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How to Set SSH/Telnet/HTTP Connection

Timeout using MPF for ASA 8.3 and Later
For the example, Cisco ASA is configured to allow the workstation ( to
Telnet/SSH/HTTP to the remote server ( behind the router. A separate
connection timeout to Telnet/SSH/HTTP traffic is also configured. All other TCP
traffic continues to have the normal connection timeout value associated with timeout
conn 1:00:00.

Network Diagram
This document uses this network setup:

The IP addressing schemes used in this configuration are not legally routable on the
Internet. They are RFC 1918 addresses, which have been used in a lab environment.

This document uses these configurations:
 CLI Configuration
 ASDM Configuration
These CLI and ASDM configurations are applicable to the Firewall Service Module

CLI Configuration
ASA Version 8.3(1)
hostname ASA
enable password S39lgaewi/JM5WyY level 3 encrypted
enable password 2KFQnbNIdI.2KYOU encrypted

passwd 1mZfSd48bl0UdPgP encrypted
no names
interface Ethernet0/0
nameif outside
security-level 0
ip address
interface Ethernet0/1
nameif inside
security-level 100
ip address

boot system disk0:/asa831-k8.bin
ftp mode passive
dns domain-lookup outside

!--- Creates an object called DM_INLINE_TCP_1. This defines the traffic
!--- that has to be matched in the class map.

object-group service DM_INLINE_TCP_1 tcp
port-object eq www
port-object eq ssh
port-object eq telnet
access-list outside_mpc



pager lines 24
mtu inside 1500
mtu outside 1500
no failover
no asdm history enable
arp timeout 14400
nat (inside) 0 access-list inside_nat0_outbound
access-group 101 in interface outside





route outside 1
timeout xlate 3:00:00

!--- The default connection timeout value of one hour is applicable to
!--- all other TCP applications.
timeout conn 1:00:00 half-closed 0:10:00 udp 0:02:00 icmp 0:00:02
timeout sunrpc 0:10:00 h323 0:05:00 h225 1:00:00 mgcp 0:05:00
timeout mgcp-pat 0:05:00 sip 0:30:00 sip_media 0:02:00
timeout uauth 0:05:00 absolute
timeout tcp-proxy-reassembly 0:01:00
no snmp-server location
no snmp-server contact
snmp-server enable traps snmp authentication linkup linkdown coldstart
telnet timeout 5
ssh timeout 5
console timeout 0

!--- Define the class map Cisco-class in order
!--- to classify Telnet/ssh/http traffic when you use Modular Policy Framework
!--- to configure a security feature.
!--- Assign the parameters to be matched by class map.

class-map Cisco-class
match access-list outside_mpc
class-map inspection_default
match default-inspection-traffic
policy-map global_policy
class inspection_default
inspect dns maximum-length 512
inspect ftp
inspect h323 h225
inspect h323 ras
inspect netbios
inspect rsh
inspect rtsp

inspect skinny
inspect esmtp
inspect sqlnet
inspect sunrpc
inspect tftp
inspect sip
inspect xdmcp

!--- Use the pre-defined class map Cisco-class in the policy map.

policy-map Cisco-policy

!--- Set the connection timeout under the class mode where
!--- the idle TCP (Telnet/ssh/http) connection is disconnected.
!--- There is a set value of ten minutes in this example.
!--- The minimum possible value is five minutes.

class Cisco-class
set connection timeout idle 0:10:00 reset
service-policy global_policy global

!--- Apply the policy-map Cisco-policy on the interface.
!--- You can apply the service-policy command to any interface that
!--- can be defined by the nameif command.
service-policy Cisco-policy interface outside

ASDM Configuration
Complete these steps in order to set up TCP connection timeout for Telnet, SSH and
HTTP traffic using ASDM as shown.


Choose Configuration > Firewall > Service Policy Rules and click Add in
order to configure the Service Policy rule as shown.



From the Add Service Policy Rule Wizard - Service Policy window, choose the
radio button next to Interface under the Create a Service Policy and Apply To
section. Now choose the desired interface from the drop-down list and provide a
Policy Name. The policy name used in this example is Cisco-policy. Then, click


Create a class map name Cisco-class and check the Source and Destination IP
address (uses ACL) check box in the Traffic Match Criteria. Then, click Next.


From the Add Service Policy Rule Wizard - Traffic Match - Source and
Destnation Address window, choose the radio button next to Match and then
provide the source and the destination address as shown. Click the drop-down
button next to Service to choose the required services.




Select the required services such as telnet, ssh and http. Then, click OK.



Configure Timeouts. Click Next.



Choose Connection Settings in order to set up the TCP Connection Timeout as
10 minutes. Also, check the Send reset to TCP endpoints before timeout check
box. Click Finish.



Click Apply in order to apply the configuration to the Security Appliance.
This completes the configuration.

Ebryonic Timeout
An embryonic connection is the connection that is half open or, for example, the
three-way handshake has not been completed for it. It is defined as SYN timeout on
the ASA. By default, the SYN timeout on the ASA is 30 seconds. This is how to
configure Embryonic Timeout:
access-list emb_map extended permit tcp any any
class-map emb_map
match access-list emb_map
policy-map global_policy
class emb_map
set connection timeout embryonic 0:02:00
service-policy global_policy global

If you find that the connection timeout does not work with the MPF, then check the
TCP initiation connection. The issue can be a reversal of the source and destination IP
address, or a misconfigured IP address in the access list does not match in the MPF to

set the new timeout value or to change the default timeout for the application. Create
an access list entry (source and destination) in accordance with the connection
initiation in order to set the connection timeout with MPF.
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