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Cisco Bug: CSCua86441 - ISE drops Radius reqeust with no username violating RFC 2865

Last Modified

Feb 27, 2018

Products (1)

  • Cisco Identity Services Engine

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Description (partial)

When sending a valid RADIUS packet to ISE that is missing attribute 1 (Username) the packet is dropped by ISE.  Per RFC the packet should be processed as Username is not a required attribute.
From section 4.1 of RFC 2865:
      An Access-Request SHOULD contain a User-Name attribute.  It MUST
      contain either a NAS-IP-Address attribute or a NAS-Identifier
      attribute (or both).

      An Access-Request MUST contain either a User-Password or a CHAP-
      Password or a State.  An Access-Request MUST NOT contain both a
      User-Password and a CHAP-Password.  If future extensions allow
      other kinds of authentication information to be conveyed, the
      attribute for that can be used in an Access-Request instead of
      User-Password or CHAP-Password.

A Radius request containing all the required attributes but missing the Username attribute.
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