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Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority
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Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

Last Updated: July 18, 2012

The Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority feature allows the IP address of an interface to be specified and used as the source address for all outgoing TCP connections associated with that trustpoint when a designated trustpoint has been configured.

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Information About Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

Certificates That Identify an Entity

Certificates can be used to identify an entity. A trusted server, known as the certification authority (CA), issues the certificate to the entity after determining the identity of the entity. A router that is running Cisco IOS software obtains its certificate by making a network connection to the CA. Using the Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP), the router transmits its certificate request to the CA and receives the granted certificate. The router obtains the certificate of the CA in the same manner using SCEP. When validating a certificate from a remote device, the router may again contact the CA or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) or HTTP server to determine whether the certificate of the remote device has been revoked. (This process is known as checking the certificate revocation list [CRL].)

In some configurations, the router may make the outgoing TCP connection using an interface that does not have a valid or IP address that can be routed. The user must specify that the address of a different interface be used as the source IP address for the outgoing connection. Cable modems are a specific example of this requirement because the outgoing cable interface (the RF interface) usually does not have an IP address that can be routed. However, the user interface (usually Ethernet) does have a valid IP address.

Source Interface for Outgoing TCP Connections Associated with a Trustpoint

The crypto ca trustpoint command is used to specify a trustpoint. The source interfacecommand is used along with the crypto ca trustpointcommand to specify the address of the interface that is to be used as the source address for all outgoing TCP connections associated with that trustpoint.


Note


If the interface address is not specified using the source interfacecommand, the address of the outgoing interface is used.

How to Configure Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

Configuring the Interface for All Outgoing TCP Connections Associated with a Trustpoint

Perform this task to configure the interface that you want to use as the source address for all outgoing TCP connections associated with a trustpoint.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    crypto ca trustpoint name

4.    enrollment [mode] [retry period minutes] [retry count number] url url [pem]

5.    source interface interface-address

6.    interface type slot / port

7.    description string

8.    ip address ip-address mask

9.    interface type slot/port

10.    description string

11.    ip address ip-address mask

12.    crypto map map-name


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
crypto ca trustpoint name


Example:

Router (config)# crypto ca trustpoint ms-ca

 

Declares the Certificate Authority (CA) that your router should use and enters ca-trustpoint configuration mode.

 
Step 4
enrollment [mode] [retry period minutes] [retry count number] url url [pem]


Example:

Router (ca-trustpoint)# enrollment url http://caserver.myexample.com

- or-

Router (ca-trustpoint)# enrollment url http://[2001:DB8:1:1::1]:80

 

Specifies the following enrollment parameters of the CA:

  • (Optional) The mode keyword specifies the registration authority (RA) mode, if your CA system provides an RA. By default, RA mode is disabled.
  • (Optional) The retry period keyword and minutes argument specifies the period, in minutes, in which the router waits before sending the CA another certificate request. Valid values are from 1 to 60. The default is 1.
  • (Optional) The retry count keyword and number argument specifies the number of times a router will resend a certificate request when it does not receive a response from the previous request. Valid values are from 1 to 100. The default is 10.
  • The url argument is the URL of the CA to which your router should send certificate requests.
    Note    With the introduction of Cisco IOS Release 15.2(1)T, an IPv6 address can be added to the http: enrolment method. For example: http://[ipv6-address]:80. The IPv6 address must be enclosed in brackets in the URL. See the enrollment url (ca-trustpoint) command page for more information on the other enrollment methods that can be used.
  • (Optional) The pem keyword adds privacy-enhanced mail (PEM) boundaries to the certificate request.
 
Step 5
source interface interface-address


Example:

Router (ca-trustpoint)# interface ethernet 0

 

Interface to be used as the source address for all outgoing TCP connections associated with that trustpoint.

 
Step 6
interface type slot / port


Example:

Router (ca-trustpoint)# interface ethernet 1

 

Configures an interface type and enters interface configuration mode.

 
Step 7
description string


Example:

Router (config-if)# description inside interface

 

Adds a description to an interface configuration.

 
Step 8
ip address ip-address mask


Example:

Router (config-if)# ip address 10.1.1.1 255.255.255.0

 

Sets a primary or secondary IP address for an interface.

 
Step 9
interface type slot/port


Example:

Router (config-if)# interface ethernet1/0

 

Configures an interface type.

 
Step 10
description string


Example:

Router (config-if)# description outside interface 10.1.1.205 255.255.255.0

 

Adds a description to an interface configuration.

 
Step 11
ip address ip-address mask


Example:

Router (config-if)# ip address 10.2.2.205 255.255.255.0

 

Sets a primary or secondary IP address for an interface.

 
Step 12
crypto map map-name


Example:

Router (config-if)# crypto map mymap

 

Applies a previously defined crypto map set to an interface.

 

Troubleshooting Tips

Ensure that the interface specified in the command has a valid address. Attempt to ping the router using the address of the specified interface from another device (possibly the HTTP or LDAP server that is serving the CRL). You can do the same thing by using a traceroute to the router from the external device.

You can also test connectivity between the router and the CA or LDAP server by using Cisco IOS command-line interface (CLI). Enter the ping ipcommand and respond to the prompts. If you answer "yes" to the "Extended commands [n]:" prompt, you can specify the source address or interface.

In addition, you can use Cisco IOS CLI to input a traceroute command. If you enter the traceroute ip command (in EXEC mode), you are prompted for the destination and source address. You should specify the CA or LDAP server as the destination and the address of the interface that you specified in the "source interface" as the source address.

Configuration Examples for Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority Example

In the following example, the router is located in a branch office. The router uses IP Security (IPSec) to communicate with the main office. Ethernet 1 is the "outside" interface that connects to the Internet Service Provider (ISP). Ethernet 0 is the interface connected to the LAN of the branch office. To access the CA server located in the main office, the router must send its IP datagrams out interface Ethernet 1 (address 10.2.2.205) using the IPSec tunnel. Address 10.2.2.205 is assigned by the ISP. Address 10.2.2.205 is not a part of the branch office or main office.

The CA cannot access any address outside the company because of a firewall. The CA sees a message coming from 10.2.2.205 and cannot respond (that is, the CA does not know that the router is located in a branch office at address 10.1.1.1, which it is able to reach).

Adding the source interface command tells the router to use address 10.1.1.1 as the source address of the IP datagram that it sends to the CA. The CA is able to respond to 10.1.1.1.

This scenario is configured using the source interface command and the interface addresses as described above.

crypto ca trustpoint ms-ca
 enrollment url http://ms-ca:80/certsrv/mscep/mscep.dll
 source interface ethernet0
!
interface ethernet 0
 description inside interface
 ip address 10.1.1.1 255.255.255.0
!
interface ethernet 1
 description outside interface
 ip address 10.2.2.205 255.255.255.0
 crypto map main-office

Additional References

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Feature Information for Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

The following table provides release information about the feature or features described in this module. This table lists only the software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that software release train also support that feature.

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Table 1 Feature Information for Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

Feature Name

Releases

Feature Information

Source Interface Selection for Outgoing Traffic with Certificate Authority

12.2(15)T

This feature allows the IP address of an interface to be specified and used as the source address for all outgoing TCP connections associated with that trustpoint when a designated trustpoint has been configured.

This feature was introduced in Cisco IOS Release 12.2(15)T.

The following command was introduced or modified: source interface .

PKI IPv6 Support for VPN Solutions

15.2(1)T

The enrollment url (ca-trustpoint) command was modified to specify an IPv6 address in the CA URL.

Glossary

authenticate--To prove the identity of an entity using the certificate of an identity and a secret that the identity poses (usually the private key corresponding to the public key in the certificate).

CA --Certificate Authority. A CA is an entity that issues digital certificates (especially X.509 certificates) and vouches for the binding between the data items in a certificate.

CA authentication --The user manually approves a certificate from a root CA. Usually a fingerprint of the certificate is presented to the user, and the user is asked to accept the certificate based on the fingerprint. The certificate of a root CA is signed by itself (self-signed) so that it cannot be automatically authenticated using the normal certificate verification process.

CRL --certificate revocation list. A CRL is a data structure that enumerates digital certificates that have been invalidated by their issuer prior to when they were scheduled to expire.

enrollment --A router receives its certificate through the enrollment process. The router generates a request for a certificate in a specific format (known as PKCS #10). The request is transmitted to a CA, which grants the request and generates a certificate encoded in the same format as the request. The router receives the granted certificate and stores it in an internal database for use during normal operations.

certificate--A data structure defined in International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard X.509 to associate an entity (machine or human) with the public key of that entity. The certificate contains specific fields, including the name of the entity. The certificate is normally issued by a CA on behalf of the entity. In this case the router acts as its own CA. Common fields within a certificate include the distinguished name (DN) of the entity, the DN of the authority issuing the certificate, and the public key of the entity.

LDAP --Lightweight Directory Access Protocol. A LDAP is a protocol that provides access for management and browser applications that provide read-and-write interactive access to the X.500 directory.

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