The AAA server typically generates a session reauthentication request when a host with an unknown identity or posture joins the network and is associated with a restricted access authorization profile (such as a guest VLAN). A reauthentication request allows the host to be placed in the appropriate authorization group when its credentials are known.
To initiate session authentication, the AAA server sends a standard CoA-Request message
which contains a Cisco VSA in this form:
Cisco:Avpair=“subscriber:command=reauthenticate” and one or more session
The current session state determines the switch response to the message. If the session is
currently authenticated by IEEE 802.1x, the switch responds by sending an
EAPoL (Extensible Authentication Protocol over Lan) -RequestId message to the server.
If the session is currently authenticated by MAC authentication bypass (MAB), the switch sends an access-request to the server, passing the same identity attributes used for the initial successful authentication.
If session authentication is in progress when the switch receives the command, the switch terminates the process, and restarts the authentication sequence, starting with the method configured to be attempted first.
If the session is not yet authorized, or is authorized via guest VLAN, or critical VLAN, or similar policies, the reauthentication message restarts the access control methods, beginning with the method configured to be attempted first. The current authorization of the session is maintained until the reauthentication leads to a different authorization result.