CISC-L2-000190 - The Cisco switch must enable Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD) to protect against one-way connections.

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In topologies where fiber optic interconnections are used, physical misconnections can occur that allow a link to appear to be up when there is a mismatched set of transmit/receive pairs. When such a physical misconfiguration occurs, protocols such as STP can cause network instability.

UDLD is a Layer 2 protocol that can detect these physical misconfigurations by verifying that traffic is flowing bidirectionally between neighbors. Ports with UDLD enabled periodically transmit packets to neighbor devices. If the packets are not echoed back within a specific time frame, the link is flagged as unidirectional and the interface is shut down.


Configure the switch to enable UDLD to protect against one-way connections:

SW2(config)#udld enable


SW2(config)#int g0/1
SW2(config-if)#udld port

See Also

Item Details

References: CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000366, Rule-ID|SV-220639r539671_rule, STIG-ID|CISC-L2-000190, STIG-Legacy|SV-110249, STIG-Legacy|V-101145, Vuln-ID|V-220639

Plugin: Cisco

Control ID: f2a5de00866b3a0d0cc65b5942e4433bd1d85bb8c5f3cb317e104d5182bd4c70