CISC-L2-000020 - The Cisco switch must uniquely identify and authenticate all network-connected endpoint devices before establishing any connection

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Controlling LAN access via 802.1x authentication can assist in preventing a malicious user from connecting an unauthorized PC to a switch port to inject or receive data from the network without detection.

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Configure 802.1 x authentications on all host-facing access switch ports. To authenticate devices that do not support 802.1x, MAC Authentication Bypass must be configured.

Step 1: Configure the radius servers as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)#radius server RADIUS_1
SW1(config-radius-server)#address ipv4
SW1(config-radius-server)#key xxxxxx
SW1(config)#radius server RADIUS_2
SW1(config-radius-server)#address ipv4
SW1(config-radius-server)#key xxxxxx

Step 2: Enable 802.1x authentication on the switch:

SW1(config)#aaa new-model
SW1(config)#aaa group server radius RADIUS_SERVERS
SW1(config-sg-radius)#server name RADIUS_1
SW1(config-sg-radius)#server name RADIUS_2
SW1(config)#aaa authentication dot1x default group RADIUS_SERVERS
SW1(config)#dot1x system-auth-control

Step 3: Enable 802.1x on all host-facing interfaces as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)#int range g1/0 - 8
SW1(config-if-range)#switchport mode access
SW1(config-if-range)#authentication host-mode single-host
SW1(config-if-range)#dot1x pae authenticator
SW1(config-if-range)#authentication port-control auto

Note: Single-host is the default. Host-mode multi-domain (for VoIP phone plus PC) or multi-auth (multiple PCs connected to a hub) can be configured as alternatives.

See Also

Item Details

References: CAT|I, CCI|CCI-000778, CCI|CCI-001958, Rule-ID|SV-220623r863275_rule, STIG-ID|CISC-L2-000020, STIG-Legacy|SV-110217, STIG-Legacy|V-101113, Vuln-ID|V-220623

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