Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls

ASA 7.1/7.2: Allow Split Tunneling for SVC on the ASA Configuration Example

Document ID: 100925

Updated: Oct 02, 2009



This document provides step-by-step instructions on how to allow Secure Socket Layer (SSL) VPN Clients (SVC) access to the Internet while they are tunneled into a Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA). This configuration allows SVC secure access to corporate resources through SSL and gives unsecured access to the Internet with the use of split tunneling.

The ability to transmit both secured and unsecured traffic on the same interface is known as split tunneling. Split tunneling requires that you specify exactly which traffic is secured and what the destination of that traffic is, so that only the specified traffic enters the tunnel, while the rest is transmitted unencrypted across the public network (Internet).



Ensure that you meet these requirements before you attempt this configuration:

  • Local administrative privileges on all remote workstations

  • Java and ActiveX controls on the remote workstation

  • Port 443(SSL) is not blocked anywhere along the connection path

Components Used

The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:

  • Cisco 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) that runs software version 7.2(2)

  • Cisco SSL VPN Client version for Windows

    Note: Download the SSL VPN Client package (sslclient-win*.pkg) from the Cisco Software Download (registered customers only) . Copy the SVC to the flash memory of the ASA, which is to be downloaded to the remote user computers in order to establish the SSL VPN connection with ASA. Refer to Installing the SVC Software section of ASA configuration guide for more information.

  • PC that runs Windows 2000 professional SP4 or Windows XP SP2

  • Cisco Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) version 5.2(2)

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.


Refer to the Cisco Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document conventions.

Background Information

The SSL VPN Client (SVC) is a VPN tunneling technology that gives remote users the benefits of an IPsec VPN client without the need for network administrators to install and configure IPsec VPN clients on remote computers. The SVC uses the SSL encryption that is already present on the remote computer as well as the WebVPN login and authentication of the security appliance.

In order to establish an SVC session, the remote user enters the IP address of a WebVPN interface of the security appliance in the browser, and the browser connects to that interface and displays the WebVPN login screen. If you satisfy the login and authentication, and the security appliance identifies you as requiring the SVC, the security appliance downloads the SVC to the remote computer. If the security appliance identifies you with the option to use the SVC, the security appliance downloads the SVC to the remote computer while it presents a link on the window to skip the SVC installation.

After you download, the SVC installs and configures itself, and then the SVC either remains or uninstalls itself, which depends on the configuration, from the remote computer when the connection terminates.


In this section, you are presented with the information to configure the features described in this document.

Note: Use the Command Lookup Tool (registered customers only) in order to obtain more information on the commands used in this section.

Network Diagram

This document uses this network setup:


Note: The IP addressing schemes used in this configuration are not legally routable on the Internet. They are RFC 1918 addresses that have been used in a lab environment.

ASA Configurations Using ASDM 5.2(2)

Complete these steps in order to configure the SSL VPN on ASA with Split Tunneling as shown:

  1. The document assumes the basic configuration such as interface configuration and so forth are already made and work properly.

    Note: Refer to Allowing HTTPS Access for ASDM in order to allow the ASA to be configured by the ASDM.

    Note: WebVPN and ASDM cannot be enabled on the same ASA interface unless you change the port numbers. Refer to ASDM and WebVPN Enabled on the Same Interface of ASA for more information.

  2. Choose Configuration > VPN > IP Address Management > IP Pools in order to create an IP address pool: vpnpool for VPN clients.


    Click Apply.

  3. Enable WebVPN

    1. Choose Configuration > VPN > WebVPN > WebVPN Access and highlight the outside interface with mouse and click Enable. Check Enable Tunnel Group Drop-down List on WebVPN Login Page check box in order to enable the drop down appear in the login page for users, to choose their respective groups.


      Click Apply.

    2. Choose Configuration > VPN > WebVPN > SSL VPN Client > Add in order to add the SSL VPN client image from the flash memory of ASA as shown.


      Click OK.


      Click OK.

      Click SSL VPN Client check box.


      Click Apply.

      Equivalent CLI Configuration:

      Cisco ASA 7.2(2)
      ciscoasa(config-webvpn)#enable outside
      ciscoasa(config-webvpn)#svc image disk0:/sslclient-win- 1
      ciscoasa(config-webvpn)#tunnel-group-list enable
      ciscoasa(config-webvpn)#svc enable

  4. Configure Group Policy

    1. Choose Configuration > VPN > General > Group Policy > Add (Internal Group Policy) in order to create an internal group policy clientgroup. Under General, choose the WebVPN check box in order to enable the WebVPN as tunneling protocol.


    2. In the Client Configuration > General Client Parameters tab, uncheck the Inherit box for Split Tunnel Policy and choose Tunnel Network List Below from the drop-down list.

      Uncheck the Inherit box for Split Tunnel Network List and then click Manage in order to launch the ACL Manager.


      Within the ACL Manager, choose Add > Add ACL... in order to create a new access list.


      Provide a name for the ACL and click OK.


      Once the ACL name is created, choose Add > Add ACE in order to add an Access Control Entry (ACE).

      Define the ACE that corresponds to the LAN behind the ASA. In this case, the network is and choose Permit.

      Click OK in order to exit the ACL Manager.


      Be sure that the ACL you just created is selected for Split Tunnel Network List.

      Click OK in order to return to the Group Policy configuration.


      In the main page, click Apply and then Send (if required) in order to send the commands to the ASA.

      1. For the Use SSL VPN Client option, uncheck the Inherit check box and click the Optional radio button.

        This choice allows the remote client to choose whether to click the WebVPN > SSLVPN Client tab, and choose these options:

        Do not to download the SVC. The Always choice ensures that the SVC is downloaded to the remote workstation during each SSL VPN connection.

      2. For the Keep Installer on Client System option, uncheck the Inherit check box, and click the Yes radio button.

        This action allows the SVC software to remain on the client machine; therefore, the ASA is not required to download the SVC software to the client each time a connection is made. This option is a good choice for remote users who often access the corporate network.

      3. For the Renegotiation Interval option, uncheck the Inherit box, uncheck the Unlimited check box, and enter the number of minutes until rekey.

        Security is enhanced when you set the limits on the length of time that a key is valid.

      4. For the Renegotiation Method option, uncheck the Inherit check box, and click the SSL radio button. Renegotiation can use the present SSL tunnel or a new tunnel created expressly for renegotiation.

        Your SSL VPN Client attributes should be configured as shown in this image:


    3. Click OK and then Apply.


      Equivalent CLI Configuration:

      Cisco ASA 7.2(2)
      ciscoasa(config)#access-list split-tunnel standard permit
       ciscoasa(config)#group-policy clientgroup internal
      ciscoasa(config)#group-policyclientgroup attributes
      ciscoasa(config-group-policy)#vpn-tunnel-protocol webvpn
      ciscoasa(config-group-policy)#split-tunnel-policy tunnelspecified
      ciscoasa(config-group-policy)#split-tunnel-network-list value split-tunnel
      ciscoasa(config-group-webvpn)#svc required
      ciscoasa(config-group-webvpn)#svc keep-installer installed
      ciscoasa(config-group-webvpn)#svc rekey time 30
      ciscoasa(config-group-webvpn)#svc rekey method ssl

  5. Choose Configuration > VPN > General > Users > Add in order to create a new user account ssluser1. Click OK and then Apply.


    Equivalent CLI Configuration:

    Cisco ASA 7.2(2)
    ciscoasa(config)#username ssluser1 password asdmASA@

  6. Choose Configuration > Properties > AAA Setup > AAA Servers Groups > Edit in order to modify the default server group LOCAL and choose the Enable Local User Lockout check box with maximum attempts value as 16.


    Equivalent CLI Configuration:

    Cisco ASA 7.2(2)
    ciscoasa(config)#aaa local authentication 
    				  attempts max-fail 16

  7. Configure Tunnel Group

    Choose Configuration > VPN > General > Tunnel Group > Add (WebVPN access) in order to create a new tunnel group sslgroup.

    1. In the General > Basic tab, choose the Group Policy as clientgroup from the drop-down list.


    2. In General > Client Address Assignment tab, under Address Pools, click Add >> in order to assign the available address pool vpnpool.


    3. In the WebVPN > Group Aliases and URLs tab, type the alias name in the parameter box and click Add >> in order to make it appear in the list of group names in the login page.


      Click OK and then Apply.

      Equivalent CLI Configuration:

      Cisco ASA 7.2(2)
      ciscoasa(config)#tunnel-group sslgroup type webvpn
      ciscoasa(config)#tunnel-group sslgroup general-attributes
      ciscoasa(config-tunnel-general)#address-pool vpnpool
      ciscoasa(config-tunnel-general)#default-group-policy clientgroup
      ciscoasa(config)#tunnel-group sslgroup webvpn-attributes
      ciscoasa(config-tunnel-webvpn)#group-alias sslgroup_users enable

  8. Configure NAT

    Choose Configuration > NAT > Add > Add Dynamic NAT Rule for the traffic that comes from the inside network that can be translated with outside IP address


    Click OK and click Apply in main page.

    Equivalent CLI Configuration:

    Cisco ASA 7.2(2)
    ciscoasa(config)#global (outside) 1
    ciscoasa(config)#nat (inside) 1

  9. Configure the nat-exemption for the return-traffic from inside network to the VPN client.

    ciscoasa(config)#access-list nonat permit ip
    ciscoasa(config)#access-list nonat permit ip
    ciscoasa(config)#nat (inside) 0 access-list nonat

ASA 7.2(2) Configuration Using CLI

Cisco ASA 7.2(2)
ciscoasa#show running-config
: Saved
ASA Version 7.2(2)
hostname ciscoasa
enable password 8Ry2YjIyt7RRXU24 encrypted
interface Ethernet0/0
 nameif inside
 security-level 100
 ip address
interface Ethernet0/1
 nameif outside
 security-level 0
 ip address
interface Ethernet0/2
 no nameif
 no security-level
 no ip address
interface Ethernet0/3
 no nameif
 no security-level
 no ip address
interface Management0/0
 no nameif
 no security-level
 no ip address
passwd 2KFQnbNIdI.2KYOU encrypted
ftp mode passive

access-list split-tunnel standard permit

!--- ACL for Split Tunnel network list for encryption.

access-list nonat permit ip
access-list nonat permit ip

!--- ACL to define the traffic to be exempted from NAT.

pager lines 24
mtu inside 1500
mtu outside 1500

ip local pool vpnpool

!--- The address pool for the SSL VPN Clients

no failover
icmp unreachable rate-limit 1 burst-size 1
asdm image disk0:/asdm-522.bin
no asdm history enable
arp timeout 14400
global (outside) 1

!--- The global address for Internet access used by VPN Clients. 
!--- Note: Uses an RFC 1918 range for lab setup. 
!--- Apply an address from your public range provided by your ISP.

nat (inside) 0 access-list nonat

!--- The traffic permitted in "nonat" ACL is exempted from NAT.

nat (inside) 1

access-group 100 in interface outside
route outside 1
timeout xlate 3:00:00
timeout conn 1:00:00 half-closed 0:10:00 udp 0:02:00 icmp 0:00:02
timeout sunrpc 0:10:00 h323 0:05:00 h225 1:00:00 mgcp 0:05:00 mgcp-pat 0:05:0
timeout sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00 sip-invite 0:03:00 sip-disconnect 0:02:
timeout uauth 0:05:00 absolute
group-policy clientgroup internal

!--- Create an internal group policy "clientgroup".

group-policy clientgroup attributes
 vpn-tunnel-protocol webvpn

!--- Enable webvpn as tunneling protocol.

 split-tunnel-policy tunnelspecified
 split-tunnel-network-list value split-tunnel

!--- Encrypt the traffic specified in the split tunnel ACL only.

  svc required

!--- Activate the SVC under webvpn mode.

svc keep-installer installed

!--- When the security appliance and the SVC perform a rekey, 
!--- they renegotiate the crypto keys and initialization vectors, 
!--- and increase the security of the connection.

svc rekey time 30

!--- Command that specifies the number of minutes 
!--- from the start of the session until the rekey takes place, 
!--- from 1 to 10080 (1 week).

 svc rekey method ssl

!--- Command that specifies that SSL renegotiation 
!--- takes place during SVC rekey. 

username ssluser1 password ZRhW85jZqEaVd5P. encrypted

!--- Create an user account "ssluser1".

aaa local authentication attempts max-fail 16

!--- Enable the AAA local authentication.

http server enable
http inside
no snmp-server location
no snmp-server contact
snmp-server enable traps snmp authentication linkup linkdown coldstart
tunnel-group sslgroup type webvpn

!--- Create a tunnel group "sslgroup" with type as WebVPN.

tunnel-group sslgroup general-attributes
 address-pool vpnpool

!--- Associate the address pool vpnpool created.

 default-group-policy clientgroup

!--- Associate the group policy "clientgroup" created.

tunnel-group sslgroup webvpn-attributes

 group-alias sslgroup_users enable

!--- Configure the group alias as sslgroup-users.

telnet timeout 5
ssh timeout 5
console timeout 0
class-map inspection_default
 match default-inspection-traffic
policy-map type inspect dns preset_dns_map
  message-length maximum 512
policy-map global_policy
 class inspection_default
  inspect dns preset_dns_map
  inspect ftp
  inspect h323 h225
  inspect h323 ras
  inspect netbios
  inspect rsh
  inspect rtsp
  inspect skinny
  inspect esmtp
  inspect sqlnet
  inspect sunrpc
  inspect tftp
  inspect sip
  inspect xdmcp
service-policy global_policy global
 enable outside

!--- Enable WebVPN on the outside interface.

 svc image disk0:/sslclient-win- 1

!--- Assign an order to the SVC image.

 svc enable

!--- Enable the security appliance to download 
!--- SVC images to remote computers.

 tunnel-group-list enable

!--- Enable the display of the tunnel-group list 
!--- on the WebVPN Login page.

prompt hostname context
: end

Establish the SSL VPN Connection with SVC

Complete these steps in order to establish a SSL VPN connection with ASA.

  1. Type the URL or IP address of the WebVPN interface of the ASA in your web browser in the format as shown.



    https://<IP address of the ASA WebVPN interface>


  2. Enter your username and password and then choose your respective group from the drop down list as shown.


  3. ActiveX software must be installed in your computer before download the SVC.


  4. These windows appear before the SSL VPN connection is established.


  5. You can get these windows once the connection is established.


  6. Click the yellow key which appears in the task bar of your computer. These windows appears which gives information about the SSL connection. For example, is the assigned IP for client and server IP address is, Split tunneling is enabled, and so forth.


    You can also check the secured network which is to be encrypted by SSL, the network list is downloaded from split-tunnel access list configured in ASA.

    In this example, the SSL VPN Client secures access to while all other traffic is not encrypted and not sent across the tunnel.




Use this section to confirm that your configuration works properly.

The Output Interpreter Tool (registered customers only) (OIT) supports certain show commands. Use the OIT to view an analysis of show command output.

  • show webvpn svc—Displays the SVC images stored in the ASA flash memory.

    ciscoasa#show webvpn svc
    1. disk0:/sslclient-win- 1
      CISCO STC win2k+ 1.0.0
      Fri 01/18/2008 15:19:49.43
    1 SSL VPN Client(s) installed
  • show vpn-sessiondb svc—Displays the information about the current SSL connections.

    ciscoasa#show vpn-sessiondb svc
    Session Type: SVC
    Username     : ssluser1
    Index        : 1
    Assigned IP  :           Public IP    :
    Protocol     : SVC                    Encryption   : 3DES
    Hashing      : SHA1
    Bytes Tx     : 131813                 Bytes Rx     : 5082
    Client Type  : Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1)
    Client Ver   : Cisco Systems SSL VPN Client 1, 1, 4, 179
    Group Policy : clientgroup
    Tunnel Group : sslgroup
    Login Time   : 12:38:47 UTC Mon Mar 17 2008
    Duration     : 0h:00m:53s
    Filter Name  :
  • show webvpn group-alias—Displays the configured alias for various groups.

    ciscoasa#show webvpn group-alias
    Tunnel Group: sslgroup   Group Alias: sslgroup_users enabled
  • In ASDM, choose Monitoring > VPN > VPN Statistics > Sessions in order to know about the current WebVPN sessions in the ASA.



This section provides information you can use to troubleshoot your configuration.

  1. vpn-sessiondb logoff name <username>—Command to logoff the SSL VPN session for the particular username.

    ciscoasa#vpn-sessiondb logoff name ssluser1
    Called vpn_remove_uauIth: success!
    webvpn_svc_np_tear_down: no ACL
    NFO: Number of sessions with name "ssluser1" logged off : 1

    Similarly, you can use the vpn-sessiondb logoff svc command in order to terminate all the SVC sessions.

  2. Note: If the PC goes to standby or hibernate mode, then the SSL VPN connection can be terminated.

    webvpn_rx_data_cstp: got message
    SVC message: t/s=5/16: Client PC is going into suspend mode (Sleep, Hibernate, etc)
    Called vpn_remove_uauth: success!
    webvpn_svc_np_tear_down: no ACL
    ciscoasa#show vpn-sessiondb svc
    INFO: There are presently no active sessions
  3. Debug webvpn svc <1-255>—Provides the real time webvpn events in order to establish the session.

    Ciscoasa#debug webvpn svc 7 
    ...input: 'CONNECT /CSCOSSLC/tunnel HTTP/1.1'
    ...input: 'Host:'
    Processing CSTP header line: 'Host:'
    ...input: 'User-Agent: Cisco Systems SSL VPN Client 1, 1, 4, 179'
    Processing CSTP header line: 'User-Agent: Cisco Systems SSL VPN Client 1, 1, 4,
    Setting user-agent to: 'Cisco Systems SSL VPN Client 1, 1, 4, 179'
    ...input: 'X-CSTP-Version: 1'
    Processing CSTP header line: 'X-CSTP-Version: 1'
    Setting version to '1'
    ...input: 'X-CSTP-Hostname: tacweb'
    Processing CSTP header line: 'X-CSTP-Hostname: tacweb'
    Setting hostname to: 'tacweb'
    ...input: 'X-CSTP-Accept-Encoding: deflate;q=1.0'
    Processing CSTP header line: 'X-CSTP-Accept-Encoding: deflate;q=1.0'
    ...input: 'Cookie: webvpn=16885952@10@1205757506@D4886D33FBF1CF236DB5E8BE70B1486
    Processing CSTP header line: 'Cookie: webvpn=16885952@10@1205757506@D4886D33FBF1
    Found WebVPN cookie: 'webvpn=16885952@10@1205757506@D4886D33FBF1CF236DB5E8BE70B1
    WebVPN Cookie: 'webvpn=16885952@10@1205757506@D4886D33FBF1CF236DB5E8BE70B1486D5B
    Validating address:
    No subnetmask... must calculate it
    SVC: NP setup
    SVC ACL Name: NULL
    SVC ACL ID: -1
    SVC ACL ID: -1
    vpn_put_uauth success!
    SVC: adding to sessmgmt
    SVC: Sending response
    CSTP state = CONNECTED
  4. In ASDM, choose Monitoring > Logging > Real-time Log Viewer > View in order to see the real time events. These example shows about the session information between the SVC and Webserver in the internet through ASA


Related Information

Updated: Oct 02, 2009
Document ID: 100925