SNMP access to the authentication configuration MIB

A management station running an SNMP networked device management application, can access the management information base (MIB) for read access to the switch status and read/write access to the switch authentication configuration (hpSwitchAuth). This means that the switch default configuration now allows SNMP access to security settings in hpSwitchAuth.


If SNMP access to the hpSwitchAuth MIB is considered a security risk in your network, then it is important to take the following security precautions:

  • If SNMP access to the authentication configuration (hpSwitchAuth) MIB described above is not desirable for your network, then use snmp-server mib hpswitchauthmib excluded to disable this feature.

  • If you choose to leave the authentication configuration MIB accessible, then you must do the following to help ensure that unauthorized workstations cannot use SNMP tools to access the MIB:

    1. Configure SNMP version 3 management and access security on the switch.

    2. Disable SNMP version 2c on the switch.

For details on this feature, see Using SNMP to view and configure switch authentication features.

See also “Configuring for Network Management Applications” in the management and configuration guide for your switch.