1. Create a static translation between one public IP address to the real IP address of our servers
2. Create an access control list to allow access to the server public IP address
3. Apply the access list on the interface
Suppose we have a web server with real IP address 192.168.1.5. This server will be translated to public IP address 22.214.171.124.
First, we have to create static translation with static command:
pixfirewall(config)#static (inside,outside) 126.96.36.199 192.168.1.5
The format of the command is: static (higher security interface,lower security interface) public_IP_address internal_IP_address
To verify the translation is correct we can use 'show xlate' command:
Global 188.8.131.52 Local 192.168.1.5
Now we need to create access control list. Access control list is a rule set for any traffic allowed or not allowed to particular destination. PIX uses 'default deny' concept, it means it you don't permit it explicitly in the rule set, the traffic will be denied.
The format is: access-list name_of_the_ruleset permit/deny protocol source destination eq ports. Protocol can be TCP, UDP, ICMP or even IP protocol such as ESP etc. If we don't specify any ports, it means we allow any ports for that protocol.
In this case, we want to allow access to our web server from anywhere on the Internet with destination port is port 80 or HTTP.
pixfirewall(config)#access-list externalrule permit tcp any host 192.168.1.5 eq 80
Remember, the destination IP address is the public IP of the web server, and not the real IP. Suppose we have 1 network 192.168.1.0/24 full of web servers (what kind of network is that?) and we want to allow anyone to connect to those all servers using HTTP:
pixfirewall(config)#access-list externalrule permit tcp any 192.168.1.0 255.255.255.0 eq 80
To apply the access-list on the interface, type the following:
pixfirewall(config)#access-group externalrule in interface outside
Until PIX OS 6.2, the access list can have only one direction, “in” means traffic flowing into interface outside from Internet. Consider yourself as firewall, you have one interface called outside, and any traffic coming to you from that interface will be inspected using access list named externalrule.
Ok, so now Internal network can go to the Internet and people from the Internet can connect to our web server using HTTP protocol.
Let's put the name for the firewall:
We need to put the password to connect to PIX remotely and enable the password to switch from user mode to privilege mode:
kungfuzen(config)#enable password password_to_switch_to_priv_mode
PIX can be managed remotely by telnet or SSH from trusted interface. PIX can be managed only by SSH from outside interface. To enable SSH, we need to specify the domain name and generate key first:
kungfuzen(config)#ca generate rsa key 2048
take up to several minutes. Please wait.
Where 2048 is the key modules size. Save the key with following command:
kungfuzen(config)#ca save all
Then specify from where you can connect to PIX
kungfuzen(config)#ssh 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 inside
kungfuzen(config)#ssh 184.108.40.206 255.255.255.255 outside
PIX uses SSH version 1 and user name 'pix' so to connect from SSH client in *nix from inside, use this command:
[user@unix ~]$ ssh -l pix -c DES 192.168.1.1
Use the password as what we set with 'passwd' command. You will get the user mode prompt. Switch to privilege mode by typing 'enable' and put the password as what we specify using 'enable password'.
I think this will be the end of my PIX Firewall tutorial. There are so many features left in PIX that you can explore by yourself: application inspection using fixup, HTTP authentication, VPN, IDS feature, turbo access list. flood guard, failover etc. This link will take you to Cisco documentation for Cisco PIX 6.3.
Come on, you guys are grown-up, so I don't think I need to explain all Cisco PIX commands here. Just RTFM and use '?” anytime you are in doubt. Cisco website and google are your friends. Try all 'show' commands to check the status or the configuration.
In case this firewall doesn't belong to you, just erase the configuration completely by typing:
Reboot the PIX, and.. voila! Back to factory default.
Now, put firewall back inside the box, wrap it, sell it in eBay or deliver the box to the real owner. As you wish. Good day.