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I have setup two rules for blocking bittorrent on a particular zone.  First rule is set to Deny Trust to Untrust using an application filter built with P2P applications.  Second rule is set to Deny Untrust to Trust using the same application filter. 

I am able to block any uploading content, but the filter doesn't block any torrents from downloading. 

From the trust side, i also have a URL filter setup to block P2P websites.  So if a user starts a bittorrent session, then brings the torrent to our network then the session will download fine, but not upload. 

Any suggestions on how to fix this?

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Yeah I've read through that, but still unable to deny traffic to bittorrent. 

hello,

download a .torrent file is not doing peer to peer, it's like downloading a .doc , it's nothing armful.

but opening that .torrent file and downloading a copyrighted product is harmful. 

Not necessary... even GPL stuff is copyrighted but the license allows you to spread the product.

I wouldn't be too concerned abut .torrent files. A lot of pirating communities (the big one) have switched to magnet links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnet_URI_scheme

torrent file is armless : it doesn't contain any dangerous material.

feed it to a torrent client downloader and it will start downloading the real file. This is what PA can block : torrent client traffic.

Thank you for your comments, but if you re-read my initial post you will see that I am trying to block torrent client traffic. 

How are your downloads being identified as by the traffic log then?

Perhaps you have some other previous rule in your ruleset that incorrectly allows the traffic?

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