Cisco IOS Access Lists
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2001
Pages: 274

Cisco routers are used widely both on the Internet and in corporate intranets. At the same time, the Cisco Internet Operating System (IOS) has grown to be very large and complex, and Cisco documentation fills several volumes.

Cisco IOS Access Lists focuses on a critical aspect of the Cisco IOS--access lists. Access lists are central to the task of securing routers and networks, and administrators cannot implement access control policies or traffic routing policies without them. Access lists are used to specify both the targets of network policies and the policies themselves. They specify packet filtering for firewalls all over the Internet.

Cisco IOS Access Lists covers three critical areas:

  • Intranets. The book serves as an introduction and a reference for network engineers implementing routing policies within intranet networking.
  • Firewalls. The book is a supplement and companion reference to books such as Brent Chapman's Building Internet Firewalls. Packet filtering is an integral part of many firewall architectures, and Cisco IOS Access Lists describes common packet filtering tasks and provides a "bag of tricks" for firewall implementers.
  • The Internet. This book is also a guide to the complicated world of route maps. Route maps are an arcane BGP construct necessary to make high level routing work on the Internet.

Cisco IOS Access Lists differs from other Cisco router titles in that it focuses on practical instructions for setting router access policies. The details of interfaces and routing protocol settings are not discussed.

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Very disappointed in the number of errors in this book. I am certainly no Cisco or Access List expert but I couldn't believe the errors. Especially the appendix that I was going to use as a quick reference. Table B2 has many errors lucky i noticed them before I started to use them. Maybe without all the errors it could have been a good book.

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Desperately needs an updated, revised, and re-written second edition that has been proof-read at least once before being published. Great concept, poor execution...

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Comments about oreilly Cisco IOS Access Lists:

While I found the content to be good for a beginner level, the number of errors in the examples made it very hard to follow (especially for a beginner like me)! Even the list of standard subnets in the Appendix was wrong.

There are quite a few good concepts in the book related to the control of routing updates, but not much detail on other things. I would hope that the 2nd Edition would fix the many typos and include more concepts that people would be interested in.

While I feel that the book taught me the things that I bought it for, I do feel disappointed at having to pay $105 Australian for it.

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By A_Network_Engineer

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Sorry to say but I think this book is not OK!

I downloaded the chapter 5 because I needed to study access lists to get ready for a new project.

After reading though most of the chapter, I find that there are way too many errors in the examples, mainly the graphics (IP adresses that do not fit with the text, etc.).

It left me disappointed and I will look for other sources.

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By Jeremy

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Comments about oreilly Cisco IOS Access Lists:

Not bad in content but very poor editing. Examples are often confusing due to editing errors, like misnamed access lists, and referrence to non-existant lists. Would be a good-to-average book if editing was up to par, but until the many errors in the examples are corrected, i can't recommend it.

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By Noboru

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After reading chapters one and two, I was more confused! The book is poorly written and very hard to understand. One example in partcular is on page 23, about limit access to payroll. What does that mean? Are you partially denying access or are you partially permitting access? How do you do that? Hey access this,I'm returning your very badly written book.

Noboru

third semester ccna student

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By Enty

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Very poor book.

Too much errors in examples (IP addresses, interface's names)

- too much for beginners and too much for profies.

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Comments about oreilly Cisco IOS Access Lists:

I was disappointed. While basic ACLs are covered nicely the book lacks depth. If the intent was ACLs then where are ACLs like access-list 700 or 1100 ? If the intent was ACLs for router security then where's all the security info? If you want exact details see: http://nsa1.www.conxion.com - the NSA's Router Security Guide (free). Not enough of ACL troubleshooting, for example:

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/707/22.html.

I did like the stuff on ACLs and routing. Nothing on IPsec, or protocols. Here's hoping the second edition will pick up where this left off. Good newbie book.

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