By default, only Secure Shell version 2 connections are allowed to communicate with the Local Manager. File servers using TFTP, FTP, and SFTP are available for serving files to network devices, but only within specific file transfer operations such as push OS, and in many cases that communication is directly limited to a specific IP address or dedicated network connection.
Secure Shell version 2 is the default user method of communicating with the Local Manager. Users may authenticate using passwords, certificates, or a combination of both. Local Managers recognize both DSA and RSA encryption methods with key length up to 2048 bytes. Encryption is configurable. The default secure shell port (TCP 22) may be changed to any port between 1024 and 10000.
Client SSH applications can be used to access the Local Manager directly. Supported clients include:
The Local Manager can use Secure Copy (SCP) to copy files to and from a server. Based on the Secure Shell framework, SCP can be used via the copy, update, export, and backup commands.
The Local Manager’s FTP client is used by the copy command, export, archive, and backup. FTP is much less secure than SCP and should be used only in completely trusted networks.
The Local Manager’s FTP server is used to transfer files to network devices that support it. The Local Manager limits connections to specific IP addresses documented as device management IP addresses. The FTP server is only available during automated file transfer operations or if manually initiated during terminal pass-through. The server process is automatically terminated to limit possible security exposure.
Like the FTP server, the Local Manager’s TFTP server is available only during automated file transfers between network devices and the Local Manager and on manual activation. It is not limited to IP addresses; it limits possible security exposure by specifically naming files.
Like the FTP server, the Local Manager’s SFTP server is available only during automated file transfers between network devices and the Local Manager and on manual activation. It is not limited to IP addresses.
Telnet access to the Local Manager may be enabled, allowing clear-text clients to access the CLI. Port 23 is used by default. After enabling Telnet access, a reboot of the Local Manager is required.
Optional modem teletype (TTY) access is available if configured to provide single user dial-in access to the command line with support for encryption. Uplogix recommends using the Local Manager’s outbound PPP/VPN service to reduce the security risks associated with dial-in modems.
By default, the modem does not answer incoming calls.
An on-board RS-232 and mini USB console port is available for local access to the command line.
When logged in to a Local Manager, use the connect command to connect to another Local Manager’s command line interface. While the protocol uses SSH, this command limits connectivity to only Local Managers, reducing overall security risk. Like all commands, this feature is limited to users authorized to execute it.