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Release Notes for Cisco PDM Version 4.1(5) for Firewall Services Module

Introduction

PDM Software Overview

Switch and Router System Requirements

FWSM Requirements

Maximum Configuration File Size

PC Requirements

Features Introduced in PDM Version 4.1

Important Notes

One-time Password

Caveats

Open Caveats in Version 4.1(5)

Resolved Caveats in Version 4.1(5)

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Release Notes for Cisco PDM Version 4.1(5) for Firewall Services Module


August 2007

Introduction

Cisco PDM Version 4.1(5) is a web-based application used to configure and monitor the Firewall Services Module (FWSM) on a Catalyst 6500 series switch or Cisco 7600 series router. PDM Version 4.1(5) requires FWSM Release 2.3 or 2.2 and supports all of the configuration features in this release.


Note PDM Version 4.1(5) is a single image that supports FWSM Release 2.3 and 2.2. It does not support FWSM Release 1.x, FWSM Release 3.x or above, or the ASA or PIX platforms.


This document includes the following sections:

Introduction

Switch and Router System Requirements

PC Requirements

Features Introduced in PDM Version 4.1

Caveats

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

PDM Software Overview

PDM Version 4.1(5) is a single image that provides secure administration of the FWSM. PDM is implemented as a signed Java applet, which downloads to your PC or workstation when you point your browser at the FWSM and does not require a plug-in or other software to be preinstalled. PDM manages FWSM Release 2.3 and 2.2 when it runs in single or multiple context modes.

PDM provides a graphical user interface to the FWSM to administer it without requiring knowledge of the command-line interface (CLI). PDM also maintains compatibility with the FWSM CLI and includes a tool for using the standard CLI commands within the PDM application. PDM lets you graph many aspects of the FWSM, as well as print or export graphs of the traffic through the FWSM and of system activity.

To help you use PDM, the application provides online help as well as a help table of contents, index, and glossary.

Switch and Router System Requirements

The switch and router models that are supported by the FWSM are as follows:

Catalyst 6500 series switches with the following required components:

Supervisor engine with Cisco IOS software or Catalyst operating system

Multilayer Switch Feature Card (MSFC 2) with Cisco IOS software

Cisco 7600 series routers, with the following required components:

Supervisor engine with Cisco IOS software

MSFC 2 with Cisco IOS software

For more information about supported supervisor engine and software versions and the supported Cisco IOS software, see the Catalyst 6500 Series Switch and Cisco 7600 Series Router Firewall Services Module Configuration Guide Version 2.3.


Note The FWSM does not support a direct connection to a switch WAN port because WAN ports do not use static virtual local area networks (VLANs). However, the WAN port can connect to the MSFC, which can also connect to the FWSM.


For more information on switch or router requirements for FWSM, see the following website: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps2706/ps4452/tsd_products_support_model_home.html

The following sections list the system requirements for PDM Version 4.1(5) software.

FWSM Requirements

The FWSM must meet the following requirements to successfully install and run PDM:

Minimum Software Versions—Verify that your FWSM meets the requirements listed in the Release Notes for the Catalyst 6500 Series Switch and Cisco 7600 Series Router Firewall Services Module Software Release. You must have Release 2.3 or 2.2 installed on the FWSM before using PDM Version 4.1(5). For more information, see the Cisco PDM Installation and Configuration Guide for Firewall Services Module.

Upgrading Software—When you install a new version of PDM, close all browser sessions before launching PDM. For information on upgrading your FWSM, see the following websites:

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/software/navigator.html?a=a&i=rpm

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps2706/ps4452/tsd_products_support_model_home.html


Caution If you are using Management Center for Firewalls, use PDM for monitoring only. All changes made using PDM will be overwritten the next time Management Center for Firewalls synchronizes with the FWSM.

Maximum Configuration File Size

For optimum performance, we recommend a configuration file of no more than 500 KB when using PDM.

FWSM Firewall configuration files over 500 KB may interfere with the performance of PDM on your workstation in the following situations:

While executing commands such as the write term command and the show running-config command

Failover (the configuration synchronization time)

When you click the Refresh button in PDM for the first time

PC Requirements

Table 1 lists the supported platforms for PDM Version 4.1(5).

Table 1 Supported Platforms for PDM Version 4.1(5)

Operating System
Browser
Java

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Windows 2000, Service Pack 4 or higher

(English or Japanese versions)

Firefox 1.5

Firefox 2.0

Internet Explorer 6.0

Internet Explorer 7.0

Java SE 1.4.2

Java SE 5.0

Red Hat Desktop version 4

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 4

Firefox 1.5

Firefox 2.0

Java SE 1.4.2

Java SE 5.0


Features Introduced in PDM Version 4.1

No new features have been introduced in PDM Version 4.1(5) since PDM Version 4.1(1). The purpose of this release is to resolve open caveats.

Important Notes

This section describes important notes for PDM software Version 4.1.

One-time Password

PDM does not support the one-time password (OTP) authentication mechanism.

Caveats

The following sections describe the caveats for PDM software Version 4.1(5).

For your convenience in locating caveats in the Cisco Bug Toolkit, the caveat titles listed in this section are taken directly from the Cisco Bug Toolkit database. These caveat titles are not intended to be read as complete sentences because the title field length is limited. In the caveat titles, some truncation of wording or punctuation may be necessary to provide the most complete and concise description.

To view additional caveat information, use Bug Navigator II on CCO. Bug Navigator II may be accessed at the following website:

http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/action.do?hdnAction=searchBugs

Open Caveats in Version 4.1(5)

The caveats in Table 2 are yet to be resolved in this version.

Table 2 Caveats Open in Version 4.1(5) 

ID Number
Caveat Title

CSCdx28710

PDM shows wrong interface on outbound deny ACL

CSCdx44905

Match access list uses subnet wider than ip local pool

CSCeg54474

PDM gets stuck at 96% after removing context and doing a refresh

CSCeg57996

After deleting a resource class, security cntx still shows resource

CSCeg71623

PDM should not change config if logged in as a read-only user

CSCeh15426

MFW failover monitoring screen caches interfaces from other contexts

CSCeh50272

Network obj groups are created even when identity statics are used

CSCeh54110

traffic graphs confused if two contexts use same interface names

CSCeh59768

PDM takes longer time to add Hosts/Networks Groups

CSCsb93749

Dest address in Access Rules table is incorrect when using NAT/PAT.

CSCsc20328

Search by Field for filtering has wrong search choices

CSCsc30713

PDM needs timeout function

CSCsc65102

wrong security rules when using static translation + same sec traffic

CSCsc88018

PDM allows user to modify config even if max. user limit is reached

CSCse24811

Unable to add a network object group that is in use

CSCsj71441

PDM 4.1 is unable to read the configuration


Resolved Caveats in Version 4.1(5)

The caveats in Table 3 are resolved in Version 4.1(5).

Table 3 Caveats Resolved in Version 4.1(5) 

ID Number
Caveat Title

CSCef16294

ASDM: Extended ACL editor GUI should be changed to MPC style.

CSCsd37914

ASDM hangs at 47% with an ICMP port group configured in access-list

CSCse47250

PDM locks at 52%

CSCsf33083

Adding an ACL is deleting the route.

CSCsg51544

PDM may report a misleading error message during the write mem operation

CSCsg80786

ASDM duplicating object groups by appending 1 to the name

CSCsg98384

PDM sees some ACL rules as null when static is configured

CSCsh07196

Reference meta groups are displayed in ASDM (but are not in PDM)

CSCsh17341

ASDM: ACL destination IP does not match CLI config

CSCsi25571

PDM: Access Policy shows as null

CSCsi94874

ASDM going in loop while loading configuration

CSCsj66837

No Error Reported on Failed Flash Config Save from ASDM


Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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