Cisco swithport security

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Yeah, this is for a reference only not a tutorial so please do not be too critical. The output is from Cisco Packet Tracer 6.1.


interface FastEthernet0/1
 switchport mode access          !required otherwise you'll get an error message: Command rejected: FastEthernet0/1 is a dynamic port     
 switchport port-security        !enables port-security feature, if not applied the port security status will be disabled and sticky mac addresses can't be learnt
 switchport port-security maximum 2                    !maximum mac addresses allowed
 switchport port-security mac-address sticky           !enables sticky mac addresses learning  
 switchport port-security violation restrict           !sets violation policy to restrict, 
 switchport port-security mac-address sticky 00E0.B027.2245  !auto-created - saves learnt mac address to configuration file

Security Violation Modes

  • Protect - when a number MAC addresses reaches allowed number, packets from other ports are dropped, there is no notification
  • Restrict - same as Protect policy but there is notification that a security violation has occured
  • Shutdown (default) - shutdowns port, sets into error-disabed state

Note! Shutdown policy as other sources mention also sends an SNMP trap and logs a syslog message. This is different to the table form CCNAv5 course.


S1#show port-security interface fa0/1
Port Security              : Enabled  #because of switchport port-security command applied
Port Status                : Secure-up   #indicates port-security status, if Secure-shutdown port is in error-disabled state
Violation Mode             : Restrict     #because of switchport port-security violation restrict, shutdown is default
Aging Time                 : 0 mins
Aging Type                 : Absolute
SecureStatic Address Aging : Disabled
Maximum MAC Addresses      : 2              #because of switchport port-security maximum 2 command
Total MAC Addresses        : 1
Configured MAC Addresses   : 0
Sticky MAC Addresses       : 1
Last Source Address:Vlan   : 00E0.B027.2245:1
Security Violation Count   : 0
S1#show port-security
Secure Port MaxSecureAddr CurrentAddr SecurityViolation Security Action
               (Count)       (Count)        (Count)
        Fa0/1        2          1                 0         Restrict
        Fa0/2        2          1                 0         Shutdown
S1#show port-security address
			Secure Mac Address Table
Vlan	Mac Address	Type			Ports		Remaining Age
----	-----------	----			-----		-------------
1	00E0.B027.2245	SecureSticky		FastEthernet0/1		-
1	0001.647C.697E	SecureSticky		FastEthernet0/2		-
Total Addresses in System (excluding one mac per port)     : 0
Max Addresses limit in System (excluding one mac per port) : 1024
S1#show int fastEthernet 0/1 switchport
Name: Fa0/1
Switchport: Enabled
Administrative Mode: static access         #because of switchport mode access command, by a default it is set to 'dynamic auto'
Operational Mode: static access
Administrative Trunking Encapsulation: dot1q
Operational Trunking Encapsulation: native
Negotiation of Trunking: Off
Access Mode VLAN: 1 (default)
Trunking Native Mode VLAN: 1 (default)
Voice VLAN: none
Administrative private-vlan host-association: none
Administrative private-vlan mapping: none
Administrative private-vlan trunk native VLAN: none
Administrative private-vlan trunk encapsulation: dot1q
Administrative private-vlan trunk normal VLANs: none
Administrative private-vlan trunk private VLANs: none
Operational private-vlan: none
Trunking VLANs Enabled: ALL
Pruning VLANs Enabled: 2-1001
Capture Mode Disabled
Capture VLANs Allowed: ALL
Protected: false
Appliance trust: none


At first we should verify if an interface is in err-disable mode

show interface fa0/1 status