Cisco ASA 5500-X Series Next-Generation Firewalls

ASA/PIX: Mapping VPN Clients to VPN Group Policies Through LDAP Configuration Example

Document ID: 91831

Updated: Jul 31, 2007



This document provides a sample configuration for SSL VPN clients (SVC) that connect to Cisco 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and then get mapped to different VPN group policies based on a response from a Microsoft Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server. The ASA 7.2.2 software provides LDAP attribute mapping, which allows attributes that are sent from the LDAP server to be mapped to attributes recognized by the ASA, such as IETF RADIUS attribute 25 (Class).

In this example, users who are allowed “dial-in” access in the AD/LDAP server are mapped to the “ALLOWACCESS” group policy, and the users who are not allowed “dial-in” access are assigned to the “NOACCESS” group policy on the ASA. The “NOACCESS” group policy has the number of allowed VPN sessions set to 0, which causes the user connection to fail.

Note: This configuration uses the SSL VPN client, but the same principles can be applied to group policies used for other VPN clients. Moreover, this configuration can be used for purposes other than to deny VPN access. In this example, LDAP attributes are simply used to map a group policy to a user. The details of that policy (such as allowed protocols, split tunnel list, or VPN filter) can be configured as desired.

Note: WebVPN features, such as the SVC are only available on the ASA 5500 Series Security Appliance, not the PIX 500 Series.



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

  • You are familiar with SVC (SSL VPN client) configuration in ASA.

  • You are familiar with LDAP configuration on your server.

    Refer to RFC 3377 to learn more about the LDAP protocol.

Components Used

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

  • Cisco 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA), which runs software version 7.2.2

  • Cisco SSL VPN Client

  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Enterprise Server with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

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.

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.

Background Information

In this example, the AD/LDAP attribute “msNPAllowDialin” is mapped to the ASA attribute “CVPN3000-Radius-IETF-Class.” The class attribute is used to enforce group policies on the ASA.

  1. The user initiates a SVC connection to the ASA.

  2. The ASA is configured to authenticate SVC users with the Microsoft AD/LDAP server.

  3. The ASA binds to the LDAP server with the credentials configured on the ASA (Administrator in this case) and looks up the provided username.

  4. If the username is found, the ASA attempts to bind to the LDAP server with the credentials that the user provided at login.

  5. If the second bind is successful, the ASA retrieves the users attributes, which includes msNPAllowDialin.

  6. The msNPAllowDialin attribute is mapped to CVPN3000-Radius-IETF-Class by the configured LDAP attribute map.

    • The FALSE value is mapped to NOACCESS

    • The TRUE value is mapped to ALLLOWACCESS

  7. The CVPN3000-Radius-IETF-Class attribute is examined and a group policy determination is made.

    • The NOACCESS value causes the NOACCESS group policy to be assigned to the user.

    • The ALLOWACCESS value causes the ALLOWACCESS group policy to be assigned to the user.

  8. If the NOACCESS policy is applied, the users sees the login fail. If the ALLOWACCESS policy is applied, the connection proceeds normally.


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

Configure the Security Appliance

ASA configuration:

Cisco ASA
CiscoASA #show running-config 
: Saved
ASA Version 7.2(2)
hostname ciscoasa
domain-name default.domain.invalid
enable password 8Ry2YjIyt7RRXU24 encrypted
interface Vlan1
 nameif inside
 security-level 100
 ip address dhcp
interface Vlan2
 nameif outside
 security-level 0
 ip address
interface Ethernet0/0
interface Ethernet0/1
interface Ethernet0/2
interface Ethernet0/3
interface Ethernet0/4
interface Ethernet0/5
 switchport access vlan 2
interface Ethernet0/6
interface Ethernet0/7
passwd 2KFQnbNIdI.2KYOU encrypted
boot system disk0:/asa722-k8.bin
ftp mode passive
dns server-group DefaultDNS
 domain-name default.domain.invalid

!--- Access list to exempt traffic to the VPN clients from NAT

access-list NONAT extended permit ip any

pager lines 24
mtu inside 1500
mtu outside 1500

!--- IP address pool for the VPN clients

ip local pool CISCOPOOL

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

!--- NAT configuration

global (outside) 1 interface
nat (inside) 0 access-list NONAT
nat (inside) 1

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 0:05:00
timeout sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00 sip-invite 0:03:00 sip-disconnect 0:02:00
timeout uauth 0:05:00 absolute

!--- The LDAP attribute map. msNPAllowDialin is 
   mapped to cVPN3000-IETF-Radius-Class
!--- A value of FALSE is mapped to a value of NOACCESS
!--- A value of TRUE is mapped to a value of ALLOWACCESS

ldap attribute-map CISCOMAP
  map-name  msNPAllowDialin cVPN3000-IETF-Radius-Class
  map-value msNPAllowDialin FALSE NOACCESS
  map-value msNPAllowDialin TRUE ALLOWACCESS

!--- AAA server configuration

aaa-server LDAPGROUP protocol ldap
aaa-server LDAPGROUP host
 ldap-base-dn dc=rtpsecurity, dc=cisco, dc=com
 ldap-scope subtree
 ldap-naming-attribute sAMAccountName
 ldap-login-password *
 ldap-login-dn CN=Administrator,CN=Users,DC=rtpsecurity,DC=cisco,DC=com
 server-type microsoft
 ldap-attribute-map CISCOMAP

!--- The NOACCESS group policy.
!--- vpn-simultaneous-logins is 0 to prevent access

group-policy NOACCESS internal
group-policy NOACCESS attributes
 vpn-simultaneous-logins 0
 vpn-tunnel-protocol IPSec webvpn
  svc required

!--- The ALLOWACCESS group policy

group-policy ALLOWACCESS internal
group-policy ALLOWACCESS attributes
 banner value This is the ALLOWACCESS Policy
 vpn-tunnel-protocol IPSec webvpn
  svc required

username cisco password ffIRPGpDSOJh9YLq encrypted
no snmp-server location
no snmp-server contact
snmp-server enable traps snmp authentication linkup linkdown coldstart

!--- The tunnel group that users connect to

tunnel-group TESTWEBVPN type webvpn
tunnel-group TESTWEBVPN general-attributes
 address-pool CISCOPOOL
 authentication-server-group LDAPGROUP
tunnel-group TESTWEBVPN webvpn-attributes
 group-alias TestWebVPN enable

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

!--- The WebVPN configuration.  "tunnel-group-list enable"
!--- allows users to choose the TESTWEBVPN tunnel group at login.

 enable outside
 svc image disk0:/sslclient-win- 1
 svc enable
 tunnel-group-list enable

prompt hostname context
: end

Configure the LDAP Server

Complete these steps to configure the LDAP Server:

  1. Choose a user in the Active Directory.


  2. Configure the user to allow or deny dial-in access.





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.

View Sessions

Use the show vpn-sessiondb detail svc command to see the connected SVC sessions. In the below example, the user matt has been assigned the ALLOWACCESS policy as expected.

ciscoasa# sh vpn-sessiondb detail svc

Session Type: SVC Detailed

Username     : matt
Index        : 1
Assigned IP  :          Public IP    :
Protocol     : SVC                    Encryption   : 3DES
Hashing      : SHA1                   Auth Mode    : userPassword
TCP Dst Port : 443                    TCP Src Port : 1393
Bytes Tx     : 130163                 Bytes Rx     : 2625
Pkts Tx      : 131                    Pkts Rx      : 13
Pkts Tx Drop : 0                      Pkts Rx Drop : 0
Client Type  : Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; 
   Windows NT 5.2; SV1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Client Ver   : Cisco Systems SSL VPN Client 1, 1, 3, 173
Group Policy : ALLOWACCESS
Tunnel Group : TESTWEBVPN
Login Time   : 16:15:03 UTC Thu Aug 9 2007
Duration     : 0h:00m:05s
Filter Name  :


LDAP Debugging

When LDAP debugging is enabled, you can see the attribute mapping process. The first example shows the entire output when msNPAllowDialin is set to TRUE. The second example shows the relevant output when the value is FALSE.

msNPAllowDialin is TRUE:

ciscoasa# debug ldap 255
debug ldap  enabled at level 255
[34] Session Start
[34] New request Session, context 0x3bbe9f4, reqType = 1
[34] Fiber started
[34] Creating LDAP context with uri=ldap://
[34] Binding as administrator
[34] Performing Simple authentication for Administrator to
[34] Connect to LDAP server: ldap://, status = Successful
[34] LDAP Search:
        Base DN = [dc=rtpsecurity, dc=cisco, dc=com]
        Filter  = [sAMAccountName=matt]
        Scope   = [SUBTREE]
[34] User DN = [CN=matt,CN=Users,DC=rtpsecurity,DC=cisco,DC=com]
[34] Talking to Active Directory server
[34] Reading password policy for matt, 
[34] Read bad password count 0
[34] Binding as user
[34] Performing Simple authentication for matt to
[34] Checking password policy for user matt
[34] Binding as administrator
[34] Performing Simple authentication for Administrator to
[34] Authentication successful for matt to
[34] Retrieving user attributes from server
[34] Retrieved Attributes:
[34]    objectClass: value = top
[34]    objectClass: value = person
[34]    objectClass: value = organizationalPerson
[34]    objectClass: value = user
[34]    cn: value = matt
[34]    givenName: value = matt
[34]    distinguishedName: value = CN=matt,
[34]    instanceType: value = 4
[34]    whenCreated: value = 20070809124516.0Z
[34]    whenChanged: value = 20070809142528.0Z
[34]    displayName: value = matt
[34]    uSNCreated: value = 102442
[34]    uSNChanged: value = 102453
[34]    name: value = matt
[34]    objectGUID: value = .eC...aI..X.....
[34]    userAccountControl: value = 66048
[34]    badPwdCount: value = 0
[34]    codePage: value = 0
[34]    countryCode: value = 0
[34]    badPasswordTime: value = 0
[34]    lastLogoff: value = 0
[34]    lastLogon: value = 0
[34]    pwdLastSet: value = 128311371167812500
[34]    primaryGroupID: value = 513
[34]    userParameters: value = m:                    d.
[34]    objectSid: value = .............."B.4.....K....
[34]    accountExpires: value = 9223372036854775807
[34]    logonCount: value = 0
[34]    sAMAccountName: value = matt
[34]    sAMAccountType: value = 805306368
[34]    userPrincipalName: value =
[34]    objectCategory: value = CN=Person,CN=Schema,
[34]    msNPAllowDialin: value = TRUE
[34]            mapped to cVPN3000-IETF-Radius-Class: value = ALLOWACCESS
[34] Fiber exit Tx=634 bytes Rx=2217 bytes, status=1
[34] Session End

msNPAllowDialin is FALSE:

ciscoasa# debug ldap 255
debug ldap  enabled at level 255
[31] Session Start

!--- Output supressed

[31]    userPrincipalName: value =
[31]    objectCategory: value = CN=Person,CN=Schema,CN=Configuration,
[31]    msNPAllowDialin: value = FALSE
[31]            mapped to cVPN3000-IETF-Radius-Class: value = NOACCESS
[31] Fiber exit Tx=634 bytes Rx=2218 bytes, status=1
[31] Session End

Attributes Not Mapped

The names of the attributes in this example are all case sensitive. If the LDAP attributes are not mapped to the Cisco attribute, check that the spelling in your attribute map exactly matches the name of the attribute sent by the LDAP server. You can see the attributes exactly as they appear from the LDAP server with the debug illustrated in the section above.

Related Information

Updated: Jul 31, 2007
Document ID: 91831