The packet-filtering process

Packet-filtering in an applied ACL is sequential, from the first ACE in the ACL to the implicit deny any any following the last explicit ACE. This operation is the same regardless of whether the ACL is applied dynamically from a RADIUS server or statically in the switch configuration.


ACLs can enhance network security by blocking selected IP traffic, and can serve as one aspect of maintaining network security. However, because ACLs do not provide user or device authentication, or protection from malicious manipulation of data carried in IP packet transmissions, they should not be relied upon for a complete security solution.


If a RADIUS-assigned ACL permits an authenticated client's inbound IP packet, but the client port is also configured with a static port ACL and/or belongs to a VLAN for which there is an inbound, VLAN-based ACL configured on the switch, then the packet will also be filtered by these other ACLs. If there is a match with a deny ACE in any of these ACLs, the switch drops the packet.