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Unable to Access CSACS 5.3 Web Interface...

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to note an issue I ran into today with our MS Windows 7 workstations and 2008 servers being unable to access the web management interface on our instance of ACS 5.3 and its solution, which is outlined below:

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###      The Problem      ###

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When I tried accessing the web management interface on our ACS 5.3 appliance, the browser was unable to connect.  NMS applications showed that the device was up and I was able access it via SSH.  I then tried connecting to 443 via telnet on my workstation and was successful in establishing a connection.  I proceeded to issue the "show application status acs" command showed all associated processes running.  I had a co-worker attempt to access it and he ran into the same issue.  I then proceeded to restart the ACS application by stopping and starting the associated processes.  After the processes were back up, attempts to connect to the web management interface still failed.  I then proceeded to reboot the appliance.  Again, after the applicance and processes were back up, attempts to connect continued to fail.  As a last ditch effort I used a portable version of Firefox to connect and was then successfully able to connect.

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###       The Source        ###

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After additional troubleshooting, it was discovered that the MS Internet Explorer patch associated with MS Security Advisory 2661254 just so happened to be the culprit.  This restricts the use of certificates with RSA keys less than 1024 bits in length.  The default management certificate just so happens to be 512 bits in length.

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Using FireFox, I navigated to System Administration > Configuration > Local Server Certificates > Local Certificates.  I then proceeded to add a certificate in the following steps:

  1. Select Generate Self Signed Certificate & click next
  2. Populate the Certifcate Subject field with the appropriate DN information of the ACS server.
  3. Change the key length to 1024 or above.
  4. Check "Management Interface:  Used to authenticate the web server (GUI).
  5. Check "Replace Certificate".
  6. Click Finish.

The ACS server should then generate the new certifcate, replace the existing management certificate, and restart the ACS processes.  After everything is back up, you shouldn't have any issues in accessing the web interface.

Cheers,

Dan

Great job.

To add to it, here is the workaround (if the cert cannot be replaced immediately):

certutil -setreg chain\minRSAPubKeyBitLength 512

Run this on the PC accessing the page.

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Hello Dan,

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Greetings,

Amjad

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I ran into the same issue. THANK YOU!