Traffic log of non-authenticated captive portal sessions

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Traffic log of non-authenticated captive portal sessions

I read this clear and useful article from @arsimon : Non-Authenticated Captive Portal Session Will Not be Logged by the Palo Alto Networks Device

 

 

These non-authenticated captive portal sessions can represent quite a lot of data. For example (after some testing), Firefox Linux v56 sends one captive portal probe every 3 seconds, and Palo Alto captive portal responds to those probes with the captive portal web form. This produces ~ 15KB every 3 seconds (~430MB/day) , which is a large amount of data that we would like to monitor for our satellite environment use case.

 

All this traffic (the initial WGET TCP sessions initiated by client + the authentication web form sent by the Palo in another TCP session) cannot be seen in the traffic logs, which is expected according to @arsimon's article. Here is another article that mentions that the sessions details are only temporary available in the GUI in the session browser: FORW Type Session with Destination Zone "captive-portal"

 

 

So 2 questions in order to be able to account for this traffic:

  1. Is there any way to produce traffic logs for those non-authenticated sessions? (I tried creating a security rule matching captive portal traffic, without success)
  2. Is there a log somewhere that would say something like "TIMESTAMP - captive portal sent login page to IP XXXX" . From this, we could approximately recontruct the amount of data used (~ * 15KB) 

 

 Note that above tests were done using Palo Alto 8.0.5 (VM100)

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