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802.1x issue

Level 1
Level 1

Currently I'm implementing 802.1x on a Catalyst 4500 L3 Switch and using ACS Version

I'm having random problems with using MAB. I say random because when ever I do a show authentication sessions maybe 6 will fail out of 214. The phones that I'm using are Cisco 7965 IP Phones. I've read that those phones are capable of using certificates for 802.1x but it was decided to use MAB on all the phones including VIPR phones. The problem that I'm having is that after an hour some phones become un authorized which bring down that port. I've noticed that some of these phones are stand alone phones with out a computer wired to them. The computers are successfully using 802.1x and the phones that are connected to them are working with MAB.

Here are my commands for an interface that's failing after an hour

 switchport access vlan 100
 switchport mode access
 switchport voice vlan 101
 no logging event link-status
 authentication control-direction in
 authentication event fail action next-method
 authentication host-mode multi-domain
 authentication order dot1x mab
 authentication priority dot1x mab
 authentication port-control auto

 authentication periodic
 no snmp trap link-status
 dot1x pae authenticator
 spanning-tree portfast
 spanning-tree bpduguard enable


When ever I do show authentication sessions this is the out put.


Interface    MAC Address    Method  Domain  Status Fg Session ID
Gi1/1      1111.1111.1111 mab     VOICE   Auth      0A11111111111111111111

Key to Session Events Blocked Status Flags:

  A - Applying Policy (multi-line status for details)
  D - Awaiting Deletion
  F - Final Removal in progress
  I - Awaiting IIF ID allocation
  P - Pushed Session
  R - Removing User Profile (multi-line status for details)
  U - Applying User Profile (multi-line status for details)
  X - Unknown Blocker

Runnable methods list:
  Handle  Priority  Name
    17       5      dot1x
    18       10     mab
    21       15     webauth



But after an hour or so it becomes unauthorized. Also should I have "authentication periodic , or authentication timer reauthenticate 3600"

if those particular ports just have a phone that's using mab?


Thank You in advance



3 Replies 3

Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

I have had this issue happen to me before but it was with deploying ISE and not ACS. To fix the issue, I had to return the following Radius attribute in my "Authorization Profile"

AVPair attribute termination-action-modifier=1

This attribute basically instructs the NAD to re-retry only the last authentication method which in your case is MAB. Otherwise, based on your config, the switch would first try dot1x and then mab

Again, I have not done this in ACS but ISE instead, however, they are both Radius servers and both Cisco products so my feeling is that this would fix your problem. 

For more info check out this doc:


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Thank you for the advice. I will look into this.

Sounds good. Let me know what the results are!