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Passive FTP

Hi,

Is there any trick to allow passive FTP inbound?

I have set a security rule to allow APPLICATION-FTP inbound, and a NAT rule to let Port 21 inbound. Works fine for ACTIVE, but PASSIVE fails at the LIST command.

Help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Dean

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L6 Presenter

Reverting to the 243 content release will fix the issue.

The 244 content has been pulled and the content team is currently working on a fix.

-Benjamin

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L3 Networker

Application FTP covers both activ and passive ftp, unless you have it set for application default on the policy there should be no reason for us to drop this traffic.

We may need to take a closer look at your policy.

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L3 Networker

I am confused - so we should *not* set our FTP policy for application-default?

We are having the same issues - our outbound FTP (using the ftp application and application-default service) will only allow active mode FTP. Yet oddly, out inbound FTP rule using the same configuration is working for both PASV and active mode.

???

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L4 Transporter

It is possible you are running into an issue we recently uncovered with NAT when a client and server both support FTP extensions and use EPSV/EPRT instead of the normal PASV/PORT commands for active connections. This is being addressed and should be fixed in an upcoming content release. If either the client or the server do not advertise support for those extensions, everything will work fine through NAT.

Mike

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L3 Networker

Thanks - so what would be the work-around in the meantime?

Specifically, we have users who use IE/Windows Explorer as their FTP client to transfer files to and from our internal server in the DMZ. They have always had the "Use Passive" options checked which worked until we moved to the PA firewalls. Now it does not work.

The same FTP server (using an identical security rule) performs fine externally using PASV mode.

The only difference, as you mentioned, is the NAT rule: from the trust zone it uses a dynamic ip-and-port source translation, and from untrust it uses destination translation on TCP 21.

Is there anything we can do on the firewall to work around this issue?

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If we roll back from the threat updates dated 5/3, is that a temporary workaround? Been on hold for 15 minutes, trying to talk somebody about this.

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L6 Presenter

Reverting to the 243 content release will fix the issue.

The 244 content has been pulled and the content team is currently working on a fix.

-Benjamin

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L3 Networker

Hmm, but we never ran on this version of content updates on our firewalls. Panorama did download and apply it locally, but the firewalls aren't set to auto-apply.

And I just saw the retraction accouncement posted here - is there any way to subscribe to these?

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L6 Presenter

@Ksemenov:

currently you have two options:

1. subscribe to the PA Networks Support Team Twitter feed: pantwks_support

2. keep an eye on the top page of our Knowledge Point site for important announcements

We are working on enhancing this further to improve customer visibility on important issues.

-Benjamin

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Yes, we are having the same issue with passive FTP. Traffic is getting blocked by the implicit deny rule I have in place, probably because NAT is messing with the connection. I was able to get around temporarily by permitting all port from our source IP to the specific remote IP. This was temporary from one of our critical transfer. I just reverted back to Content Update 243 and am waiting for our sysadmin to test again.

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