This document describes how to configure TACACS+ Authentication and Command Authorization on Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) with Identity Service Engine (ISE) 2.0 and later. ISE uses local identity store to store resources such as users, groups, and endpoints.
Cisco recommends that you have knowledge of these topics:
ASA Firewall is fully operational
Connectivity between ASA and ISE
ISE Server is bootstrapped
The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:
Cisco Identity Service Engine 2.0
Cisco ASA Software Release 9.5(1)
The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.
Authorize ssh user so it will be placed into privileged EXEC mode after the login
Check and send every executed command to ISE for verification
Configure ISE for Authentication and Authorization
Two users are created. User administrator is a part of Network Admins local Identity Group on ISE. This user has full CLI privileges. User user is a part of Network Maintenance Team local Identity Group on ISE. This user is allowed to do only show commands and ping.
Add Network Device
Navigate to Work Centers > Device Administration > Network Resources > Network Devices. Click Add. Provide Name, IP Address, select TACACS+ Authentication Settings checkbox and provide Shared Secret key. Optionally device type/location can be specified.
Configuring User Identity Groups
Navigate to Work Centers > Device Administration > User Identity Groups. Click Add. Provide Name and click Submit.
Repeat the same step to configure Network Maintenace Team User Identity Group.
Navigate to Work Centers > Device Administration > Identities > Users. Click Add. Provide Name, Login Password specify User Group and click Submit.
Repeat the steps to configure user user and assign Network Maintenace Team User Identity Group.
Enable Device Admin Service
Navigate to Administration > System > Deployment. Select required Node. Select Enable Device Admin Service checkbox and click Save.
Note: For TACACS you need to have separate license installed.
Configuring TACACS Command Sets
Two command sets are configured. First PermitAllCommands for the administrator user which allow all commands on the device. Second PermitPingShowCommands for user user which allow only show and ping commands.
1. Navigate to Work Centers > Device Administration > Policy Results > TACACS Command Sets. Click Add. Provide the Name PermitAllCommands, select Permit any command that is not listed below checkbox and click Submit.
2. Navigate to Work Centers > Device Administration > Policy Results > TACACS Command Sets. Click Add. Provide the Name PermitPingShowCommands, click Add and permit show,ping and exit commands. By default if Arguments are left blank, all arguments are included. Click Submit.
Configuring TACACS Profile
Single TACACS Profile will be configured. Actual command enforcement will be done via command sets. Navigate to Work Centers > Device Administration > Policy Results > TACACS Profiles. Click Add. Provide Name ShellProfile, select Default Privilege checkbox and enter the value of 15. Click Submit.
Configuring TACACS Authorization Policy
Authentication Policy by default points to All_User_ID_Stores, which includes the Local Store as well, so it is left unchanged.
Navigate to Work Centers > Device Administration > Policy Sets > Default > Authorization Policy > Edit > Insert New Rule Above.
Two authorization rulesare configured, first rule assigns TACACS profile ShellProfile and command Set PermitAllCommands based on Network Admins User Identity Group membership. Second rule assigns TACACS profile ShellProfile and command Set PermitPingShowCommands based on Network Maintenance Team User Identity Group membership.
Configure the Cisco ASA Firewall for Authentication and Authorization
1. Create a local user with full privilege for fallback with the username command as shown here
2. Define TACACS server ISE, specify interface, protocol ip address, and tacacs key.
aaa-server ISE protocol tacacs+ aaa-server ISE (mgmt) host 10.48.17.88 key cisco
Note: Server key should match the one define on ISE Server earlier.
3. Test the TACACS server reachability with the test aaa command as shown.
ciscoasa# test aaa authentication ISE host 10.48.17.88 username administrator Krakow123 INFO: Attempting Authentication test to IP address <10.48.17.88> (timeout: 12 seconds) INFO: Authentication Successful
The output of the previous command shows that the TACACS server is reachable and the user has been successfully authenticated.
4. Configure authentication for ssh, exec authorization and command authorizations as shown below. With aaa authorization exec authentication-server auto-enable you will be placed in privileged EXEC mode automatically.
aaa authentication ssh console ISE aaa authorization command ISE aaa authorization exec authentication-server auto-enable
Note: With the commands above, authentication is done on ISE, user is placed directly into the privilege mode and command authorization takes place.
5. Allow shh on the mgmt interface.
ssh 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 mgmt
Cisco ASA Firewall Verification
1. Ssh to the ASA Firewall as administrator who belongs to the full-access User Identity Group. Network Admins group is mapped to ShellProfile and PermitAllCommands Command set on the ISE. Try to run any command to ensure full access.
EKORNEYC-M-K04E:~ ekorneyc$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com's password: Type help or '?' for a list of available commands. ciscoasa# ciscoasa# configure terminal ciscoasa(config)# crypto ikev1 policy 10 ciscoasa(config-ikev1-policy)# encryption aes ciscoasa(config-ikev1-policy)# exit ciscoasa(config)# exit ciscoasa#
2. Ssh to the ASA Firewall as user who belongs to the limited access User Identity Group. Network Maintenance group is mapped to ShellProfile and PermitPingShowCommands Command set on the ISE. Try to run any command to ensure that only show and ping commands can be issued.
EKORNEYC-M-K04E:~ ekorneyc$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com's password: Type help or '?' for a list of available commands. ciscoasa# ciscoasa# show version | include Software Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software Version 9.5(1) ciscoasa# ping 126.96.36.199 Type escape sequence to abort. Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to 188.8.131.52, timeout is 2 seconds: !!!!! Success rate is 100 percent (5/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 20/24/30 ms ciscoasa# configure terminal Command authorization failed ciscoasa# traceroute 184.108.40.206 Command authorization failed
ISE 2.0 Verification
1. Navigate to Operations > TACACS Livelog. Ensure that attempts done above are seen.
2. Click on the details of one of the red reports, failed command executed earlier can be seen.