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The Cisco PE switch providing Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) must be configured to have traffic storm control thresholds on CE-facing interfaces.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-221044 CISC-RT-000700 SV-221044r622190_rule Medium
A traffic storm occurs when packets flood a VPLS bridge, creating excessive traffic and degrading network performance. Traffic storm control prevents VPLS bridge disruption by suppressing traffic when the number of packets reaches configured threshold levels. Traffic storm control monitors incoming traffic levels on a port and drops traffic when the number of packets reaches the configured threshold level during any one-second interval.
Cisco IOS XE Switch RTR Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-09-13


Check Text ( C-22759r408926_chk )
Review the switch configuration to verify that storm control is enabled on CE-facing interfaces deploying VPLS as shown in the example below:

interface GigabitEthernet3
no switchport
no ip address
service instance 10 ethernet
encapsulation untagged
bridge-domain 100
storm-control broadcast cir 12000000

If storm control is not enabled at a minimum for broadcast traffic, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-22748r408927_fix)
Configure storm control for each CE-facing interface as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)#int g3
SW1(config-if)#service instance 10 ethernet
SW1(config-if-srv)#storm-control broadcast cir 12000000

Note: The acceptable range is 10000000 -1000000000 for a gigabit ethernet interface, and 100000000-10000000000 for a ten gigabit interface. Storm control is not supported on most FastEthernet interfaces.