Inbound SSL decryption troubleshooting on PANOS 9

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Inbound SSL decryption troubleshooting on PANOS 9

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I am trying to configure URL filtering on an internal SSL web host and having problems.  I've found multiple videos and articles on both URL filtering and inbound SSL decryption but I cannot get it to work.  I've taken a step back and am just trying to verify the SSL decryption is working.  I have uploaded the SSL cert (PKCS12 format) no problem.  Also created the decryption profile and the encryption policy rule.  Finally, I created a general policy to allow the traffic.  All configs were done following the instruction in this video by the Palo Alto community:


The problem is that I have no way to verify the decryption is working.  Other documentation I have found shows there is a decryption log under Monitor --->  Logs.  However, on PANOS 9 there is no decryption log.    If I look at the Traffic Logs I can see traffic to the SSL web server.  If I click on the details I can see the Decrypted flag is not set so it looks like the traffic is not decrypted.  Without the right logs I am lost as to what is going on.  Is there some log in PANOS 9 that contains more detailed info about decryption?



Cyber Elite
Cyber Elite


What are the logs showing you, are they displaying decrypt-error on the session logs? The first things to look at that are the most common are the following. You're going to need to breakout wireshark on this one.

  • Unsupported cipher suites
  • Unsupported EC curves
  • Server using certificate chains
  • Server sending client certificate verify
  • Server Configured with client certificate auth
  • Client sending SSL alert due to unknown certificate or bad certificate

Personally, you'll usually find that you have a mismatch between supported ciphers or the certificate chain as the most common issues. 

I can't find any logs related to the decryption at all.  Under the Logs section these are the logs I have available:



URL Filtering

Wildfire Submissions

Data Filtering

HIP Match



Tunnel Inspection







I've checked all these categories and can find no logs related to SSL decryption.


The decrypt-error would be found in your traffic logs under session_end_reason. That's the only logs you'll find on your version of PAN-OS. You'll need to do the verification legwork yourself. 

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