Apologies ahead of time- I'm very new to Palo Alto's firewalls...I've built several CIFS rules (based upon/cloned) from existing rules created by somewhat more senior PAN co-workers. I've asked them the following question but haven't gotten an answer I'm comfortable with, and was hoping somewhere here could set things right in my mind: When I'm attempting to allow CIFS file sharing, there's choices for Applications of ms-ds-smb, ms-ds-msb-base, then the different version numbers? Does md-ds-smb cover ALL versions of smb (v1, v2 and v3). When is ms-ds-smb-base needed?
I've also seen where the incumbant PAN coworkers have sometimes simply defined a service TCP Port 445 in rules. My guess would be that a service of TCP Port 445 doesn't do any application validation, and defining it as an Application is preferred?
Thanks for the enlightenment ahead of time....
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The answers you seek can be found under the Objects tab under Applications or via Palo Alto's applipedia .
ms-ds-smb = This is an app container for smb-base, smbv1, smbv2, smbv3.
ms-ds-smb-base: Think of this as a building block that will almost always need to be allowed. This essentially gives the firewall something to identify before we're able to tell what version of smb is being utilized.
If you simply define the service you're going to run the risk that something else will be tunneled/used over that port, and while the firewall will identify the true application being used it won't block the communication from taking place. Defining an application where possible is always going to be prefered.
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