ASA Question?

Hemil Aquino
Hemil Aquino used Ask the Experts™
Howdy folks,

I have a question in regards the ASA 5505. I totally understand the concept from higher to lower level, but I noticed something interesting while I was doing something at work today. Traffic from my inside could see my web server located in my DMZ via local IP address. For example source local IP (MyPC was able to establish tcp session towards my Apache server addressed to  I thought once you've created level of security none of them interface should communicate unless you have an access-rule such as NAT or ACCESS-LIST in placed. Please let me know if im wrong.

 Also, I have no routing nor access-list, just basic simple configuration, I just noticed it after mistakenly typed an IP address.

DMZ 50

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Top Expert 2011

By default higher level can communicate to lower security level. Once you place an ACL then that rule goes out the window. So above. INSIDE can talk to OUTSIDE and DMZ. Lower Level can't talk to higher level by default.
Hemil AquinoNetwork Security Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2018


Hi Soulja,

Thank you for your reply, so it is normal that my INSIDE network can communicate with the port 80 DMZ cause higher to lower?
Other than that I cannot ping nor do anything which is fine.

My question to you is, by default does ASA send traffic from a higher level towards DMZ opening a tcp communication to connect to web server port 80?

Thank you!
Top Expert 2011
Yes, by default traffic is allowed from higher level to DMZ. The only difference from dmz and outside is that usually dmz has a higher security level than outside, but less than inside. Inside traffic can flow to both cause of the higher security level.

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