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Cisco Bug: CSCvt55919 - ENH:ASA-improve packet-tracer output for drops related to logging permit-hostdown policy

Last Modified

Apr 20, 2020

Products (1)

  • Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Firewalls

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Description (partial)

To troubleshoot connectivity issues through the ASA we are using packet-tracer tool. Currently, if we have unreachable TCP syslog server and "logging permit-hostdown" is not enabled in configuration transit traffic will be dropped by the ASA until the syslog server becomes accessible.

However, in packet-tracer we can see that the traffic is dropping at phase 4 at default "deny ip any any" ACE in inside interface ACL:

Phase: 4
Subtype: log
Result: DROP
Additional Information:
 Forward Flow based lookup yields rule:
 in  id=0x2986a3c0, priority=501, domain=permit, deny=true
	hits=138212, user_data=0x7fdd6333e20, cs_id=0x0, reverse, flags=0x0, protocol=0
	src ip/id=,  port=0, tag=any
	dst ip/id=,  port=0, tag=any dscp=0x0
	input_ifc= inside, output_ifc=any

Making It extremely difficult to troubleshoot such issues that can lead to huge network outage. The aim of this enhancement request to add the following note to the packet-tracer output:

This connection is denied based on logging permit-hostdown policy. One of configured TCP syslog servers is unreachable and "logging permit-hostdown" is not enabled

Utilizing TCP based syslog within ASA deployment
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