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AOS-CX Access-list (Or policy + class) not restricting SSH access

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  • 1.  AOS-CX Access-list (Or policy + class) not restricting SSH access

    Posted Sep 20, 2022 12:52 PM


    To keep things simple - I'm trying to create an ACL (or class + policy) to keep SSH access towards an Aruba switch limited to a single IP address.

    I have 2 hosts: and (network is

    Everything on VLAN 1.

    Aruba switch has a static IP address of on interface VLAN 1. Active-gateway is (Keep testing to a single of the VSX pair).

    If I create this class/policy  combination:

    class ip restrict-ssh
      10 ignore any any count
      20 match tcp any any count
      30 match tcp any any count

    policy drop-policy
      10 class ip restrict-ssh action drop
    vlan 1
      apply policy drop-policy in
    int vlan 1
      apply policy drop-policy routed-in

    Showing the hit counters will have rule 10 in the class for all traffic - even sourced from the address - what am I doing wrong?

    I've also tried making rule 10 this to no avail:

    10 ignore tcp eq 22 count

    Rules 20/30 never get any hit counters - shouldn't an SSH attempt from -> get a hit on lines 20/30?

    I'm super confused. I have the same issues with using an access-list instead of class/policy for what its worth.

    If I want to lock down SSH on an aruba switch to a single host - what is the best method to go about doing so? Any advice is appreciated. SSH keys is not preferred due to design of the network in question - the "single host" has the ability to have multiple slots which contain different instances of Linux (each with different SSH keys, and they may be reinstalled often, so the SSH key list could grow indefinitely potentially)

  • 2.  RE: AOS-CX Access-list (Or policy + class) not restricting SSH access

    Posted Sep 21, 2022 09:07 AM
    Check the AOS-CX Hardening Guide, more specific on the topic Control Plane ACLs. That is more suitable than VLAN or interface ACLs for this purpose.

    Herman Robers
    If you have urgent issues, always contact your Aruba partner, distributor, or Aruba TAC Support. Check https://www.arubanetworks.com/support-services/contact-support/ for how to contact Aruba TAC. Any opinions expressed here are solely my own and not necessarily that of Hewlett Packard Enterprise or Aruba Networks.

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