Has anybody encountered a situation where a rule was configured for one application but matched other applications?

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Has anybody encountered a situation where a rule was configured for one application but matched other applications?

L1 Bithead

I have the following rule


I used 'any' as the service because we have web servers running on multiple ports and not just on the default.

While it does match ssl and web-browsing traffic as expected,  it also matches unexpected application traffic like the following


I don't understand why it would match oracle traffic.  Any ideas?


PAN OS version 6.0.3 , Apps version 449-2321

Incorrect sir...setting service to "ANY" will only allow for the traffic to traverse any port that still matches the specified application. Based off your logic, there would be no need to specify the application.

L1 Bithead

I just put in another rule to match the oracle traffic on port 1522. The traffic doesn't get matched by my ssl/web-browsing rule anymore.

It still doesn't explain how a rule configured with an ssl or web-browser application could match oracle traffic.

L4 Transporter

The behavior is quite odd. Usually, if there is application shift i.e application is first identified as web-browsing and later after the firewall has seen more packets, the same traffic gets identified as oracle, it should trigger a second policy look-up. Clearly this is not happening. If the issue is still persisting, i would suggest opening up a ticket with support.


You read from my mind Smiley Wink

I thought that Palo_al has more security rules (below is more narrow rules especially for oracle application) but was curious why this traffic hitting this rule.

So Your explanation is correct.

I'm fighting with support with ammy-admin and backup-exec application aren't correctly identified by PAN OS. So maybe it's happened to You too.



L1 Bithead

Yup that doesn't make any sense. I suggest you open a case if you haven't. As a test, you can put a deny all rule at the bottom  and see if oracle is still being allowed but make sure you've allowed EVERYTHING that you need because you'll see a lot of blocked traffic which will cause issues with your users. Probably do that after hours. Hope that helps.

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