[rancid] New Cisco ASA Login Failure

Bob Brunette Bob.Brunette at cdw.com
Mon Mar 5 20:20:28 UTC 2018

Your easiest solution might be to turn on auto-enable on your new ASA with this:
aaa authorization exec authentication-server auto-enable

That doesn't get to the root cause of the problem, but it avoids having to enter the "enable" command and password.  Can you share your .cloginrc file lines for this device?  The problem may be there.

Bob Brunette

From: Rancid-discuss <rancid-discuss-bounces at shrubbery.net> on behalf of "Piegorsch, Weylin William" <weylin at bu.edu>
Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 2:09 PM
To: james machado <hvgeekwtrvl at gmail.com>
Cc: "rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net" <rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net>
Subject: Re: [rancid] New Cisco ASA Login Failure

Thanks James.  Except, I can get the login prompt fine, which means the SSH cyphersuite negotiated well enough; and, I have no problems with any of my other ASAs running various code versions between 8.3 and 9.7.  See also below.

[rancid at rancid-server ~]$ egrep -B 7 "^add cypher" .cloginrc


# cryptographic cypher support for Nexus 9000 running 7.0(3)I2(1) and later

# http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/switches/nexus-9000-series-switches/200663-Unable-to-SSH-into-Nexus-9K-fatal.html

# This also works fine for all other campus devices

# 22 Sep 2015


add cyphertype * {aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr,aes128-cbc,3des-cbc,aes192-cbc,aes256-cbc}

[rancid at rancid-server ~]

From: james machado <hvgeekwtrvl at gmail.com>
Date: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 12:18 PM
To: Weylin Piegorsch <weylin at bu.edu>
Cc: "rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net" <rancid-discuss at shrubbery.net>
Subject: Re: [rancid] New Cisco ASA Login Failure

This is due to changes in the supported encryption methods in the updated IOS's and ASA softwares.  in your .cloginrc you will want to add a line:

add cyphertype <device> {encryption method}

you can find an encryption method your systems are happy with by doing the following:

ssh -vv <device>
debug2: mac_setup: found hmac-sha1
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-sha1 none
debug2: mac_setup: found hmac-sha1
debug1: kex: client->server aes128ctr hmac-sha1 none

with my ASA's i use {aes256-ctr}.


On Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 6:48 AM, Piegorsch, Weylin William <weylin at bu.edu<mailto:weylin at bu.edu>> wrote:

I have a Cisco ASA 5506X device I just deployed (running 9.8(2)20 version), that rancid’s not logging into properly.  Clogincrc is set to method {telnet ssh} because there’s a plethora of really really old devices that hang when I try the other way around (and we haven’t been funded to refresh them nor authorized to remove them).

Here’s what rancid shows:

[rancid at nsgv-prod-59 ~]$ rancid -V

rancid 3.4.1

[rancid at nsgv-prod-59 ~]$

[rancid at nsgv-prod-59 ~]$

[rancid at nsgv-prod-59 ~]$

[rancid at nsgv-prod-59 ~]$ clogin xxxxxxxxxx


spawn telnet xxxxxxxxxx

Trying yyyyyyy...

telnet: connect to address yyyyyyy: Connection refused

spawn ssh -2 -c aes128-ctr,aes192-ctr,aes256-ctr,aes128-cbc,3des-cbc,aes192-cbc,aes256-cbc -x -l rancid xxxxxxxxxx


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rancid at xxxxxxxxxx 's password:

User rancid logged in to xxxxxxxxxx

Logins over the last 2 days: 12.  Last login: 08:39:20 EST Mar 5 2018 from zzzzzzz

Failed logins since the last login: 0.

Type help or '?' for a list of available commands.

xxxxxxxxxx/pri/act> rancid


ERROR: % Invalid input detected at '^' marker.

xxxxxxxxxx/pri/act> en

Error: Unrecognized command, check your enable command




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