:
Position
Field Value
Format Specifier
1
1278096903.150
%t
2
97
%e
3
172.xx.xx.xx
%a
4
TCP_MISS
%w
5
200
%h
6
8187
%s
7
GET http://my.site.com/
%2r
8
-
%A
9
DIRECT
%H
10
my.site.com
%d
11
text/plain
%c
12
DEFAULT_CASE_11
%D
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Position
Field Value
Format Specifier
13
AccessOrDecryptionPolicy
N/A (Part of &D)
14
Identity
N/A (Part of &D)
15
OutboundMalwareScanningPolicy
N/A (Part of &D)
16
DataSecurityPolicy
N/A (Part of &D)
17
ExternalDLPPolicy
N/A (Part of &D)
18
RoutingPolicy
N/A (Part of &D)
19
<IW_comp,6.9,-,"-",-,-,-,-,"-",
-,-,-,"-",-,-,"-","-",-,-,IW_co
mp,-,"-","-","Unknown","Unknown
","-","-",198.34,0,-,[Local],"","-">
%Xr
20
-
%?BLOCK_SUSPECT_USER_AGE
NT,
MONITOR_SUSPECT_USER_AGE
NT?%<User-Agent:%!%-%.
Refer to Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23 for a description of each format specifier’s function.
Interpreting Access Log Scanning Verdict Entries
The access log file entries aggregate and display the results of the various scanning engines, such as URL
filtering, Web Reputation filtering, and anti-malware scanning. The appliance displays this information
in angled brackets at the end of each access log entry.
The following text is the scanning verdict information from an access log file entry. In this example, the
Webroot scanning engine found the malware:
<IW_infr,ns,24,"Trojan-Phisher-Gamec",0,354385,12559,
-,"-",-,-,-,"-",-,-,"-","-",-,-,IW_infr,-,"Trojan
Phisher","-","Unknown","Unknown","-","-",489.73,0,[Local],"-","-">
Note
For an example of a whole access log file entry, see Traffic Monitor Log Files, page 20-18.
Each item of information in this example corresponds to a log file format specifier as shown in the
following table:
Position
Field Value
Format Specifier
1
IW_infr
%XC
2
ns
%XW
3
24
%Xv
4
“Trojan-Phisher-Gamec”
“%Xn”
5
0
%Xt
6
354385
%Xs
7
12559
%Xi
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Field Value
Format Specifier
8
-
%Xd
9
“-”
“%Xe”
10
-
%Xf
11
-
%Xg
12
-
%Xh
13
“-”
“%Xj”
14
-
%XY
15
-
%Xx
16
“-”
“%Xy”
17
“-”
“%Xz”
18
-
%Xl
19
-
%Xp
20
IW_infr
%XQ
21
-
%XA
22
“Trojan Phisher”
“%XZ”
23
“-”
“%Xk”
24
“Unknown”
“%XO”
25
“Unknown”
“%Xu”
26
“-”
“%Xb”
27
“-”
“%XS”
28
489.73
%XB
29
0
%XT
30
[Local]
%l
31
“-”
“%X3”
32
“-”
“%X4”
Refer to Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23 for a description of each format specifier’s function.
Related Topics
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5
•
Customizing Access Logs, page 20-17.
•
W3C Compliant Access Log Files, page 20-15
•
Viewing Log Files, page 20-9
•
Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23
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W3C Compliant Access Log Files
The Web Security appliance provides two different log types for recording Web Proxy transaction
information: access logs and W3C access logs. W3C access logs are W3C compliant, and record
transaction history in the W3C Extended Log File (ELF) Format.
•
W3C Field Types, page 20-15
•
Interpreting W3C Access Logs, page 20-15
W3C Field Types
When defining a W3C access log subscription, you must choose which log fields to include, such as the
ACL decision tag or the client IP address. You can include one of the following types of log fields:
•
Predefined. The web interface includes a list of fields from which you can choose.
•
User defined. You can type a log field that is not included in the predefined list.
Interpreting W3C Access Logs
Consider the following rules and guidelines when interpreting W3C access logs:
•
Administrators decide what data is recorded in each W3C access log subscription; therefore, W3C
access logs have no set field format.
•
W3C logs are self-describing. The file format (list of fields) is defined in a header at the start of each
log file.
•
Fields in the W3C access logs are separated by a white space.
•
If a field contains no data for a particular entry, a hyphen ( - ) is included in the log file instead.
•
Each line in the W3C access log file relates to one transaction, and each line is terminated by a LF
sequence.
•
W3C Log File Headers, page 20-15
•
W3C Field Prefixes, page 20-16
W3C Log File Headers
Each W3C log file contains header text at the beginning of the file. Each line starts with the # character
and provides information about the Web Security appliance that created the log file. The W3C log file
headers also include the file format (list of fields), making the log file self-describing.
The following table describes the header fields listed at the beginning of each W3C log file.
Header Field
Description
Version
The version of the W3C ELF format used.
Date
The date and time at which the header (and log file) was created.
System
The Web Security appliance that generated the log file in the format “Management_IP
- Management_hostname.”
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Header Field
Description
Software
The Software which generated these logs
Fields
The fields recorded in the log
Example W3C log file:
#Version: 1.0
#Date: 2009-06-15 13:55:20
#System: 10.1.1.1 - wsa.qa
#Software: AsyncOS for Web 6.3.0
#Fields: timestamp x-elapsed-time c-ip x-resultcode-httpstatus sc-bytes cs-method
cs-url cs-username x-hierarchy-origin cs-mime-type x-acltag x-result-code
x-suspect-user-agent
W3C Field Prefixes
Most W3C log field names include a prefix that identifies from which header a value comes, such as the
client or server. Log fields without a prefix reference values that are independent of the computers
involved in the transaction. The following table describes the W3C log fields prefixes.
Prefix Header
Description
c
Client
s
Server
cs
Client to server
sc
Server to client
x
Application specific identifier.
For example, the W3C log field “cs-method” refers to the method in the request sent by the client to the
server, and “c-ip” refers to the client’s IP address.
Related Topics
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
•
•For information on user defined fields, see Access Log User Defined Fields, page 20-17.,
page 20-17.
•
Traffic Monitor Log Files, page 20-18.
•
Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23.
•
Viewing Log Files, page 20-9.
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Customizing Access Logs
You can customize regular and W3C access logs to include many different fields to capture
comprehensive information about web traffic within the network using predefined fields or user defined
fields.
Related Topics
•
For a list of predefined fields, see Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23.
•
For information on user defined fields, see Access Log User Defined Fields, page 20-17.
Access Log User Defined Fields
If the list of predefined Access log and W3C log fields does not include all header information you want
to log from HTTP/HTTPS transactions, you can type a user defined log field in the Custom Fields text
box when you configure the access and W3C log subscriptions.
Custom log fields can be any data from any header sent from the client or the server. If a request or
response does not include the header added to the log subscription, the log file includes a hyphen as the
log field value.
The following table defines the syntax to use for access and W3C logs:
Header Type
Access Log Format
Specifier Syntax
W3C Log Custom Field Syntax
Header from the client application
%<ClientHeaderName:
cs(ClientHeaderName)
Header from the server
%<ServerHeaderName:
sc(ServerHeaderName)
For example, if you want to log the If-Modified-Since header value in client requests, enter the following
text in the Custom Fields box for a W3C log subscription:
cs(If-Modified-Since)
Related Topics
•
Customizing Regular Access Logs, page 20-17.
•
Customizing W3C Access Logs, page 20-18.
Customizing Regular Access Logs
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Log Subscriptions.
Step 2
Click the access log file name to edit the access log subscription.
Step 3
Enter the required format specifiers in the Custom Field.
The syntax for entering format specifiers in the Custom Field is as follows:
<format_specifier_1> <format_specifier_2> ...
For example: %a %b %E
You can add tokens before the format specifiers to display descriptive text in the access log file. For
example:
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client_IP %a body_bytes %b error_type %E
where client_IP is the description token for log format specifier %a, and so on.
Note
Step 4
You can create a custom field for any header in a client request or a server response.
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
Access Log Files, page 20-12.
•
Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23.
•
Access Log User Defined Fields, page 20-17.
Customizing W3C Access Logs
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Log Subscriptions
Step 2
Click the W3C log file name to edit the W3C log subscription.
Step 3
Type a field in the Custom Field box, and click Add.
The order the fields appear in the Selected Log Fields list determines the order of fields in the W3C
access log file. You can change the order of fields using the Move Up and Move Down buttons. You can
remove a field by selecting it in the Selected Log Fields list and clicking Remove.
You can enter multiple user defined fields in the Custom Fields box and add them simultaneously as long
as each entry is separated by a new line (click Enter) before clicking Add.
When you change the log fields included in a W3C log subscription, the log subscription automatically
rolls over. This allows the latest version of the log file to include the correct new field headers.
Note
Step 4
You can create a custom field for any header in a client request or a server response.
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
W3C Compliant Access Log Files, page 20-15.
•
Log File Fields and Tags, page 20-23.
•
Access Log User Defined Fields, page 20-17.
Traffic Monitor Log Files
Layer-4 Traffic Monitor log files provides a detailed record of Layer-4 monitoring activity. You can view
Layer-4 Traffic Monitor log file entries to track updates to firewall block lists and firewall allow lists.
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Interpreting Traffic Monitor Logs
Use the examples below to interpret the various entry types contains in Traffic Monitor Logs.
Example 1
172.xx.xx.xx discovered for blocksite.net (blocksite.net) added to firewall block list.
In this example, where a match becomes a block list firewall entry. The Layer-4 Traffic Monitor matched
an IP address to a domain name in the block list based on a DNS request which passed through the
appliance. The IP address is then entered into the block list for the firewall.
Example 2
172.xx.xx.xx discovered for www.allowsite.com (www.allowsite.com) added to firewall allow
list.
In this example, a match becomes an allow list firewall entry. The Layer-4 Traffic Monitor matched a
domain name entry and added it to the appliance allow list. The IP address is then entered into the allow
list for the firewall.
Example 3
Firewall noted data from 172.xx.xx.xx to 209.xx.xx.xx (allowsite.net):80.
In this example, the Layer-4 Traffic Monitor logs a record of data that passed between an internal IP
address and an external IP address which is on the block list. Also, the Layer-4 Traffic Monitor is set to
monitor, not block.
Related Topics
•
Viewing Log Files, page 20-9.
Log File Types
The log file type indicates what information is recorded in the generated log, such as web traffic or
system data. The Web Security appliance has log subscriptions for most log file types by default, with
the exception of Web Proxy troubleshooting logs.
The following table describes the Web Security appliance log file types.
Supports
Enabled by
Syslog Push? Default?
Log File Type
Description
Access Control
Engine Logs
Records messages related to the Web Proxy ACL
(access control list) evaluation engine.
No
No
Access Logs
Records Web Proxy client history.
Yes
Yes
Authentication
Framework Logs
Records authentication history and messages.
No
Yes
AVC Engine
Framework Logs
Records messages related to communication
between the Web Proxy and the AVC engine.
No
No
AVC Engine Logs
Records debug messages from the AVC engine.
Yes
Yes
CLI Audit Logs
Records a historical audit of command line
interface activity.
Yes
Yes
Configuration Logs Records messages related to the Web Proxy
configuration management system.
No
No
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Supports
Enabled by
Syslog Push? Default?
Log File Type
Description
Connection
Management Logs
Records messages related to the Web Proxy
connection management system.
No
No
Data Security Logs
Records client history for upload requests that are
evaluated by the Cisco Data Security Filters.
Yes
Yes
Data Security
Module Logs
Records messages related to the Cisco Data
Security Filters.
No
No
DCA Engine
Framework Logs
Records messages related to communication
between the Web Proxy and the Cisco Web Usage
Controls Dynamic Content Analysis engine.
No
No
Records messages related to the Cisco Web Usage
Controls Dynamic Content Analysis engine.
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Disk Manager Logs Records Web Proxy messages related to writing to No
the cache on disk.
No
No
Yes
(Dynamic Content
Analysis)
DCA Engine Logs
(Dynamic Content
Analysis)
Default Proxy Logs Records errors related to the Web Proxy.
This is the most basic of all Web Proxy related logs.
To troubleshoot more specific aspects related to the
Web Proxy, create a log subscription for the
applicable Web Proxy module.
External
Authentication
Logs
Records messages related to using the external
authentication feature, such as communication
success or failure with the external authentication
server.
Even with external authentication is disabled, this
log contains messages about local users
successfully or failing logging in.
Feedback Logs
Records the web users reporting misclassified
pages.
Yes
Yes
FTP Proxy Logs
Records error and warning messages related to the No
FTP Proxy.
No
FTP Server Logs
Records all files uploaded to and downloaded from Yes
the Web Security appliance using FTP.
Yes
GUI Logs
Yes
Records history of page refreshes in the web
interface.GUI logs also include information about
SMTP transactions, for example information about
scheduled reports emailed from the appliance.
Yes
Haystack Logs
Haystack logs record web transaction tracking data Yes
processing.
Yes
HTTPS Logs
Records Web Proxy messages specific to the
No
HTTPS Proxy (when the HTTPS Proxy is enabled).
No
(Graphical User
Interface)
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Supports
Enabled by
Syslog Push? Default?
Log File Type
Description
License Module
Logs
Records messages related to the Web Proxy’s
license and feature key handling system.
No
No
Logging
Framework Logs
Records messages related to the Web Proxy’s
logging system.
No
No
Logging Logs
Records errors related to log management.
Yes
Yes
McAfee Integration Records messages related to communication
Framework Logs
between the Web Proxy and the McAfee scanning
engine.
No
No
McAfee Logs
Records the status of anti-malware scanning
activity from the McAfee scanning engine.
Yes
Yes
Memory Manager
Logs
Records Web Proxy messages related to managing No
all memory including the in-memory cache for the
Web Proxy process.
No
Miscellaneous
Proxy Modules
Logs
Records Web Proxy messages that are mostly used No
by developers or customer support.
No
AnyConnect Secure Records the interaction between the Web Security Yes
appliance and the AnyConnect client, including the
Mobility Daemon
Logs
status check.
Yes
Records changes to the system time made by the
Network Time Protocol.
Yes
Yes
Records proxy auto-config (PAC) file usage by
clients.
Yes
Yes
Proxy Bypass Logs Records transactions that bypass the Web Proxy.
No
Yes
Reporting Logs
Records a history of report generation.
Yes
Yes
Reporting Query
Logs
Records errors related to report generation.
Yes
Yes
Request Debug
Logs
No
Records very detailed debug information on a
specific HTTP transaction from all Web Proxy
module log types. You might want to create this log
subscription to troubleshoot a proxy issue with a
particular transaction without creating all other
proxy log subscriptions.
No
NTP Logs
(Network Time
Protocol)
PAC File Hosting
Daemon Logs
Note: You can create this log subscription in the
CLI only.
Auth Logs
Records messages related to the Access Control
feature.
Yes
Yes
SHD Logs
Records a history of the health of system services
and a history of unexpected daemon restarts.
Yes
Yes
Records debug messages related to the SNMP
network management engine.
Yes
Yes
(System Health
Daemon)
SNMP Logs
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Supports
Enabled by
Syslog Push? Default?
Log File Type
Description
SNMP Module
Logs
Records Web Proxy messages related to interacting No
with the SNMP monitoring system.
No
Sophos Integration
Framework Logs
Records messages related to communication
between the Web Proxy and the Sophos scanning
engine.
No
No
Sophos Logs
Records the status of anti-malware scanning
activity from the Sophos scanning engine.
Yes
Yes
Status Logs
Records information related to the system, such as Yes
feature key downloads.
Yes
System Logs
Records DNS, error, and commit activity.
Yes
Yes
Traffic Monitor
Error Logs
Records L4TM interface and capture errors.
Yes
Yes
Traffic Monitor
Logs
Records sites added to the L4TM block and allow
lists.
No
Yes
UDS Logs
Records data about how the Web Proxy discovers Yes
the user name without doing actual authentication.
It includes information about interacting with the
Cisco adaptive security appliance for the Secure
Mobility as well as integrating with the Novell
eDirectory server for transparent user
identification.
Yes
Updater Logs
Records a history of WBRS and other updates.
Yes
Yes
W3C Logs
Records Web Proxy client history in a W3C
compliant format.
Yes
No
Records a history of Cisco SensorBase Network
participation uploads to the SensorBase network.
No
Yes
Records messages related to communication
between the Web Proxy and the Web Reputation
Filters.
No
No
WCCP Module
Logs
Records Web Proxy messages related to
implementing WCCP.
No
No
Webcat Integration
Framework Logs
Records messages related to communication
No
between the Web Proxy and the URL filtering
engine associated with Cisco Web Usage Controls.
No
(User Discovery
Service)
For more information, see W3C Compliant Access
Log Files, page 20-15.
WBNP Logs
(SensorBase
Network
Participation)
WBRS Framework
Logs
(Web Reputation
Score)
Webroot Integration Records messages related to communication
Framework Logs
between the Web Proxy and the Webroot scanning
engine.
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Supports
Enabled by
Syslog Push? Default?
Log File Type
Description
Webroot Logs
Records the status of anti-malware scanning
activity from the Webroot scanning engine.
Yes
Yes
Welcome Page
Acknowledgement
Logs
Records a history of web clients who click the
Accept button on the end-user acknowledgement
page.
Yes
Yes
Related Topics
•
Planning For Logging, page 20-2.
•
Adding and Editing Log Subscriptions, page 20-5.
Log File Fields and Tags
•
Access and W3C Log File Fields, page 20-23
•
Transaction Result Codes, page 20-32
•
ACL Decision Tags, page 20-33
•
Malware Scanning Verdict Values, page 20-36
Access and W3C Log File Fields
Log files use variables to represent the individual items of information that make up each log file entry.
These variables are called format specifiers in Access logs and log fields in W3C logs and each format
specifier has a corresponding log field.
The following table describes these variables:
Format Specifier in
Access Logs
Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%:<1
x-p2s-first-byte-time
The time it takes from the moment the Web
Proxy starts connecting to the server to the
time it is first able to write to the server. If the
Web Proxy has to connect to several servers
to complete the transaction, it is the sum of
those times.
%:<a
x-p2p-auth-wait-time
Wait-time to receive the response from the
Web Proxy authentication process, after the
Web Proxy sent the request.
%:<b
x-p2s-body-time
Wait-time to write request body to server
after header
%:<d
x-p2p-dns-wait-time
Time taken by the Web Proxy to send the
DNS request to the Web Proxy DNS process.
%:<h
x-p2s-header-time
Wait-time to write request header to server
after first byte
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Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%:<r
x-p2p-reputation-wait-time
Wait-time to receive the response from the
Web Reputation Filters, after the Web Proxy
sent the request.
%:<s
x-p2p-asw-req-wait-time
Wait-time to receive the verdict from the Web
Proxy anti-spyware process, after the Web
Proxy sent the request.
%:>1
x-s2p-first-byte-time
Wait-time for first response byte from server
%:>a
x-p2p-auth-svc-time
Wait-time to receive the response from the
Web Proxy authentication process, including
the time required for the Web Proxy to send
the request.
%:>b
x-s2p-body-time
Wait-time for complete response body after
header received
%:>c
x-p2p-fetch-time
Time required for the Web Proxy to read a
response from the disk cache.
%:>d
x-p2p-dns-svc-time
Time taken by the Web Proxy DNS process to
send back a DNS result to the Web Proxy.
%:>h
x-s2p-header-time
Wait-time for server header after first
response byte
%:>r
x-p2p-reputation-svc-time
Wait-time to receive the verdict from the Web
Reputation Filters, including the time
required for the Web Proxy to send the
request.
%:>s
x-p2p-asw-req-svc-time
Wait-time to receive the verdict from the Web
Proxy anti-spyware process, including the
time required for the Web Proxy to send the
request.
%:1<
x-c2p-first-byte-time
Wait-time for first request byte from new
client connection
%:1>
x-p2c-first-byte-time
Wait-time for first byte written to client
%:A<
x-p2p-avc-svc-time
Wait-time to receive the response from the
AVC process, including the time required for
the Web Proxy to send the request.
%:A>
x-p2p-avc-wait-time
Wait-time to receive the response from the
AVC process, after the Web Proxy sent the
request.
%:b<
x-c2p-body-time
Wait-time for complete client body
%:b>
x-p2c-body-time
Wait-time for complete body written to client
%:C<
x-p2p-dca-resp-svc-time
Wait-time to receive the verdict from the
Dynamic Content Analysis engine, including
the time required for the Web Proxy to send
the request.
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Access Logs
Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%:C>
x-p2p-dca-resp-wait-time
Wait-time to receive the response from the
Dynamic Content Analysis engine, after the
Web Proxy sent the request.
%:h<
x-c2p-header-time
Wait-time for complete client header after
first byte
%:h>
x-s2p-header-time
Wait-time for complete header written to
client
%:m<
x-p2p-mcafee-resp-svc-time
Wait-time to receive the verdict from the
McAfee scanning engine, including the time
required for the Web Proxy to send the
request.
%:m>
x-p2p-mcafee-resp-wait-time Wait-time to receive the response from the
McAfee scanning engine, after the Web
Proxy sent the request.
%:p<
x-p2p-sophos-resp-svc-time
%:p>
x-p2p-sophos-resp-wait-time Wait-time to receive the response from the
Sophos scanning engine, after the Web Proxy
sent the request.
%:w<
x-p2p-webroot-resp-svc-time Wait-time to receive the verdict from the
Webroot scanning engine, including the time
required for the Web Proxy to send the
request.
%:w>
x-p2p-webroot-resp-wait-tim Wait-time to receive the response from the
e
Webroot scanning engine, after the Web
Proxy sent the request.
%?BLOCK_SUSPECT
_USER_AGENT,
MONITOR_SUSPECT
_USER_AGENT?%
<User-Agent:%!%-%.
x-suspect-user-agent
Suspect user agent, if applicable. If the Web
Proxy determines the user agent is suspect, it
will log the user agent in this field.
Otherwise, it logs a hyphen. This field is
written with double-quotes in the access logs.
%<Referer:
cs(Referer)
Referer
%>Server:
sc(Server)
Server header in the response
%a
c-ip
Client IP Address
%A
cs-username
Authenticated user name. This field is written
with double-quotes in the access logs.
%b
sc-body-size
Bytes sent to the client from the Web Proxy
for the body content.
%B
bytes
Total bytes used (request size + response
size, which is %q + %s)
%c
cs-mime-type
Response body MIME type. This field is
written with double-quotes in the access logs.
Wait-time to receive the verdict from the
Sophos scanning engine, including the time
required for the Web Proxy to send the
request.
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Access Logs
Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%C
cs(Cookie)
Cookie header. This field is written with
double-quotes in the access logs.
%d
s-hostname
Data source or server IP address
%D
x-acltag
ACL decision tag
%e
x-elapsed-time
Elapsed time in milliseconds.
For TCP traffic, this is the time elapsed
between the opening and closing of the HTTP
connection.
For UDP traffic, this is the time elapsed
between the sending of the first datagram and
the time at which the last datagram can be
accepted. A large elapsed time value for UDP
traffic may indicate that a large timeout value
and a long-lived UDP association allowed
datagrams to be accepted longer than
necessary.
%E
x-error-code
Error code number that may help Customer
Support troubleshoot the reason for a failed
transaction.(
%f
cs(X-Forwarded-For)
X-Forwarded-For header
%F
c-port
Client source port
%g
cs-auth-group
Authorized group names. This field is written
with double-quotes in the access logs.
%h
sc-http-status
HTTP response code
%H
s-hierarchy
Hierarchy retrieval
%i
x-icap-server
IP address of the last ICAP server contacted
while processing the request.
%I
x-transaction-id
Transaction ID
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Access Logs
Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%j
DCF
Do not cache response code; DCF flags.
Response code descriptions:
•
Response code based on client request:
– 1 = Request had "no-cache" header.
– 2 = Caching is not authorized for the
request.
– 4 = Request is missing the 'Variant'
header.
– 8 = Username or password needed
for user request.
– 20 = Response for specified HTTP
method.
•
Response code based on response
received by the appliance:
– 40 = Response contains
'Cache-Control: private' header.
– 80 = Response contains
'Cache-Control: no-store' header.
– 100 = Response indicates that
request was a query.
– 200 = Response has a small
"Expires" value (expires soon).
– 400 = Response does not have "Last
Modified" header.
– 1000 = Response expires
immediately.
– 2000 = Response file is too big to
cache.
– 20000 = New copy of file exists.
– 40000 = Response has bad/invalid
values in "Vary" header.
– 80000 = Response requires Setting
of cookies.
– 100000 = Non-cacheable HTTP
STATUS Code.
– 200000 = Object received by
appliance was incomplete (based on
size).
– 800000 = Response trailers indicate
no caching.
– 1000000 = Response requires
re-write.
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Format Specifier in
Access Logs
Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%k
s-ip
Data source IP address (server IP address)
%l
user-type
Type of user, either local or remote.
%L
x-local_time
Request local time in human readable format:
DD/MMM/YYYY : hh:mm:ss +nnnn. This
field is written with double-quotes in the
access logs.
%m
cs-auth-mechanism
The authentication mechanism used on the
transaction. Possible values are:
•
BASIC. The user name was
authenticated using the Basic
authentication scheme.
•
NTLMSSP. The user name was
authenticated using the NTLMSSP
authentication scheme.
•
SSO_TUI. The user name was obtained
by matching the client IP address to an
authenticated user name using
transparent user identification.
•
SSO_ASA. The user is a remote user and
the user name was obtained from a Cisco
ASA using the Secure Mobility.
•
FORM_AUTH. The user entered
authentication credentials in a form in
the web browser when accessing a
application.
•
GUEST. The user failed authentication
and instead was granted guest access.
%M
CMF
Cache miss flags, CMF flags
%N
s-computerName
Server name or destination hostname. This
field is written with double-quotes in the
access logs.
%p
s-port
Destination port number
%P
cs-version
Protocol
%q
cs-bytes
Request size (headers + body)
%r
x-req-first-line
Request first line - request method, URI.
%s
sc-bytes
Response size (header + body)
%t
timestamp
Timestamp in UNIX epoch
Note: If you want to use a third party log
analyzer tool to read and parse the W3C
access logs, you might need to include the
“timestamp” field. Most log analyzers only
understand time in the format provided by
this field.
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Access Logs
Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%u
cs(User-Agent)
User agent. This field is written with
double-quotes in the access logs.
%U
cs-uri
Request URI
%v
date
Date in YYYY-MM-DD
%V
time
Time in HH:MM:SS
%w
sc-result-code
Result code
For example: TCP_MISS, TCP_HIT
%W
sc-result-code-denial
Result code denial
%x
x-latency
Latency
%X0
x-resp-dvs-scanverdict
Unified response-side anti-malware scanning
verdict that provides the malware category
number independent of which scanning
engines are enabled. Applies to transactions
blocked or monitored due to server response
scanning.
This field is written with double-quotes in the
access logs.
%X1
x-resp-dvs-threat-name
Unified response-side anti-malware scanning
verdict that provides the malware threat
name independent of which scanning engines
are enabled. Applies to transactions blocked
or monitored due to server response
scanning.
This field is written with double-quotes in the
access logs.
%X2
x-req-dvs-scanverdict
Request side DVS Scan verdict
%X3
x-req-dvs-verdictname
Request side DVS verdict name
%X4
x-req-dvs-threat-name
Request side DVS threat name
%X6
x-as-malware-threat-name
Indicates whether or not Adaptive Scanning
blocked the transaction without invoke any
anti-malware scanning engine. The possible
values are:
•
1. Transaction was blocked.
•
0. Transaction was not blocked.
This variable is included in the scanning
verdict information (in the angled brackets at
the end of each access log entry).
%XA
x-webcat-resp-code-abbr
The URL category verdict determined during
response-side scanning, abbreviated. Applies
to the Cisco Web Usage Controls URL
filtering engine only.
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Description
%Xb
x-avc-behavior
The web application behavior identified by
the AVC engine.
%XB
x-avg-bw
Average bandwidth of the user if bandwidth
limits are defined by the AVC engine.
%XC
x-webcat-code-abbr
URL category abbreviation for the URL
category assigned to the transaction.
%Xd
x-mcafee-scanverdict
McAfee specific identifier: (scan verdict)
%Xe
x-mcafee-filename
McAfee specific identifier: (File name
yielding verdict) This field is written with
double-quotes in the access logs.
%Xf
x-mcafee-av-scanerror
McAfee specific identifier: (scan error)
%XF
x-webcat-code-full
Full name of the URL category assigned to
the transaction. This field is written with
double-quotes in the access logs.
%Xg
x-mcafee-av-detecttype
McAfee specific identifier: (detect type)
%XG
x-avc-reqhead-scanverdict
AVC request header verdict
%Xh
x-mcafee-av-virustype
McAfee specific identifier: (virus type)
%XH
x-avc-reqbody-scanverdict
AVC request body verdict
%Xi
x-webroot-trace-id
Webroot specific scan identifier: (Trace ID)
%Xj
x-mcafee-virus-name
McAfee specific identifier: (virus name).
This field is written with double-quotes in the
access logs.
%Xk
x-wbrs-threat-type
Web reputation threat type.
%XK
x-wbrs-threat-reason
Web reputation threat reason.
%Xl
x-ids-verdict
Cisco Data Security Policy scanning verdict.
If this field is included, it will display the IDS
verdict, or “0” if IDS was active but the
document scanned clean, or "-" if no IDS
policy was active for the request.
%XL
x-webcat-resp-code-full
The URL category verdict determined during
response-side scanning, full name.Applies to
the Cisco Web Usage Controls URL filtering
engine only.
%XM
x-avc-resphead-scanverdict
AVC response header verdict
%Xn
x-webroot-threat-name
Webroot specific identifier: (Threat name)
This field is written with double-quotes in the
access logs.
%XN
x-avc-reqbody-scanverdict
AVC response body verdict
%XO
x-avc-app
The web application identified by the AVC
engine.
%Xp
x-icap-verdict
External DLP server scanning verdict
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Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%XP
x-acl-added-headers
Unrecognized header. Use this field to log
extra headers in client requests. This supports
troubleshooting of specialized systems that
add headers to client requests as a way of
authenticating and redirecting those requests,
for example, YouTube for Schools.
%XQ
x-webcat-req-code-abbr
The URL category verdict determined during
request-side scanning, abbreviated.
%Xr
x-result-code
Scanning verdict information
%XR
x-webcat-req-code-full
The URL category verdict determined during
request-side scanning, full name.
%Xs
x-webroot-spyid
Webroot specific identifier: (Spy ID)
%XS
x-request-rewrite
Safe browsing scanning verdict.
Indicates whether or not either the safe
search or site content ratings feature was
applied to the transaction.
%Xt
x-webroot-trr
Webroot specific identifier: (Threat Risk
Ratio (TRR))
%XT
x-bw-throttled
Flag that indicates whether or not bandwidth
limits were applied to the transaction.
%Xu
x-avc-type
The web application type identified by the
AVC engine.
%Xv
x-webroot-scanverdict
Malware scanning verdict from Webroot
%XV
x-request-source-ip
The downstream IP address when the
“Enable Identification of Client IP Addresses
using X-Forwarded-For” check box is
enabled for the Web Proxy settings.
%XW
x-wbrs-score
Decoded WBRS score <-10.0-10.0>
%Xx
x-sophos-scanerror
Sophos specific identifier: (scan return code)
%Xy
x-sophos-file-name
The file location where Sophos found the
objectionable content. For non-archive files,
this value is the file name itself. For archive
file, it is the object in the archive, such as
archive.zip/virus.exe.
%XY
x-sophos-scanverdict
Sophos specific identifier: (scan verdict)
%Xz
x-sophos-virus-name
Sophos specific identifier: (threat name)
%XZ
x-resp-dvs-verdictname
Unified response-side anti-malware scanning
verdict that provides the malware category
independent of which scanning engines are
enabled. Applies to transactions blocked or
monitored due to server response scanning.
This field is written with double-quotes in the
access logs.
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Log Field in W3C Logs
Description
%y
cs-method
Method
%Y
cs-url
The entire URL
N/A
x-hierarchy-origin
Code that describes which server was
contacted for the retrieving the request
content. (e.g. DIRECT/www.example.com)
N/A
x-resultcode-httpstatus
Result code and the HTTP response code,
with a slash (/) in between.
Related Topics
•
Interpreting Access Log File Entries, page 20-12.
•
Interpreting W3C Access Logs, page 20-15.
Transaction Result Codes
Transaction result codes in the access log file describe how the appliance resolves client requests. For
example, if a request for an object can be resolved from the cache, the result code is TCP_HIT. However,
if the object is not in the cache and the appliance pulls the object from an origin server, the result code
is TCP_MISS. The following table describes transaction result codes.
Result Code
Description
TCP_HIT
The object requested was fetched from the disk cache.
TCP_IMS_HIT
The client sent an IMS (If-Modified-Since) request for an object and the
object was found in the cache. The proxy responds with a 304 response.
TCP_MEM_HIT
The object requested was fetched from the memory cache.
TCP_MISS
The object was not found in the cache, so it was fetched from the origin
server.
TCP_REFRESH_HIT
The object was in the cache, but had expired. The proxy sent an IMS
(If-Modified-Since) request to the origin server, and the server
confirmed that the object has not been modified. Therefore, the
appliance fetched the object from either the disk or memory cache.
TCP_CLIENT_REFRESH_MISS
The client sent a “don’t fetch response from cache” request by issuing
the ‘Pragma: no-cache’ header. Due to this header from the client, the
appliance fetched the object from the origin server.
TCP_DENIED
The client request was denied due to Access Policies.
UDP_MISS
The object was fetched from the origin server.
NONE
There was an error in the transaction. For example, a DNS failure or
gateway timeout.
Related Topics
•
Interpreting Access Log File Entries, page 20-12.
•
Interpreting W3C Access Logs, page 20-15
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ACL Decision Tags
An ACL decision tag is a field in an access log entry that indicates how the Web Proxy handled the
transaction. It includes information from the Web Reputation filters, URL categories, and the scanning
engines.
Note
The end of the ACL decision tag includes a dynamically generated number that the Web Proxy uses
internally to increase performance. You can ignore this number.
The following table describes the ACL decision tag values.
ACL Decision Tag
Description
ALLOW_ADMIN_ERROR_PAGE
The Web Proxy allowed the transaction to an notification
page and to any logo used on that page.
ALLOW_CUSTOMCAT
The Web Proxy allowed the transaction based on custom
URL category filtering settings for the Access Policy group.
ALLOW_WBRS
The Web Proxy allowed the transaction based on the Web
Reputation filter settings for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on some
default settings for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN_CONNECT
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the TCP
port of the destination as defined in the HTTP CONNECT
Ports setting for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN_CUSTOM_USER_AGENT
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the user
agent as defined in the Block Custom User Agents setting
for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN_IDS
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the MIME
type of the request body content as defined in the Data
Security Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN_FILE_TYPE
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the file
type as defined in the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN_PROTOCOL
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the
protocol as defined in the Block Protocols setting for the
Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN_SIZE
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the size of
the response as defined in the Object Size settings for the
Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ADMIN_SIZE_IDS
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the size of
the request body content as defined in the Data Security
Policy group.
BLOCK_AMW_REQ
The Web Proxy blocked the request based on the
Anti-Malware settings for the Outbound Malware Scanning
Policy group. The request body produced a positive
malware verdict.
BLOCK_AMW_RESP
The Web Proxy blocked the response based on the
Anti-Malware settings for the Access Policy group.
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Description
BLOCK_AMW_REQ_URL
The Web Proxy suspects the URL in the HTTP request
might not be safe, so it blocked the transaction at request
time based on the Anti-Malware settings for the Access
Policy group.
BLOCK_AVC
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the
configured Application settings for the Access Policy
group.
BLOCK_CONTENT_UNSAFE
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the site
content ratings settings for the Access Policy group. The
client request was for adult content and the policy is
configured to block adult content.
BLOCK_CONTINUE_CONTENT_UNSAFE
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction and displayed the
Warn and Continue page based on the site content ratings
settings in the Access Policy group. The client request was
for adult content and the policy is configured to give a
warning to users accessing adult content.
BLOCK_CONTINUE_CUSTOMCAT
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction and displayed the
Warn and Continue page based on a custom URL category
in the Access Policy group configured to “Warn.”
BLOCK_CONTINUE_WEBCAT
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction and displayed the
Warn and Continue page based on a predefined URL
category in the Access Policy group configured to “Warn.”
BLOCK_CUSTOMCAT
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on custom
URL category filtering settings for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_ICAP
The Web Proxy blocked the request based on the verdict of
the external DLP system as defined in the External DLP
Policy group.
BLOCK_SEARCH_UNSAFE
The client request included an unsafe search query and the
Access Policy is configured to enforce safe searches, so the
original client request was blocked.
BLOCK_SUSPECT_USER_AGENT
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the
Suspect User Agent setting for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_UNSUPPORTED_SEARCH_APP
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the safe
search settings for the Access Policy group. The transaction
was for an unsupported search engine, and the policy is
configured to block unsupported search engines.
BLOCK_WBRS
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on the Web
Reputation filter settings for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_WBRS_IDS
The Web Proxy blocked the upload request based on the
Web Reputation filter settings for the Data Security Policy
group.
BLOCK_WEBCAT
The Web Proxy blocked the transaction based on URL
category filtering settings for the Access Policy group.
BLOCK_WEBCAT_IDS
The Web Proxy blocked the upload request based on the
URL category filtering settings for the Data Security Policy
group.
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ACL Decision Tag
Description
DECRYPT_ADMIN
The Web Proxy decrypted the transaction based on some
default settings for the Decryption Policy group.
DECRYPT_WEBCAT
The Web Proxy decrypted the transaction based on URL
category filtering settings for the Decryption Policy group.
DECRYPT_WBRS
The Web Proxy decrypted the transaction based on the Web
Reputation filter settings for the Decryption Policy group.
DEFAULT_CASE
The Web Proxy allowed the client to access the server
because none of the AsyncOS services, such as Web
Reputation or anti-malware scanning, took any action on
the transaction.
DROP_ADMIN
The Web Proxy dropped the transaction based on some
default settings for the Decryption Policy group.
DROP_WEBCAT
The Web Proxy dropped the transaction based on URL
category filtering settings for the Decryption Policy group.
DROP_WBRS
The Web Proxy dropped the transaction based on the Web
Reputation filter settings for the Decryption Policy group.
MONITOR_AMW_RESP
The Web Proxy monitored the server response based on the
Anti-Malware settings for the Access Policy group.
MONITOR_AMW_RESP_URL
The Web Proxy suspects the URL in the HTTP request
might not be safe, but it monitored the transaction based on
the Anti-Malware settings for the Access Policy group.
MONITOR_AVC
The Web Proxy monitored the transaction based on the
Application settings for the Access Policy group.
MONITOR_CONTINUE_CONTENT_UNSAFE
Originally, the Web Proxy blocked the transaction and
displayed the Warn and Continue page based on the site
content ratings settings in the Access Policy group. The
client request was for adult content and the policy is
configured to give a warning to users accessing adult
content. The user accepted the warning and continued to the
originally requested site, and no other scanning engine
subsequently blocked the request.
MONITOR_CONTINUE_CUSTOMCAT
Originally, the Web Proxy blocked the transaction and
displayed the Warn and Continue page based on a custom
URL category in the Access Policy group configured to
“Warn.” The user accepted the warning and continued to the
originally requested site, and no other scanning engine
subsequently blocked the request.
MONITOR_CONTINUE_WEBCAT
Originally, the Web Proxy blocked the transaction and
displayed the Warn and Continue page based on a
predefined URL category in the Access Policy group
configured to “Warn.” The user accepted the warning and
continued to the originally requested site, and no other
scanning engine subsequently blocked the request.
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ACL Decision Tag
Description
MONITOR_IDS
The Web Proxy scanned the upload request using either a
Data Security Policy or an External DLP Policy, but did not
block the request. It evaluated the request against the
Access Policies.
MONITOR_SUSPECT_USER_AGENT
The Web Proxy monitored the transaction based on the
Suspect User Agent setting for the Access Policy group.
MONITOR_WBRS
The Web Proxy monitored the transaction based on the Web
Reputation filter settings for the Access Policy group.
NO_AUTHORIZATION
The Web Proxy did not allow the user access to the
application because the user was already authenticated
against an authentication realm, but not against any
authentication realm configured in the Application
Authentication Policy.
NO_PASSWORD
The user failed authentication.
PASSTHRU_ADMIN
The Web Proxy passed through the transaction based on
some default settings for the Decryption Policy group.
PASSTHRU_WEBCAT
The Web Proxy passed through the transaction based on
URL category filtering settings for the Decryption Policy
group.
PASSTHRU_WBRS
The Web Proxy passed through the transaction based on the
Web Reputation filter settings for the Decryption Policy
group.
REDIRECT_CUSTOMCAT
The Web Proxy redirected the transaction to a different
URL based on a custom URL category in the Access Policy
group configured to “Redirect.”
SAAS_AUTH
The Web Proxy allowed the user access to the application
because the user was authenticated transparently against the
authentication realm configured in the Application
Authentication Policy.
OTHER
The Web Proxy did not complete the request due to an error,
such as an authorization failure, server disconnect, or an
abort from the client.
Related Topics
•
Interpreting Access Log File Entries, page 20-12.
•
Interpreting W3C Access Logs, page 20-15.
Malware Scanning Verdict Values
A malware scanning verdict is a value assigned to a URL request or server response that determines the
probability that it contains malware. The Webroot, McAfee, and Sophos scanning engines return the
malware scanning verdict to the DVS engine so the DVS engine can determine whether to monitor or
block the scanned object. Each malware scanning verdict corresponds to a malware category listed on
the Access Policies > Reputation and Anti-Malware Settings page when you edit the anti-malware
settings for a particular Access Policy.
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The following lists the different Malware Scanning Verdict Values and each malware category with
which they correspond:
Malware Scanning Verdict Value
Malware Category
-
Not Set
0
Unknown
1
Not Scanned
2
Timeout
3
Error
4
Unscannable
10
Generic Spyware
12
Browser Helper Object
13
Adware
14
System Monitor
18
Commercial System Monitor
19
Dialer
20
Hijacker
21
Phishing URL
22
Trojan Downloader
23
Trojan Horse
24
Trojan Phisher
25
Worm
26
Encrypted File
27
Virus
33
Other Malware
34
PUA
35
Aborted
36
Outbreak Heuristics
Related Topics
•
Interpreting Access Log File Entries, page 20-12.
•
Interpreting W3C Access Logs, page 20-15.
Troubleshooting Logging
•
Custom URL Categories Not Appearing in Access Log Entries, page A-6
•
Logging HTTPS Transactions, page A-6
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Alert: Unable to Maintain the Rate of Data Being Generated, page A-7
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Problem Using Third-Party Log-Analyzer Tool with W3C Access Logs, page A-7
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21
Perform System Administration Tasks
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Overview of System Administration, page 21-1
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Saving and Loading the Appliance Configuration, page 21-2
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Support Commands, page 21-3
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Working with Feature Keys, page 21-6
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Administering User Accounts, page 21-7
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Defining User Preferences, page 21-11
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Configuring Administrator Settings, page 21-12
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Configuring the Return Address for Generated Messages, page 21-13
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Managing Alerts, page 21-13
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FIPS Compliance, page 21-20
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System Date and Time Management, page 21-21
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Installing a Server Digital Certificate, page 21-22
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AsyncOS for Web Upgrades and Updates, page 21-26
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Reverting to a Previous Version of AsyncOS for Web, page 21-31
Overview of System Administration
The S-Series appliance provides a variety of tools for managing the system. Functionality on System
Administration tab helps you manage the following tasks:
•
Appliance configuration
•
Feature keys
•
Adding, editing, and removing user accounts
•
AsyncOS software upgrades and updates
•
System time
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Saving and Loading the Appliance Configuration
All configuration settings within the Web Security appliance are managed using a single XML
configuration file.
Viewing and Printing the Appliance Configuration
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Configuration Summary.
Step 2
View or print the Configuration Summary page as required.
Saving the Appliance Configuration File
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Configuration File.
Step 2
Complete the Configuration File options.
Step 3
Option
Description
Choose from these location options:
Allows you to choose where to save the file to
•
Download file to local computer to view or
save
•
Save file to this appliance (example.com)
•
Email file to
Mask passwords in the Configuration Files
If enabled, causes the original, encrypted
password to be replaced with “*****” in the
exported or saved file. Please note, however, that
configuration files with masked passwords cannot
be loaded directly back into AsyncOS for Web.
Choose from these file name options:
Allows you to choose the configuration file
naming method.
•
Use system-generated file name
•
Use user-defined file name:
Click Submit.
Loading the Appliance Configuration File
Warning
Loading configuration will permanently remove all of your current configuration settings. It is
strongly recommended that you save your configuration before performing these actions.
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Step 1
Choose System Administration > Configuration File.
Step 2
Choose a Load Configuration option and a file to load. Note:
•
Files with masked passwords cannot be loaded.
•
Files must have the following header:
<?xml version=”1.0” encoding=”ISO-8859-1”?> <!DOCTYPE config SYSTEM “config.dtd”>
and a correctly formatted config section:
<config> ...
your configuration information in valid XML </config>
Step 3
Click Load.
Step 4
Read the warning displayed. If you understand the consequences of proceeding, click Continue.
Note
If a compatible configuration file is based on an older version of the set of URL categories than the
version currently installed on the appliance, policies and identities in the configuration file may be
modified automatically.
Support Commands
Opening a Technical Support Request
You can use the appliance to send a non-urgent request for assistance to Cisco Customer Support. When
the appliance sends the request, it also sends the configuration of the appliance. The appliance must be
able to send mail to the Internet to send a support request.
Note
If you have an urgent issue, please call a Cisco Worldwide Support Center.
Before You Begin
•
Verify that your Cisco.com user ID is associated with your service agreement contract for this
appliance. To view a list of service contracts that are currently associated with your Cisco.com
profile, visit the Cisco.com Profile Manager at https://sso.cisco.com/autho/forms/CDClogin.html. If
you do not have a Cisco.com user ID, register to get one.
Step 1
Choose Support And Help > Contact Technical Support.
Step 2
(Optional) Choose additional recipients for the request. By default, the support request and configuration
file is sent to Cisco Customer Support.
Step 3
Enter your contact information.
Step 4
Enter the issue details.
•
Step 5
If you have a customer support ticket already for this issue, enter it.
Click Send. A trouble ticket is created with Cisco.
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Enabling Remote Access to the Web Security appliance
The Remote Access option allows Cisco Customer Support to remotely access your Web Security
appliance for support purposes.
Step 1
Choose Support And Help > Remote Access.
Step 2
Click Enable.
Step 3
Complete the Customer Support Remote Access options:
Option
Description
Customer Support
Password
A password that you will provide to your Cisco Customer Support
representative, along with the appliance system serial number (physical
appliance) or VLN (virtual appliance). The customer support representative
will use these details to generate a password to access your appliance.
Customer support will not directly use the password entered here to access
the system.
Secure Tunnel
(recommended)
Specifies whether or not to use a secure tunnel for remote access
connections.
When enabled, the appliance creates an SSH tunnel over the specified port
to the server upgrades.ironport.com, over port 443 (by default). Once a
connection is made, Cisco Customer Support is able to use the SSH tunnel
to obtain access to the appliance.
Once the techsupport tunnel is enabled, it will remain connected to
upgrades.ironport.com for 7 days. After 7 days, no new connections can
be made using the techsupport tunnel, though any existing connections will
continue to exist and work.
The Remote Access account will remain active until specifically deactivated.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Packet Capture
The appliance provides the ability to capture and display TCP/IP and other packets being transmitted or
received over the network to which the appliance is attached.
Note
The packet capture feature is similar to the Unix tcpdump command.
Starting a Packet Capture
Step 1
Choose Support and Help > Packet Capture.
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Step 2
(Optional) Click Edit Settings to change the packet capture settings.
Option
Description
Capture File Size Limit Specifies the maximum size that the capture file can reach. One the limit is
reached, the data will be discarded and a new file started, unless the Capture
Duration setting is 'Run Capture Until File Size Limit Reached.'
Capture Duration
Options for if and when the capture automatically stops. Choose from:
•
Run Capture Until File Size Limit Reached. The capture runs until the
file limit set above is reached.
•
Run Capture Until Time Elapsed Reaches. The capture runs for a
specified duration. If you enter the amount of time without specifying
the units, AsyncOS uses seconds by default.
•
Run Capture Indefinitely. The packet capture runs until you manually
stop it.
Note
The capture can be ended manually at any time.
Interfaces
The interfaces from which traffic will be captured.
Filters
The filtering options to apply when capturing packets. Filtering allows you
to capture required packets only. Choose from:
•
No Filters. All packets will be captured.
•
Predefined Filters. The predefined filters provide filtering by port
and/or IP addresses. If left blank, all traffic will be captured.
•
Custom Filter. Use this option if you already know the exact syntax of
the packet capture options that you need. Use standard tcpdump syntax.
(Optional) Submit and commit your packet capture changes.
Note
Step 3
When you change the packet capture settings without committing the changes and then start a
packet capture, AsyncOS uses the new settings. This allows you to use the new settings in the
current session without enforcing the settings for future packet capture runs. The settings remain
in effect until you clear them.
Click Start Capture. To manually stop a running capture, click Stop Capture.
Managing Packet Capture Files
The appliance saves the captured packet activity to a file and stores the file locally. You can send packet
capture files using FTP to Cisco Customer Support for debugging and troubleshooting purposes.
Downloading or Deleting Packet Capture Files
Step 1
Choose Support and Help > Packet Capture.
Step 2
Select the packet capture file you wish to use from the Manage Packet Capture Files pane. If this pane
is not visible then no packet capture files have been stored on the appliance.
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Step 3
Note
Click Download File or Delete Selected Files as required.
You can also connect to the appliance using FTP and retrieving packet capture files from the captures
directory.
Working with Feature Keys
Feature keys enable specific functionality on your system.Keys are specific to the serial number of your
appliance (you cannot re-use a key from one system on another system).
Note
Feature keys for the Web Security Virtual appliance are included in the virtual appliance license file and
cannot be installed separately.
Displaying and Updating Feature Keys
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Feature Keys.
Step 2
To refresh the list of pending keys, click Check for New Keys to refresh the list of pending keys.
Step 3
To add a new feature key manually, paste or type the key into the Feature Key field and click Submit
Key. If the feature key is valid, the feature key is added to the display.
Step 4
To activate a new feature key from the Pending Activation list, mark its “Select” checkbox and click
Activate Selected Keys.
You can configure your appliance to automatically download and install new keys as they are issued.
In this case, the Pending Activation list will always be empty. You can tell AsyncOS to look for new
keys at any time by clicking the Check for New Keys button, even if you have disabled the
automatic checking via the Feature Key Settings page.
Changing Feature Key Update Settings
The Feature Key Settings page is used to control whether your appliance checks for and downloads new
feature keys, and whether or not those keys are automatically activated.
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Feature Key Settings.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
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Step 3
Change the Feature Key Settings as required.
Option
Description
Automatic Serving of
Feature Keys
Options to automatically check and download feature keys and to
automatically activate downloaded feature keys.
Automatic checks are normally performed once a month but this changes to
once a day when a feature key is to expire in less than 10 days and once a
day after key expiration, for up to one month. After a month, the expired key
is no longer included in the list of expiring/expired keys.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Virtual Appliance License
The Cisco Web Security Virtual appliance requires an additional license to run the virtual appliance on
a host. You can use this license for multiple, cloned virtual appliances.
Feature keys are included as part of the virtual appliance license. The feature keys expire at the same
time as the license, even if the key has not been activated yet. Purchasing new feature keys will require
downloading and installing a new virtual appliance license.
Due to feature keys being included in the virtual appliance license, there are no 30-day evaluations for
AsyncOS for Web features.
Note
You cannot open a Technical Support tunnel before installing the virtual appliance license.
Installing a Virtual Appliance License
Before You Begin
•
(Optional) See the Cisco Security Virtual Appliance Installation Guide for more detailed
information about installing a virtual appliance license.
Step 1
Run the loadlicense CLI command.
Step 2
Copy and paste the license into the CLI.
Administering User Accounts
The following types of users can log into the Web Security appliance to manage the appliance:
•
Local users. You can define users locally on the appliance itself.
•
Users defined in an external system. You can configure the appliance to connect to an external
RADIUS server to authenticate users logging into the appliance.
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Note
Any user you define can log into the appliance using any method, such as logging into the web interface
or using SSH.
Related Topics
•
Managing Local User Accounts, page 21-8.
•
RADIUS User Authentication, page 21-10.
Managing Local User Accounts
You can define any number of users locally on the Web Security appliance.
The default system admin account has all administrative privileges. You can change the admin account
password, but you cannot edit or delete this account.
Note
If you have lost the admin user password, contact your Cisco support provider.
Adding Local User Accounts
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Users.
Step 2
Click Add User
Step 3
Enter a username, noting the following rules:
•
Usernames can contain lowercase letters, numbers, and the dash ( - ) character, but cannot begin with
a dash.
•
Usernames cannot greater than 16 characters.
•
Usernames cannot be special names that are reserved by the system, such as “operator” or “root.”
•
If you also use external authentication, usernames should not duplicate externally-authenticated
usernames.
Step 4
Enter a full name for the user.
Step 5
Select a user type.
User Type
Description
Administrator
Allows full access to all system configuration settings. However, the upgradecheck
and upgradeinstall CLI commands can be issued only from the system defined
“admin” account.
Operator
Restricts users from creating, editing, or removing user accounts. The operators
group also restricts the use of the following CLI commands:
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upgradeinstall
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systemsetup
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User Type
Description
Read-Only
Operator
User accounts with this role:
Guest
•
Can view configuration information.
•
Can make and submit changes to see how to configure a feature, but they cannot
commit them.
•
Cannot make any other changes to the appliance, such as clearing the cache or
saving files.
•
Cannot access the file system, FTP, or SCP.
The guests group users can only view system status information, including reporting
and tracking.
Step 6
Enter a password of at least 6 characters and retype it.
Step 7
Submit and commit your changes.
Deleting User Accounts
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Users.
Step 2
Click the trash can icon corresponding to the listed user name and confirm when prompted.
Step 3
Submit and commit your changes.
Editing User Accounts
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Users.
Step 2
Click the user name.
Step 3
Make changes to the user on the Edit User page as required.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Changing Passwords
To change the password of the account currently logged in, use the Options > Change Password option
located on the top right-hand side of the web interface, as shown:
Figure 21-1
The Change Password Option
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For other accounts, edit the account and change the password in the Local User Settings page.
Related Topics
•
Editing User Accounts, page 21-9
RADIUS User Authentication
The Web Security appliance can use a RADIUS directory service to authenticate users that log in to the
appliance using HTTP, HTTPS, SSH, and FTP. You can configure the appliance to contact multiple
external servers for authentication, using either PAP or CHAP authentication. You can map external
users accounts to different Web Security appliance user role types.
Sequence of Events For Radius Authentication
When external authentication is enabled and a user logs into the Web Security appliance, the appliance:
1.
determines if the user is the system defined “admin” account.
2.
If not, checks the first configured external server to determine if the user is defined there.
3.
If the appliance cannot connect to the first external server, it checks the next external server in the
list.
4.
If the appliance cannot connect to any external server, it tries to authenticate the user as a local user
defined on the Web Security appliance.
5.
If the user does not exist on any external server or on the appliance, or if the user enters the wrong
password, access to the appliance is denied.
Enabling External Authentication Using RADIUS
Step 1
On the System Administration > Users page, click Enable.
Step 2
Check the Enable External Authentication checkbox.
Step 3
Enter the hostname, port number, and Shared Secret password for the RADIUS server.
Step 4
Enter the number of seconds for the appliance to wait for a response from the server before timing out.
Step 5
Choose the authentication protocol used by the RADIUS server.
Step 6
(Optional) Click Add Row to add another RADIUS server. Repeat steps 3–5 for each RADIUS server.
Note
Step 7
You can add up to ten RADIUS servers.
Enter the number of seconds AsyncOS stores the external authentication credentials before contacting
the RADIUS server again to re-authenticate in the “External Authentication Cache Timeout” field.
Default is zero (0).
Note
If the RADIUS server uses one-time passwords, for example passwords created from a token,
enter zero (0). When the value is set to zero, AsyncOS does not contact the RADIUS server again
to authenticate during the current session.
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Step 8
Configure Group Mapping:
Setting
Description
Map externally authenticated
users to multiple local roles.
AsyncOS assigns RADIUS users to appliance roles based on the
RADIUS CLASS attribute. CLASS attribute requirements:
•
3 character minimum
•
253 character maximum
•
no colons, commas, or newline characters
•
one or more mapped CLASS attributes for each RADIUS user
(With this setting, AsyncOS denies access to RADIUS users
without a mapped CLASS attribute.)
For RADIUS users with multiple CLASS attributes, AsyncOS
assigns the most restrictive role. For example, if a RADIUS user
has two CLASS attributes, which are mapped to the Operator and
Read-Only Operator roles, AsyncOS assigns the RADIUS user to
the Read-Only Operator role, which is more restrictive than the
Operator role.
These are the appliance roles ordered from least restrictive to most
restrictive:
Map all externally authenticated
users to the Administrator role.
•
Administrator
•
Operator
•
Read-Only Operator
•
Guest
AsyncOS assigns RADIUS users to the Administrator role.
Step 9
Choose whether to map all externally authenticated users to the Administrator role or to different
appliance user role types.
Step 10
If you map users to different role types, enter the group name as defined in the RADIUS CLASS attribute
in the Group Name or Directory field, and choose an appliance role type from the Role field. You can
add more role mappings by clicking Add Row.
Step 11
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
•
For more information on user role types, see Adding Local User Accounts, page 21-8.
Defining User Preferences
Preference settings, such as reporting display formats, are stored for each user and are the same
regardless from which client machine the user logs into the appliance.
Step 1
Choose Options > Preferences.
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Step 2
On the User Preferences page, click Edit Preferences.
Step 3
Configure the preference settings as required.
Step 4
Preference Setting
Description
Language Display
The language AsyncOS for Web uses in the web interface and CLI.
Landing Page
The page that displays when the user logs into the appliance.
Reporting Time Range
Displayed (default)
The default time range that displays for reports on the Reporting tab.
Number of Reporting Rows
Displayed
The number of rows of data shown for each report by default.
Submit and commit your changes.
Configuring Administrator Settings
You can configure the Web Security appliance to have stricter access requirements for administrators
logging into the appliance.
Command
Description
adminaccessconfig
Configures the appliance to display any text you specify when an
administrator tries to logs in. The custom banner text appears when an
administrator tries to access the appliance through all interfaces, such as the
web interface or via FTP.
> banner
You can load the custom text by either pasting it into the CLI prompt or by
copying it from a file located on the Web Security appliance. To upload the
text from a file, you must first transfer the file to the configuration directory
on the appliance using FTP
adminaccessconfig
> ipaccess
Controls from which IP addresses administrators access the Web Security
appliance. Administrators can access the appliance from any machine or
from machines with an IP address from a list you specify.
When restrict access to an allow list, you can specify IP addresses, subnets,
or CIDR addresses.
By default, when you list the addresses that can access the appliance, the IP
address of your current machine is listed as the first address in the allow list.
You cannot delete the IP address of your current machine from the allow list.
adminaccessconfig
> strictssl
Configures the appliance so administrators log into the web interface on port
8443 using stronger SSL ciphers (greater than 56 bit encryption).
When you configure the appliance to require stronger SSL ciphers, the
change only applies to administrators accessing the appliance using HTTPS
to manage the appliance. It does not apply to other network traffic connected
to the Web Proxy using HTTPS.
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Configuring the Return Address for Generated Messages
Configuring the Return Address for Generated Messages
You can configure the return address for mail generated by AsyncOS for reports.
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Return Addresses.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Enter the display name, user name, and domain name.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Managing Alerts
Alerts are email notifications containing information about events occurring on the Cisco Web Security
Appliance appliance. These events can be of varying levels of importance (or severity) from minor
(Informational) to major (Critical) and pertain generally to a specific component or feature on the
appliance.
Note
To receive alerts and email notifications, you must configure the SMTP relay host that the appliance uses
to send the email messages.
Alert Classifications and Severities
The information contained in an alert is determined by an alert classification and a severity. You can
specify which alert classifications, at which severity, are sent to any alert recipient.
Alert Classifications
AsyncOS sends the following alert classifications:
Alert Classification
Alert Component
System
System
Hardware
Hardware
Updater
Updater
Web Proxy
Proxy
DVS™ and Anti-Malware
DVS
L4 Traffic Monitor
TrafMon
Alert Severities
Alerts can be sent for the following severities:
•
Critical: Requires immediate attention.
•
Warning: Problem or error requiring further monitoring and potentially immediate attention.
•
Information: Information generated in the routine functioning of this device.
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Managing Alert Recipients
Note
If you enabled AutoSupport during System Setup, the email address you specified will receive alerts for
all severities and classes by default. You can change this configuration at any time.
Adding and Editing Alert Recipients
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Alerts.
Step 2
Click on a recipient in the Alert Recipients list to edit it, or click Add Recipient to add a new recipient.
Step 3
Add or edit the recipient’s email address. You can enter multiple addresses, separated by commas.
Step 4
Select which alert severities to receive for each alert type.
Step 5
Submit and commit your changes.
Deleting Alert Recipients
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Alerts.
Step 2
Click the trash can icon corresponding to the alert recipient in the Alert Recipient listing and confirm.
Step 3
Commit your changes.
Configuring Alert Settings
Alert settings are global settings, meaning that they affect how all of the alerts behave.
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Alerts.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
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Step 3
Configure the alert settings as required.
Option
Description
From Address to Use
When Sending Alerts
The RFC 2822 compliant “Header From:” address to use when sending
alerts. An option is provided to automatically generate an address based on
the system hostname (“alert@<hostname>”)
Wait Before Sending a
Duplicate Alert
Specifies the time interval for duplicate alerts. There are two settings:
Initial Number of Seconds to Wait Before Sending a Duplicate Alert. If
you set this value to 0, duplicate alert summaries are not sent and instead, all
duplicate alerts are sent without any delay (this can lead to a large amount of
email over a short amount of time). The number of seconds to wait between
sending duplicate alerts (alert interval) is increased after each alert is sent.
The increase is the number of seconds to wait plus twice the last interval. So
a 5 second wait would have alerts sent at 5 seconds, 15, seconds, 35 seconds,
75 seconds, 155 seconds, 315 seconds, etc.
Maximum Number of Seconds to Wait Before Sending a Duplicate Alert.
You can set a cap on the number of seconds to wait between intervals via the
maximum number of seconds to wait before sending a duplicate alert field.
For example, if you set the initial value to 5 seconds, and the maximum value
to 60 seconds, alerts would be sent at 5 seconds, 15 seconds, 35 seconds, 60
seconds, 120 seconds, etc
Cisco AutoSupport
Specifies whether or not to send Cisco the following support information:
•
a copy of all alert messages generated by the system
•
weekly reports noting the uptime of the system, the output of the status
command, and the AsyncOS version used.
Also specifies whether or not to send internal alert recipients a copy of every
message sent to Cisco. This applies only to recipients that are set to receive
System alerts at Information severity level.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Alert Listing
The following sections list alerts by classification. The table in each section includes the alert name
(internally used descriptor), actual text of the alert, description, severity (critical, information, or
warning) and the parameters (if any) included in the text of the message.
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Feature Key Alerts
The following table contains a list of the various feature key alerts that can be generated by AsyncOS,
including a description of the alert and the alert severity:
Message
Alert Severity
Parameters
A “$feature” key was downloaded from the key
server and placed into the pending area. EULA
acceptance required.
Information.
$feature: Name of the feature.
Your “$feature” evaluation key has expired. Please
contact your authorized sales representative.
Warning.
$feature: Name of the feature.
Your “$feature” evaluation key will expire in under Warning.
$days day(s). Please contact your authorized sales
representative.
$feature: Name of the feature.
$days: The number of days that will pass
before the feature key will expire.
Hardware Alerts
The following table contains a list of the various hardware alerts that can be generated by AsyncOS,
including a description of the alert and the alert severity:
Message
Alert Severity
Parameters
A RAID-event has occurred:
Warning
$error: Text of the RAID error.
$error
Logging Alerts
The following table contains a list of the various logging alerts that can be generated by AsyncOS,
including a description of the alert and the alert severity:
Message
Alert Severity
Parameters
$error.
Information.
$error: The traceback string of the error.
Log Error: Subscription $name: Log partition is
full.
Critical.
$name: Log subscription name.
Log Error: Push error for subscription $name:
Failed to connect to $ip: $reason.
Critical.
$name: Log subscription name.
$ip: IP address of the remote host.
$reason: Text describing the connect error
Log Error: Push error for subscription $name: An
FTP command failed to $ip: $reason.
Critical.
$name: Log subscription name.
$ip: IP address of the remote host.
$reason: Text describing what went wrong.
Log Error: Push error for subscription $name: SCP Critical.
failed to transfer to $ip:$port: $reason',
$name: Log subscription name.
$ip: IP address of the remote host.
$port: Port number on the remote host.
$reason: Text describing what went wrong.
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Message
Alert Severity
Parameters
Log Error: 'Subscription $name: Failed to connect
to $hostname ($ip): $error.
Critical.
$name: Log subscription name.
$hostname: Hostname of the syslog server.
$ip: IP address of the syslog server.
$error: Text of the error message.
Log Error: Subscription $name: Network error
while sending log data to syslog server $hostname
($ip): $error
Critical.
$name: Log subscription name.
$hostname: Hostname of the syslog server.
$ip: IP address of the syslog server.
$error: Text of the error message.
Subscription $name: Timed out after $timeout
seconds sending data to syslog server $hostname
($ip).
Critical.
$name: Log subscription name.
$timeout: Timeout in seconds.
$hostname: Hostname of the syslog server.
$ip: IP address of the syslog server.
Subscription $name: Syslog server $hostname ($ip) Critical.
is not accepting data fast enough.
$name: Log subscription name.
$hostname: Hostname of the syslog server.
$ip: IP address of the syslog server.
Information.
Subscription $name: Oldest log file(s) were
removed because log files reached the maximum
number of $max_num_files. Files removed include:
$name: Log subscription name.
$files_removed.
$files_removed: List of files that were
removed.
$max_num_files: Maximum number of files
allowed per log subscription.
Reporting Alerts
The following table contains a list of the various reporting alerts that can be generated by AsyncOS,
including a description of the alert and the alert severity:
Message
Alert Severity
Parameters
The reporting system is unable to maintain the rate
of data being generated. Any new data generated
will be lost.
Critical.
Not applicable.
The reporting system is now able to handle new
data.
Information.
Not applicable.
A failure occurred while building periodic report
‘$report_title’.
Critical.
$report_title: Title of the report.
Critical.
$report_title: Title of the report.
This subscription should be examined and deleted if
its configuration details are no longer valid.
A failure occurred while emailing periodic report
‘$report_title’.
This subscription has been removed from the
scheduler.
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Message
Alert Severity
Warning.
Processing of collected reporting data has been
disabled due to lack of logging disk space. Disk
usage is above $threshold percent. Recording of
reporting events will soon become limited and
reporting data may be lost if disk space is not freed
up (by removing old logs, etc).
Parameters
$threshold: Threshold value.
Once disk usage drops below $threshold percent,
full processing of reporting data will be restarted
automatically.
PERIODIC REPORTS: While building periodic
report $report_title' the expected domain
specification file could not be found at
‘$file_name’. No reports were sent.
Critical.
$report_title: Title of the report.
Counter group “$counter_group” does not exist.
Critical.
$counter_group: Name of the counter_group.
PERIODIC REPORTS: While building periodic
report $report_title’ the domain specification file
‘$file_name’ was empty. No reports were sent.
Critical.
$report_title: Title of the report.
$file_name: Name of the file.
Critical.
PERIODIC REPORTS: Errors were encountered
while processing the domain specification file
‘$file_name’ for the periodic report ‘$report_title’.
Any line which has any reported problem had no
report sent.
$file_name: Name of the file.
$report_title: Title of the report.
$file_name: Name of the file.
$error_text: List of errors encountered.
$error_text
Warning.
Processing of collected reporting data has been
disabled due to lack of logging disk space. Disk
usage is above $threshold percent. Recording of
reporting events will soon become limited and
reporting data may be lost if disk space is not freed
up (by removing old logs, etc).
$threshold: Threshold value.
Once disk usage drops below $threshold percent,
full processing of reporting data will be restarted
automatically.
Critical.
The reporting system has encountered a critical
error while opening the database. In order to prevent
disruption of other services, reporting has been
disabled on this machine. Please contact customer
support to have reporting enabled.
The error message is:
$err_msg
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The following table contains a list of the various system alerts that can be generated by AsyncOS,
including a description of the alert and the alert severity:
Message
Alert Severity
Parameters
Startup script $name exited with error: $message
Critical.
$name: Name of the script.
$message: Error message text.
System halt failed: $exit_status: $output',
Critical.
$exit_status: Exit code of the command.
$output: Output from the command.
System reboot failed: $exit_status: $output
Critical.
$exit_status: Exit code of the command.
$output: Output from the command.
Process $name listed $dependency as a dependency, Critical.
but it does not exist.
$name: Name of the process.
$dependency: Name of the dependency that
was listed.
Process $name listed $dependency as a dependency, Critical.
but $dependency is not a wait_init process.
$name: Name of the process.
Process $name listed itself as a dependency.
Critical.
$name: Name of the process.
Process $name listed $dependency as a dependency Critical.
multiple times.
$name: Name of the process.
Dependency cycle detected: $cycle.
$cycle: The list of process names involved in
the cycle.
Critical.
Warning.
An error occurred while attempting to share
statistical data through the Network Participation
feature. Please forward this tracking information to
your support provider:
$dependency: Name of the dependency that
was listed.
$dependency: Name of the dependency that
was listed.
$error: The error message associated with the
exception.
Error: $error.
There is an error with “$name”.
Critical.
$name: Name of the process that generated a
core file.
An application fault occurred: “$error”
Critical.
$error: Text of the error, typically a traceback.
Tech support: Service tunnel has been enabled, port Information.
$port
$port: Port number used for the service tunnel.
Tech support: Service tunnel has been disabled.
Not applicable.
Information.
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Updater Alerts
The following table contains a list of the various updater alerts that can be generated by AsyncOS,
including a description of the alert and the alert severity:
Message
Alert Severity
Parameters
Warning.
The $app application tried and failed $attempts
times to successfully complete an update. This may
be due to a network configuration issue or
temporary outage.
$app: Web Security appliance security service
name.
The updater has been unable to communicate with
the update server for at least $threshold.
Warning.
$threshold: Threshold value time.
Unknown error occurred: $traceback.
Critical.
$traceback: Traceback information.
$attempts: Number of attempts tried.
FIPS Compliance
Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) specify requirements for cryptographic modules that
are used by all government agencies to protect sensitive but unclassified information. FIPS help ensure
compliance with federal security and data privacy requirements. FIPS, developed by the National
Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), are to use when no voluntary standards exist to meet
federal requirements.
The WSA achieves FIPS 140-2 Level 1 compliance in FIPS mode using Cisco Common Cryptographic
Module (C3M). By default, FIPS mode is disabled.
FIPS Certificate Requirements
FIPS mode requires that all enabled encryption services on the Web Security appliance use a
FIPS-compliant certificate. This applies to the following encryption services:
Note
•
HTTPS Proxy
•
Authentication
•
Identity Provider for SaaS
•
Appliance Management HTTPS Service
The Appliance Management HTTPS Service must be enabled before FIPS mode can be enabled. The
other encryption services need not be enabled.
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A FIPS-compliant certificate must meet these requirements:
Certificate
Algorithm
Bit Key Size
Signature Algorithm
Notes
X509
RSA
1024, 2048,
3072, or
4096
sha1WithRSAEncryption
Cisco recommends a bit key
size of 1024 for best
decryption performance and
sufficient security. A larger
bit size will increase security,
but impact decryption
performance.
DSA
1024
dsaWithSHA1
Enabling or Disabling FIPS Mode
Before You Begin
•
Note
Ensure the certificates to be used in FIPS mode use FIPS 140-2 approved public key algorithms (see
FIPS Certificate Requirements, page 21-20).
Changing the FIPS mode initiates a reboot of the appliance.
Step 1
Choose System Administration > FIPS Mode.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Check or uncheck the Enable FIPS Level 1 Compliance check box.
Step 4
Click Submit.
Step 5
Click Continue to allow the appliance to reboot.
System Date and Time Management
Your Web Security appliance can track the current date and time by querying a Network Time Protocol
(NTP) server or you can manually set the system date and time. The system date and time reflects the
time zone, which you can set either by GMT offset or by global region, country, and then local time zone.
Setting the Time Zone
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Time Zone.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Select your region, country, and time zone or select the GMT offset.
Step 4
Submit and commit the changes.
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Synchronizing the System Clock with an NTP Server
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Time Settings.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Select Use Network Time Protocol as the Time Keeping Method.
Step 4
Enter the fully qualified hostname or IP address of the NTP server, clicking Add Row as needed to add
servers.
Step 5
(Optional) Choose the routing table associated with an appliance network interface type, either
Management or Data, to use for NTP queries. This is the IP address from which NTP queries should
originate.
Note
Step 6
This option is only editable if the appliance is using split routing for data and management
traffic.
Submit and commit your changes.
Deleting an NTP Server from the Configuration
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Time Settings.
Step 2
Click Edit Settings.
Step 3
Click the garbage can icon to the right of the server name to delete it.
Step 4
Submit and commit your changes.
Manually Setting the System Date and Time in the GUI
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Time Settings.
Step 2
Click the Select Set Time Manually radio button.
Step 3
Set the date and time.
Step 4
Click Submit.
Installing a Server Digital Certificate
When an administrator logs into the Web Security appliance using HTTPS, the appliance uses a digital
certificate to securely establish the connection with the client application. The Web Security appliance
uses the “Cisco Web Security Appliance Demo Certificate” that comes installed by default. However,
client applications are not programmed to recognize this certificate, so you can upload a digital
certificate to the appliance that your applications recognize automatically.
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To configure the Web Security appliance to use a different digital server certificate, follow these steps:
Step 1
Obtain a certificate and private key pair to upload.
Step 2
Upload the certificate and private key pair to the appliance.
Related Topics
•
Obtaining Certificates, page 21-23.
•
Uploading Certificates to the Web Security Appliance, page 21-24.
Obtaining Certificates
Step 1
Generate a public-private key pair.
Step 2
Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR).
Step 3
Contact a certificate authority (CA) to sign the certificate.
Server Digital Certificate Requirements
The certificate you upload to the appliance must meet the following requirements:
•
It must use the X.509 standard.
•
It must include a matching private key in PEM format. DER format is not supported.
•
The private key must be unencrypted.
Certificate Signing Requests
The Web Security appliance cannot generate Certificate Signing Requests (CSR) for certificates
uploaded to the appliance. Therefore, to have a certificate created for the appliance, you must issue the
signing request from another system. Save the PEM-formatted key from this system because you will
need to install it on the appliance later.
You can use any UNIX machine with a recent version of OpenSSL installed. Be sure to put the appliance
hostname in the CSR. Use the guidelines at the following location for information on generating a CSR
using OpenSSL:
http://www.modssl.org/docs/2.8/ssl_faq.html#ToC28
Once the CSR has been generated, submit it to a certificate authority (CA). The CA will return the
certificate in PEM format.
If you are acquiring a certificate for the first time, search the Internet for “certificate authority services
SSL server certificates,” and choose the service that best meets the needs of your organization. Follow
the service’s instructions for obtaining an SSL certificate.
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Note
You can also generate and sign your own certificate. Tools for doing this are included with OpenSSL,
free software from http://www.openssl.org.
Intermediate Certificates
In addition to root certificate authority (CA) certificate verification, AsyncOS supports the use of
intermediate certificate verification. Intermediate certificates are certificates issued by a trusted root CA
which are then used to create additional certificates. This creates a chained line of trust. For example, a
certificate may be issued by example.com who, in turn, is granted the rights to issue certificates by a
trusted root CA. The certificate issued by example.com must be validated against example.com’s private
key as well as the trusted root CA’s private key.
Uploading Certificates to the Web Security Appliance
Step 1
Access the CLI
Step 2
Enter the certconfig command.
The following example shows a certificate being uploaded. You can also add intermediate certificates
from this command.
example.com> certconfig
Currently using the demo certificate/key for HTTPS management access.
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- SETUP - Configure security certificate and key.
[]> setup
Management (HTTPS):
paste cert in PEM format (end with '.'):
-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE----MIICLDCCAdYCAQAwDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEEBQAwgaAxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlBUMRMwEQYD
VQQIEwpRdWVlbnNsYW5kMQ8wDQYDVQQHEwZMaXNib2ExFzAVBgNVBAoTDk5ldXJv
bmlvLCBMZGEuMRgwFgYDVQQLEw9EZXNlbnZvbHZpbWVudG8xGzAZBgNVBAMTEmJy
dXR1cy5uZXVyb25pby5wdDEbMBkGCSqGSIb3DQEJARYMc2FtcG9AaWtpLmZpMB4X
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DTk2MDkwNTAzNDI0M1oXDTk2MTAwNTAzNDI0M1owgaAxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlBUMRMw
EQYDVQQIEwpRdWVlbnNsYW5kMQ8wDQYDVQQHEwZMaXNib2ExFzAVBgNVBAoTDk5l
dXJvbmlvLCBMZGEuMRgwFgYDVQQLEw9EZXNlbnZvbHZpbWVudG8xGzAZBgNVBAMT
EmJydXR1cy5uZXVyb25pby5wdDEbMBkGCSqGSIb3DQEJARYMc2FtcG9AaWtpLmZp
MFwwDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEBBQADSwAwSAJBAL7+aty3S1iBA/+yxjxv4q1MUTd1kjNw
L4lYKbpzzlmC5beaQXeQ2RmGMTXU+mDvuqItjVHOK3DvPK7lTcSGftUCAwEAATAN
BgkqhkiG9w0BAQQFAANBAFqPEKFjk6T6CKTHvaQeEAsX0/8YHPHqH/9AnhSjrwuX
9EBc0n6bVGhN7XaXd6sJ7dym9sbsWxb+pJdurnkxjx4=
-----END CERTIFICATE----.
paste key in PEM format (end with '.'):
-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KEY----MIIBPAIBAAJBAL7+aty3S1iBA/+yxjxv4q1MUTd1kjNwL4lYKbpzzlmC5beaQXeQ
2RmGMTXU+mDvuqItjVHOK3DvPK7lTcSGftUCAwEAAQJBALjkK+jc2+iihI98riEF
oudmkNziSRTYjnwjx8mCoAjPWviB3c742eO3FG4/soi1jD9A5alihEOXfUzloenr
8IECIQD3B5+0l+68BA/6d76iUNqAAV8djGTzvxnCxycnxPQydQIhAMXt4trUI3nc
a+U8YL2HPFA3gmhBsSICbq2OptOCnM7hAiEA6Xi3JIQECob8YwkRj29DU3/4WYD7
WLPgsQpwo1GuSpECICGsnWH5oaeD9t9jbFoSfhJvv0IZmxdcLpRcpslpeWBBAiEA
6/5B8J0GHdJq89FHwEG/H2eVVUYu5y/aD6sgcm+0Avg=
-----END RSA PRIVATE KEY----.
Do you want add an intermediate certificate? [N]> N
Currently using custom certificate/key for HTTPS management access.
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- SETUP - Configure security certificate and key.
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[]>
example.com> commit
Please enter some comments describing your changes:
[]> Installed certificate and key for HTTPS management.
Changes committed: Fri Sep 26 17:59:53 2008 GMT
AsyncOS for Web Upgrades and Updates
Cisco periodically releases upgrades (new software versions) and updates (changes to current software
versions) for AsyncOS for Web and its components.
Best Practices For Upgrading AsyncOS for Web
•
Before you start the upgrade, save the XML configuration file off the Web Security appliance from
the System Administration > Configuration File page or by using the saveconfig command.
•
Save other files stored on the appliance, such as PAC files or customized end-user notification pages.
•
When upgrading, do not pause for long amounts of time at the various prompts. If the TCP session
times out during the download, the upgrade may fail.
•
After the upgrade completes, save the configuration information to an XML file.
Related Topics
•
Saving and Loading the Appliance Configuration, page 21-2.
Upgrading and Updating AsyncOS and Security Service Components
Upgrading AsyncOS for Web
Before You Begin
•
Save the appliance configuration file (see Saving and Loading the Appliance Configuration,
page 21-2).
Step 1
Choose System Administration > System Upgrade.
Step 2
Click Available Upgrades.
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Step 3
Select an upgrade from the list of available upgrades, and click Begin Upgrade to start the upgrade
process. Answer the questions as they appear.
Step 4
When the upgrade is complete, click Reboot Now to reboot the Web Security appliance.
Related Topics
•
Local And Remote Update Servers, page 21-28.
Automatic and Manual Update and Upgrade Queries
AsyncOS periodically queries the update servers for new updates to all security service components, but
not for new AsyncOS upgrades. To upgrade AsyncOS, you must manually prompt AsyncOS to query for
available upgrades. You can also manually prompt AsyncOS to query for available security service
updates. For more information, see Reverting to a Previous Version of AsyncOS for Web, page 21-31.
When AsyncOS queries an update server for an update or upgrade, it performs the following steps:
1.
Contacts the update server.
Cisco allows the following sources for update servers:
– Cisco update servers. For more information, see NoteLocal update servers do not
automatically receive security service updates, only AsyncOS upgrades. After using a local
update server for upgrading AsyncOS, change the update and upgrade settings back to use the
Cisco update servers so the security services update automatically again., page 21-28.
– Local server. For more information, see Upgrading from a Local Server, page 21-29.
2.
Receives an XML file that lists the available updates or AsyncOS upgrade versions. This XML file
is known as the “manifest.”
3.
Downloads the update or upgrade image files.
Manually Updating Security Service Components
By default, each security service component periodically receives updates to its database tables from the
Cisco update servers. However, you can manually update the database tables.
Note
Some updates are available on an on-demand basis from the GUI pages related to the feature.
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Upgrade and Update Settings.
Step 2
Click Edit Update Settings.
Step 3
Specify the location of the update files.
Step 4
Initiate the update using the Update Now function key on the component page located on the Security
Services tab. For example, Security Services > Web Reputation Filters page.
Note
Updates that are in-progress cannot be interrupted. All in-progress updates must complete before new
changes can be applied.
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Tip
View a record of update activity in the updater log file. Subscribe to the updater log file on the System
Administration > Log Subscriptions page.
Local And Remote Update Servers
By default, AsyncOS contacts the Cisco update servers for both update and upgrade images and the
manifest XML file. However, you can choose from where to download the upgrade and update images
and the manifest file. Using a local update server for the images or manifest file for any of the following
reasons:
Note
•
You have multiple appliances to upgrade simultaneously. You can download the upgrade image
to a web server inside your network and serve it to all appliances in your network.
•
Your firewall settings require static IP addresses for the Cisco update servers. The Cisco update
servers use dynamic IP addresses. If you have strict firewall policies, you may need to configure a
static location for updates and AsyncOS upgrades. For more information, see Configuring a Static
Address for the Cisco Update Servers, page 21-28.
Local update servers do not automatically receive security service updates, only AsyncOS upgrades.
After using a local update server for upgrading AsyncOS, change the update and upgrade settings back
to use the Cisco update servers so the security services update automatically again.
Updating and Upgrading from the Cisco Update Servers
A Web Security appliance can connect directly to Cisco update servers and download upgrade images
and security service updates. Each appliance downloads the updates and upgrade images separately.
Configuring a Static Address for the Cisco Update Servers
The Cisco update servers use dynamic IP addresses. If you have strict firewall policies, you may need to
configure a static location for updates and AsyncOS upgrades.
Step 1
Contact Cisco Customer Support to obtain the static URL address.
Step 2
Navigate to the System Administration > Upgrade and Update Settings page, and click Edit Update
Settings.
Step 3
On the Edit Update Settings page, in the “Update Servers (images)” section, choose Local Update
Servers and enter the static URL address received in step 1.
Step 4
Verify that Cisco Update Servers is selected for the “Update Servers (list)” section.
Step 5
Submit and commit your changes.
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Upgrading from a Local Server
The Web Security appliance can download AsyncOS upgrades from a server within your network instead
of obtaining upgrades directly from the Cisco update servers. When you use this feature, you download
the upgrade image from Cisco once only, and then serve it to all Web Security appliances in your
network.
Figure 21-2 shows how Web Security appliances download upgrade images from local servers.
Figure 21-2
Upgrading from a Local Server
Cisco Update Servers
HTTP connection to Internet through firewall
local HTTP connections
Local web server with
access to the Internet
Web Security Appliances
Hardware and Software Requirements for Local Upgrade Servers
For downloading AsyncOS upgrade files, you must have a system in your internal network that has a
web browser and Internet access to the Cisco update servers.
Note
If you need to configure a firewall setting to allow HTTP access to this address, you must configure it
using the DNS name and not a specific IP address.
For hosting AsyncOS upgrade files, a server on the internal network must have a web server, such as
Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) or the Apache open source server, which has the following
features:
•
Supports the display of directory or filenames in excess of 24 characters.
•
Has directory browsing enabled.
•
Is configured for anonymous (no authentication) or Basic (“simple”) authentication.
•
Contains at least 350MB of free disk space for each AsyncOS upgrade image.
Configuring Upgrades from a Local Server
Step 1
Configure a local server to retrieve and serve the upgrade files.
Step 2
Download the upgrade zip file.
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Using a browser on the local server, go to
http://updates.ironport.com/fetch_manifest.html to download a zip file of an upgrade image. To
download the image, enter your serial number (for a physical appliance) or VLN (for a virtual appliance)
and the version number of the appliance. You will then be presented with a list of available upgrades.
Click on the upgrade version that you want to download.
Step 3
Unzip the zip file in the root directory on the local server while keeping the directory structure intact.
Step 4
Configure the appliance to use the local server using the System Administration > Upgrade and Update
Settings page or the updateconfig command.
Step 5
On the System Administration > System Upgrade page, click Available Upgrades or run the upgrade
command.
Note
Cisco recommends changing the update and upgrade settings to use the Cisco update servers (using
dynamic or static addresses) after the upgrade is complete to ensure the security service components
continue to update automatically.
Differences Between Local and Remote Upgrading Methods
The following differences apply when upgrading AsyncOS from a local server rather than from a Cisco
update server:
1.
The upgrading installs immediately while downloading.
2.
A banner displays for 10 seconds at the beginning of the upgrade process. While this banner is
displayed, you have the option to type Control+C to exit the upgrade process before downloading
starts.
Configuring Upgrade and Service Update Settings
You can configure how the Web Security appliance downloads security services updates and AsyncOS
for Web upgrades. For example, you can choose which network interface to use when downloading the
files, configure the update interval or disable automatic updates.
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Upgrade and Update Settings.
Step 2
Click Edit Update Settings.
Step 3
Configure the settings, referencing the following information:
Setting
Description
Automatic Updates
Choose whether or not to enable automatic updates of the security
components. If you choose automatic updates, enter the time interval. The
default is enabled and the update interval is 5 minutes.
Upgrade Notifications
Choose whether to display a notification at the top of the Web Interface
when a new upgrade to AsyncOS is available. The appliance only displays
this notification for administrators.
For more information, see Upgrading AsyncOS for Web, page 21-26.
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Setting
Description
Update Servers (list)
Whether to download the list of available upgrades and updates (the
manifest XML file) from the Cisco update servers or a local web server.
When you choose a local update server, enter the full path to the manifest
XML file for the list including the file name and port number for the
server. If you leave the port field blank, AsyncOS uses port 80. If the
server requires authentication, you can also enter a valid user name and
password.
Update Servers (images)
Whether to download upgrade and update images from the Cisco update
servers or a local web server.
When you choose a local update server, enter the base URL and port
number for the server. If you leave the port field blank, AsyncOS uses port
80. If the server requires authentication, you can also enter a valid user
name and password.
Step 4
Routing Table
Choose which network interface’s routing table to use when contacting the
update servers.
Proxy Server (optional)
If an upstream proxy server exists and requires authentication, enter the
server information and user name and password here.
Submit and commit your changes.
Related Topics
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Local And Remote Update Servers, page 21-28.
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Automatic and Manual Update and Upgrade Queries, page 21-27.
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Upgrading and Updating AsyncOS and Security Service Components, page 21-26.
Reverting to a Previous Version of AsyncOS for Web
AsyncOS for Web supports the ability to revert the AsyncOS for Web operating system to a previous
qualified build for emergency uses.
Note
You cannot revert to a version of AsyncOS for Web earlier than version 7.5.
Configuration File Use in the Revert Process
Effective in version 7.5, when you upgrade to a later version, the upgrade process automatically saves
the current system configuration to a file on the Web Security appliance. (However, Cisco recommends
manually saving the configuration file to a local machine as a backup.) This allows AsyncOS for Web to
load the configuration file associated with the earlier release after reverting to the earlier version.
However, when it performs a reversion, it uses the current network settings for the management
interface.
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Reverting to a Previous Version of AsyncOS for Web
Reverting AsyncOS for an Appliance Managed by the SMA
You can revert AsyncOS for Web from the Web Security appliance. However, if the Web Security
appliance is managed by a Security Management appliance, consider the following rules and guidelines:
•
When Centralized Reporting is enabled on the Web Security appliance, AsyncOS for Web finishes
transferring the reporting data to the Security Management appliance before it starts the reversion.
If the files take longer than 40 seconds to transfer to the Security Management appliance, AsyncOS
for Web prompts you to continue waiting to transfer the files, or continue the reversion without
transferring all files.
•
You must associate the Web Security appliance with the appropriate Configuration Master after
reverting. Otherwise, pushing a configuration from the Security Management appliance to the Web
Security appliance might fail.
Reverting AsyncOS for Web to a Previous Version
Warning
Reverting the operating system on a Web Security appliance is a very destructive action and destroys
all configuration logs and databases. Reversion also disrupts web traffic handling until the appliance
is reconfigured. Depending on the initial Web Security appliance configuration, this action may
destroy network configuration. If this happens, you will need physical local access to the appliance
after performing the reversion.
Before You Begin
•
Contact Cisco Quality Assurance to confirm that you can perform the intended reversion.
•
Back up the following information from the Web Security appliance to a separate machine:
– System configuration file (with passwords unmasked).
– Log files you want to preserve.
– Reports you want to preserve.
– Customized end-user notification pages stored on the appliance.
– PAC files stored on the appliance.
Step 1
Note
Log into the CLI of the appliance you want to revert.
When you run the revert command in the next step, several warning prompts are issued. After these
warning prompts are accepted, the revert action takes place immediately. Therefore, do not begin the
reversion process until after you have completed the pre-reversion steps.
Step 2
Enter the revert command.
Step 3
Confirm twice that you want to continue with the reversion.
Step 4
Choose one of the available versions to revert to.
The appliance reboots twice.
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Note
The reversion process is time-consuming. It may take fifteen to twenty minutes before reversion
is complete and console access to the appliance is available again.
The appliance should now run using the selected AsyncOS for Web version. You can access the web
interface from a web browser.
Note
If updates to the set of URL categories are available, they will be applied after AsyncOS reversion
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A P P E N D I X
A
Troubleshooting
•
Authentication Problems
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Blocked Object Problems
•
Browser Problems
•
DNS Problems
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Feature Keys Expired
•
FTP Problems
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HTTPS/Decryption/Certificate Problems
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Logging Problems
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Policy Problems
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Site Access Problems
•
Upstream Proxy Problems
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WCCP Problems
Authentication Problems
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LDAP Problems
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Basic Authentication Problems
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Single Sign-On Problems
•
Also see:
– HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication
– Cannot Access URLs that Do Not Support Authentication
– Client Requests Fail Upstream Proxy
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Troubleshooting
Authentication Problems
LDAP Problems
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LDAP User Fails Authentication due to NTLMSSP
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LDAP Authentication Fails due to LDAP Referral
LDAP User Fails Authentication due to NTLMSSP
LDAP servers do not support NTLMSSP. Some client applications, such as Internet Explorer, always
choose NTLMSSP when given a choice between NTLMSSP and Basic. When all of the following
conditions are true, the user will fail authentication:
•
The user only exists in the LDAP realm.
•
The Identity uses a sequence that contains both LDAP and NTLM realms.
•
The Identity uses the “Basic or NTLMSSP” authentication scheme.
•
A user sends a request from an application that chooses NTLMSSP over Basic.
Reconfigure the identity or the authentication realm or the application such that at least one of the above
conditions will be false.
LDAP Authentication Fails due to LDAP Referral
LDAP authentication fails when all of the following conditions are true:
•
The LDAP authentication realm uses an Active Directory server.
•
The Active Directory server uses an LDAP referral to another authentication server.
•
The referred authentication server is unavailable to the Web Security appliance.
Workarounds:
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Specify the Global Catalog server (default port is 3268) in the Active Directory forest when you
configure the LDAP authentication realm in the appliance,
•
Use the advancedproxyconfig > authentication CLI command to disable LDAP referrals. LDAP
referrals are disabled by default.
Basic Authentication Problems
•
Basic Authentication Fails
Related Problems
•
Upstream Proxy Does Not Receive Basic Credentials
Basic Authentication Fails
AsyncOS for Web only supports 7-bit ASCII characters for passwords when using the Basic
authentication scheme. Basic authentication fails when the password contains characters that are not
7-bit ASCII.
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Browser Problems
Single Sign-On Problems
•
Users Erroneously Prompted for Credentials
Users Erroneously Prompted for Credentials
NTLM authentication does not work in some cases when the Web Security appliance is connected to a
WCCP v2 capable device. When a user makes a request with a highly locked down version of Internet
Explorer that does not do transparent NTLM authentication correctly and the appliance is connected to
a WCCP v2 capable device, the browser defaults to Basic authentication. This results in users getting
prompted for their authentication credentials when they should not get prompted.
Workaround
In Internet Explorer, add the Web Security appliance redirect hostname to the list of trusted sites in the
Local Intranet zone (Tools > Internet Options > Security tab).
Browser Problems
WPAD Not Working With Firefox
Firefox browsers may not support DHCP lookup with WPAD. For current information, see
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=356831.
To use Firefox (or any other browser that does not support DHCP) with WPAD when the PAC file is
hosted on the Web Security appliance, configure the appliance to serve the PAC file through port 80.
Step 1
Choose Security Services > Web Proxy and delete port 80 from the HTTP Ports to Proxy field.
Step 2
Use port 80 as the PAC Server Port when you upload the file to the appliance.
Step 3
If any browsers are manually configured to point to the web proxy on port 80, reconfigure those browsers
to point to another port in the HTTP Ports to Proxy field.
Step 4
Change any references to port 80 in PAC files.
DNS Problems
Alert: Failed to Bootstrap the DNS Cache
If an alert with the message “Failed to bootstrap the DNS cache” is generated when an appliance is
rebooted, it means that the system was unable to contact its primary DNS servers. This can happen at
boot time if the DNS subsystem comes online before network connectivity is established. If this message
appears at other times, it could indicate network issues or that the DNS configuration is not pointing to
a valid server.
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Feature Keys Expired
Feature Keys Expired
If the feature key for the feature you are trying to access (via the web interface) has expired, please
contact your Cisco representative or support organization.
FTP Problems
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URL Categories Do Not Block Some FTP Sites
•
Large FTP Transfers Disconnect
•
Zero Byte File Appears On FTP Servers After File Upload
•
Also see:
– Unable to Route FTP Requests Via an Upstream Proxy
– HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication
URL Categories Do Not Block Some FTP Sites
When a native FTP request is transparently redirected to the FTP Proxy, it contains no hostname
information for the FTP server, only its IP address. Because of this, some predefined URL categories
and Web Reputation Filters that have only hostname information will not match native FTP requests,
even if the requests are destined for those servers. If you wish to block access to these sites, you must
create custom URL categories for them using their IP addresses.
Large FTP Transfers Disconnect
If the connection between the FTP Proxy and the FTP server is slow, uploading a large file may take a
long time, particularly when Cisco Data Security Filters are enabled. This can cause the FTP client to
time out before the FTP Proxy uploads the entire file and you may get a failed transaction notice. The
transaction does not fail, however, but continues in the background and will be completed by the FTP
Proxy.
You can workaround this issue by increasing the appropriate idle timeout value on the FTP client.
Zero Byte File Appears On FTP Servers After File Upload
FTP clients create a zero byte file on FTP servers when the FTP Proxy blocks an upload due to outbound
anti-malware scanning.
HTTPS/Decryption/Certificate Problems
•
Accessing HTTPS Sites Using Routing Policies with URL Category Criteria
•
HTTPS Request Failures
•
Bypassing Decryption for Particular Websites
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Troubleshooting
HTTPS/Decryption/Certificate Problems
•
Alert: Problem with Security Certificate
•
Also see:
– Logging HTTPS Transactions
– Access Policy not Configurable for HTTPS
– HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication
Accessing HTTPS Sites Using Routing Policies with URL Category Criteria
For transparently redirected HTTPS requests, the Web Proxy must contact the destination server to
determine the server name and therefore the URL category in which it belongs. Due to this, when the
Web Proxy evaluates Routing Policy Group membership, it cannot yet know the URL category of an
HTTPS request because it has not yet contacted the destination server. If the Web Proxy does not know
the URL category, it cannot match the transparent HTTPS request to a Routing Policy that uses a URL
category as membership criteria.
As a result, transparently redirected HTTPS transactions only match Routing Policies that do not define
Routing Policy Group membership criteria by URL category. If all user-defined Routing Policies define
their membership by URL category, transparent HTTPS transactions match the Default Routing Policy
Group.
HTTPS Request Failures
•
HTTPS with IP-based Surrogates and Transparent Requests
HTTPS with IP-based Surrogates and Transparent Requests
If the HTTPS request comes from a client that does not have authentication information available from
an earlier HTTP request, AsyncOS either fails the HTTPS request or decrypts the HTTPS request in
order to authenticate the user, depending on how you configure the HTTPS Proxy. Use the HTTPS
Transparent Request setting on the Security Services > HTTPS Proxy page to define this behavior. Refer
to the Enabling HTTPS Proxy section in Decryption Policies chapter.
Bypassing Decryption for Particular Websites
Some HTTPS servers do not work as expected when traffic to them is decrypted by a proxy server, such
as the Web Proxy. For example, some websites and their associated web applications and applets, such
as high security banking sites, maintain a hard-coded list of trusted certificates instead of relying on the
operating system certificate store.
You can bypass decryption for HTTPS traffic to these servers to ensure all users can access these types
of sites.
Step 1
Create a custom URL category that contains the affected HTTPS servers by configuring the Advanced
properties.
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Logging Problems
Step 2
Create a Decryption Policy that uses the custom URL category created in Step 1 as part of its
membership, and set the action for the custom URL category to Pass Through.
Alert: Problem with Security Certificate
Typically, the root certificate information you generate or upload in the appliance is not listed as a trusted
root certificate authority in client applications. By default in most web browsers, when users send
HTTPS requests, they will see a warning message from the client application informing them that there
is a problem with the website’s security certificate. Usually, the error message says that the website’s
security certificate was not issued by a trusted certificate authority or the website was certified by an
unknown authority. Some other client applications do not show this warning message to users nor allow
users to accept the unrecognized certificate.
Note
Mozilla Firefox browsers: The certificate you upload must contain
“basicConstraints=CA:TRUE” to work with Mozilla Firefox browsers. This constraint allows
Firefox to recognize the root certificate as a trusted root authority.
Logging Problems
•
Custom URL Categories Not Appearing in Access Log Entries
•
Logging HTTPS Transactions
•
Alert: Unable to Maintain the Rate of Data Being Generated
•
Problem Using Third-Party Log-Analyzer Tool with W3C Access Logs
Custom URL Categories Not Appearing in Access Log Entries
When a web access policy group has a custom URL category set to Monitor and some other component,
such as the Web Reputation Filters or the DVS engine, makes the final decision to allow or block a
request for a URL in the custom URL category, then the access log entry for the request shows the
predefined URL category instead of the custom URL category.
Logging HTTPS Transactions
HTTPS transactions in the access logs appear similar to HTTP transactions, but with slightly different
characteristics. What gets logged depends on whether the transaction was explicitly sent or transparently
redirected to the HTTPS Proxy:
•
TUNNEL. This gets written to the access log when the HTTPS request was transparently redirected
to the HTTPS Proxy.
•
CONNECT. This gets written to the access log when the HTTPS request was explicitly sent to the
HTTPS Proxy.
When HTTPS traffic is decrypted, the access logs contain two entries for a transaction:
•
TUNNEL or CONNECT depending on the type of request processed.
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Policy Problems
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The HTTP Method and the decrypted URL. For example, “GET https://ftp.example.com”.
The full URL is only visible when the HTTPS Proxy decrypts the traffic.
Alert: Unable to Maintain the Rate of Data Being Generated
AsyncOS for Web sends a critical email message to the configured alert recipients when the internal
logging process drops web transaction events due to a full buffer.
By default, when the Web Proxy experiences a very high load, the internal logging process buffers events
to record them later when the Web Proxy load decreases. When the logging buffer fills completely, the
Web Proxy continues to process traffic, but the logging process does not record some events in the access
logs or in the Web Tracking report. This might occur during a spike in web traffic.
However, a full logging buffer might also occur when the appliance is over capacity for a sustained
period of time. AsyncOS for Web continues to send the critical email messages every few minutes until
the logging process is no longer dropping data.
The critical message contains the following text:
Reporting Client: The reporting system is unable to maintain the rate of data being
generated. Any new data generated will be lost.
If AsyncOS for Web sends this critical message continuously or frequently, the appliance might be over
capacity. Contact Cisco Customer Support to verify whether or not you need additional Web Security
appliance capacity.
Problem Using Third-Party Log-Analyzer Tool with W3C Access Logs
If you want to use a third party log analyzer tool to read and parse the W3C access logs, you might need
to include the “timestamp” field. The timestamp W3C field displays time since the UNIX epoch, and
most log analyzers only understand time in this format.
Policy Problems
•
Access Policy not Configurable for HTTPS
•
Blocked Object Problems
•
Identity Disappeared from Policy
•
Policy Match Failures
•
Policy Troubleshooting Tool: Policy Trace
•
Also see: Accessing HTTPS Sites Using Routing Policies with URL Category Criteria
Access Policy not Configurable for HTTPS
With the HTTPS Proxy is enabled, Decryption Policies handle all HTTPS policy decisions. You can no
longer define Access and Routing Policy group membership by HTTPS, nor can you configure Access
Policies to block HTTPS transactions.
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Policy Problems
If some Access and Routing Policy group memberships are defined by HTTPS and if some Access
Policies block HTTPS, then when you enable the HTTPS Proxy, those Access and Routing Policy groups
become disabled. You can choose to enable the policies at any time, but all HTTPS related configurations
are removed.
Blocked Object Problems
•
Some Microsoft Office Files Not Blocked
•
Blocking DOS Executable Object Types Blocks Updates for Windows OneCare
Some Microsoft Office Files Not Blocked
When you block Microsoft Office files in the Block Object Type section, it is possible that some
Microsoft Office files will not be blocked.
If you need to block all Microsoft Office files, add application/x-ole in the Block Custom MIME
Types field. However, blocking this custom MIME type also blocks all Microsoft Compound Object
format types, such as Visio files and some third party applications.
Blocking DOS Executable Object Types Blocks Updates for Windows OneCare
When you configure the Web Security appliance to block DOS executable object types, the appliance
also blocks updates for Windows OneCare.
Identity Disappeared from Policy
Deleting aAppendix A, `Identity Disappeared from Policy,' on page 8n authentication realm disables
associated identities. Disabling an identity removes it from associated policies. Verify that the identity
is enabled and then add it to the policy again.
Policy Match Failures
•
Policy is Never Applied
•
HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require
Authentication
•
User Matches Global Policy for HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests
•
User Assigned Incorrect Access Policy
Policy is Never Applied
If multiple Identities have identical criteria, AsyncOS assigns the transactions to the first identity that
matches. Therefore, transactions never match the additional, identical identities. Any policies that apply
to those subsequent, identical identities are never matched or applied.
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Policy Problems
HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests Match only Access Policies that Do Not Require Authentication
Configure the appliance to use IP addresses as the surrogate when credential encryption is enabled.
When credential encryption is enabled and configured to use cookies as the surrogate type,
authentication does not work with HTTPS or FTP over HTTP requests. This is because the Web Proxy
redirects clients to the Web Proxy itself for authentication using an HTTPS connection if credential
encryption is enabled. After successful authentication, the Web Proxy redirects clients back to the
original website. In order to continue to identify the user, the Web Proxy must use a surrogate (either the
IP address or a cookie). However, using a cookie to track users results in the following behavior if
requests use HTTPS or FTP over HTTP:
•
HTTPS. The Web Proxy must resolve the user identity before assigning a Decryption Policy (and
therefore, decrypt the transaction), but it cannot obtain the cookie to identify the user unless it
decrypts the transaction.
•
FTP over HTTP. The dilemma with accessing FTP servers using FTP over HTTP is similar to
accessing HTTPS sites. The Web Proxy must resolve the user identity before assigning an Access
Policy, but it cannot set the cookie from the FTP transaction.
Therefore, HTTPS and FTP over HTTP requests will match only Access Policies that do not require
authentication. Typically, they match the global Access Policy because it never requires authentication.
User Matches Global Policy for HTTPS and FTP over HTTP Requests
When the appliance uses cookie-based authentication, the Web Proxy does not get cookie information
from clients for HTTPS and FTP over HTTP requests. Therefore, it cannot get the user name from the
cookie.
HTTPS and FTP over HTTP requests still match the Identity according to the other membership criteria,
but the Web Proxy does not prompt clients for authentication even if the Identity requires authentication.
Instead, the Web Proxy sets the user name to NULL and considers the user as unauthenticated.
Then, when the unauthenticated request is evaluated against a policy, it matches only a policy that
specifies “All Identities” and apply to “All Users.” Typically, this is the global policy, such as the global
Access Policy.
User Assigned Incorrect Access Policy
•
Clients on your network use Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI)
•
Web Security appliance uses NTLMSSP authentication.
•
Identity uses IP based surrogates
A user might be identified using the machine credentials instead of the user’s own credentials, and as a
result, might be assigned to an incorrect Access Policy.
Workaround:
•
Reduce the surrogate timeout value for machine credentials.
Step 1
Use the advancedproxyconfig > authentication CLI command.
Step 2
Enter the surrogate timeout for machine credentials.
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Policy Problems
Policy Troubleshooting Tool: Policy Trace
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About the Policy Trace Tool
•
Tracing Client Requests
•
Customizing Request Details
•
Overriding Response Details
About the Policy Trace Tool
The Policy Trace Tool can emulate a client request and then detail how the Web Proxy processes that
request. It can be used to trace client requests and debug policy processing when troubleshooting Web
Proxy issues. You may perform a basic trace or you may enter advanced trace settings and override
options.
The policy trace tool evaluates requests against polices used by the Web Proxy only. These are Access,
Encrypted HTTPS Management, Routing, Data Security, and Outbound Malware Scanning polices.
Note
SOCKS and External DLP polices are not evaluated by the policy trace tool.
Note
When you use the policy trace tool, the Web Proxy does not record the requests in the access log or
reporting database
Tracing Client Requests
Step 1
Choose System Administration > Policy Trace.
Step 2
Enter the URL you wish to trace to in the URL field.
Step 3
(Optional) Enter additional emulation parameters:
To emulate...
Enter...
The client source IP used to make the request.
An IP address in the Client IP Address field.
Note
If no IP address is specified, AsyncOS uses
localhost
The authentication credentials used to make the A user name in the User Name field and select an
request.
authentication realm in the Authentication Realm
drop-down list.
Note
Step 4
Click Find Policy Match.
The policy trace output is displayed in the Results pane.
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For authentication to work for the user you
enter here, the user must have already
successfully authenticated through the Web
Security appliance.
Appendix A
Troubleshooting
Policy Problems
Customizing Request Details
Step 1
Expand the Advanced section within the Policy Trace page.
Step 2
Complete the fields in the Request Details pane as required:.
Setting
Description
Proxy Port
Select a specific proxy port to use for the trace
request to test policy membership based on proxy
port.
Client Application
Specify the client application to simulate in the
request.
Time of Request
Specify the day of week and time of day to
simulate in the request.
Upload File
Choose a local file to simulate uploading in the
request.
When you specify a file to upload here, the Web
Proxy simulates an HTTP POST request instead of
a GET request.
Step 3
Object Size
Enter the size of the request object in bytes. You
can enter K, M, or G to represent Kilobytes,
Megabytes, or Gigabytes.
MIME Type
Enter the MIME type.
Anti-malware Scanning Verdicts
Choose whether or not to override the Webroot,
McAfee, or Sophos scanning verdicts.
Click Find Policy Match.
The policy trace output is displayed in the Results pane.
Overriding Response Details
Step 1
Expand the Advanced section within the Policy Trace page.
Step 2
Complete the fields in the Response Detail Overrides pane as required:
Setting
Description
URL Category
Choose whether or not to override the URL category of the transaction response.
Application
Choose an application that the Application Visibility and Control engine can
detect.
Object Size
Enter the size of the response object in bytes. You can enter K, M, or G to
represent Kilobytes, Megabytes, or Gigabytes.
MIME Type
Enter the MIME type.
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Site Access Problems
Step 3
Setting
Description
Web Reputation
Score
Enter the web reputation score from -10.0 to 10.0.
Anti-malware
Scanning Verdicts
Choose whether or not to override the Webroot, McAfee, or Sophos scanning
verdicts.
Click Find Policy Match.
The policy trace output is displayed in the Results pane.
Site Access Problems
•
Cannot Access URLs that Do Not Support Authentication
•
Cannot Access Sites With POST Requests
•
Also see: Bypassing Decryption for Particular Websites
Cannot Access URLs that Do Not Support Authentication
This is a partial list of applications cannot be used when the Web Security appliance is deployed in
transparent mode because they do not support authentication.
•
Mozilla Thunderbird
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Adobe Acrobat Updates
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HttpBridge
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Subversion, by CollabNet
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Microsoft Windows Update
•
Microsoft Visual Studio
Workaround: Create a class of user for the URL that does not require authentication.
Related Topics
•
Bypassing Authentication, page 6-20
Cannot Access Sites With POST Requests
When the user’s first client request is a POST request and the user still needs to authenticate, the POST
body content is lost. This might be a problem when the POST request is for a application with the Access
Control single sign-on feature in use.
Workarounds:
•
Have users first authenticate with the Web Proxy by requesting a different URL through the browser
before connecting to a URL that uses POST as a first request.
•
Bypass authentication for URLs that use POST as a first request.
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Upstream Proxy Problems
Note
When working with Access Control, you can bypass authentication for the Assertion Consumer
Service (ACS) URL configured in the Application Authentication Policy.
Related Topics
•
Bypassing Authentication, page 6-20.
Upstream Proxy Problems
•
Upstream Proxy Does Not Receive Basic Credentials
•
Client Requests Fail Upstream Proxy
Upstream Proxy Does Not Receive Basic Credentials
If both the appliance and the upstream proxy use authentication with NTLMSSP, depending on the
configurations, the appliance and upstream proxy might engage in an infinite loop of requesting
authentication credentials. For example, if the upstream proxy requires Basic authentication, but the
appliance requires NTLMSSP authentication, then the appliance can never successfully pass Basic
credentials to the upstream proxy. This is due to limitations in authentication protocols.
Client Requests Fail Upstream Proxy
Configuration:
•
Web Security appliance and upstream proxy server use Basic authentication.
•
Credential Encryption is enabled on the downstream Web Security appliance.
Client requests fail on the upstream proxy because the Web Proxy receives an “Authorization” HTTP
header from clients, but the upstream proxy server requires a “Proxy-Authorization” HTTP header.
Unable to Route FTP Requests Via an Upstream Proxy
If your network contains an upstream proxy that does not support FTP connections, then you must create
a Routing Policy that applies to all Identities and to just FTP requests. Configure that Routing Policy to
directly connect to FTP servers or to connect to a proxy group whose proxies all support FTP
connections.
WCCP Problems
Maximum Port Entries
In deployments using WCCP, the maximum number of port entries is 30 for HTTP, HTTPS , and FTP
ports combined.
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A P P E N D I X
B
Command Line Interface
•
Overview of the Command Line Interface, page 27-1
•
Accessing the Command Line Interface, page 27-1
•
General Purpose CLI Commands, page 27-4
•
Web Security Appliance CLI Commands, page 27-6
Overview of the Command Line Interface
The AsyncOS Command Line Interface (CLI) allows you to configure and monitor the Web Security
appliance. The Command Line Interface is accessible using SSH on IP interfaces that have been
configured with these services enabled, or using terminal emulation software on the serial port. By
default, SSH is configured on the Management port.
The commands are invoked by entering the command name with or without any arguments. If you enter
a command without arguments, the command prompts you for the required information.
Accessing the Command Line Interface
You can add other users with differing levels of permission after you have accessed the CLI for the first
time using the admin account. The System Setup Wizard prompts you to change the password for the
admin account.
You can also reset the admin account password at any time using the passwd command.
You can connect using one of the following methods:
•
Ethernet. Start an SSH session with the IP address of the Web Security appliance. The factory
default IP address is 192.168.42.42. SSH is configured to use port 22.
•
Serial connection. Start a terminal session with the communication port on your personal computer
that the serial cable is connected to.
Log in to the appliance by entering the username and password below.
•
Username: admin
•
Password: ironport
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Accessing the Command Line Interface
Working with the Command Prompt
The top-level command prompt consists of the fully qualified hostname, followed by the greater than (>)
symbol, followed by a space. For example:
example.com>
When running commands, the CLI requires input from you. When the CLI is expecting input, the prompt
displays the default values enclosed in square brackets ([]) followed by the greater than (>) symbol.
When there is no default value, the brackets are empty.
For example:
example.com> routeconfig
Choose a routing table:
- MANAGEMENT - Routes for Management Traffic
- DATA - Routes for Data Traffic
[]>
When there is a default setting, the setting is displayed within the command-prompt brackets. For
example:
example.com> setgateway
Warning: setting an incorrect default gateway may cause the current connection
to be interrupted when the changes are committed.
Enter new default gateway:
[172.xx.xx.xx]>
When a default setting is shown, typing Return is equivalent to accepting the default:
Command Syntax
When operating in the interactive mode, the CLI command syntax consists of single commands with no
white space and no arguments or parameters. For example:
example.com> logconfig
Select Lists
When you are presented with multiple choices for input, some commands use numbered lists. Enter the
number of the selection at the prompt.
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Accessing the Command Line Interface
For example:
Log level:
1. Critical
2. Warning
3. Information
4. Debug
5. Trace
[3]> 3
Yes/No Queries
When given a yes or no option, the question is posed with a default in brackets. You may answer Y, N,
Yes, or No. Case is not significant.
For example:
Do you want to enable the proxy? [Y]> Y
Subcommands
Some commands give you the opportunity to use subcommand directives such as NEW, EDIT, and DELETE.
The EDIT and DELETE functions provide a list of previously configured values.
For example:
example.com> interfaceconfig
Currently configured interfaces:
1. Management (172.xxx.xx.xx/xx: example.com)
Choose the operation you want to perform:
- NEW - Create a new interface.
- EDIT - Modify an interface.
- DELETE - Remove an interface.
[]>
Within subcommands, typing Enter or Return at an empty prompt returns you to the main command.
Escaping Subcommands
You can use the Ctrl+C keyboard shortcut at any time within a subcommand to immediately exit return
to the top level of the CLI.
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General Purpose CLI Commands
Command History
The CLI keeps a history of all commands entered during a session. Use the Up and Down arrow keys on
your keyboard, or the Ctrl+P and Ctrl+N key combinations to scroll through a running list of the
recently-used commands.
Completing Commands
The AsyncOS CLI supports command completion. You can enter the first few letters of some commands
followed by the Tab key and the CLI completes the string. If the letters you entered are not unique among
commands, the CLI “narrows” the set. For example:
example.com> set (type the Tab key)
setgateway, setgoodtable, sethostname, settime, settz
example.com> seth (typing the Tab again completes the entry with sethostname)
Committing Configuration Changes
Configuration changes do not take effect until you commit them. You can make configuration changes
while web operations proceed as normal.
Step 1
Issue the commit command at the command prompt.
Step 2
Give the commit command the input required.
Step 3
Receive confirmation of the commit procedure at the CLI.
Note
Changes to configuration that have not been committed are recorded, but do not go into effect until you
run the commit command. However, not all commands require the commit command to be run. Exiting
the CLI session, system shutdown, reboot, failure, or issuing the clear command clears changes that
have not yet been committed.
General Purpose CLI Commands
This section describes some basic commands you might use in a typical CLI session, such as committing
and clearing changes.
Committing Configuration Changes
The commit command allows you to change configuration settings while other operations proceed
normally. Changes are not actually committed until you receive confirmation and a timestamp. Exiting
the CLI session, system shutdown, reboot, failure, or issuing the clear command clears changes that
have not yet been committed.
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General Purpose CLI Commands
Entering comments after the commit command is optional.
example.com> commit
Please enter some comments describing your changes:
[]> Changed “psinet” IP Interface to a different IP address
Changes committed: Wed Jan 01 12:00:01 2007
Note
To successfully commit changes, you must be at the top-level command prompt. Type Return at an
empty prompt to move up one level in the command line hierarchy.
Clearing Configuration Changes
The clear command clears any changes made to the appliance configuration since the last commit or
clear command was issued.
example.com> clear
Are you sure you want to clear all changes since the last commit? [Y]> y
Changes cleared: Wed Jan 01 12:00:01 2007
example.com>
Exiting the Command Line Interface Session
The exit command logs you out of the CLI application. Configuration changes that have not been
committed are cleared.
example.com> exit
Configuration changes entered but not committed. Exiting will lose changes.
Type 'commit' at the command prompt to commit changes.
Are you sure you wish to exit?
[N]> y
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Web Security Appliance CLI Commands
Seeking Help on the Command Line Interface
The help command lists all available CLI commands and gives a brief description of each command.
The help command can be invoked by typing either help or a single question mark (?) at the command
prompt.
example.com> help
Related topics
•
Web Security Appliance CLI Commands, page 27-6.
Web Security Appliance CLI Commands
The Web Security Appliance CLI supports a set of proxy and UNIX commands to access, upgrade, and
administer the system.
Command
Description
advancedproxyconfig
Configure more advanced Web Proxy configurations, such as authentication
and DNS parameters.
adminaccessconfig
You can configure the Web Security appliance to have stricter access
requirements for administrators logging into the appliance.
alertconfig
Specify alert recipients, and set parameters for sending system alerts.
authcache
Allows you to delete one or all entries (users) from the authentication cache.
You can also list all users currently included in the authentication cache.
bwcontrol
Enable bandwidth control debug messages in the Default Proxy log file.
certconfig
Configure security certificates and keys.
clear
Clears pending configuration changes since last commit.
commit
Commits pending changes to the system configuration.
createcomputerobject
Creates a computer object at the location you specify.
datasecurityconfig
Defines a minimum request body size, below which upload requests are not
scanned by the Cisco IronPort Data Security Filters.
date
Displays the current date. Example:
Thu Jan 10 23:13:40 2013 GMT
dnsconfig
Configure DNS server parameters.
dnsflush
Flush DNS entries on the appliance.
etherconfig
Configure Ethernet port connections.
externaldlpconfig
Defines a minimum request body size, below which upload requests are not
scanned by the external DLP server.
featurekey
Submits valid keys to activate licensed features.
featurekeyconfig
Automatically check for and update feature keys.
grep
Searches named input files for lines containing a match to the given pattern.
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help
Returns a list of commands.
iccm_message
Clears the message in the web interface and CLI that indicates when this Web
Security appliance is managed by a Security Management appliance
(M-Series).
ifconfig
or
interfaceconfig
Configure and manage network interfaces including M1, P1, and P2. Displays
currently configured interfaces, and provides an operations menu to create,
edit, or delete interfaces.
last
Lists user-specific user information that includes ttys and hosts, in reverse
time order or lists the users that are logged in at a specified date and time.
loadconfig
Load a system configuration file.
logconfig
Configure access to log files.
mailconfig
Mail the current configuration file to the address specified.
musconfig
Use this command to enable Secure Mobility and configure how to identify
remote users, either by IP address or by integrating with one or more Cisco
adaptive security appliances.
Note
musstatus
Changes made using this command cause the Web Proxy to restart.
Use this command to display information related to Secure Mobility when the
Web Security appliance is integrated with an adaptive security appliance.
This command displays the following information:
•
The status of the Web Security appliance connection with each adaptive
security appliance.
•
The duration of the Web Security appliance connection with each
adaptive security appliance in minutes.
•
The number of remote clients from each adaptive security appliance.
•
The number of remote clients being serviced, which is defined as the
number of remote clients that have passed traffic through the Web
Security appliance.
•
The total number of remote clients.
nslookup
Queries Internet domain name servers for information about specified hosts
and domains or to print a list of hosts in a domain.
ntpconfig
Configure NTP servers. Displays currently configured interfaces, and
provides an operations menu to add, remove, or set the interface from whose
IP address NTP queries should originate.
packetcapture
Intercepts and displays TCP/IP and other packets being transmitted or
received over the network to which the appliance is attached.
passwd
Set the password.
pathmtudiscovery
Enables or disables Path MTU Discovery.
You might want to disable Path MTU Discovery if you need to packet
fragmentation.
ping
Sends an ICMP ECHO REQUEST to the specified host or gateway.
proxyconfig 
<enable | disable>
Enables or disables the Web Proxy.
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proxystat
Display web proxy statistics.
quit, q, exit
Terminates an active process or session.
reboot
Flushes the file system cache to disk, halts all running processes, and restarts
the system.
reportingconfig
Configure a reporting system.
resetconfig
Restores the configuration to factory defaults.
rollovernow
Roll over a log file.
routeconfig
Configure destination IP addresses and gateways for traffic. Displays
currently configured routes, and provides an operations menu to create, edit,
or delete, or clear entries.
saveconfig
Saves a copy of the current configuration settings to a file. This file can be
used to restore defaults, if necessary.
setgateway
Configure the default gateway for the machine.
sethostname
Set the hostname parameter.
setntlmsecuritymode
Changes the security setting for the NTLM authentication realm to either
“ads” or “domain”.
•
domain — AsyncOS joins the Active Directory domain with a domain
security trust account. AsyncOS requires Active Directory to use only
nested Active Directory groups in this mode.
•
ads — AsyncOS joins the domain as a native Active Directory member.
Default is ads.
settime
Set system time.
settz
Displays the current time zone and the time zone version. Provides an
operations menu to set a local time zone.
showconfig
Display all configuration values.
Note
User passwords are encrypted.
shutdown
Terminates connections and shuts down the system.
smtprelay
Configure SMTP relay hosts for internally generated email. An SMTP relay
host is required to receive system generated email and alerts.
snmpconfig
Configure the local host to listen for SNMP queries and allow SNMP
requests.
sshconfig
Configure hostname and host key options for trusted servers.
status
Displays system status.
supportrequest
Send the support request email to Cisco IronPort Customer Support. This
includes system information and a copy of the master configuration.
tail
Displays the end of a log file. Command accepts log file name or number as
parameters.
example.com> tail system_logs
example.com> tail 9
tcpservices
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Web Security Appliance CLI Commands
techsupport
Provides a temporary connection to allow Cisco IronPort Customer Support
to access the system and assist in troubleshooting.
telnet
Communicates with another host using the TELNET protocol.
testauthconfig
Tests the authentication settings for a given authentication realm against the
authentication servers defined in the realm.
testauthconfig [-d level] [realm name]
Running the command without any option causes the appliance to list the
configured authentication realms from which you can make a selection.
The debug flag (-d) controls the level of debug information. The levels can
range between 0-10. If unspecified, the appliance uses a level of 0. With level
0, the command will return success or failure. If the test settings fail, the
command will list the cause of the failure.
Note
Cisco recommends you use level 0. Only use a different debug level
when you need more detailed information to troubleshoot.
traceroute
Traces IP packets through gateways and along the path to a destination host.
updateconfig
Configure update and upgrade settings.
updatenow
Update all components.
upgrade
Install an AsyncOS software upgrade.
userconfig
Configure system administrators.
version
Displays general system information, installed versions of system software,
and rule definitions.
webcache
Examine or modify the contents of the proxy cache, or configure domains and
URLs that the appliance never caches. Allows an administrator to remove a
particular URL from the proxy cache or specify which domains or URLs to
never store in the proxy cache.
who
Displays who is logged into the system.
whoami
Displays user information.
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A P P E N D I X
C
Additional Resources
•
Documentation Set, page C-1
•
Training, page C-1
•
Knowledge Base, page C-2
•
Cisco Support Community, page C-2
•
Customer Support, page C-2
•
Third Party Contributors, page C-2
•
Cisco Welcomes Your Comments, page C-3
Documentation Set
The documentation set for Cisco content security appliances may include the following documents and
books:
•
Cisco AsyncOS for Web User Guide (this book)
•
Cisco AsyncOS CLI Reference Guide
This and other documentation is available at the following locations:
Cisco Content Security Products Documentation: URL
Security Management appliances
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10155
/tsd_products_support_series_home.html
Email Security appliances and the CLI reference http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10154
/tsd_products_support_series_home.html
guide
Web Security appliances
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps10164
/tsd_products_support_series_home.html
Cisco Encryption
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products
/ps10602/tsd_products_support_series_home.h
tml
Training
Information about security technology training:
•
Web site for Cisco email and web content security training
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Knowledge Base
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le31/email_sec/index.html
•
Email contact for information about training in Cisco security technology
stbu-trg@cisco.com
•
Web site for Cisco training for Cisco products
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/training-index.html
Knowledge Base
You can access the Cisco Knowledge Base on the Cisco Customer Support site at the following URL:
http://www.cisco.com/web/ironport/knowledgebase.html
The Knowledge Base contains how-to, troubleshooting, and reference articles related to Cisco products.
Cisco Support Community
Access the Cisco Support Community for web security and associated management at the following
URL:
https://supportforums.cisco.com/community/netpro/security/web
The Cisco Support Community is a place to discuss general web security issues as well as technical
information about specific Cisco products.
Customer Support
Use the following methods to obtain support:
U.S.: 1 (408) 526-7209 or Toll-free 1 (800) 553-2447
International: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/support/tsd_cisco_worldwide_contacts.html
Support Site: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps11169/serv_group_home.html
If you purchased support through a reseller or another supplier, please contact that supplier directly with
your product support issues.
Third Party Contributors
Some software included within AsyncOS is distributed under the terms, notices, and conditions of
software license agreements of FreeBSD, Inc., Stichting Mathematisch Centrum, Corporation for
National Research Initiatives, Inc., and other third party contributors, and all such terms and conditions
are incorporated in license agreements. The full text of these agreements can be found here:
https://support.ironport.com/3rdparty/AsyncOS_User_Guide-1-1.html.
Portions of the software within AsyncOS is based upon the RRDtool with the express written consent of
Tobi Oetiker.
Portions of this document are reproduced with permission of Dell Computer Corporation. Portions of
this document are reproduced with permission of McAfee, Inc. Portions of this document are reproduced
with permission of Sophos Plc.
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Additional Resources
Cisco Welcomes Your Comments
Cisco Welcomes Your Comments
The Cisco Technical Publications team is interested in improving the product documentation. Your
comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can send comments to the following email address:
contentsecuritydocs@cisco.com
Please include the title of this book and the publication date from the title page in the subject line of your
message.
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INDEX
alerts
A
alert classifications
access log file
severities
see also W3C access logs
ACL decision tags
overview
20-33
defined
20-32
see anti-malware
9-22
access logs
Access Policies
20-31
access log file
9-5
configuring Web Reputation
proxy port of request
subnet of request
time of request
URL filters
5-18
5-18
database
13-13
13-8
13-13
outbound scanning
13-4
scanning verdicts
ACL decision tags
Anti-Malware report
access log file
12-1
rules for L4 Traffic Monitor
10-10
Active Directory
13-12
configuring
overview
5-18
17-1
anti-malware
9-5
and URL category changes
20-33
19-2
20-36
18-5
anti-malware rules
6-1
L4 Traffic Monitor
adding
19-2
anti-malware scanning
log subscriptions
WCCP service
20-5
outbound
3-21
defined
ambiguous address
19-2
known allowed address
19-2
command
21-12
14-2
application control
known malware address
adminaccessconfig
12-1
application behaviors
addresses
19-2
application behaviors
applications
logging usage
21-15
14-2
14-4
configuring
9-15
14-2
14-2
application types
bandwidth
adult content
alert listing
anonymizing
usernames in reports
header format specifier
filtering
19-2
AMW
URL category abbreviations
overview
21-13
ambiguous address
20-12
result codes
21-13
14-2, 14-4
instant messaging traffic
9-16
logging
overview
14-6
14-7
14-1
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report
applications
18-4
reporting
HTTPS traffic
14-7
applications
objects
blocking
configuring bandwidth limits
configuring bandwidth limits
14-5
overriding bandwidth limits
user experience
12-1, 14-3, 15-2
block objects
see web browsers
17-10
bypassing
21-31
decryption
authentication credentials
SaaS Access Control
available upgrades
10-8
browsers
18-4
AsyncOS reversion
A-5
upload requests from scanning
8-2
21-26
AVC engine
C
14-3
updates
15-8
14-3
caching
13-14
capturing network packets
overview
B
21-4
case-sensitivity
in CLI
bandwidth
configuring overall limits
configuring user limits
limiting
adult
14-5
alcohol
configuring for applications
arts
14-6
configuring for application types
14-5
14-6
9-23
astrology
9-23
9-23
business and industry
cheating and plagiarism
14-5
child abuse content
see known malware address
blocking
dating
9-15
all traffic by default
3-13
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9-24
digital postcards
9-24
9-23
9-24
9-24
computers and internet
computer security
adult content
9-23
chat and instant messaging
14-4
blacklist address
IN-2
9-23
9-23
auctions
14-5
overriding for application types
per user
9-23
advertisements
bandwidth limits
overview
B-3
categories
14-5
14-4
overall
12-1
by default in System Setup Wizard
14-6
Application Visibility report
enabling
URL categories
14-3
blocking traffic
14-2
archiving reports
15-2
upload requests due to malware
application types
overview
15-8
upload requests due to AVC engine
14-6
14-2
defined
11-9
upload requests
14-4
defined
14-4
9-24
15-2
3-13
Index
dining and drinking
dynamic and residential
education
pornography
9-24
professional networking
9-24
real estate
9-24
entertainment
extreme
filter avoidance
sex education
9-25
shopping
government and law
illegal activities
illegal drugs
infrastructure and content delivery networks
news
9-29
9-29
9-29
9-29
9-30
9-29
web page translation
9-26
9-30
category filtering
database
9-27
non-sexual nudity
9-27
parked domains
11-7
certificates
CSR for web interface
FIPS
9-27
9-28
21-20
installing on appliance
invalid
8-3
21-23
generating and signing your own
9-27
photo searches and images
11-8
CSR for Identity Provider for SaaS
9-27
9-27
peer file transfer
11-5
CSR for HTTPS Proxy
9-27
organizational email
certificate files
uploading
9-27
online storage and backup
9-27
9-3
supported formats
9-27
online communities
9-28
travel
web hosting
non-governmental organizations
politics
9-26
9-29
9-29
web-based email
9-26
9-27
personal sites
9-29
weapons
9-26
online trading
streaming video
unclassified
9-26
9-26
mobile phones
nature
9-29
transportation
9-26
lingerie and swimsuits
9-29
streaming audio
tobacco
9-26
internet telephony
9-29
sports and recreation
9-26
9-26
illegal downloads
lotteries
9-29
software updates
9-25
9-26
job search
9-28
society and culture
9-25
health and nutrition
humor
9-28
social science
9-25
9-28
9-28
social networking
9-25
hate speech
9-28
search engines and portals
9-25
hacking
9-28
science and technology
9-25
freeware and shareware
games
9-28
safe for kids
9-25
9-25
gambling
9-28
SaaS and B2B
file transfer services
finance
9-28
religion
9-24
9-28
9-28
reference
9-24
9-24
fashion
9-28
21-24
21-24
11-8, 11-9
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SaaS Access Control
validating
HTTPS
8-2
11-6
Configuring
Certificate Signing Request (CSR)
for HTTPS Proxy
for web interface
8-3
Change Password link
logging
21-9
4-1
user authentication
10-18
commit
Cisco Cloud Web Security
guest users
4-4
setting the appliance mode
Cisco ASA integration
overview
4-8
4-10
Overview
21-9
4-10
directory group policies
documentation
21-23
command
SNMP
and URL category changes
9-5
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
4-11
B-4
17-11
configuring
3-19
administrator settings
21-12
see Data Security Policies
application control settings
user location of request
HTTPS Proxy
15-7
URL filters
9-1
21-13
9-9
Web Reputation Filters
CLI
case-sensitivity in
20-10
anti-malware
configuring languages
21-11
browser requirements
reporting
18-6
Client Malware Risk report
Client Malware Risk report page
Client Signing Required
18-6
17-8
content filtering
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
6-5, 6-7
authentication failures
overview
4-11
Cloud Web Security Connector
1-1
14-1
controlling bandwidth
overall limits
overview
4-9
user limits
4-11
cloud connector settings
cloud routing policies
4-6
4-9
Cloud Web Security Connector
14-5
14-4
14-5
control settings
Decryption Policies
11-4
creating
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
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15-8
controlling applications
Cloud Connector
changing modes
3-16
17-1
scheduling reports
18-6
1-3
21-6
network interfaces
B-1
FTP
13-8
enabling features
B-1
Client Malware Risk
13-12
configuring the appliance
B-3
configuring host keys
SSH
14-2
11-3
return addresses
Cisco Web Usage Controls
overview
4-6
community string
4-11
Cisco Data Security Policies
overview
4-2
4-5
data loss prevention
11-8
for Identity Provider for SaaS
changing passwords
4-9
compared to standard mode
15-5
Index
External DLP Policies
log subscriptions
HTTPS traffic
15-5
11-2
decrypting HTTPS traffic
20-5
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
12-3
CSS
configuring Decryption Policies
11-1
decryption
in end-user notification pages
bypassing
16-13
custom
A-5
Decryption Policies
date ranges
and URL category changes
17-2
end-user notification pages
headers
9-5
blocking
16-5
11-9
bypassing decryption
20-31
URL categories
controlling traffic
9-13
redirecting traffic
control settings
9-17
custom mask for load balancing
11-4
dropping traffic
enabling
D
logging
see Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
Data Loss Prevention Policies, External
11-1
A-6
overview
11-2
11-2
passing through traffic
see also policy groups
15-2
Data Security logs
default gateway
3-19
overview
default identity
7-1
15-11
default route
Data Security Policies
configuring
content
creating
configuring
15-7
user preferences
15-5
log subscriptions
minimum request size
protocol of request
15-2
15-6
proxy port of request
failover
15-10
15-6
configuring
split
user agent of request
3-31
3-31
3-31
DNS cache
15-7
flushing
15-8
Data Security Policies, Cisco
decrypting
15-9
authoritative name servers
15-6
15-8
Web Reputation
defining
DNS
15-6
URL category of request
URL filters
20-8
DLP servers
15-4
subnet of request
21-11
deleting
15-8
15-11
membership
3-19
defining
15-8
flow diagram
logging
11-1
Decryption Policy groups
datasecurityconfig
CLI command
9-5
11-1
11-3
Monitor action
data loss prevention
A-5
11-4
decrypting traffic
3-23
9-5
9-5
3-32
dropping traffic
Decryption Policies
11-1
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DVS engine
evaluating Outbound Malware Scanning membership
how it works
matching client requests
13-4
working with multiple malware verdicts
13-5
expired keys
overview
Dynamic Content Analysis engine
enabling
12-2
A-4
exporting
9-4
reports
Dynamic Vectoring and Streaming engine
see DVS engine
17-7
External Data Loss Prevention
and URL Category changes
9-5
externaldlpconfig
E
CLI command
15-2
External DLP Policies
editing
WCCP service
configuring
3-21
creating
editing the appliance
concurrent editing
15-11
15-5
defining external DLP servers
1-3
load balancing
enabling
HTTPS Proxy
logging
11-3
configuring
overview
protocol of request
16-12
HTTPS requests
external DLP servers
native FTP
16-13
see DLP servers
user defined notification pages
16-8
DLP servers
end-user URL category page
etherconfig
VLAN
adding manually
9-17
command
expired keys
3-25
overview
matching client requests
15-4
evaluating External DLP Policy membership
matching client requests
15-10
feature keys
16-12
evaluating Data Security Policy membership
15-4
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F
failover
16-5
warning users
15-7
16-4
16-5
configuring
15-6
15-7
user location of request
16-13
16-13
variables
15-6
user agent of request
16-5
on-box notification pages
15-6
URL category of request
HTML tags
tokens
15-6
subnet of request
end-user notification pages
formatting text
15-2
proxy port of request
16-12
16-10
customizing
15-4
minimum request size
16-11
FTP requests
15-10
15-11
membership
end-user acknowledgement page
15-9
settings
21-6
A-4
21-6
21-6
Federal Information Processing Standards
21-20
Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)
filtering
21-20
Index
adult content
category
bypassing decryption
9-15
end-user acknowledgement page
10-10, 15-8
data in Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
Web Reputation
15-8
15-8
FIPS
logging
A-6
routing
11-10
16-12
HTTPS Proxy
certificate requirements
compliance
mode
configuring
21-20
11-3
Ports to Proxy
21-20
11-3
21-21
formatting
end-user acknowledge pages
end-user notification pages
I
16-13
16-13
Identities
forwarding method
L2
A-5
9-5
and URL category changes
3-23
9-5
installation
FTP
reverting
configuring notification messages
end-user acknowledgement page
16-13
21-31
installing the appliance
16-12
setup worksheet
3-5
instant messaging traffic
controlling
G
14-6
interfaceconfig
VLAN
generating
root certificates
global identity
command
3-27
invalid
11-3
signing, leaf certificate
7-1
greylist address
11-9
invalid certificates
see ambiguous address
handling
GUI
11-9
IPMI
configuring language
SNMP
21-11
17-12
IP spoofing
WCCP service
H
IPv4
hash versus mask for load balancing
McAfee scanning engine
hostkeyconfig
command
hostname
HTTPS
3-15
3-17
20-31
heuristic analysis
changing
3-17
IPv4/IPv6
IPv6
headers
custom
3-23
3-24
13-6
20-10
K
Kerberos
6-1
key files
3-30
supported formats
11-5
keys
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overview
log subscriptions
21-6
adding
known allowed address
defined
deleting
19-2
known malware address
defined
20-5
20-8
editing
20-5
19-2
M
L
MAIL FROM
configuring for notifications
L2
forwarding method
malware
3-23
configuring scanning
L4 Traffic Monitor
ambiguous addresses
anti-malware rules
interfaces
malware verdicts
19-2
multiple
3-4
report
mask versus hash for load balancing
19-2
External DLP Policies
19-4
L4 Traffic Monitor interfaces
categories
defining default per user
database
21-11
13-6
13-6
membership diagram
traffic to external DLP servers
load-balancing method
15-10
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
External DLP Policies
3-23
MIB file
L4 Traffic Monitor
20-18
naming convention
20-3
SNMP
reporting
viewing most recent version
17-11
misclassified URLs
20-19
20-9
logging
16-5
URL submission tool
9-3
Monitor
HTTPS requests
A-6
redirected traffic
9-17
SMTP transactions
YouTube headers
20-20
20-31
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Decryption Policies
11-2
monitoring
scheduling reports
summary data
17-1
15-4
15-4
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
21-7
log files
IN-8
13-13
overview
load balancing
types
13-7
heuristic analysis
21-11
6-1
loadlicense
12-2
McAfee scanning engine
languages
LDAP
15-4
15-4
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
3-4
user preferences
3-23
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
18-7
overview
3-23
matching client requests
20-18
viewing activity
13-5
mask customization for load balancing
19-2
known malware addresses
log files
13-8
see also anti-malware
19-2
known allowed addresses
21-13
17-8
12-2
Index
system activity
18-1
P
packet capture
N
overview
starting
native FTP
configuring notification messages
21-4
passing through traffic
16-13
with transparent redirection and IP spoofing
Decryption Policies
3-22
11-1
passwords
navigating
web interface
T1 and T2
changing
1-3
network interfaces
NTLMSSP
21-4
21-9
PDF
3-16
reports
3-4
17-7
policy group member definition
6-1
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
External DLP Policies
O
15-4
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
object blocking
OCSP
12-2
policy groups
10-8
custom URL categories
objects
blocking
15-4
Decryption Policies
15-8
9-13
11-1
ports
11-9
Access Policies
on-box notification pages
overview
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
16-4
External DLP Policies
outbound malware scanning
overview
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
12-3
logging
12-6
12-3
Ports to Proxy
HTTPS
12-4
creating
membership
9-5
15-6
15-6
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
12-1
configuring
5-18
11-3
preferences
defining for users
protocols
12-2
protocol of request
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
12-3
proxy port of request
subnet of request
21-11
External DLP Policies
12-3
URL category of request
user agent of request
15-6
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
12-4
12-4
12-3
proxy
see web proxy
12-4
user location of request
15-6
12-4
Proxy Buffer Memory
18-12
Outbound Malware Scan Policy
and URL category changes
Overview report
9-5
R
18-1
redirecting traffic
logging and reporting
9-17
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overview
regular expressions
overview
result codes
9-20
using in URL filters
remote upgrades
configuring
21-29
installation
9-17
reporting misclassified URLs
anonymizing usernames
Anti-Malware
archiving
17-1
18-5
Application Visibility
18-4
17-10
Client Detail
custom date ranges
exporting data
18-6
17-2
17-11
1067
17-11
1213
17-11
1907
17-11
17-11
generating
11-3
uploading
11-3
default route
interactive display
overview
17-1
L4 Traffic Monitor
making usernames unrecognizable
Malware Threat
17-1
HTTPS
11-10
Routing Policies
9-5
and URL category changes
18-1
printing to PDF
9-5
17-7
Reports by User Location
return address
18-8
S
21-13
17-8
search option
3-19
routing
18-5
18-5
3-19
3-18
split routing
18-7
Malware Category
20-4
routes
17-7
17-4
SaaS Access Control
17-3
System Capacity
System Status
authenticating users
18-11
certificate
18-12
17-8
17-2
8-4
8-1
prompting for authentication
uncategorized URLs
URL Categories
overview
8-2
8-2
multiple appliances
time range for scheduled reports
18-4
18-3
Web Reputation Filters
Web Sites
1066
root certificates
18-6
Client Malware Risk Page
time ranges
17-11
rolling over log files
18-6
Client Malware Risk
scheduling
1065
2571-2575
17-4
Overview
21-31
RFC
16-5
reports
zero day revocation
safe search
18-6
18-3
Reports by User Location report
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revert
redirected traffic
graphs
20-32
return addresses
9-20
reporting
charts
18-8
enforcing
9-15
scanning verdicts
anti-malware
20-36
8-1
8-2
Index
Secure Mobility
report
External DLP Policies
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
18-8
SensorBase Network
overview
configuring default
3-30
supportrequest
Simple Network Management Protocol
command
overview
21-3
18-11
site content rating
System Setup Wizard
enforcing
Security page
9-15
SMI file
3-13
System Status report
18-12
17-11
SMTP transactions
logging
T
20-20
SNMP
T1 and T2 interfaces
community string
17-11
hardware objects
IPMI
overview
17-12
Webroot
17-11
overview
17-11
SMI file
17-11
SNMPv2
17-11
URL Filters
Access Policies
see variables
17-12
transaction result codes
17-12
transparent redirection
configuring
5-17
transparent redirection
5-16
5-16
L2 forwarding method
5-17
overview
3-20
3-23
adding a WCCP service
Sophos scanning engine
overview
20-32
transparent mode
SOCKS
policies
5-18
tokens
17-11
specifying multiple trap targets
overview
9-19
time ranges
SNMPv3 passphrase
enabling
13-8
time based policies
17-11
SNMPv1
3-4
Threat Risk Threshold
17-12
MIB file
traps
21-11
System Capacity report
see SNMP
SNMP
12-4
supported languages
1-4
command
sethostname
15-6
3-21
3-23
3-20
WCCP services
3-21
13-7
split routing
defined
U
3-19
SSH
UDP_MISS
using with the CLI
B-1
uncategorized URLs
subnet
Access Policies
defined
5-18
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
20-32
in reports
9-2
18-4
15-6
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URL submission tool
using
9-3
unrecognized
user accounts
root authority/issuer
about
11-9
unrecognized root authority
invalid certificates
overview
user agents
11-9
External DLP Policies
21-26, 21-27
15-7
15-7
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
21-30
upgrades
12-4
user defined notification pages
available
example
21-26
configuring upgrade settings
16-3
overview
21-30
16-8
parameters
21-29
requirements for local upgrade servers
21-29
16-9
user location
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
uploading
certificate files
External DLP Policies
11-7
root certificates
usernames
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
External DLP Policies
user passwords
15-6
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
URL categories
12-4
defining
21-11
9-22
15-8
descriptions
21-9
user preferences
9-17
abbreviations
blocking
making unrecognizable in reports
15-6
V
9-22
uncategorized URLs
URL Categories report
18-4
validating
18-3
certificates
URL category set
11-6
variables
9-4, 18-4, 21-3
end-user notification pages
URL Filters
16-5
VLAN
configuring
9-9
custom categories
database
9-3
enabling
9-4
no category
command
interfaceconfig
labels
VMotion
3-25
2-1
9-2
regular expressions
time based
etherconfig
9-13
9-20
W
9-19
URL category descriptions
viewing filtering activity
9-22
9-19
URL submission tool
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W3C access logs
overview
20-15
15-7
15-7
Outbound Malware Scanning Policies
11-3
URL
IN-12
21-8
Cisco IronPort Data Security Policies
manual updates
updates
21-7
managing
updates
remote
9-3
3-25
command
3-27
17-1
12-4
Index
warning page
Y
end-user URL category page
warning users
16-12
YouTube
9-17
configuring end-user warning page
using URL categories
headers
16-12
20-31
YouTube, logging added headers for
9-17
20-31
WBRS
see also Web Reputation Filters
WCCP router
WCCP services
zero day revocation
3-21
WCCP services
defined
adding
3-21
editing
3-21
IP spoofing
overview
Z
8-1
3-24
3-21
web browsers
supported
1-3
web interface
browser requirements
navigating
1-3
1-3
web proxy
overview
5-16
Web Reputation Filters
about
13-2
access log file
13-13
configuring Access Policies
database
13-12
13-13
how it works
report
18-6
scores
13-2
13-2
Webroot scanning engine
database
13-13
overview
13-5
Threat Risk Threshold
Web Sites report
13-8
18-3
whitelist address
see known allowed address
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items," as that term is defined at Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR") (48 C.F.R.) 2.101, consisting
of "commercial computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation" as such terms
are used in FAR 12.212. Consistent with FAR 12.212 and DoD FAR Supp. 227.7202-1 through
227.7202-4, and notwithstanding any other FAR or other contractual clause to the contrary in any
agreement into which the Agreement may be incorporated, Customer may provide to Government end
user or, if the Agreement is direct, Government end user will acquire, the Software and Documentation
with only those rights set forth in the Agreement. Use of either the Software or Documentation or both
constitutes agreement by the Government that the Software and Documentation are "commercial
computer software" and "commercial computer software documentation," and constitutes acceptance of
the rights and restrictions herein.
Identified Components; Additional Terms. The Software may contain or be delivered with one or more
components, which may include third-party components, identified by Cisco in the Documentation,
readme.txt file, third-party click-accept or elsewhere (e.g. on www.cisco.com) (the "Identified
Component(s)") as being subject to different license agreement terms, disclaimers of warranties, limited
warranties or other terms and conditions (collectively, "Additional Terms") than those set forth herein.
You agree to the applicable Additional Terms for any such Identified Component(s)."
Limited Warranty
Subject to the limitations and conditions set forth herein, Cisco warrants that commencing from the date
of shipment to Customer (but in case of resale by an Approved Source other than Cisco, commencing
not more than ninety (90) days after original shipment by Cisco), and continuing for a period of the
longer of (a) ninety (90) days or (b) the warranty period (if any) expressly set forth as applicable
specifically to software in the warranty card accompanying the product of which the Software is a part
(the "Product") (if any): (a) the media on which the Software is furnished will be free of defects in
materials and workmanship under normal use; and (b) the Software substantially conforms to the
Documentation. The date of shipment of a Product by Cisco is set forth on the packaging material in
which the Product is shipped. Except for the foregoing, the Software is provided "AS IS". This limited
warranty extends only to the Software purchased from an Approved Source by a Customer who is the
first registered end user. Customer's sole and exclusive remedy and the entire liability of Cisco and its
suppliers under this limited warranty will be (i) replacement of defective media and/or (ii) at Cisco's
option, repair, replacement, or refund of the purchase price of the Software, in both cases subject to the
condition that any error or defect constituting a breach of this limited warranty is reported to the
Approved Source supplying the Software to Customer, within the warranty period. Cisco or the
Approved Source supplying the Software to Customer may, at its option, require return of the Software
and/or Documentation as a condition to the remedy. In no event does Cisco warrant that the Software is
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error free or that Customer will be able to operate the Software without problems or interruptions. In
addition, due to the continual development of new techniques for intruding upon and attacking networks,
Cisco does not warrant that the Software or any equipment, system or network on which the Software is
used will be free of vulnerability to intrusion or attack.
Restrictions. This warranty does not apply if the Software, Product or any other equipment upon which
the Software is authorized to be used (a) has been altered, except by Cisco or its authorized
representative, (b) has not been installed, operated, repaired, or maintained in accordance with
instructions supplied by Cisco, (c) has been subjected to abnormal physical or electrical stress, abnormal
environmental conditions, misuse, negligence, or accident; or (d) is licensed for beta, evaluation, testing
or demonstration purposes. The Software warranty also does not apply to (e) any temporary Software
modules; (f) any Software not posted on Cisco's Software Center; (g) any Software that Cisco expressly
provides on an "AS IS" basis on Cisco's Software Center; (h) any Software for which an Approved
Source does not receive a license fee; and (i) Software supplied by any third party which is not an
Approved Source.
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY
EXCEPT AS SPECIFIED IN THIS WARRANTY SECTION, ALL EXPRESS OR IMPLIED
CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, AND WARRANTIES INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, SATISFACTORY
QUALITY, NON-INTERFERENCE, ACCURACY OF INFORMATIONAL CONTENT, OR
ARISING FROM A COURSE OF DEALING, LAW, USAGE, OR TRADE PRACTICE, ARE
HEREBY EXCLUDED TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW AND ARE
EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED BY CISCO, ITS SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS. TO THE
EXTENT THAT ANY OF THE SAME CANNOT BE EXCLUDED, SUCH IMPLIED
CONDITION, REPRESENTATION AND/OR WARRANTY IS LIMITED IN DURATION TO
THE EXPRESS WARRANTY PERIOD REFERRED TO IN THE "LIMITED WARRANTY"
SECTION ABOVE. BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW
LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, THE ABOVE
LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY IN SUCH STATES. THIS WARRANTY GIVES CUSTOMER
SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND CUSTOMER MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH
VARY FROM JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION. This disclaimer and exclusion shall apply even
if the express warranty set forth above fails of its essential purpose.
Disclaimer of Liabilities - Limitation of Liability. IF YOU ACQUIRED THE SOFTWARE IN THE
UNITED STATES, LATIN AMERICA, CANADA, JAPAN OR THE CARIBBEAN,
NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE IN THE AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY, ALL
LIABILITY OF CISCO, ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS,
SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS COLLECTIVELY, TO CUSTOMER, WHETHER IN CONTRACT,
TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, SHALL NOT
EXCEED THE PRICE PAID BY CUSTOMER TO ANY APPROVED SOURCE FOR THE SOFTWARE
THAT GAVE RISE TO THE CLAIM OR IF THE SOFTWARE IS PART OF ANOTHER PRODUCT,
THE PRICE PAID FOR SUCH OTHER PRODUCT. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR
SOFTWARE IS CUMULATIVE AND NOT PER INCIDENT (I.E. THE EXISTENCE OF TWO OR
MORE CLAIMS WILL NOT ENLARGE THIS LIMIT).
IF YOU ACQUIRED THE SOFTWARE IN EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, ASIA OR
OCEANIA, NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING ELSE IN THE AGREEMENT TO THE CONTRARY,
ALL LIABILITY OF CISCO, ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS,
SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS COLLECTIVELY, TO CUSTOMER, WHETHER IN CONTRACT,
TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), BREACH OF WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, SHALL NOT
EXCEED THE PRICE PAID BY CUSTOMER TO CISCO FOR THE SOFTWARE THAT GAVE RISE
TO THE CLAIM OR IF THE SOFTWARE IS PART OF ANOTHER PRODUCT, THE PRICE PAID
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FOR SUCH OTHER PRODUCT. THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR SOFTWARE IS
CUMULATIVE AND NOT PER INCIDENT (I.E. THE EXISTENCE OF TWO OR MORE CLAIMS
WILL NOT ENLARGE THIS LIMIT). NOTHING IN THE AGREEMENT SHALL LIMIT (I) THE
LIABILITY OF CISCO, ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS,
SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS TO CUSTOMER FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH CAUSED
BY THEIR NEGLIGENCE, (II) CISCO'S LIABILITY FOR FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION,
OR (III) ANY LIABILITY OF CISCO WHICH CANNOT BE EXCLUDED UNDER APPLICABLE
LAW.
Disclaimer of Liabilities - Waiver of Consequential Damages and Other Losses. IF YOU ACQUIRED
THE SOFTWARE IN THE UNITED STATES, LATIN AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN OR CANADA,
REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL
PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, IN NO EVENT WILL CISCO OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR
ANY LOST REVENUE, PROFIT, OR LOST OR DAMAGED DATA, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION,
LOSS OF CAPITAL, OR FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR
PUNITIVE DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND REGARDLESS OF THE THEORY OF
LIABILITY OR WHETHER ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE SOFTWARE
OR OTHERWISE AND EVEN IF CISCO OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS HAVE BEEN
ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES OR
JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR
INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
IF YOU ACQUIRED THE SOFTWARE IN JAPAN, EXCEPT FOR LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR
IN CONNECTION WITH DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY, FRAUDULENT
MISREPRESENTATION, AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER ANY REMEDY SET FORTH
HEREIN FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OR OTHERWISE, IN NO EVENT WILL CISCO, ITS
AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS
BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST REVENUE, PROFIT, OR LOST OR DAMAGED DATA, BUSINESS
INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF CAPITAL, OR FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL,
INCIDENTAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES HOWEVER CAUSED AND REGARDLESS OF THE
THEORY OF LIABILITY OR WHETHER ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE
SOFTWARE OR OTHERWISE AND EVEN IF CISCO OR ANY APPROVED SOURCE OR THEIR
SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH
DAMAGES.
IF YOU ACQUIRED THE SOFTWARE IN EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, ASIA OR
OCEANIA, IN NO EVENT WILL CISCO, ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS,
EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS, BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST REVENUE,
LOST PROFIT, OR LOST OR DAMAGED DATA, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF CAPITAL,
OR FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES,
HOWSOEVER ARISING, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IN CONTRACT, TORT
(INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) OR WHETHER ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO
USE THE SOFTWARE, EVEN IF, IN EACH CASE, CISCO, ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS,
DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, SUPPLIERS AND LICENSORS, HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF
THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES OR JURISDICTIONS DO
NOT ALLOW LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL
DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT FULLY APPLY TO YOU. THE FOREGOING
EXCLUSION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION
WITH: (I) DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY, (II) FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION, OR (III)
CISCO'S LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH ANY TERMS THAT CANNOT BE EXCLUDED
UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
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Customer acknowledges and agrees that Cisco has set its prices and entered into the Agreement in
reliance upon the disclaimers of warranty and the limitations of liability set forth herein, that the same
reflect an allocation of risk between the parties (including the risk that a contract remedy may fail of its
essential purpose and cause consequential loss), and that the same form an essential basis of the bargain
between the parties.
Controlling Law, Jurisdiction. If you acquired, by reference to the address on the purchase order
accepted by the Approved Source, the Software in the United States, Latin America, or the Caribbean,
the Agreement and warranties ("Warranties") are controlled by and construed under the laws of the State
of California, United States of America, notwithstanding any conflicts of law provisions; and the state
and federal courts of California shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising under the
Agreement or Warranties. If you acquired the Software in Canada, unless expressly prohibited by local
law, the Agreement and Warranties are controlled by and construed under the laws of the Province of
Ontario, Canada, notwithstanding any conflicts of law provisions; and the courts of the Province of
Ontario shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising under the Agreement or Warranties. If
you acquired the Software in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia or Oceania (excluding Australia),
unless expressly prohibited by local law, the Agreement and Warranties are controlled by and construed
under the laws of England, notwithstanding any conflicts of law provisions; and the English courts shall
have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising under the Agreement or Warranties. In addition, if the
Agreement is controlled by the laws of England, no person who is not a party to the Agreement shall be
entitled to enforce or take the benefit of any of its terms under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties)
Act 1999. If you acquired the Software in Japan, unless expressly prohibited by local law, the Agreement
and Warranties are controlled by and construed under the laws of Japan, notwithstanding any conflicts
of law provisions; and the Tokyo District Court of Japan shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim
arising under the Agreement or Warranties. If you acquired the Software in Australia, unless expressly
prohibited by local law, the Agreement and Warranties are controlled by and construed under the laws
of the State of New South Wales, Australia, notwithstanding any conflicts of law provisions; and the
State and federal courts of New South Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising
under the Agreement or Warranties. If you acquired the Software in any other country, unless expressly
prohibited by local law, the Agreement and Warranties are controlled by and construed under the laws
of the State of California, United States of America, notwithstanding any conflicts of law provisions;
and the state and federal courts of California shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any claim arising
under the Agreement or Warranties.
For all countries referred to above, the parties specifically disclaim the application of the UN Convention
on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may seek
interim injunctive relief in any court of appropriate jurisdiction with respect to any alleged breach of
such party's intellectual property or proprietary rights. If any portion hereof is found to be void or
unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the Agreement and Warranties shall remain in full force and
effect. Except as expressly provided herein, the Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the
parties with respect to the license of the Software and Documentation and supersedes any conflicting or
additional terms contained in any Purchase Order or elsewhere, all of which terms are excluded. The
Agreement has been written in the English language, and the parties agree that the English version will
govern.
Product warranty terms and other information applicable to Cisco products are available at the following
URL:
http://www.cisco.com/go/warranty
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Supplemental End User License Agreement for Cisco Systems
Content Security Software
IMPORTANT: READ CAREFULLY
This Supplemental End User License Agreement ("SEULA") contains additional terms and conditions
for the Software product licensed under the End User License Agreement ("EULA") between You
("You" as used herein means You and the business entity you represent or "Company") and Cisco
(collectively, the "Agreement"). Capitalized terms used in this SEULA but not defined will have the
meanings assigned to them in the EULA. To the extent that there is a conflict between the terms and
conditions of the EULA and this SEULA, the terms and conditions of this SEULA will take precedence.
In addition to the limitations set forth in the EULA on your access and use of the Software, you agree to
comply at all times with the terms and conditions provided in this SEULA.
DOWNLOADING, INSTALLING, OR USING THE SOFTWARE CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF
THE AGREEMENT, AND YOU ARE BINDING YOURSELF AND THE BUSINESS ENTITY THAT
YOU REPRESENT TO THE AGREEMENT. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS OF
THE AGREEMENT, THEN CISCO IS UNWILLING TO LICENSE THE SOFTWARE TO YOU AND
(A) YOU MAY NOT DOWNLOAD, INSTALL OR USE THE SOFTWARE, AND (B) YOU MAY
RETURN THE SOFTWARE (INCLUDING ANY UNOPENED CD PACKAGE AND ANY WRITTEN
MATERIALS) FOR A FULL REFUND, OR, IF THE SOFTWARE AND WRITTEN MATERIALS ARE
SUPPLIED AS PART OF ANOTHER PRODUCT, YOU MAY RETURN THE ENTIRE PRODUCT
FOR A FULL REFUND. YOUR RIGHT TO RETURN AND REFUND EXPIRES 30 DAYS AFTER
PURCHASE FROM CISCO OR AN AUTHORIZED CISCO RESELLER, AND APPLIES ONLY IF
YOU ARE THE ORIGINAL END USER PURCHASER.
For purposes of this SEULA, the Product name and the Product description You have ordered is any of
the following Cisco Systems Email Security Appliance ("ESA"), Cisco Systems Web Security Appliance
("WSA") and Cisco Systems Security Management Application ("SMA") (collectively, "Content
Security") and their Virtual Appliance equivalent ("Software"):
Cisco AsyncOS for Email
Cisco AsyncOS for Web
Cisco AsyncOS for Management
Cisco Email Anti-Spam, Sophos Anti-Virus
Cisco Email Outbreak Filters
Cloudmark Anti-Spam
Cisco Image Analyzer
McAfee Anti-Virus
Cisco Intelligent Multi-Scan
Cisco RSA Data Loss Prevention
Cisco Email Encryption
Cisco Email Delivery Mode
Cisco Web Usage Controls
Cisco Web Reputation
Sophos Anti-Malware
Webroot Anti-Malware
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McAfee Anti-Malware
Cisco Email Reporting
Cisco Email Message Tracking
Cisco Email Centralized Quarantine
Cisco Web Reporting
Cisco Web Policy and Configuration Management
Cisco Advanced Web Security Management with Splunk
Email Encryption for Encryption Appliances
Email Encryption for System Generated Bulk Email
Email Encryption and Public Key Encryption for Encryption Appliances
Large Attachment Handling for Encryption Appliances
Secure Mailbox License for Encryption Appliances
Definitions
For purposes of this SEULA, the following definitions apply:
"Company Service" means the Company's email, Internet, security management services provided to
End Users for the purposes of conducting Company's internal business.
"End User" means: (1) for the WSA and SMA, the employee, contractor or other agent authorized by
Company to access the Internet and the SMA via the Company Service; and (2) for the ESA, the email
boxes of the employees, contractors, or other agent authorized by Company to access or use the email
services via the Company Service.
"Ordering Document" means the purchase agreement, evaluation agreement, beta, pre-release agreement
or similar agreement between the Company and Cisco or the Company and a Cisco reseller, or the valid
terms of any purchase order accepted by Cisco in connection therewith, containing the purchase terms
for the Software license granted by this Agreement.
"Personally Identifiable Information" means any information that can be used to identify an individual,
including, but not limited to, an individual's name, user name, email address and any other personally
identifiable information.
"Server" means a single physical computer or devices on a network that manages or provides network
resources for multiple users.
"Services" means Cisco Software Subscription Services.
"Service Description" means the description of the Software Subscription Support Services at
http://www.cisco.com/web/about/doing_business/legal/service_descriptions/index.html
"Telemetry Data" means samples of Company's email and web traffic, including data on email message
and web request attributes and information on how different types of email messages and web requests
were handled by Company's Cisco hardware products. Email message metadata and web requests
included in Telemetry Data are anonymized and obfuscated to remove any Personally Identifiable
Information.
"Term" means the length of the Software subscription You purchased, as indicated in your Ordering
Document.
"Virtual Appliance" means the virtual version of Cisco's email security appliances, web security
appliances, and security management appliances.
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"Virtual Machine" means a software container that can run its own operating system and execute
applications like a Server.
Additional License Terms and Conditions
LICENSE GRANTS AND CONSENT TO TERMS OF DATA COLLECTION
License of Software.
By using the Software and the Documentation, Company agrees to be bound by the terms of this
Agreement, and so long as Company is in compliance with this Agreement, Cisco hereby grants to
Company a nonexclusive, non-sublicensable, non-transferable, worldwide license during the Term to use
the Software only on Cisco's hardware products, or in the case of the Virtual Appliances, on a Virtual
Machine, solely in connection with the provision of the Company Service to End Users. The number of
End Users licensed for the use of the Software is limited to the number of End Users specified in the
Ordering Documents. In the event that the number of End Users in connection with the provision of the
Company Service exceeds the number of End Users specified in the Ordering Documents, Company
shall contact an Approved Source to purchase additional licenses for the Software. The duration and
scope of this license(s) is further defined in the Ordering Document. The Ordering Document supersedes
the EULA with respect to the term of the Software license. Except for the license rights granted herein,
no right, title or interest in any Software is granted to the Company by Cisco, Cisco's resellers or their
respective licensors. Your entitlement to Upgrades to the Software is subject to the Service Description.
This Agreement and the Services are co-terminus.
Consent and License to Use Data.
Subject to the Cisco Privacy Statement at http://www.cisco.com/web/siteassets/legal/privacy.html,
Company hereby consents and grants to Cisco a license to collect and use Telemetry Data from the
Company. Cisco does not collect or use Personally Identifiable Information in the Telemetry Data. Cisco
may share aggregated and anonymous Telemetry Data with third parties to assist us in improving your
user experience and the Software and other Cisco security products and services. Company may
terminate Cisco's right to collect Telemetry Data at any time by disabling SenderBase Network
Participation in the Software. Instructions to enable or disable SenderBase Network Participation are
available in the Software configuration guide.
Description of Other Rights and Obligations
Please refer to the Cisco Systems, Inc. End User License Agreement, Privacy Statement and Service
Description of Software Subscription Support Services.
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