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|Affected OS Type
||Affected Software Product
||Affected Release Number
AsyncOS for Content Security Management Appliance (SMA)
12.0.0, 12.0.1, 12.5.0
||QuoVadis root CA decommission on sma|
For affected versions of the Security Management Appliance (SMA), some Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates issued from the QuoVadis root certificate authority (CA) trust chain before March 31, 2021 can no longer be renewed from this CA. Once those certificates expire or are removed from the Cisco cloud servers, Smart Licensing will fail to establish secure connections to Cisco and might not operate properly.
The QuoVadis Root CA 2 Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) used by the SMA to issue SSL certificates is subject to an industry-wide issue that affects revocation abilities. Due to this issue, no new QuoVadis Root CA 2 certificates will be issued or renewed by Cisco after March 31, 2021. This affects certificate renewals on devices, Cisco cloud servers, and third-party services.
Certificates issued before the QuoVadis Root CA 2 was decommissioned will continue to be valid. However, the certificates will not renew when they expire on either the device or the Cisco cloud server. This will cause functions such as Smart Licensing to fail to establish secure connections to Cisco cloud servers.
This table shows a summary of the QuoVadis Root CA 2 certificate expiration dates for affected Cisco services.
|Cisco Cloud Server
||QuoVadis Certificate Expiration Date
||January 26, 2023
|July 26, 2022
||File Analysis and File Reputation Services
March 22, 2022
March 22, 2022
June 22, 2022
|SecureX / Cisco Threat Response Connectivity
||February 18, 2023
||Message Tracking (Click Tracking Service)
Expiration of the QuoVadis Root CA 2 certificates affects these services with the associated symptoms.
||Symptoms for Affected Services
||Failure to connect to the server (Details are provided in this section)
|TreadGrid / AMP Cloud
||Failure to receive retrospective updates
|SecureX / Cisco Threat Response
||Failure to communicate to SecureX and Cisco Threat Response Cloud service
For SMA, affected devices will be unable to connect to the Smart Licensing services hosted by Cisco. Smart licenses might fail entitlement and reflect an Out of Compliance status.
The features that use Smart Licensing will continue to function for 90 days after the last successful secure connection. Some Smart Licensing symptoms are:
- The device might indicate a failure to communicate with the Smart Licensing server within 30 days from the last successful connection.
- The device will show the "Authorization Expired" state if there is no communication with the Smart Licensing server within 90 days.
- The device will show the "Unregistered" state if there is no communication with the Smart Licensing server after one year and the licensed features usage become suspended.
Note: Offline licensing, such as Permanent License Reservation (PLR) and Specific License Reservation (SLR), is not affected by the certificate change on the Smart Licensing server.
For additional information, refer to the Cisco Smart Licensing Guide and Smart Licensing Overview and Best Practices for Cisco Email and Web Security (ESA, WSA, SMA).
Cisco has migrated from the QuoVadis Root CA 2 to the IdenTrust Commercial Root CA 1 for SSL certificates. Cisco recommends that SMA devices that run AsyncOS Version 12.x or earlier on any physical or virtual model to upgrade to AsyncOS Version 12.8.1 or later, to add the new IdenTrust Commercial Root CA 1 certificate.
For More Information
Cisco has created a web page to provide customers and partners with additional information on this issue. Consult the QuoVadis Root CA 2 Decommission page for a full list of products affected, associated Field Notices, and frequently asked questions.
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