Tips and Tricks: Filtering the Security Policy

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Digging into the depths of policy details can be quite the task, especially after a long and tiring day. But fear not, handy search tools are here to lighten your load!

 

Here's how it works: Simply pop in a keyword related to what you're hunting for. This could be the name of a policy (just squish it into one word), an IP address or object name, maybe an application, or even a service.

 

Keep in mind though, wildcards (like *) aren't supported. You'll need a partial or an exact match.

Add a partial IP address and you'll get all the partial and exact matches in the result:

 

Fig 1_Filtering-the-Security-Policy_palo-alto-networks.png

 

Want to narrow things down even further? You can target your search to specific fields like the source zone or application. And guess what? There’s a super handy drop-down function that sets up your search filter in a snap. Easy-peasy!

 

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You can also create a search string manually. I've provided a list of all fields below:

 

Name: (name contains 'unlocate-block')

Tags: (tag/member eq 'tagname')

Type: (rule-type eq 'intrazone|interzone')

Source Zone: (from/member eq 'zonename')

Source Address: (source/member eq 'any|ip|object')

Source User: (source-user/member eq 'any|username|groupname')

Hip profile:  (hip-profiles/member eq 'any|profilename')

Destination Zone: (to/member eq 'zonename')

Destination Address: (destination/member eq 'any|ip|object')

Destination User: (destination-user/member eq 'any|username|groupname')

Application: (application/member eq 'any|applicationname|applicationgroup|applicationfilter')

Service: (service/member eq 'any|servicename|application-default')

URL Category: (category/member eq 'any|categoryname')

           This is a destination category, not a URL filtering security profile

Action: (action eq 'allow|drop|deny|reset-client|reset-server|reset-both')

Action send ICMP unreachable: (icmp-unreachable eq 'yes')

Security Profiles:

      (profile-setting/profiles/virus/member eq 'profilename')

      (profile-setting/profiles/spyware/member eq 'profilename')

      (profile-setting/profiles/vulnerability/member eq 'profilename')

      (profile-setting/profiles/url-filtering/member eq 'profilename')

      (profile-setting/profiles/file-blocking/member eq 'profilename')

      (profile-setting/profiles/wildfire-analysis/member eq 'profilegroupname')

      (profile-setting/group/member eq 'profilename')

Disable server response inspection: (option/disable-server-response-inspection eq 'yes')

Log at session start: (log-start eq 'yes|no')

Log at session end: (log-end eq 'yes|no')

Schedule: (schedule eq 'schedulename')

Log Forwarding:  (log-setting eq "forwardingprofilename')

Qos Marking:    (qos/marking/ip-dscp eq 'codepoint')

                            (qos/marking/ip-precedence eq 'codepoint')

                            (qos/marking/follow-c2s-flow eq '')

Description: (description contains '<keyword>')

Disabled policy: (disabled eq yes|no)  

           policies will only respond to 'no' if they have been disabled before

 

As you can see in the examples above the operands are 'contains' and 'eq' (=equals).

Note that you can also use the negate option using the operand 'neq' (=not equals).

For example, here's how you can use the negate option to list all the rules that do NOT have a ALLOW action: (action neq 'allow'):

 

Fig 3_Filtering-the-Security-Policy_palo-alto-networks.png

 

Tag Browser can also come in very handy if you're able to tag all your security policies. It can be used in a similar way as the search function and display only the selected tags.

 

More information and a tutorial video on the Tag Browser can be found here: Tutorial: Tag Browser

 

Hope this was helpful, feel free to ask questions or post remarks below.

 

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Stay Secure,
Kiwi out!

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L0 Member

Is there any way to sort and/or filter on the Created and Modified columns?

Community Team Member

Hi @BYates ,

 

You can filter on the columns. Click the arrow next to the column name. From there select "Columns" and you can check/uncheck all the columns you would like to see.

You can also drag/drop the columns to change the order you would like to see.

 

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As far as I know there is no filter option in the search bar at the top to filter out certain columns that way.

 

Still not what you need ? In that case custom reports also allow you define specific colums in the report.

 

Hope this helps,

-Kim.

L0 Member

Any way to filter for udp protocol?

Community Team Member

Hi @AWAW ,

 

Yes you can use the filter (proto eq udp)

 

Kind regards,

-Kim.

L1 Bithead

If you want to filter for Rule ID which is called UUID the filter is:

(uuid eq xyz)

 

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