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RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Table Of Contents

RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Finding Feature Information

Contents

Prerequisites for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Information About RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Acct-Session-Id Attribute

Acct-Session-Id-Count Attribute

How to Configure RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Configuring RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Configuration Examples for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Configuring RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id: Example

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

MIBs

RFCs

Technical Assistance

Feature Information for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id


RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id


First Published: June 19, 2003
Last Updated: September 2, 2009

The RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id feature introduces a new 32-bit authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) variable, acct-session-id-count. The first eight bits of the acct-session-id-count variable are reserved for the unique identifier variable, a unique number assigned to the accounting session which is preserved between reloads. The acct-session-id-count variable is used in addition to the existing 32-bit acct-session-id variable, RADIUS attribute 44, providing a total of 56 bits of to represent the actual Accounting Session Identifier (ID). Benefits of this feature include the following:

The 8-bit unique identifier variable allows accounting session IDs to be identified if a reload occurs.

The additional space provided by the acct-session-id-count variable can keep track of acct-session-id wrapping when there is a high volume of traffic, such as voice calls. By incrementing each time the acct-session-id variable wraps, the acct-session-id-count variable preserves accounting information.

Finding Feature Information

Your software release may not support all the features documented in this module. For the latest feature information and caveats, see the release notes for your platform and software release. To find information about the features documented in this module, and to see a list of the releases in which each feature is supported, see the "Feature Information for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id" section.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco IOS and Catalyst OS software image support. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://tools.cisco.com/ITDIT/CFN/jsp/index.jsp. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

Contents

Prerequisites for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Information About RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

How to Configure RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Configuration Examples for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Additional References

Feature Information for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Prerequisites for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

AAA accounting must be configured. For more information about configuring AAA accounting, refer to the "Configuring Accounting" chapter in the Cisco IOS Security Configuration Guide.

Information About RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

To configure the RADIUS Support of 56-bit Acct Session-Id feature, you must understand the following concepts:

Acct-Session-Id Attribute

Acct-Session-Id-Count Attribute

Acct-Session-Id Attribute

RADIUS attribute 44, Accounting Session ID, is a unique accounting identifier that makes it easy to match start and stop records in a log file. Accounting session ID numbers restart at 1 each time the router is power-cycled or the software is reloaded. RADIUS attribute 44 is automatically enabled when AAA accounting is configured.

The acct-session-id variable is a 32-bit variable that can take on values from 00000000-FFFFFFFF.

Acct-Session-Id-Count Attribute

The new acct-session-id-count variable is a 32-bit variable. The first eight bits of the variable are reserved for the unique identifier variable, an identifier that allows the RADIUS server to identify an accounting session if a reload occurs. The remaining 24 bits of the acct-session-id-count variable acts as a counter variable. When the first acct-session-id variable is assigned, this counter variable is set to 1. The variable increments by 1 every time the acct-session-id variable wraps, preventing the loss of accounting information.

The acct-session-id-count variable can take on values from ##000000- ##FFFFFF, where ## represents the eight bits that are reserved for the unique identifier variable.

The acct-session-id-count and acct-session-id variables are concatenated before being sent to the RADIUS server, resulting in the acct-session variable being represented as the following:

##000000 00000000- ##FFFFFF FFFFFFFF

This allows a total of 56 bits to be used for acct-session-id space.

How to Configure RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

This section contains the following procedure:

Configuring RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Configuring RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

This task enables the acct-session-id-count variable containing the unique identifier variable.

SUMMARY STEPS

1. enable

2. radius-server unique-ident id

DETAILED STEPS

 
Command or Action
Purpose

Step 1 

enable

Example:

Router> enable

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

Enter your password if prompted.

Step 2 

radius-server unique-ident id

Example:

Router(config)# radius-server unique-ident 5

Enables the acct-session-id-count variable containing the unique identifier variable.

The id argument specifies the unique identifier represented by the first eight bits of the acct-session-id-count variable. Valid values range from 0 to 255.

Configuration Examples for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

This section contains the following configuration example:

Configuring RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id: Example

Configuring RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id: Example

The following example configures AAA authentication, enables RADIUS attribute 44 in access request packets, and enables the acct-session-id-count variable and sets the unique identifier variable to 5:

aaa new-model 
aaa authentication ppp default group radius 
radius-server host 10.100.1.34 
radius-server unique-ident 5

Additional References

The following sections provide references related to the RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-ID feature.

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Configuring RADIUS

See the "Configuring RADIUS" feature module.

Configuring accounting

See the "Configuring Accounting" feature module.

AAA RADIUS attributes

See the "RADIUS Attributes Overview and RADIUS IETF Attributes" feature module.

RADIUS commands

Cisco IOS Security Command Reference


Standards

Standard
Title

None


MIBs

MIB
MIBs Link

None

To locate and download MIBs for selected platforms, Cisco IOS releases, and feature sets, use Cisco MIB Locator found at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/go/mibs


RFCs

RFC
Title

RFC 2139

RADIUS Accounting


Technical Assistance

Description
Link

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Access to most tools on the Cisco Support website requires a Cisco.com user ID and password.

http://www.cisco.com/techsupport


Feature Information for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id

Table 18 lists the release history for this feature.

Not all commands may be available in your Cisco IOS software release. For release information about a specific command, see the command reference documentation.

Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and software image support. Cisco Feature Navigator enables you to determine which Cisco IOS and Catalyst OS software images support a specific software release, feature set, or platform. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to http://tools.cisco.com/ITDIT/CFN/jsp/index.jsp. An account on Cisco.com is not required.


Note Table 18 lists only the Cisco IOS software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given Cisco IOS software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that Cisco IOS software release train also support that feature.


Table 18 Feature Information for RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id 

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-ID

12.3(2)T

The RADIUS Support of 56-Bit Acct Session-Id feature introduces a new 32-bit authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) variable, acct-session-id-count.

This feature was introduced in Cisco IOS Release 12.3(2)T.

The following commands were introduced or modified: radius-server unique-iden.


Any Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and phone numbers used in this document are not intended to be actual addresses and phone numbers. Any examples, command display output, network topology diagrams, and other figures included in the document are shown for illustrative purposes only. Any use of actual IP addresses or phone numbers in illustrative content is unintentional and coincidental.

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