SIP and NAT best practices in Asterisk

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What should I do in order to to be as secure as possible and with “clean” logs?

Well, for an article about Asterisk security best practices, consider reading this article.

About SIP and NAT best practices, in short, the simplest answer is to always use ‘nat=yes’ (or at least ‘nat=force_rport’ in recent versions of Asterisk that support it), until you come across a SIP endpoint that fails to work properly with that setting. If you do come across such an endpoint, try hard to get it to work with that setting; if you can’t, then set ‘nat=no’ for that endpoint, and understand that the endpoint’s name could be discoverable using the attack methods previously disclosed.

If the endpoint’s configuration is suitably locked down (permit/deny, for example) this may not be a concern for you. If it’s not locked down (for example, if it has to register to your Asterisk server from random locations), then the next step would be to seriously consider requesting that the user of that endpoint consider switching to some other SIP endpoint.

Finally, to date, the only endpoints that have been identified that do not work with Asterisk’s ‘rport’ handling forced upon them are Cisco phones. In that case, you could consider using a Digium IP phone in order to take the most out of your Asterisk Installation.


(Thanks to Kevin P. Fleming for his elaborated answers on the Asterisk Mailing List)