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Release Notes for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows 4.0

Contents

System Requirements

Software Compatibility

Upgrading to a New Software Release

ACS New Features

Support for NAC 2.0

LDAP Improvements

Support for Linux Packages in Posture Validation

Extended attributes

Product Documentation

Installation Notes

Upgrade Paths

Supported Upgrade Path

Supported Migration Path

Unsupported Migration Path

Post-Upgrade Configuration

Upgrading From Version 3.3

Limitations and Restrictions

Interoperability Testing

Tested Windows Security Patches

Security Advisory

Known Problems

Cisco AAA Client Problems

Known Microsoft Problems

Known Problems with ACS 4.0

Resolved Problems

Documentation Updates

Obtaining Documentation

Cisco.com

Product Documentation DVD

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Reporting Security Problems in Cisco Products

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco Technical Support & Documentation Website

Submitting a Service Request

Definitions of Service Request Severity

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information


Release Notes for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows 4.0


February 2006
Full Build Number: 4.0.1.27

These release notes pertain to Cisco Secure Access Control Server for Windows, hereafter referred to as ACS version 4.0.


Note The ACS release numbering system for software includes major release, minor release, maintenance build, and interim build number in the MMM.mmm.###.BBB format. For this release, the versioning information is Cisco Secure ACS 4.0.1.27. Elsewhere in this document where 4.0 is used, we are referring to 4.0.1. ACS major release numbering starts at 4.0.1, not 4.0.0. Use this information when working with your customer service representative.


Contents

These release notes provide:

System Requirements

ACS New Features

Product Documentation

Installation Notes

Limitations and Restrictions

Security Advisory

Known Problems

Resolved Problems

Documentation Updates

Obtaining Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information

System Requirements

System requirements are documented in the Installation Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows. For documentation updates after publication, see Documentation Updates.

Software Compatibility

See the Supported and Interoperable Devices and Software Tables for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows on Cisco.com.

Upgrading to a New Software Release

For detailed instructions see Installation Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows on Cisco.com. For upgrade paths and known problems, see Upgrade Paths and Known Problems.

ACS New Features

ACS contains the following new and changed features:

Network Admission Control (NAC) Release 2.0 support—ACS acts as a policy-decision point in NAC deployments. Using configurable policies, it evaluates the credentials received from the Cisco Trust Agent, determines the state of the host, and sends a per-user authorization to the network access device: access control lists (ACLs), a policy-based ACL, or a private VLAN assignment. Evaluation of the host credentials can enforce many specific policies, such as OS patch level and antivirus DAT file version. ACS records the policy evaluation results for use with your monitoring system. ACS also allows hosts without the appropriate agent technology to be audited by third-party audit vendors before granting network access. ACS policies can be extended with external policy servers to which ACS forwards credentials. For example, credentials specific to an antivirus vendor can be forwarded to the vendor's antivirus policy server, and audit policy requests can be forwarded to audit vendors.For more information about the new ACS features to support NAC 2.0, see Support for NAC 2.0

Increased number of supported devices—ACS can now support up to 35,000 devices.

Profile-based authentication and authorization—A new feature called network access profiles allows administrators to classify access requests according to network location, membership in a network device group, protocol type, or other specific RADIUS attribute values sent by the network device through which the user connects. Authentication, access control, posture validation and authorization policies can be mapped to specific profiles. An example of a profile-based policy is the ability to apply a different access policy for wireless access versus remote (VPN) access.

New storage infrastructure— ACS now uses a SQL database to store all the user and configuration information. The new ACS internal database improves scaling and performance and is less reliant on the Windows Registry. The Windows Registry will be used only for application information. A new database password is required during installation. The password is stored in the Windows registry using Microsoft Crypto API. The database is encrypted using a hash of customer-provided password and an internal password. You can use CSUtil to change the password.

LDAP improvements—ACS caches successful external authentications (using LDAP), allowing it to immediately look up a user during re-authentication. ACS provides improved SSL support. See LDAP Improvements, for more information.

Japanese browser support—Supports administration of ACS by using MS Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 and Netscape Communicator 8.0.4 with Sun Java JRE 1.5.0, or MS Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 with Microsoft Java Virtual Machine, installed on Japanese Windows Operating System (JOS). This feature will be supported for entering data in English (not Japanese).

TACACS+ and RADIUS key support at group level—Ability to set a shared secret at the group level (Network Device Group).

Purging capability for cached users in ACS—Ability to remove dynamically saved users from the ACS database via User Setup.

Authentication improvements:

Support for the Microsoft Windows Callback feature.

Ability for external users to authenticate via an enable password.

Certificate revocation list checking during EAP-TLS authentication.

Online Help - The online documentation, Cisco Secure ACS for Windows User Guide, opens in a separate window. The online help contains a search button and capability to open a PDF version of the user guide.

NTLM Support - ACS can now operate with NTLM v1, NTLM v2 (with appropriate Microsoft patches), and LAN Manager (if you require it).

External Novell NDS Database Support - Support for group mappings for external Novell NDS databases is now done by using generic LDAP group set mappings.

Extended replication support—Administrators can now replicate network access profiles and all related configuration, including:

Posture validation settings

AAA clients and hosts

External database configuration

Global authentication configuration

Network device groups

Dictionaries

Shared profile components

Additional logging attributes

Machine Access Restrictions (MAR) Exemption Lists—You can specify which groups are allowed access to the network; regardless of whether they pass machine authentication. A MAR exemption list can be configured for specific user groups (for example, managers and administrators).

RADIUS Authorization Component (RAC) support—Includes RADIUS authorization components as a new type of shared profile component. Shared RACs contain groups of RADIUS attributes that you can dynamically assign to user sessions based on a policy.

Support of additional Cisco hardware devices—ACS 4.0 includes support for Cisco wireless LAN controllers and Cisco adaptive security appliances.

Support for NAC 2.0

The following features support NAC 2.0:

EAP-FAST Version 1a support for NAC phase 2—Supports an authenticated tunnel (by using the server certificate) inside of which the provisioning of PACs will occur. EAP types supported inside the tunnel include: EAP-GTC, EAP-MSCHAPv2, and EAP-TLS.

Agentless host support— Support for Cisco and third-party Audit Servers that determine posture information about a client, without relying on the presence of a NAC-compliant Posture Agent (PA). These types of clients are also referred to as NAC Agentless Hosts (NAH).

Linux packages support in posture validation—Supports Linux packages for the Cisco:Host plugin. The following extended attributes are available for Linux packages: Cisco:Host:Package:Version and Cisco:Host:Package:Version-String. For additional details, see Support for Linux Packages in Posture Validation.

Posture Validation:

Support for an external audit server which determines posture information about a host without relying on the presence of a Posture Agent (PA).

Posture validation no longer requires NAC databases to verify compliance. You can choose from three options for validation: internal policies located in ACS, policies defined on external servers, and policies defined on audit servers for NAC agentless hosts.

Authorization for posture validation is now configured within the Network Access Profiles feature. Posture validation no longer requires special authorization rules.

Changes have been made to optimize posture validation. In previous versions, ACS requested all the credentials by using the type-length-value (TLV) protocol. ACS has been optimized to request only the attributes that are required to evaluate posture validation.

LDAP Improvements

The ACS authentication and authorization service CSAuth supports multithreading to authenticate with the LDAP external database. Multiple users can simultaneously be searched and authenticated against the LDAP server(s).

LDAP over SSL now includes the option to authenticate by using certificate database files other than the Netscape cert7.db file. This new option uses the same mechanism as other SSL installations in the ACS environment.

When ACS checks authentication and authorization of a user on the LDAP server, it uses a connection with LDAP administrator account permissions to search for the user and for the users groups on the directory subtree. ACS keeps those administrator connections open for successive use. It is possible to limit the maximum number of concurrent administrator connections per generic LDAP external database configuration (primary and secondary).

After an LDAP user is successfully authenticated to the LDAP external database, its distinguished name (DN) on the LDAP server is cached in ACS. The cached DN is used during next authentication request of the user to save search time.

Support for Linux Packages in Posture Validation

ACS 4.0 supports Linux packages for the Cisco:Host plugin. The following extended attributes are available for Linux packages:

Cisco:Host:Package:Version

Cisco:Host:Package:Version-String

The following Linux packages are supported:

acrobat;cpio;cups;curl;cvs;cyrus-sasl;emacs;enscript;ethereal;evolution;gaim;gd;gdk-pixbuf;glibc;

gnome-vfs2;gnupg;gtk2;httpd;ia32el;imagemagick;imap;imlib;iproute;ipsec-tools;kdegraphics;

kdelibs;kdenetwork;kdepim;kernel;krb5;less;lftp;lha;libpng;libtiff;libxml;libxml2;mailman;mod_python;

mozilla;mutt;mysql;mysql-server;nasm;net-snmp;netpbm;nfs-utils;openmotif;openoffice.org;

openssh;openssl;perl;perl-dbi;php;postgresql;pwlib;python;qt;realplayer;redhat-config-nfs;

rh-postgresql;rsh;rsync;ruby;samba;sharutils;slocate;sox;spamassassin;squid;squirrelmail;sysstat;

tcpdump;telnet;tetex;utempter;vim;xchat;xemacs;xfree86;xloadimage;xpdf;zip

You can add or remove packages by using the CSUtil tool.

Extended attributes

Extended attributes are only supported as descendants of the Cisco:Host application.

Product Documentation

The following product documentation is available on ACS:

Table 1 Product Documentation  

Document Title
Description

Release Notes for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows

New features, documentation updates, known problems, and resolved problems. Available on Cisco.com:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2086/
prod_release_notes_list.html

Installation Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows

Details on installation and upgrade of ACS software and post-installation tasks. Available in the following formats:

PDF on the ACS Recovery CD-ROM.

Orderable; see Obtaining Documentation.

On Cisco.com: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/
sw/secursw/ps2086/prod_installation_guides_list.html

Product online help.

Help topics for all pages in the ACS web interface. Select an option from the ACS menu; the help appears in the right pane.

User Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows

ACS functionality and procedures for using the ACS features. Available in the following formats:

You can also access the user guide by clicking Online Documentation in the ACS navigation menu. The user guide PDF is available on this page by clicking View PDF.

PDF on the ACS Recovery CD-ROM.

Orderable; see Obtaining Documentation.

On Cisco.com: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/
sw/secursw/ps2086/products_user_guide_list.html

Supported Devices and Interoperable Software Tables for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows

Supported devices and firmware versions for all ACS features. Available on Cisco.com:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2086/
products_device_support_tables_list.html

Installation and User Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for User-Changeable Passwords

Installation and user guide for the user-changeable password add-on. Available on Cisco.com:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/secursw/ps2086/
prod_installation_guides_list.html


Installation Notes

The following installation notes are of importance:

ACS will not install properly if a Sybase server is installed on the same machine.

Remote installations performed by using Windows Terminal Services are not tested and are not supported. We recommend that you disable Terminal Services while performing any installation or upgrade. Virtual Network Computing (VNC) has been tested successfully.

See the Installation Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows for installation, upgrade, and uninstall instructions, as well as post-installation tasks. For post-installation tasks, see Post-Upgrade Configuration.

Upgrade Paths

ACS 4.0 supports these upgrade and migration paths:

Supported Upgrade Path

Supported Migration Path

Unsupported Migration Path


Note To upgrade to version 4.0 from a version earlier than 3.2.3, upgrade to one of the supported upgrade versions, which are listed in this section, and then upgrade to ACS 4.0.


Supported Upgrade Path

ACS supports the following upgrade paths. These paths have been tested and are supported:

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.3.3 to ACS 4.0

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.3.2 to ACS 4.0

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.3.1 to ACS 3.3.3, then to ACS 4.0

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.2.3 to ACS 4.0

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.2.2 to ACS 3.3, then to ACS 4.0

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.2.1 to ACS 3.3, then to ACS 4.0

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.1.2 to ACS 3.3, then to ACS 4.0

Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, release 3.0.4 to ACS 3.3, then to ACS 4.0


Note If you are upgrading to ACS 3.3.3 and do not have access to that software, review the README text for details on the upgrade procedure.


Supported Migration Path

ACS supports the migration path from ACS 3.1.2 to ACS 3.3.3 to ACS 4.0. This path has been tested and is supported.

Unsupported Migration Path

ACS does not support the following migration paths. These paths have not been tested and are not supported. See the tested and supported paths for migration at Supported Migration Path.

ACS 3.2.3 to ACS 3.3.3 to ACS 4.0

Prior to ACS 3.2.3 to ACS 3.3.x to ACS 4.0

Post-Upgrade Configuration

The following section contains information about post-upgrade configuration:

After upgrading to ACS 4.0, you may need to perform additional configuration steps to successfully use ACS and Network Access Profiles (NAP). If you used NAC in ACS 3.3, ACS will not operate in an identical manner in ACS 4.0. For example, you must create a new set of authorization rules for Network Access Profiles that are created during the upgrade process.

If you used ACS 3.xODBC logging and upgraded to ACS 4.0, preserving your data, you must update the ODBC tables so that the SQL tables continue to work.

For details on how to complete post-installation tasks, see the Installation Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows.

Upgrading From Version 3.3

The following actions are performed automatically when you upgrade from ACS 3.3 to ACS 4.0:

1. Local and external posture policies are automatically transformed.

2. A single Network Access Profile, (configured for NAC only) is created as a process of the upgrade.

3. Each instance of the selected ACS 3.3 Network Posture Validation Database will automatically be transformed into a posture validation rule. All the rules will be associated with the NAP that was created (in step 2). All PA message and URL redirects are mapped correspondingly.

4. A RADIUS Authorization Component will be created for each mapped group. ACS populates the RAC with all attributes that were configured in the user or group setup menus, except for the posture-token Cisco-av-pair. Since the posture-token Cisco-av-pair attribute is generated dynamically at runtime, by ACS, there is not need to configure it manually.

5. If you manually added posture validation attributes in ACS 3.3, they will added to the ACS version 4.0 posture dictionary during the upgrade.

Limitations and Restrictions

The following limitations and restrictions apply to ACS 4.0.

User/Machine Out-of-Band PAC Provisioning for EAP-FAST v1a has not been tested. The Out-of-band provisioning feature was not tested since the MDC (meetinghouse) supplicant does not support it. (CSCsb46242)

The TACACs+ and LEAP protocols for Network Access Profiles are not supported in ACS version 4.0.

Network device limitation will support up to 35,000 devices.

Installation on Japanese Windows 2000 SP4 or Japanese Windows 2003 SP1 is not supported.

Interoperability Testing

ACS has not been tested for interoperability with other Cisco software. Other than for the software and operating system versions listed in this document, Cisco performed no interoperability testing. Using untested software with ACS may cause problems. For the best performance of ACS, Cisco recommends that you use the versions of software and operating systems in the Supported and Interoperable Devices and Software Tables for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows on Cisco.com.

Tested Windows Security Patches

Cisco Systems officially supports and encourages the installation of all Microsoft security patches for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 as used for ACS for Windows.

Cisco experience has shown that these patches do not cause any problems with the operation of ACS for Windows. If the installation of one of these security patches does cause a problem with ACS, please contact Cisco TAC and Cisco will resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

ACS for Windows has been tested with the Windows Server 2003 patches documented in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles:

819696

823182

823559

824105

824141

824146

825119

828028

828035

828741

832894

835732

837001

837009

839643

840374

ACS has been tested with the Windows 2000 Server patches documented in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base Articles:

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823182

823559

823980

824105

824141

824146

825119

826232

828035

828741

828749

835732

837001

839643

Security Advisory

Cisco issues a security advisory when security issues directly impact its products and require action to repair. For the list of security advisories for Cisco Secure on Cisco.com, see the Cisco Security Advisory: Multiple Vulnerabilities in Cisco Secure Access Control Server at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/products_security_advisories_listing.html

Known Problems

The following problems are known to exist in this release:

Cisco AAA Client Problems

Known Microsoft Problems

Known Problems with ACS 4.0

Cisco AAA Client Problems

Refer to the appropriate release notes for information about Cisco AAA client problems that might affect the operation of ACS. You can access these release notes online at Cisco.com. For NAC-specific client problems, go to http://www.cisco.com/go/nac.

Known Microsoft Problems

Due to a defect in the Microsoft PEAP supplicant provided in the Windows XP Service Pack 2, the PEAP supplicant cannot reauthenticate successfully with ACS. Cisco has opened case SRX040922603052 with Microsoft on this issue. Customers who are affected by this problem should open a case with Microsoft and reference this case ID. Microsoft has prepared hotfix KB885453, which resolves the issue.

When ACS runs on a domain controller and you need to authenticate users with a Windows user database, you must take additional configuration steps; see the Installation Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows, 4.0 for post-installation steps regarding NTLM. A Microsoft hotfix may be required, depending on your configuration.

Known Problems with ACS 4.0

Table 2 contains problems known to exist in ACS 4.0.

Table 2 Known Problems in ACS 4.0 

Bug ID
Summary
Explanation

CSCsc49673

UPGRADE:Add Filter aaa:service=ip_admission to Upgrade-Profile NAP

Symptom    After upgrading from ACS 3.3 that included a NAC database, a profile is created with an authorization method: PEAP - posture only. This profile does not have a filter, which will cause failure of all incoming authentications except from PEAP-POSTURE.

Workaround   Add a filter of Cisco-av-pair aaa:service = ip_admission to the Upgrade-Profile. The no-posture requests will be authenticated against the global settings configuration (if you ensure the Grant access using global configuration, when no profile matches option is selected in the created profile).

CSCsc43287

Replication: Admin Control > Access Policy. Port allocation not replicated.

Symptom    After replication of interface security settings, the HTTP port allocation settings in Admin Control > Access Policy were not replicated (remained default - allow any).

Workaround   Ensure that the HTTP access policy is set correctly on the slave GUI.

CSCsc41860

CSAuth fails when you use CSUtil to delete over 10,000 AAA clients concurrently.

Symptom    A large amount of AAA clients were imported to an ACS server. Then CSUtil import was used to delete 35,000 devices. After deleting the AAA clients, CSAuth failed.

Conditions   This defect can occur on a clean installation.

Workaround   When deleting a large number of AAA clients, you can use CSUtil to delete them in batches of up to 10,000 AAA clients concurrently.

CSCsc41673

CSAuth fails after importing an Airespace NAS.

Symptom    The CSAuth service occasionally fails after being restarted if CSUtil was running immediately beforehand; for example when running csutil -i.

Conditions   Starting CSAuth immediately after CSUtil has run an import causes an exception in CSAuth due to a race condition in the CSAuth internal initialization sequence. This problem is particularly noticeable if using CSUtil to stop CSAuth, perform some action, then automatically restart CSAuth.

Workaround   Restart CSAuth manually from the Control Panel, or wait for CSMon to detect the scenario and automatically restart CSAuth.

CSCsc41638

ACS does not check if the CA certificate that was issued to a user exists in the CTL.

Symptom    A user that presents a certificate in EAP-TLS or EAP-FAST/EAP-TLS may be authenticated; even though the ACS machine no longer trusts the certificate issuer.

Workaround   Uncheck the CA certificate in question from the ACS web interface before removing the CA certificate from the machine storage.

CSCsc41623

Configuring Logs - Reset Columns erroneously populates selection lists.

Symptom    For several report types, Reset Columns on the ACS web interface Logging configuration page sets the selected attributes to log (columns) to a different set of Logged Attributes than the actual default attributes, initially set on a fresh ACS installation.

Conditions   In ACS, when you configure the logged information through the ACS web interface by clicking on System Configuration > Logging and choosing one of the listed reports, the Reset Columns sets the selected attributes in the Selected Attributes list box to an incorrect set of attributes.

This action occurs on the following reports:

CSV Failed Attempts

CSV Passed Authentications

CSV VoIP Accounting

Workaround   Select and deselect attributes in the Logged Attributes list manually from the provided Attributes list.

CSV Failed AttemptsRemove the Filter Information

CSV Passed Authentications —Add the Cisco-av-pair attribute

CSV VoIP Accounting:

Add the Call Leg Setup Time attribute

Add the Gateway Identifier attribute

Add the Connection Id attribute

Add the Call Leg Direction attribute

Add the Call Leg Type attribute

Add the Call Leg Connect Time attribute

Add the Call Leg Disconnected Time attribute

Add the Call Leg Disconnected Cause attribute

Add the Remote Gateway IP Address attribute

CSCsc41129

CSAuth exceptions during EAP-TLS stress versus LDAP external database with SSL connections.

Symptom    After a heavy load for a few hours of EAP-TLS authentications with an LDAP external database and LDAP connections over SSL (Trusted Root CA option), CSAuth may experience exceptions and fail.

Workaround   Restart ACS services.

CSCsc40001

Session resume in EAP-FAST-TLS does not work.

Symptom    EAP-TLS inside EAP-FAST always assumes that the user is trying to authenticate for the first time, resulting in going to the external DB (if valid) to get the user credentials, instead of permitting the user to resume a previously used TLS session.

Conditions   EAP-TLS as the inner method in EAP-FAST.

Workaround   None.

CSCsc39979

When a Network Access Profile (NAP) is being updated, all dynamic users related to the NAP are deleted from the logged in user list. The internally defined users are not deleted.

Workaround   None

CSCsc32154

Upgrading from 3.3 removed APT, SPT, and Reason from Logged Attributes.

If one or more of the APT, SPT, and Reason attributes were selected to be logged in the Failed or Passed reports in ACS 3.3, they will not appear in the Logged Attributes column after upgrading to 4.0.

CSCsc27168

User authentication succeeds even though a database is not selected.

Symptom    If the external database list in NAP authentication settings is empty, access requests that match the NAP are authenticated in the ACS internal database.

Workaround   Before deleting the external database configuration be sure that it is not used in any NAP.

CSCsc27158

There is a memory leak during LDAP stress - PAP authentication with legacy LDAP SSL connections.

Symptom    A memory leak was found during stress tests of PAP authentications with LDAP server (OpenLDAP) and legacy SSL enabled (cert7.db file). For example, memory usage reached 100MB after ~1.5 million authentications.

Memory was freed after ACS services were restarted.

No memory leak was found when the configuration was changed to use the new SSL mechanism (select Trusted Root CA).

Workaround   In the Generic LDAP configuration in ACS, use the new SSL option (Trusted Root CA), instead of the old option (cert7.db file).

CSCsc06942

Script interface fails the 1K limit at the layer 2 level.

Symptom    Script interface fails the 1K limit at layer 2 level.

Conditions   This issue is relevant only for non fragmented messages in tunneled protocols (MS-PEAP, CISCO-PEAP, and EAP-FAST). Unfragmented tunneled EAP messages should not exceed the total length of 1002 bytes.

Workaround   Set the supplicant size fragmentation threshold to be lower than 1002 bytes. If it cannot be configured, another option is to set the MTU size that affects this value.

CSCsc00788

Password change is not supported in GTC against Windows DB.

Symptom    Password change is not supported in EAP-GTC against Windows database.

Conditions   EAP-GTC authentication of user in Windows database whose account has expired or needs changed.

Workaround   None.

CSCsb95897

ACS cannot display a long list of disabled accounts correctly.

The ACS web interface has problems in displaying disabled accounts lists if they contain several pages. Next is working as needed, but Previous is available only once.

CSCsb72286

ACS RADIUS proxy uses RADIUS 1645, not current 1812.

Symptom    ACS for Windows uses port 1645 for RADIUS authentication and authorization proxy to another RADIUS server. Some AAA servers may only accept connections to port 1812.

Workaround   None

CSCsb48683

Log and accounting file locking causes problems with backup software.

Symptom    ACS diagnostic and accounting log file locking results in service problems when the directories are backed up by certain software applications (in reported case, Veritas software was used).

Workaround   Upgrade your backup software.

CSCsb25151

When a AAA client has multiple IP addresses, NAF for downloadable ACLs fail.

Symptom    When a single AAA client configured with a range or list of IP address in ACS solution engine, the Network Access Filter (NAF) under Shared Profile Components cannot correctly determine the IP address of either the Network Device Group (NDG) or the correct IP address of the AAA client.

Conditions   Must have Network Access Filtering defined and must have multiple IP addresses listed under the AAA client configuration section (under Network Setup) for the AAA client that is supposed to receive the downloadable ACL.

Workaround   Perform one of the following:

Remove all but the correct IP address from the AAA client configuration component for the NAS/NAD.

Configure ip radius source interface to point to the correct IP address.

CSCsb15116

The Apply and Restart button in NAP page does not release the NAF policy.

Symptom    When deleting a Network Access Filter, which is used in a Network Access Profile setup page, an unexpected behavior occurs and authentications fail.

Workaround   Perform one of the following:

1. Before deleting a Network Access Filter, remove it from the relevant Network Access Profiles.


2. After deleting a Network Access Filter for each relevant Network Access Profile, click Submit (without performing changes) in the profile setup page.

CSCsa79327

Authentications fail for users that contain the euro symbol in their password.

Symptom    Authentication fails for users that contain the euro symbol in their password.

Workaround   Remove the euro symbol from the user password.

CSCeh79954

EAP-TLS time of day restriction in AD does not fail user; authentication succeeds.

Symptom    EAP-TLS authentication of users in Windows Active Directory will still pass when a user's time-of-day setting (located in AD) is outside the hours they are allowed. ACS does not generate an error.

Conditions   EAP-TLS authentication of users in Active Directory running in Windows 2000 or 2003 environment.

Workaround   None.

CSCeh68821

LDAP authentication passes after modifying the subtree node due to DN caching.

Symptom    If you change the User Directory Subtree in the Common LDAP Configuration, users that already authenticated by using this Generic LDAP instance (External User Database) are not affected and will continue to pass authentication; even if users are no longer under the new User Directory Subtree. ACS does not perform a new search for the users because of the user-cached Distinguished Name.

Workaround   If you want to enforce a new search on the User Directory Subtree, delete the users from the ACS internal database.

CSCeh64162

Supplicant attempts to authenticate by using UPN format and failure results.

Symptom    If a supplicant attempts to authenticate by using EAP-FAST and supplies the username in UPN format (user@domain.com) and the username before the at sign (@) is different to the pre-Windows 2000 name, then ACS may not be able to locate the user in Active Directory.

Conditions   ACS installed in Windows 2000/2003 Active Directory environment. Authentication with EAP-FAST and UPN usernames.

Workaround   Rename the user to have the same username as pre-Windows 2000 one.

CSCeh60564

AD locked out User passed EAP-TLS authentication, should be rejected.

Symptom    EAP-TLS authentication will still pass for users in Active Directory; even if their account is locked out. ACS does not generate an error message.

Conditions   EAP-TLS authentication of users in Active Directory running in Windows 2000 environment.

Workaround   None. Windows 2003 has introduced some new attributes that should help resolve this issue in future.

CSCeh52700

AD expired-user passed EAP-TLS authentication; should be rejected.

Symptom    EAP-TLS authentication will still pass for users in Active Directory; even if their account has expired. ACS does not generate an error message.

Conditions   EAP-TLS authentication of users in Active Directory running in Windows 2000 environment.

Workaround   None. Windows 2003 has introduced some new attributes that should help resolve this issue in future.

CSCeh37907

Duplicate IP assignment due to accounting packets reordering.

Symptom    Address assignment from IP pools is based on Accounting Start/Stop records. A duplicate IP address might be assigned to a user if an Accounting Stop packet is received out of order following a new access request by the same user.
If ACS receives a late Stop packet, it might erroneously mark an IP address as free even though it has just been assigned. That might lead to a duplicate address assignment during the next connection.
Such situations can happen in DSL environments where a router starts new PPP connections in less than 1 second after a previous disconnection.

Workaround   There is no work around.

CSCeh35121

Local logging stopped working after ODBC logging removed.

Symptom    ODBC logging is enabled for passed and failed attempts. The ODBC data source is incorrect. After removing ODBC logging, only local logging remained; but no local logging is written.

Conditions   ODBC data source must be incorrect.

Workaround   Specify the correct ODBC data source for logging and restart ACS.

CSCeh24979

Users fail to authenticate when upgrading and attempting to access an obsolete (no longer used) database.

Symptom    When upgrading from ACS V.3.1 or later to ACS V.4.0 (these are 2 step upgrades), if a user is trying to authenticate to a database which was in use before the upgrade but not in use after the upgrade, the user will fail to authenticate. This information will be reported in the Failed Attempts log.

Workaround   Select User Setup and then select Remove Dynamic Users after upgrading.

CSCeh10491

Authentication errors on timeout waiting for local logging.

Symptom    Authentication takes a lot of time when ACS is configured to log on remote ACS or to ODBC and the remote server, the ODBC data source is unreachable. When all worker threads are used; ACS provides no more authentications.

Conditions   The remote ACS or ODBC data source is unreachable.

Workaround   Make the remote server and ODBC data source available for logging or disable logging to it in the ACS configuration

CSCeh00074

GUI LDAP group mapping submission failure.

Symptom    When adding LDAP groups to be mapped to ACS groups, the Submit operation sometimes fails and an empty list error message appears.

Conditions   This might occur when working on the ACS web interface from a remote machine (for example, with Terminal Services) or from other group mapping pages.

Workaround   Move to another window from the Group Mapping page, before you click Submit, or click on another frame in the ACS web interface.

CSCeg50237

Overinstall causes the added AVP Attributes to disappear.

Symptom    Adding AVP attributes and then performing an overinstall causes those attributes to disappear from the Log Attribute field.

CSCeg47441

CRL is not preserved when upgrading from ACS 3.3.2 or below to ACS 3.3.3 or higher.

Symptom    When upgrading from ACS 3.3.1.16 to ACS 3.3.3.2, the CRL entries are not transferred.

Workaround   Create the CRL entries manually.

CSCeg40355

Authentication failures occur when remote logging fails.

Symptom    If an ACS server that is configured for remote logging fails to successfully transmit an accounting log to the remote server, authentication attempts to this ACS server during this time may fail. The authentication failure may not be reported at all; or, it may be reported incorrectly (as being successful).

The auth.log file may have output similar to this during an authentication failure:

AUTH 10/13/2005 10:29:55 E 0552 19568 Timeout waiting 
for ack from CSlog [logger name] AUTH 10/13/2005 
10:29:55 E 0559 19568 Closing CSlog connection to 
[logger name] AUTH 10/13/2005 10:29:55 E 0574 19568 
Re-sending packet to CSLog [logger name] AUTH 
10/13/2005 10:29:55 E 0546 19568 -ve ack from CSLog 
[logger name] AUTH 10/13/2005 10:29:55 E 0499 19568 
Failed to log accounting packet to logger [logger 
name]

Workaround   Disable the remote logging functionality or correct the cause of the logging failure.

CSCef96208

ACS reports incorrect privilege level.

Symptom    ACS may report users with the incorrect authorized privilege level. In particular, when using TACACS+ user who are correctly being authenticated with a privilege level of 15 are being reported with a level of 1.

Workaround   The error is cosmetic; there is no workaround.

CSCef85314

Group DACL is downloaded if users content NAF is not suitable.

Symptom    If a user attempts authentication to the device that is not part of the NAF specified on the user's DACL content, the ACL of the group to which the user belongs is downloaded to the device; instead of rejecting the download.

CSCef85310

Group DACL is downloaded if users DACL content is empty.

Symptom    It is possible to define an ACL with empty content. Following this defect, if a user with an empty ACL belongs to a group on which a non-empty ACL is defined authenticates, then the ACL of the group is downloaded to the device instead of the user's. (While the user's DACL content is not empty, it is downloaded to the device, as it should).

Workaround   Do not define an empty downloadable ACL.

CSCef55730

ACS authorization passes even for a disabled user.

Symptom    The default administrative user account defined within the CiscoWorks local (user) database (and replicated within ACS TACACS+ user database) is granted access to all installed Management Center applications, even if the user account is disabled within ACS.

CSCef12461

Restoration on Windows 2000 with many administrators does not restore them.

Symptom    When ACS contains a big database with 500 or more administrators, after restoring the dump file on Windows 2000, the ACS administrators are note restored.

Workaround   Manually create administrators after restore.

CSCee64596

During stress tests, ACS does not reduce the size of the CSAdmin file based on the Service Control settings.

Symptom    Intensive use of the Logged-In Users report may lead to significant memory utilization by the CSAdmin service.

Workaround   Restart the CSAdmin service.

CSCec72911

Windows 2003 password aging page display issue.

Symptom    ACS is installed on Windows 2003 Server and the password-aging feature is enabled. Only the generate greetings for successful logins option in Password Aging settings is checked. After pressing Submit or Submit + Restart, ACS for the first time displays the valid error message Error: Generation of greetings on successful logins requires at least one password aging rule to be configured. But on the second press to one of these buttons, the errors active canceled or the page cannot be displayed appear.

Conditions   Occurs after installing and as long as no changes are performed. Occurs when managing ACS only on the local machine using IE 6.0.

Workaround   Restart ACS.

CSCeb78551

When handling an LEAP RADIUS proxy between a front-end ACS server and a back-end ACS server, problems arise if the configuration is not correct.

The LEAP Server (back-end ACS Server) must contain an AAA Client entry of the LEAP Proxy Server (front-end ACS Server) and it must be set to use RADIUS (Cisco IOS/PIX 6.0).

The LEAP Server (back-end ACS Server) must be set to use the RADIUS (Microsoft) [026/311/012] MS-CHAP-MPPE-Keys attribute in Interface Configuration and in Group or User Settings (depending on the profile used).

This setting is required to communicate MS MPPE keys, which LEAP uses, between the Proxy LEAP Server (front end ACS Server) and the Proxy Server (back end ACS Server).

This sort of communication is encapsulated in Cisco VSA and this is the reason why the AAA Client must be RADIUS (Cisco IOS/PIX 6.0).

CSCea91690

Event Viewer errors on startup and shutdown in .NET

Symptom    On Windows .NET Server 2003 or Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition shutdown and startup, you may see errors that falsely indicate that ACS service have failed. At startup, you may see a dialog box that indicates that a service, such as CSLog, encountered a problem and will close. The same error logged to Event Viewer, as in the following example:

Reporting queued error: faulting application 
CSLog.exe, version 0.0.0.0, faulting module 
unknown, version 0.0.0.0, fault address 0x00000000. 

The problem is that, in Windows Server 2003, the Service Manager queries the ACS services status during startup and shutdown; but ACS services may not have started yet or may have stopped already. Even though this is normal behavior for ACS services, Windows perceives this as an error and logs it to the Event Viewer.

On startup, the user sees all errors from the Event Viewer, which is why, when users logs into Windows right after startup, they see errors from the previous login session.

This behavior observed on Windows Server 2003 only.

Workaround   Verify that ACS services are running by using the Control Panel.

CSCsc69976

Local logging file size and days are not displayed correctly after performing an additional action in the graphic user interface.

Symptom    While changes are applied and in use correctly, default values are displayed after selecting Submit instead of the new values.

Workaround   There is no workaround.

CSCsc43577

CSAdmin stalls and has a memory leak.

Symptom    CSAdmin consumes memory when updating EAP-FAST inner method GTC to MSCHAPv2, using the Network Access Profile page.

Workaround   Restart the CSAdmin service.

CSCsb93223

An internal posture validation policy is created even though a template profile cannot be configured.

Symptom    If for any reason you cannot create a profile (for example, Global Authentication Setup is not configured properly) using the NAC 802.1x template, an internal posture validation policy is created in any case.

CSCsc57975

The database order inside a Network Access Profile may cause authentication to fail and provide an erroneous error.

Symptom    When a user account in the Windows AD has expired, the user may be authenticated in another external database, which is configured sequentially after the Windows database in the authentication settings in the matched NAP. If the user exists in another database, authentication is successful. If the user does not exist in another database, an erroneous failure code "CS user unknown" (instead of "Database account expired) is displayed.

CSCsc95237

ACS Services do not start after upgrading from 3.x to 4.0.1

Symptom    During an upgrade to 4.0 attempt, the services would not start post-upgrade. This is due to trailing spaces in the ACS 3.x host IP configuration. ACS 4.0 does not allow trailing spaces in the host IP configuration.

Workaround   After upgrading and installing 4.0, if the services do not start ,please call TAC to request a Post-Upgrade Utility to fix the problem.

CSCsc72958

ACS documentation does not indicate that IP NAR requires attribute 31.

IP-based NAR filters work only if ACS receives the Radius Calling-Station-Id (31) attribute. The Calling-Station-Id (31) must contain a valid IP address. If it does not, it will fall over to DNIS rules. This requirement was not specified in the documentation.

CSCsc69976

Local logging file size and days are incorrectly displayed after change.

Symptom    When selecting System Configuration > Logging, after you select one of the local logging configurations, in the Log File Management section, there is a check box marked "Manage Directory". If checked, you can select to "Keep only the last N files" or "Delete files older that N days". If either of these numbers are changed, the actual underlying value is correctly modified, however, when you return to this page the original value of 7 will still be displayed.

Conditions   This happens whenever the number of files or number of days is modified.

Workaround   After you change or enter a new value for the number of files, or the file age and press Submit, perform the following steps to see the correct value:

a. Navigate back to the page.

b. Enter an invalid value (such as -1).

c. Press Submit. This should produce a validation error .

d. Press Cancel and navigate back to the page.

The correct value should appear."


Resolved Problems

Table 3 contains the problems from the ACS 4.0 release that are resolved. Check the Bug Navigator on Cisco.com for any resolved bugs that may not appear here.

Table 3 Resolved Problems in ACS 4.0 

Bug ID
Summary
Explanation

CSCeh91809

VoIP messages cause the CSRadius service to unexpectedly terminate

CSRadius no longer terminates unexpectedly.

CSCeh46130

Replication timeout causes CSAuth restart without any error in ACS reports

Replication on Windows 2003 works without CSAuth problems and logs are correct.

CSCeh25112

Network Access Filter (NAF) reedit requests restart

After editing NAF data, ACS web interface now displays a message after you click Submit and Restart to restart the services.

CSCeh09266

Errors occurs while installing ACS on a directory with special characters

The percent sign (%) that caused the problem with ACS installing correctly is fixed in ACS 4.0.

CSCeg51873

ACS chooses wrong NDG for NAR with TACACS or RADIUS NAS on same IP

ACS no longer chooses the wrong NDG for NAR matching if both a TACACS+ and RADIUS NAS are defined with the same IP, and placed in separate NDGs and the authentication is performed via RADIUS.

CSCef67002

Documentation of multiprocessor and dual processor support inaccurate

Text has been updated in the ACS 4.0 installation guide.

CSCee88908

CSLog fails if a logged attribute is deleted due to replication

The CSLog works as expected after replication.

CSCee88831

days-since-last-update operator should compare to GMT

ACS displays date and time correctly in logs and reports.

CSCee85046

ODBC logger cannot log attribute with name > 32 chars

ODBC logging can be an imported NAC attribute that has more than 30 characters (vendor name + application name + attribute name). Maximum log name of the attribute is now set to 128 characters.

CSCed83648

Renaming an NDG removes it from the Selected Items of NAF HTML page

A pop-up window has been added to confirm deletion.

CSCee83977

A change in the NAF is not valid until the services are restarted

Changes in the NAF configuration take affect without restarting ACS services.

CSCee83677

NAC attribute type change can cause NAC GUI error

NAC errors no longer occur after an administrator changes the type of an existing NAC attribute by using the CSUtil (or because of backup and restore).

CSCee81203

In SQL, the DataType of integer is different than the integer that ACS displays.

There are no datatype errors in ACS or SQL.

CSCee81070

ACS install fails if installing on machine with running Remote Agent

The ACS 4.0 installation no longer fails if the ACS Remote Agent is already installed.

CSCee77099

The navigation bar (buttons) disappears after exiting from the Global Authentication Setup page

The navigation bar (button bar on the left) in the ACS web interface appears successfully after exiting from the Global Authentication page.

CSCee73004

CSLog handles reach more than 11,000 after failed ODBC connections

The CSLog handles failed ODBC connections successfully.

CSCee68644

SPC type created by EMBU DLL returns errors in Name field

Name field limitation of 31 characters defined. Error messages no longer appear.

CSCed93251

Fail to locate ACL for updating when ACL uses the same name as NAF

NAFs with the same name no longer cause problems.

CSCee58593

CSAdmin restart during Replication between two ACS SW in slow link

Replication between two ACSs in a slow link (128k) works successfully.

CSCed42439

Active Directory via LDAP - Group Mappings skip first group

Database group mappings are now correct.

CSCec89440

Unable to edit some of the disabled accounts.

All Disabled Accounts report errors are fixed.

CSCec61110

Authentications on a secondary ACS may fail after replication.

In environments where primary and secondary ACS servers are kept in sync by using the replication feature, user authentications no longer fail for users who are defined in an external database and the Failed Attempts log no longer contains an external DB not configured error.

CSCeb16968

ACS shared profile components disappear with XML error messages.

Shared profile component errors no longer occur during upgrades from ACS 3.2.3 to ACS 4.0.

CSCeb51393

Multi-admin needs to be able to add, edit, and delete downloadable ACLs.

No conflicts exist when multiple administrators try to add, edit, and delete downloadable ACLs under the shared profile components.

CSCea74289

Cascade replication due to user password changes do not work.

Cascade replication with password changes replicates successfully.

CSCea91947

ACS does not authenticate Windows 2000 users when NTLMv2 is enabled on the network

ACS now supports NTLMv2.

CSCeh93481

NAF is selected automatically after deleting and creating with the same name

This problem has now been solved.

CSCsc52660

UCP 4.0 on Windows 2000 or Windows 2003 may cause a CGI error.

The problem with the ACS User Changeable Password feature that operates as a CGI in IIS, under Windows 2000 SP4 (IIS 5.0) or Windows 2003 SP1 (IIS 6.0) has been fixed. Use the latest version of UCP downloadable from CCO at:

http://www.cisco.com/pcgi-bin/tablebuild.pl/acs-soleng-3des


Documentation Updates

The following errors exist in the ACS online help:

The ACS documentation and short help indicate that you can disable the dynamic user cache, which is incorrect.

The information in the Accounting Logs in the ACS Online Help contains an error. It should read:

By default, these logs are available in CSV format, with the exception of the Passed Authentications log. You can also configure ACS to export the data for these logs to an ODBC-compliant relational database that you configure to store the log data.

The note for Passed Authentications in the Accounting Log Descriptions table is incorrect and should be disregarded.

The corresponding information in the ACS documentation on Cisco.com is correct.

The information for the url-redirect-acl variable in the Cisco Secure ACS User Guide for Windows Network Access Profiles chapter is incorrect. The url-redirect-acl value can only be the switch ACL name. A number is not acceptable.

The short help for the External Posture Validation Audit Server Setup incorrectly states:

You then configure posture validation credentials that a NAC Agentless Host (NAH) 
forwards to the primary audit server or, in a failover scenario, to the secondary 
audit server. 

However, you cannot configure the posture validation credentials that a NAH forwards. The sentence is correct only for NAC external posture validation servers, and not for Audit Servers.

The minimum Microsoft IIS version required for the User Changeable Password (UCP) Web Server for ACS for Windows Server is Microsoft IIS 5.0. The information as correct in the Installation and User Guide for Cisco Secure ACS User-Changeable Passwords; however, Table 1-3 of the Installation Guide for Cisco Secure ACS for Windows contains an error.

In the section on ACS Attributes and Action Codes, it incorrectly states:

TACACS Attributes: 160, 162
RADIUS Attributes 170, 173

It should read the other way around:

RADIUS Attributes: 160, 162
TACACS Attributes 170, 173

In the section on downloadable IP ACLs, it incorrectly states that the description of a new IP ACL can be up to 30000 characters. The maximum number of characters allowed in the Description field is 1006 characters.

Omissions from ACS documentation include:

We do not support distributed ACS deployments in a NAT environment. If a primary or secondary address is in NAT format, the database replication file will indicate shared secret mismatch. The next release of the documentation will address this omission.

The Logged-In Users report takes up to 20 seconds to open. All other reports are opened instantly when selected. Specific user information takes several minutes to appear; see CSCsb74228.

LEAP is not supported when working with Network Access Profiles. You can use LEAP only if your system is operating in legacy ACS mode.

The ODBC Passed Authentications is not documented in the short help file in the System Configuration > Logging Configuration page. You can click this option to enable and configure ACS to generate an ODBC log of successful login attempts.

When creating a package.cab file that is larger than 2GB, additional .cab files are created due to the size limit of the packer. The sequence is as follows: the first package name is: package.cab, the second: package1.cab, and so on, until the N package: packageN.cab, where N is the number of packages minus one. The files are saved in the same location that is specified before the packing begins. These files are not stand-alone and all of them must be sent to package. Problems with the packed file (package.cab) may arise if there is not enough hard-disk space.

The backup procedure does not back up the cert7.db file. If you use this certificate file with an LDAP database, we recommend that you back it up on a remote machine for disaster recovery. When you migrate from an ACS server to ACS appliance, move the cert7.db to a ftp server and download according to the normal provisioning instructions. When you upgrade an ACS appliance, repeat the download procedure as oringinally used to provision the original appliance.

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