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Excessive tcp resends from my ASA

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I'm seeing an inordinate amount of tcp denies in my ASA that are not attributable to my access lists.  The logging is over 90% tcp deny with mostly PSH ACK and some ACK and very seldomly FIN.
There doesn't appear to be a network performance degradation, but I am concerned that there is an issue, plus it is filling up my syslog server more rapidly.
I will send a sample log output soon, but I am looking for ASA experts and tcp transaction experts to help me find out what is going on.
Thank you.
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by:Ted James
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Enclosed is a sample log output.  Any Cisco ASA experts out there that could decipher the many tcp deny logs entries (more than usual compared to other ASAs we have)?
logs.docx
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Can you post plain-text log and attach sample pcap file of tcp retries actually happening?
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Unfortunately I don't have capability to do a pcap on that network.  I am relying on logs from ASA only.

Can you tell me in general what is the cause for something like this?
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Any TCP stack do resends not receiving acks on time.
For experiment disable SACK/FACK/DACK if linux is there, that should make it more latency sensitive but make more acks and less resends.
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Sorry I have been out of commission for a while.
Does the fact that my ASA is in "transparent" mode that could have an affect on this?
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There is some small resends expected under normal network conditions. You need to capture per-connection to see where they come from.
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Thank you!
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