The Cisco ASA Firewall may block the DNScrypt functionality offered by the Umbrella Virtual Appliance. This results in the following Umbrella Dashboard warning:
These error messages can also be seen in the ASA firewall logs:
Dropped UDP DNS request from inside:192.168.1.1/53904 to outside-fiber:22.214.171.124/53; label length 71 bytes exceeds protocol limit of 63 bytes
DNSCrypt encryption is designed to protect the contents of your DNS queries and as such will also stop firewalls from performing packet inspection.
These errors should not cause any user facing impact with DNS resolution.
The Virtual Appliance sends test queries to determine the availability of DNScrypt and it's those test queries that are blocked. However, these error messages do indicate that the Virtual Appliance is not adding additional security by encrypting your company's DNS traffic.
We recommend disabling DNS packet inspection for traffic between the Virtual Appliance and Umbrella's DNS resolvers. Although this disables the logging and protocol inspection on the ASA, it enhances security by allowing DNS encryption.
Packet Inspection Exceptions – IOS Commands
- Create a new ACL called 'dns_inspect' with rules to deny traffic to 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
access-list dns_inspect extended deny udp host <Appliance IP> host 184.108.40.206 eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended deny tcp host <Appliance IP> host 220.127.116.11 eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended deny udp host <Appliance IP> host 18.104.22.168 eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended deny tcp host <Appliance IP> host 22.214.171.124 eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended permit udp any any eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended permit tcp any any eq domain
For VA 2.2.0, please also add our 3rd and 4th resolver IPs which are also enabled for encryption. This will not be needed for 2.2.1+
access-list dns_inspect extended deny udp host <Appliance IP> host 126.96.36.199 eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended deny tcp host <Appliance IP> host 188.8.131.52 eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended deny udp host <Appliance IP> host 184.108.40.206 eq domain
access-list dns_inspect extended deny tcp host <Appliance IP> host 220.127.116.11 eq domain
- Remove the current DNS inspection policy on the ASA. For example:
ciscoasa(config)# policy-map global_policy
ciscoasa(config-pmap)# class inspection_default
ciscoasa(config-pmap-c)# no inspect dns
- Create a class-map matching the ACL created in Step #1:
match access-list dns_inspect
- Configure a policy-map under the global_policy. This should match the class-map created in Step #3. Enable DNS inspection.
- Once enabled you can verify that traffic is hitting the exclusions by running:
sh access-list dns_inspect
Packet Inspection Exceptions – ASDM Interface
- First disable any DNS packet inspection if applicable. This is done in "Configuration > Firewall > Service Policy Rules":
- In the example above the DNS inspection is enabled under the Global Policy and 'inspection_default' class. Highlight it and click on "Edit". On the new window uncheck the box for 'DNS' under the "Rule Action" tab:
- Now you can re-configure the DNS inspection, this time with additional traffic exemptions. Click on "Add > Add Service Policy Rule...":
- Select "Global - Applies to all interfaces" and click on "Next" (you can also apply this to a specific Interface if you wish):
- Give a name to the class-map (for example 'dns-cmap') and check the option "Source and Destination IP Address (uses ACL)". Click "Next":
- Start by configuring the traffic that you don't want to be inspected by using the "Do not match" action.
For Source, you can use the option 'any' to exempt all traffic destined to Umbrella's DNS servers. Alternatively, you can create a Network Object definition here to only exempt the specific Virtual Appliance IP address.
- Click '...' on the Destination field. On next window, click on "Add > Network Object" and create an object with the IP Address of '18.104.22.168'. Repeat this step to create an object with IP Address of '22.214.171.124'.
- Add both Umbrella network objects to the Destination field and click OK:
- On the next window check the box for 'DNS' and click on "Finish":
- The ASA will now show the new Global-Policy for 'dns-cmap' as below. Now you need to configure the remaining traffic that will be inspected by the ASA. This is done by right clicking on 'dns-cmap' and selecting the option "Insert After..." which will create a new rule.
- On first window click on "Next" and on then check the "Add rule to existing traffic class:" radio button. Select 'dns-cmap' from the drop-down and then click Next:
- Leave the Action as 'Match'. Choose the Source, Destination and Service of traffic that will be subject to DNS inspection. Here, for example, we are matching traffic from any client going to any TCP or UDP DNS Server. Click Next:
- Leave the 'DNS' option checked and click on "Finish".
- Click on "Apply" at the bottom of the window:
If you would prefer to disable DNScrypt rather than configuring ASA exemptions, please contact Umbrella support.