Cisco ASA denying traffic between interfaces despite correct policy

After a bit of head-scratching and frustration, I found an issue on a Cisco ASA (v9.1) with the configuration that has caught me out twice previously. I felt like a bit of an idiot for not clicking sooner.

Basically the policy was allowing “icmp any any” both sides along with the connection traffic from the specific external to internal interfaces, however the logs were showing denials:

Inbound TCP connection denied from A.B.C.D/53112 to W.X.Y.Z/443 flags SYN  on interface Ext-2
Deny inbound icmp src Ext-2:A.B.C.D dst Ext-1:W.X.Y.Z (type 8, code 0)

The issue here was that both interfaces were configured with the same security-level. This is a hangover from the old PIX days where this kind of communication was denied by default. The policy doesn’t seem to matter.

The fix in this case was that the security-level on the “dirty” interface was lowered to a more appropriate value. To allow ACLs to control communications between same-level interfaces, the following command can be used:

same-security-traffic permit inter-interface
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