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The Cisco Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) switch must be configured to use a loopback address as the source address when originating MSDP traffic.


Finding ID Version Rule ID IA Controls Severity
V-221069 CISC-RT-000950 SV-221069r622190_rule Low
Using a loopback address as the source address offers a multitude of uses for security, access, management, and scalability of MSDP switches. It is easier to construct appropriate ingress filters for switch management plane traffic destined to the network management subnet since the source addresses will be from the range used for loopback interfaces instead of a larger range of addresses used for physical interfaces. Log information recorded by authentication and syslog servers will record the switch’s loopback address instead of the numerous physical interface addresses.
Cisco IOS XE Switch RTR Security Technical Implementation Guide 2023-09-13


Check Text ( C-22784r409001_chk )
Step 1: Review the switch configuration to verify that a loopback address has been configured.

interface Loopback12
ip address x.12.2.2

Step 2: Verify that the loopback interface is used as the source address for all MSDP packets generated by the switch.

ip msdp peer x.44.2.34 connect-source Loopback12 remote-as nn

If the switch does not use its loopback address as the source address when originating MSDP traffic, this is a finding.
Fix Text (F-22773r409002_fix)
Configure the switch to use its loopback address is used as the source address when sending MSDP packets.

SW2(config)#ip msdp peer x.44.2.34 connect-source lo12 remote-as nn