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Anti-X, IPS in ASA w/ SSM

Level 1
Level 1


I am a bit confused with configuring IPS in the ASA (with installed SSM module). I appresiate your feedback for this scenario:


This is our ASA configuration portion relevant to IPS. I did this to block instant messaging ...

http-map TestHTTPMap

strict-http action allow log

port-misuse p2p action drop log

port-misuse tunnelling action drop log

port-misuse im action drop log

class-map global-class_ForIM

description Traffic Class to block IM

match any

class-map inspection_default

match default-inspection-traffic



policy-map global_policy

class inspection_default

inspect ftp

inspect esmtp

inspect rsh

inspect rtsp

inspect sqlnet

inspect dns

inspect http

inspect pptp

class global-class_ForIM

inspect http TestHTTPMap

ips inline fail-open


service-policy global_policy global

I also used "Deny Connection Inline" in the Signature Configuration of SSM (for signatures related to instant messaging, peer to peer file sharing and http tunnelling).


1. Does blocking happen at SSM or at ASA level or both!? I had to drop/deny connections both in http map configutation (ASA) and signature configuration (SSM)

2. With the above configuration, what would be the best to do to block virus, worm and other malicious code? I think I can just inspect all types of traffic under the "class global_class_ForIM" above by adding more inspect commands. I also need to deny connections as the Action for signatures related to viruses and worms. Is this correct?

Thanks in advance for your help.


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Level 6
Level 6

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