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Release Notes for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 3.0.x, for Apple iOS
Updated: October 14, 2013
This document includes the following sections:
These release notes provide only Apple iOS-specific information for the AnyConnect Secure Mobility client. This document supplements the Cisco AnyConnect Administrator Guides. You can deploy later releases of AnyConnect for other devices simultaneously with this release.
This release of AnyConnect provides remote users with secure VPN connections to the Cisco ASA 5500 Series using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol and the Datagram TLS (DTLS) protocol, or Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2).
This release provides seamless and secure remote access to enterprise networks. The client provides a full tunneling experience that allows any installed application to communicate as though connected directly to the enterprise network. It runs on the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch supporting connections to IPv4 and IPv6 resources over an IPv4 network tunnel.
The client installation software is available on the Apple iTunes App Store. The App store provides all AnyConnect for Apple iOS distributions and updates.
Note The adaptive security appliance (ASA) does not provide AnyConnect for Apple iOS distributions and updates.
Supported Apple iOS Devices
Note AnyConnect on the iPod Touch appears and operates as on the iPhone. Use the iPhone User Guide for Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for this device.
New Features in AnyConnect 3.0.09231
AnyConnect is now compatible with the iPhone 5S (64-bit) as well as other iOS 7/ iOS 6 devices.
See Resolved Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09231 for Apple iOS, for specific bugs fixed in this release. Cisco recommends that you upgrade to this latest release of AnyConnect.
New Features in AnyConnect 3.0.09179
AnyConnect 3.0.09179 contains bug fixes, and the following changes:
•This release supports Apple iOS 7.
Apple iOS 7 does not support Connect on Demand (COD) Always Connect domains. Domains in this category will be treated as Connect if Needed domains on Apple iOS 7. See Using the Connect on Demand Feature in the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Administrator Guide, for additional information about using the Apple iOS Connect On Demand feature.
•This release no longer supports Apple iOS 5.
Consequently, AnyConnect for Apple iOS no longer supports the 1st generation iPad device or the 3rd generation iPod Touch device. See the current list of Supported Apple iOS Devices.
•Curently, AnyConnect is not compatible with the iPhone 5S (64-bit). Cisco will provide compatibility information as soon as it is available.
•This release now supports full screen mode on iPhone 5 devices.
See Resolved Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09179 for Apple iOS, for specific bugs fixed in this release. Cisco recommends that you upgrade to this latest release of AnyConnect.
New Features in AnyConnect 3.0.09115
AnyConnect 3.0.09115 is a maintenance release, see Resolved Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09115 for Apple iOS. Cisco recommends that you upgrade to this latest release of AnyConnect.
New Features in AnyConnect 3.0.09097
The AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for mobile devices now supports Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2) tunneling in addition to SSL tunneling.
The AnyConnect client uses a proprietary AnyConnect EAP authentication method with ASA secure gateways. Standards-based EAP authentication methods are also available, however, using the standards-based method disables some AnyConnect features. The client supports the following standards-based authentication methods:
•EAP methods: GTC, MD5, and MSCHAPv2
•IKEv2 methods: RSA
On the ASA, you enable IPsec connections for users in the group policy. For the AnyConnect client, you specify the primary protocol (IPsec or SSL) for each ASA in the server list of the client profile.
On the mobile device, the user chooses Connect with IPsec when adding a VPN connection.
System Requirements for IPsec IKEv2
· ASA running version 9.0 or later
· ASDM 7.0.1 or later
· AnyConnect Essentials license or an AnyConnect Premium SSL VPN Edition license
FIPS and Suite B Cryptography
AnyConnect 3.0 for mobile devices incorporates Cisco Common Cryptographic Module (C3M), the Cisco SSL implementation which includes FIPS 140-2 compliant cryptography modules and NSA Suite B cryptography as part of its Next Generation Encryption (NGE) algorithms.
In AnyConnect 3.0 for mobile devices, Suite B cryptography is available for IPsec VPNs only; FIPS-compliant cryptography is available for both IPsec and SSL VPNs.
Use of cryptography algorithms is negotiated with the headend while connecting. Negotiation is dependent on the capabilities of both ends of the VPN connection. Therefore, the secure gateway must also support FIPS-compliant and Suite B cryptography.
The user configures AnyConnect to accept only NGE algorithms during negotiation by enabling FIPS Mode in the AnyConnect settings. When FIPS Mode is disabled, AnyConnect also accepts non-FIPS cryptography algorithms for VPN connections.
AnyConnect 3.0 for mobile devices includes the following Suite B algorithms:
•AES-GCM support (128-, 192-, and 256-bit keys) for symmetric encryption and integrity
–IKEv2 payload encryption and authentication (AES-GCM only)
–ESP packet encryption and authentication
•SHA-2 (SHA with 256/384/512 bits) support for hashing
–IKEv2 payload authentication
–ESP packet authentication
•ECDH support for key exchange
–Groups 19, 20, and 21 IKEv2 key exchange and IKEv2 PFS
•ECDSA support (256-, 384-, 512-bit elliptic curves) for digital signature, asymmetric encryption, and authentication
–IKEv2 user authentication and server certificate verification
•Other cipher suite dependencies between algorithms promote support for the following:
–Diffie-Hellman Groups 14 and 24 for IKEv2
–RSA certificates with 4096 bit keys for DTLS and IKEv2
•FIPS and/or Suite B support is required on the secure gateway. Cisco provides Suite B capability on the ASA version 9.0 and later, and FIPS capability on the ASA version 8.4.1 and later.
•An AnyConnect Premium license is required for FIPS or Suite B remote access connections to the ASA.
Note•At AnyConnect 3.0 for Mobile release time, Apple iOS does not support ECDSA certificates. This problem is being addressed by Apple. Once fixed, the following requirement will apply:
Apple iOS 5.0 or later is required for Suite B cryptography; this is the minimum Apple iOS version that supports ECDSA certificates used in Suite B.
•VPN connections require server certificates that contain Key Usage attributes of Digital Signature and Key Encipherment, as well as an Enhanced Key Usage attribute of Server Authentication, or IKE Intermediate for IPsec. Server certificates not containing a Key Usage are considered invalid for all Key Usages. Similarly, a server certificate not containing an Enhanced Key Usage is considered invalid for all Enhanced Key Usages.
Guidelines and Limitations
•Suite B is available only for IKEv2/IPsec.
•A device that is running in FIPS mode is not compatible with using SCEP to provide mobile users with digital certificates, proxy method or legacy method. Plan your deployment accordingly.
•No EAP methods support SHA-2 except in TLS-based EAP when validating certificates signed using SHA-2.
•ECDSA certificates must have a Digest strength equal to or greater than the Curve strength. For example, an EC-384 key must use SHA2-384 or greater.
•VPN connections perform name verification on server certificates. The following rules are applied to name verification:
–If a Subject Alternative Name extension is present with relevant attributes, name verification uses only the Subject Alternative Name. Relevant attributes include DNS Name attributes for all certificates and also include IP address attributes, if the connection is being performed to an IP address.
–If a Subject Alternative Name extension is not present, or is present but contains no relevant attributes, name verification uses any Common Name attributes found in the Subject of the certificate.
–If a certificate uses a wildcard for the purposes of name verification, the wildcard must be in the first (left-most) subdomain only and must be the last (right-most) character in the subdomain. Any wildcard entry not in compliance is ignored for the purposes of name verification.
Additional URI Handler Enhancements
The AnyConnect URI Handler simplifies AnyConnect setup and activities by servicing requests in the form of Universal Resource Indicators (URIs). Administrators embed URIs as links on web pages or in e-mail messages and then give users instructions to access them. The following enhancements have been made to the URI Handler in AnyConnect 3.0:
•Parameters have been added to the anyconnect:create command to create IPsec connection entries, for example:anyconnect:create?name=Description&host=vpn.company.com&protocol=IPsec&authentication= eap-md5&ike-identity=012A4F8B29A9BCD
–protocol: Specifies the VPN protocol used for this connection. The valid values are SSL or IPsec. This parameter is optional and defaults to SSL if unspecified.
–authentication: Specifies the authentication method used for an IPsec VPN connection. The valid values are EAP-AnyConnect, EAP-GTC, EAP-MD5, EAP-MSCHAPv2, or IKE-RSA. This parameter is optional; it applies when protocol specifies
IPseconly and defaults to EAP-AnyConnect if unspecified.
–ike-identity: The IKE identify when AUTHENTICATION is set to EAP-GTC, EAP-MD5, or EAP-MSCHAPv2. This parameter is invalid when used for other authentication settings.
For URI details, see "Using the URI Handler to Generate a VPN Connection Entry" section in Chapter 13, "Administering AnyConnect for Mobile Devices" of the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Administrator Guide, Release 3.0 manual.
•Extensions have been made to the anyconnect:connect command to open a specified URL or close the AnyConnect UI based on the results of the connect action. For example:anyconnect://connect?host=vpn.company.com&onerror=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cisco.com%2Ffailure .html&onsuccess=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cisco.comanyconnect://connect?host=vpn.company.com&onsuccess=anyconnect%3A%2F%2Fclose
–onerror—Specify the URL to be opened when this connection transitions into the disconnected state, or use the anyconnect%3A%2F%2Fclose command to close the AnyConnect GUI.
–onsuccess—Specify the URL to be opened when this connection transitions into the connected state, or use the anyconnect%3A%2F%2Fclose command to close the AnyConnect GUI.
For URI details, see Using the URI Handler to Establish a VPN Connection section in Chapter 13, "Administering AnyConnect for Mobile Devices" of the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Administrator Guide, Release 3.0 manual.
Server Certificate Management Enhancements
AnyConnect now imports user-authorized server certificates to the AnyConnect certificate store during the connection process.
A user is given the opportunity to import a server certificate if it is not automatically accepted by AnyConnect. Only valid, trusted server certificates are automatically accepted by AnyConnect. See Blocking Untrusted Servers below for the procedure to do this.
Valid, but untrusted server certificates are reviewed, authorized, and imported by the user. Once this server certificate is imported into the AnyConnect store, subsequent connections made to the server using this digital certificate are automatically accepted. The server certificate can be removed from the AnyConnect certificate store if it is no longer needed.
Invalid certificates are not imported into the AnyConnect store, but can be accepted by the user to complete the current connection. This is not recommended.
Blocking Untrusted Servers
AnyConnect has been updated to provide improved security protection when accessing secure gateways.
A new Block Untrusted Servers application setting determines how AnyConnect blocks connections if it cannot identify the secure gateway. This protection is ON by default; it can be turned OFF by the user, but this is not recommended.
AnyConnect uses the digital certificate received from the server to verify its identify. If the certificate is invalid (there is a certificate error due to an expired or invalid date, wrong key usage, or a name mismatch), or if it is untrusted (the certificate cannot be verified by a Certificate Authority), or both, the connection is blocked. A blocking message displays, and the user must choose how to proceed.
When Block Untrusted Servers is ON, a blocking Untrusted VPN Server notification alerts the user to this security threat. The user can choose:
•Keep Me Safe to terminate this connection and remain safe.
•Change Settings to turn the Block Untrusted Servers application preference OFF, but this is not recommended. After the user disables this security protection, they must reinitiate the VPN connection.
When Block Untrusted Servers is OFF, a nonblocking Untrusted VPN Server notification alerts the user to this security threat. The user can choose to:
•Cancel the connection and remain safe.
•Continue the connection, but this is not recommended.
•View Details of the certificate.
If the certificate that the user is viewing is valid but untrusted, the user can:
–Import the server certificate into the AnyConnect certificate store for future use and continue the connection by selecting Import and Continue. Once this certificate is imported into the AnyConnect store, subsequent connections made to the server using this digital certificate are automatically accepted.
–Go back to the previous screen and choose Cancel or Continue.
If the certificate is invalid, for any reason, the user can only return to the previous screen and choose Cancel or Continue.
Leaving the Block Untrusted Servers setting ON, having a valid, trusted server certificate configured on your secure gateway, and instructing your mobile users to always choose Keep Me Safe is the safest configuration for VPN connectivity to your network.
Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP) Proxy provides secure deployment of device certificates from third-party Certificate Authorities (CAs). It allows a mobile user to enroll with an internal CA without exposing the CA to external access.
With AnyConnect 3.0, an ASA 9.0 or later acts as a proxy for SCEP requests and responses that flow between the AnyConnect mobile device and the internal CA. Mobile devices rely on the ASA to know the identity of the CA, and do not access them directly. The received certificate is used to automatically connect after being imported into the AnyConnect certficiate store on the mobile device.
For more information, see "Configuring Certificate Enrollment using SCEP" section in the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Administrator Guide, Release 3.0 manual.
Guidelines and Limitations
•Depending on network characteristics, SCEP proxy activity can take more than a few seconds. The user receives a message when the certificate has been received by the AnyConnect client.
•Using SCEP for certificate enrollment, proxy method or legacy method, is not compatible with mobile devices running in FIPS mode. Plan your deployment accordingly.
Trusted Network Detection
Apple has introduced a Trusted Network Detection (TND) enhancement to the Connect On Demand feature in iOS 6. This enhancement:
•Extends the Connect on Demand functionality by determining whether the user is on a trusted network.
•Applies to Wi-Fi connectivity only. When operating over other types of network connections, Connect on Demand does not use TND to determine whether a VPN should be connected.
•Is not a separate feature and cannot be configured or used outside of the Connect on Demand capabilities.
Contact Apple for more information about Connect on Demand Trusted Network Detection in iOS 6.
Note Releases prior to iOS 6 do not support discerning between trusted and untrusted networks.
Apple iOS UI Changes
The following changes have been made to the AnyConnect UI running on iOS devices:
•Application preferences are now set inside the AnyConnect application by choosing Settings from the AnyConnect menu. Additional application settings have been added:
–A new Block Untrusted VPN setting has been added to the Settings screen. See the "Blocking Untrusted Servers" section for details.
–A new FIPS Mode setting has been added to the Settings screen. See the "FIPS and Suite B Cryptography" section for details.
•An Advanced screen has been added to the Connection Editor to configure connection settings beyond the required Server Address and Description: Network Roaming, Certificate, Connect On Demand, and the IPsec Tunnel Protocol settings.
•User-authorized server certificates are now imported and stored in the AnyConnect certificate store; see the "Server Certificate Management Enhancements" section for details.
•Email Logs now prompt the user for a problem description and reproduction steps.
Apple iOS AnyConnect Features
The following AnyConnect features are supported in AnyConnect 3.0.x for Apple iOS:
–Cisco SSL Tunneling Protocol (CSTP)
–Cisco DTLS Tunneling Protocol (CDTP)
•SSL Cipher Suites
•DTLS Cipher Suites
•Suite B (IPsec only)
•FIPS 140-2 Level 1
•Client Certificate Authentication
•Auto Reconnect (regardless of the Auto Reconnect profile specification, AnyConnect Mobile always attempts to maintain the VPN as users move between cellular and WiFi networks)
•Cisco Profile Support
•IPv6 over IPv4
•Dead Peer Detection
•Backup Server List
•DNS Server Configuration
•Private-side Proxy Support
•Network Change Monitoring
•Graphical User Interface
•Secure Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP)
–Import a certificate using the client interface or URI command.
–Delete a certificate or all certificates on the device.
•Connect on Demand (compatible with Apple iOS Connect on Demand)
Adaptive Security Appliance Requirements
ASA models support the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client for Apple iOS. See the Adaptive Security Appliance VPN Compatibility Reference for a complete list of compatibility requirements.
Note Cisco IOS routers do not support the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client for Apple iOS at this time.
ASA Release Requirements
•ASA Release 8.0(3) and Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) 6.1(3) are the minimum releases that support AnyConnect for mobile devices.
•You must upgrade to ASA 9.0 to use the following mobile features:
–IPsec IKEv2 VPN
–Suite B cryptography
–Mobile Posture with AnyConnect 3.0 for mobile device
ASA AnyConnect License Requirements
AnyConnect for Apple iOS connections require the following licenses on the ASA:
•An AnyConnect core license granting VPN access for a total number of simultaneous sessions. Satisfy this requirement with one of the following options, each which supports full client access from the desktop: Cisco AnyConnect Essentials license or Cisco AnyConnect Premium Clientless VPN Edition license.
•AnyConnect Mobile license for mobile device access.
These licenses are mutually exclusive per ASA, but you can configure a mixed network. Both the AnyConnect Essentials and AnyConnect Mobile licenses are nominally priced. We offer the following trial options:
•If you have an AnyConnect Essentials or Premium license and you would like to obtain a three-month trial Mobile AnyConnect license, go to the following website: https://tools.cisco.com/SWIFT/Licensing/PrivateRegistrationServlet?FormId=717
•If you would like to obtain both an AnyConnect Essentials or Premium license and an AnyConnect Mobile license, or you have questions about licensing, email us a request with the show version output from your ASA to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For brief descriptions and example product numbers (SKUs) of the AnyConnect user license options, see Cisco Secure Remote Access: VPN Licensing Overview.
For the latest details about the AnyConnect user license options, see Managing Feature Licenses in the Cisco ASA 5500 Series Configuration Guide using the CLI, 8.3.
Known Issues and Limitations
Guidelines and Limitations
•Cisco IOS routers do not support the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client for Apple iOS at this time.
•This release of AnyConnect for Apple iOS supports only the features that are strictly related to remote access.
•AnyConnect supports the following types of VPN configurations:
–AnyConnect VPN client profile imported.
–iPhone Configuration Utility generated. For details about the iPhone Configuration Utility see http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/enterprise/
•The VPN configurations generated by the iPhone Configuration Utility do not support Network Roaming. If your users require Network Roaming, use an AnyConnect profile.
•The Apple iOS device supports no more than one AnyConnect VPN client profile. The contents of the generated configuration always matches the most recent profile. For example, if a user goes to vpn.example1.com and then goes to vpn.example2.com, the AnyConnect VPN client profile imported from vpn.example2.com replaces the one imported from vpn.example1.com.
•This release supports the tunnel keepalive feature; however, it can reduce the battery life of the device. Increasing the update interval value can mitigate that issue.
Apple iOS Connect On Demand Considerations
•Apple iOS 7 does not support Connect on Demand (COD) Always Connect domains. Domains in this category will be treated as Connect if Needed domains.
•AnyConnect collects device information when the UI is launched and a VPN connection is initiated. Therefore, there are circumstances in which AnyConnect can mis-report mobile posture information if the user relies on iOS's Connect On Demand feature to make a connection initially, or after device information, such has the OS version, has changed.
•To ensure proper establishment of Connect On Demand VPN tunnels after updating AnyConnect, users must manually start the AnyConnect app and establish a connection. If this is not done, upon the next iOS system attempt to establish a VPN tunnel, the error message "The VPN Connection requires an application to start up" will display.
Also see Using the Connect on Demand Feature in the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client Administrator Guide, for additional information about using Connect On Demand.
Known Issues in Apple iOS Impacting VPN
We have reported the following iOS issues to Apple. They may be resolved in a future iOS release.
•A DTLS packet received while the device is asleep does not awaken it. TLS packets, however, awaken the device if notifications or Facetime is enabled. AnyConnect automatically disconnects the DTLS tunnel when the device goes to sleep to allow packets received over the TLS connection to wake the device. The DTLS tunnel is restored when the device resumes.
•Voice applications running in the background on an iPod Touch cannot receive packets over VPN. This functionality works as expected on iPhone devices.
•If a VPN configuration contains a large number of routes or split-dns rules, the Apple device cannot establish a VPN connection. This bug occurs, for example, if, upon connection, an ASA configuration pushes a VPN split-include list that has 70 or more rules that direct traffic to individual subnets. To prevent this bug from impacting users, apply a tunnel-all configuration or reduce the number of rules.
•AnyConnect may become slow or crash when there are a large number of VPN connections configured on the mobile device.
•Apple iOS Permits All Local LAN Traffic with Tunnel-all:Apple iOS permits traffic that is essential for the core operation of the device, regardless of whether a tunnel-all policy is in force. Examples of traffic that Apple iOS sends in the clear regardless of the tunnel policy include:
–All local LAN traffic
–Scoped routes for preexisting connections (for example, a video being streamed before VPN comes up)
–Core Apple services (for example, Visual Voice mail traffic)
Open Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09321 for Apple iOS
Resolved Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09231 for Apple iOS
iPhone cant connect to backup IOS gateway if primary is not reachable
[iOS 7] INCORRECT_TUNNEL_MTU causing constant reconnects
Resolved Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09179 for Apple iOS
Resolved Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09115 for Apple iOS
Unable to connect to / resolve server address from client profile
group url + DNS hijacking results in connection timeout
plugins are out of sync after profile download with same description
Resolved Issues in AnyConnect 3.0.09097 for Mobile Devices
AnyConnect Support Policy
Cisco supports all AnyConnect software versions downloaded from the iTunes App Store; however, fixes and enhancements are provided only in the most recently released version. Cisco is not able to provide earlier versions of AnyConnect for Apple iOS as only the most recently released version is available from the iTunes App Store.
AnyConnect License Agreements
For the end-user license agreement for this product, see Cisco End User License Agreement, AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Release 3.0.
For Open Source License information for this product, see Open Source Software Used in Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Release 3.0 for Mobile
For more information, refer to the following related documentation:
Additional information on using VPN connections with Apple iOS devices is available from Apple:
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