Table 1 describes the end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the affected product. Table 2 lists the product part numbers affected by this announcement.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the IPS Version 5.1 Sensor Software which delivers both promiscuous IDS and inline IDS (IPS) functionality to the Cisco IDS/IPS line of sensors. Information about the IPS Version 5.1 Sensor Software can be found at
http://www.cisco.com/go/ips. Customers who have a valid Cisco Services for IPS service contract on the Cisco IDS/IPS line of sensor will be able to upgrade from Cisco IDS Version 4.x to Version 5.1. Customers who do not have a valid Cisco Services for IPS contract on the Cisco IDS/IPS Sensors may purchase IPS Version 5.1 Sensor Software using the following P/N: IPS-SW-U-K9
Table 1. End-of-Life Milestones and Dates for the Cisco IDS 4.x Sensor Software.
End-of-Life Announcement Date
The date the document that announces the end of sale and end of life of a product is distributed to the general public.
The last date to order the product through Cisco point-of-sale mechanisms. The product is no longer for sale after this date.
Last Shipment Date
The last-possible ship date that can be requested of Cisco and/or its contract manufacturers. Actual ship date is dependent on lead time.
End of Software Maintenance Releases Date
The last date that Cisco Engineering may release any final software maintenance releases or bug fixes. After this date, Cisco Engineering will no longer develop, repair, maintain, or test the product software.
End of Signature Updates
The last date that Cisco will release signature updates.
End of New Service Attachment Date
For equipment and software that is not covered by a service-and-support contract, this is the last date to order a new service-and-support contract or add the equipment and/or software to an existing service-and-support contract.
End of Service Contract Renewal Date
The last date to extend or renew a service contract for the product.
Last Date of Support
The last date to receive service and support for the product. After this date, all support services for the product are unavailable, and the product becomes obsolete.
Table 2. Product Part Numbers Affected by This Announcement
End-of-Sale Product Part Number
Replacement Product Part Number
Replacement Product Description
Upgrade CD for Cisco IDS Sensor SW, w/o SW App Support
Cisco IPS 5.x Sensor SW, w/o SW App Support
Upgrade Entitlement for Cisco IDS Sensor Software
Ugrade Entitlement for Cisco IPS 5.x Software Sensor
PRODUCT MIGRATION OPTIONS
The recommended replacement for the Cisco IDS Version 4.x Sensor Software is the IPS Version 5.1. The Cisco IPS 5.1 sensor software delivers both promiscuous based IDS and inline based IPS functionality to the Cisco IDS/IPS sensors. Version 5.1 also delivers new functionality that is not supported on the version 4.x sensor software train. Such features include, but are not limited to:
• Risk Rating for false alarm reduction
• Meta Event Generator
• Configurable Software Bypass Mechanisms
• Inline-on-a-stick to allow IPS services on multiple VLANs using a single interface on the IPS sensor
• Inline IPS drop Actions
• Dynamic service port shut down response actions
• Rate limiting response action on managed devices (routers and switches)
• Inspection of IPv4 packets encapsulated in IPv6
• Inspection into other forms of encapsulation including GRE, mobile IP in IP tunneling, and MPLS
• Extensions to Network based AV
• Signatures to protect from policy violation in SCADA networks
Cisco IPS Sensor Software Version 5.1 will operate only on Cisco IDS/IPS sensors with the following part numbers (and newer): IDS-4210, IDS-4210-K9, IDS-4235-K9, IDS-4250-SX-K9, IDS-4250-TX-K9, IDS-4250-XL-K9, IPS-4240-K9, IPS-4255-K9, NM-CIDS-K9 (promiscuous mode only), and IDSM2.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about the Cisco IPS Version v5.1 Sensor Software, visit
http://www.cisco.com/go/ips or contact your local account representative.