Citrix SD-WAN Orchestrator for On-premises 12.3

Security

You can configure the security settings such as, network encryption, virtual path IPsec, firewall, and certificates that are applicable to all the appliances across the network.

Firewall zones

You can configure zones in the network and define policies to control how traffic enters and leaves the zones. The following zones are available by default:

  • Default_LAN_Zone: Applies to traffic to or from an object with a configurable zone, where the zone has not been set.
  • Internet_Zone: Applies to traffic to or from an Internet service using a trusted interface.
  • Untrusted_Internet_Zone: Applies to traffic to or from an Internet service using an untrusted interface.

Firewall zones

You can also create your own zones and assign them to the following types of objects:

  • Virtual Network Interfaces
  • Intranet Services
  • GRE Tunnels
  • LAN IPsec Tunnels

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Firewall defaults

You can configure the global default firewall actions and global firewall settings that can be applied to all the appliances in the SD-WAN network. The settings can also be defined at the site level which overrides the global setting.

Firewall defaults

  • Action When No Firewall Rules Match: Select an action (Allow or Drop) from the list for the packets that do not match a Firewall policy.

  • Action When Security Profiles Cannot be Inspected: Select an action (Ignore or Drop) for the packets that match a firewall rule and engage a security profile but temporarily cannot be inspected by the Edge Security subsystem. If you select Ignore, then the relevant firewall rule is treated as not matched and the next firewall rule in order is evaluated. If you select Drop, the packets matching the relevant firewall rule, are dropped.

  • Default Firewall Action: Select an action (Allow/Drop) from the list for packets that do not match a policy.

  • Default Connection State Tracking: Enables directional connection state tracking for TCP, UDP, and ICMP flows that do not match a filter policy or NAT rule.

    Note

    Asymmetric flows are blocked when Default Connection State Tracking is enabled even when there are no Firewall policies defined. If there is the possibility of asymmetric flows at a site, the recommendation is to enable it at a site or policy level and not globally.

  • Denied Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing denied connections.

  • TCP Initial Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing an incomplete TCP session.

  • TCP Idle Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing an active TCP session.

  • TCP Closing Timeout: Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing a TCP session after a terminate request.

  • TCP Time Wait Timeouts (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing a terminated TCP session.

  • TCP Closed Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing an aborted TCP session.

  • UDP Initial Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing the UDP session that has not seen traffic in both directions.

  • UDP Idle Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing an active UDP session.

  • ICMP Initial Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing an ICMP session that has not seen traffic in both directions

  • ICMP Idle Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing an active ICMP session.

  • Generic Initial Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing a generic session that has not seen traffic in both directions.

  • Generic Idle Timeout (s): Time (in seconds) to wait for new packets before closing an active generic session.

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Firewall policies

Firewall profiles provide security by ensuring that network traffic is restricted only to a specific firewall rule depending on the match criteria and by applying specific actions. The Firewall Policies contains three sections.

  • Global Default – Global default policy is an aggregation of a couple of firewall rules. The policy that you create under the Global Default section is applied across all the sites in the network.
  • Site Specific – You can apply the defined firewall rules on certain specific sites.
  • Global Override – You can override both global and site-specific policies using Global Override Policy.

Firewall policies

You can define firewall rules and place it based on the priority. You can choose the priority order to begin from the top of the list, bottom of the list, or from a specific row.

It is recommended to have more specific rules for applications or subapplications at the top, followed by less specific rules for the ones representing broader traffic.

Firewall policy profile

To create a firewall rule, click Create New Rule.

Firewall policy details

  • Provide a policy name and select the Active Policy check box if you want to apply all the firewall rules.
  • The match criteria defines the traffic for the rule such as, an application, a custom defined application, group of applications, application family, or IP protocol based.

  • Filtering criteria:

    • Source Zone: The source firewall zone.

    • Destination Zone: The destination firewall zone.

    • Source Service Type: The source SD-WAN service type – Local, Virtual Path, Intranet, IP Host, or Internet are examples of Service Types.

    • Source Service Name: The name of a service tied to the service type. For example, if the virtual path is selected for Source Service type, it would be the name of the specific virtual path. This is not always required and depends on the service type selected.

    • Source IP: The IP address and subnet mask the rule uses to match.

    • Source Port: The source port the specific application uses.

    • Dest Service Type: The destination SD-WAN service type – Local, Virtual Path, Intranet, IP Host, or Internet are examples of service types.

    • Dest Service Name: Name of a service tied to the service type. This is not always required and depends on the service type selected.

    • Dest IP: The IP address and subnet mask the filter use to match.

    • Dest Port: The destination port the specific application uses (that is, HTTP destination port 80 for the TCP protocol).

    • IP Protocol: If this match type is selected, select an IP protocol that the rule matches with. Options include ANY, TCP, UDP ICMP and so on.

    • DSCP: Allow the user to match on a DSCP tag setting.

    • Allow Fragments: Allow IP fragments that match this rule.

    • Reverse Also: Automatically add a copy of this filter policy with source and destination settings reversed.

    • Match Established: Match incoming packets for a connection to which outgoing packets were allowed.

  • The following actions can be performed on a matched flow:

    • Allow: Permit the flow through the Firewall.

    • Drop: Deny the flow through the firewall by dropping the packets.

    • Reject: Deny the flow through the firewall and send a protocol specific response. TCP sends a reset, ICMP sends an error message.

    • Count and Continue: Count the number of packets and bytes for this flow, then continue down the policy list.

Apart from defining the action to be taken, you can also select the logs to be captured.

Network encryption

Select the encryption mechanism to be used across the network. You can configure the global security settings that secure the entire SD-WAN network.

Network Encryption mode defines the algorithm used for all encrypted paths in the SD-WAN network. It is not applicable for non–encrypted paths. You can set the encryption as AES-128 or AES-256.

Network encryption mode

SSL inspection

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) inspection is a process of intercepting, decrypting, and scanning the HTTPS and secure SMTP traffic for malicious content. SSL inspection provides security to the traffic flowing to and from your organization. You can generate and upload your organization’s root CA certificate and perform the man-in-the-middle inspection of the traffic.

NOTE

SSL inspection is supported from Citrix SD-WAN 11.3.0 release onwards.

To enable SSL inspection, at the network level, navigate to Configuration > Security > SSL Inspection > Configuration and define the following SSL configuration settings.

  • Enable SMTPS Traffic Processing: The secure SMTP traffic undergoes SSL inspection.
  • Enable HTTPS Traffic Processing: The HTTPS traffic undergoes SSL inspection.
  • Block Invalid HTTPS Traffic: By default, when the Block Invalid HTTPS Traffic check box is cleared, non-HTTPS traffic on port 443 is ignored and allowed to flow unimpeded. When Block Invalid HTTPS Traffic is selected, non-HTTPS traffic is blocked for SSL inspection. Enabling this option may result in otherwise legitimate traffic getting blocked, that is, HTTP traffic on port 443 or HTTPS traffic from sites with an expired certificate.
  • Client Connection Protocols: Select the required client protocols. The protocols available are SSLvHello, SSLv3, TLSv1, TSLv1.1, TLSv1.2, and TLSv1.3.
  • Server Connection Protocols: Select the required server protocols. The protocols available are SSLvHello, SSLv3, TLSv1, TSLv1.1, TLSv1.2, and TLSv1.3.

NOTE

The versions older than TLSv1.2 are considered vulnerable and must not be enabled, unless backward compatibility is important.

SSL inspection configuration

On the Root Certificate tab, copy and paste the root certificate and key of your organization root certificate authority (CA). The root CA is used to create and sign a forged copy of the certificates of the original sites, so that SSL inspection can be performed. Ιt is implicitly assumed that the root CA certificate is installed on all client workstations and devices that can have their traffic SSL inspected.

SSL inspection root certificate

The default, Trust all server certificates signed by root authority and certificates listed below option results in SD-WAN validating all server certificates against the standard list of root CAs and the root CA previously configured. It also discards servers that have an invalid certificate. To override this behavior, upload the SSL self-signed certificate of internal servers on the Trusted Server Certificates tab. Click Add Certificate and provide a name, browse for the certificate, and upload it. Alternately, if you select Trust all server certificates, all the servers are considered as trusted by Citrix SD-WAN, regardless of their certificate validation status.

SSL inspection trusted certificates

As part of security profiles, you can create SSL rules and enable them for SSL inspection. For more information on creating SSL rules for a security profile, see Edge security.

Intrusion prevention

Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) detects and prevents malicious activity from entering your network. IPS inspects the network traffic and takes automated actions on all incoming traffic flows. It includes a database of over 34,000 signature detections and heuristic signatures for port scans, allowing you to effectively monitor and block most suspicious requests.

IPS uses signature based detection, which matches the incoming packets against a database of uniquely identifiable exploit and attack patterns. The signature database is automatically updated daily. Since there are thousands of signatures, the signatures are grouped into Category and Class types.

You can create IPS rules and enable only the signature categories or class types that your network requires. Since intrusion prevention is a compute sensitive process, use only the minimal set of signature categories or class types that are relevant for your network.

You can create an IPS profile and enable a combination of IPS rules. These IPS profiles can then be associated globally with the entire network or with only specific sites.

Each rule can be associated with multiple IPS profiles and each IPS profile can be associated with multiple sites. When an IPS profile is enabled, it inspects the network traffic for the sites with which the IPS profile is associated and for the IPS rules enabled within that profile.

To create IPS rules, at the network level, navigate to Configuration > Security > Intrusion Prevention > IPS Rules and click New Rule.

Intrusion prevention creates rule

Provide a rule name and description. Select the match category or class type signature attributes, select an action for the rule, and enable it. You can choose from the following rule actions:

Rule Action Function
Recommended There are recommended actions defined for each signature. Perform the recommended action for the signatures.
Enable Log Allow and log the traffic matching any of the signatures in the rule.
Enable Block if Recommended is Enabled If the rule action is Recommended and the signature’s recommended action is Enable Log, drop the traffic matching any of the signatures in the rule.
Enable Block Drop the traffic matching any of the signatures in the rule.

Rule page

Note

  • Since Intrusion Prevention is a compute sensitive process use only the minimal set of signature categories that are relevant to your edge security deployments.
  • The SD-WAN firewall drops the traffic on all WAN L4 ports that are not port-forwarded and are not visible in the IPS engine. This provides an extra security layer against trivial DOS and scan attacks.

To create IPS profiles, at the network level, navigate to Configuration > Security > Intrusion Prevention > IPS Profiles and click New Profile.

IPS profile

Provide a name and description for the IPS profile. On the IPS Rules tab, enable the required IPS Rules and turn on Enable IPS Profiles.

IPS profile rules

On the Sites tab, click Select Sites. Select the sites and click Save. Click Create Profile.

IPS profile sites

You can enable or disable these IPS profiles while creating security profiles. The security profiles are used to create firewall rules. For more information, see Security profile – Intrusion Prevention.

Virtual path IPsec settings

Virtual Path IPsec Settings defines the IPsec tunnel settings to ensure secure transmission of data over the Static Virtual Paths and Dynamic Virtual Paths. Select the Static Virtual Paths IPSec or Dynamic Virtual Paths IPSec tab to define the IPsec tunnel settings.

  • Encapsulation Type: Choose one of the following security types:
    • ESP: Data is encapsulated and encrypted.
    • ESP+Auth: Data is encapsulated, encrypted, and validated with an HMAC.
    • AH: Data is validated with an HMAC.
  • Encryption Mode: The encryption algorithm used when ESP is enabled.
  • Hash Algorithm: The hash algorithm used to generate an HMAC.
  • Lifetime (s): The preferred duration, in seconds, for an IPsec security association to exist. Enter 0 for unlimited.

For information on configuring IPsec service, see IPsec service.

Virtual path IPsec setting

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Certificates

There are two types of certificates: Identity and Trusted. Identity Certificates are used to sign or encrypt data to validate the contents of a message and the identity of the sender. Trusted Certificates are used to verify message signatures. Citrix SD-WAN appliances accept both Identity and Trusted Certificates. Administrators can manage certificates in the Configuration Editor.

Certificate

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To add a certificate click Add Certificate.

  • Certificate Name: Provide the certificate name.

  • Certificate Type: Select the certificate type from the drop-down list.

    • Identity Certificates: Identity certificates require that the certificate’s private key be available to the signer. Identity Certificates or their certificate chains that are trusted by a peer to validate the contents and identity of the sender. The configured Identity Certificates and their respective Fingerprints are displayed in the Configuration Editor.

    • Trusted Certificates: Trusted Certificates are self-signed, intermediate certificate authority (CA) or root CA certificates used to validate the identity of a peer. No private key is required for a Trusted Certificate. The configured Trusted Certificates and their respective Fingerprints are listed here.

Security certificate