The ACL API
The Access Control List (ACL) filters packets passed from the AppNexus core switch into your VLAN. An ACL is made up of an ordered set of Access Control Entries (ACEs) that represent permit and deny statements applied to certain ports and incoming and destination IP addresses. For example, the below ACE permits TCP traffic from any IP address to the IP address 18.104.22.168:
Here is an example of an ACL made up of several ACEs. Note that the order of ACEs matters, because a core switch tests packets against ACEs one by one and stops checking after the first match. If no conditions match, the switch denies the packet.
ACLs are set and modifed by customers using parameters in the
manage-vlan CLI tool:
ACEs can be read either from a
--file or via standard input.
manage-vlan get-acl. This command lists the current ACL for your VLAN. If you specify the
--fileoptional parameter, you can output the ACL is in the corresponding file.
manage-vlan get-acl --vlan-id NYM1:2071 --username <USERNAME>
manage-vlan get-acl --vlan-id NYM1:2071 --file nym1-vlan2071.acl --username <USERNAME>
manage-vlan set-acl. This command replaces the current ACL with a new one. If you attempt to erase the ACL completely, you will be prompted to enter "--force" as a precaution.
manage-vlan append-acl. This command appends one or more new ACEs to the end of the current VLAN ACL.
manage-vlan validate-acl. This command validates the syntax and semantics of ACEs without applying them to your VLAN
manage-vlan validate-acl --file /path/to/file/acl.example
cat /path/to/file/acl.example | manage-vlan validate-acl -
ACL Syntax and Validation
ACLs must be in a specific format to be read by the API. We have chosen the Cisco format.
- Possible protocol values: ip, tcp, udp, gre, esp, ahp
- Source and destination may be specified in one of three ways:
- A subnet: network address and network mask (note that cisco notation for "inverse masks" must be used) separated by a space. E.g. "22.214.171.124 0.0.0.255"
- A single host. E.g. "host 126.96.36.199"
- Any host, from 0.0.0.0 to 255.255.255.255. Use "any"
An operator and port combination specify the source or destination port when the ACE protocol is set to tcp or udp. Operators include: eq (equal), gt (greater than), lt (less than), and range (requires two ports numbers and represents inclusive range).
In addition to ACEs you can place remarks (comments) in ACLs. The remarks are needed usually for documenting the the ACL to make it easier to understand. For example:
Note that in case you need to open SNMP to your instances/VLANs from beyond the AppNexus network, it is not enough to open 161 port via
manage-vlan, as we also need to open an ACL on our border routers as well. Please open a Support ticket, requesting this to happen.
NOTE: The set-acl and append-acl commands will validate ACEs for syntactical correctness, but will not look at the overall ACL to see if it makes functional sense. Processing of ACLs stops when an ACE/rule is matched.