URL Allow List filters are not functioning as documented.

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URL Allow List filters are not functioning as documented.

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URL filter is great when working with Categories, but when an exception is published in the allow list there are catches and exceptions.:smileyconfused:

We block-continue Streaming Media, which contains Youtube, which we want to allow users access to without a block.

I create an allow exception *.youtube.com/* and commit, open a new browser, clear the cache, and go to www,youtube.com to see that B&C is still in effect.

So I added www.youtube.com and youtube.com in addition, and then it worked.

I did the same thing for dropbox, but it uses HTTPS and the session would be dropped every time I went to www.dropbox.com - which in turn redirected me to https://dropbox.com

In order to get that working, I had to go against the documention in the dialog box and add https:// to the dropbox.com.

still haven't got the dropbox desktop application to work, even with *.dropbox.com in the allow list.

This is an exercise in frustration!


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You might want to read the following Document on URL categorization that has a description on how the PAN parses URL filters.


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If you need allowing a domain with its subdomain you must allow them






This works for web-browsing, if the traffic is ssl you need to terminate it (decryptin) in order to gain full compatibility. If not only the domain.* is visible.

In case of known application (as dropbox)  I suggest you not to use Url, use application identification, always go beyond Url Profile.

Reading that technote it really sounds odd that PA has chosen this behaviour.

The common thing in the market is to separate "domain.com" from "*.domain.com" but this also means that "*.domain.com" would match "sub1.sub2.domain.com".

That is to fully block for example youtube by url filter you need two url-rules:

1) youtube.com (this covers http(s)://youtube.com/*)

2) *.youtube.com (this covers http(s)://sub1.youtube.com/* but also http(s)://sub1.sub2.youtube.com/* and so on)

Could perhaps someone from PaloAlto enlighten us on this subject?

The point of using url-filtering and not entirely rely on appid is what happend last xmas:



The point here is that next time appid is failing (because it most likely will otherwise there wouldnt have to be any updates for the app-db 😃 the url-filtering in the same security policy (specially if its a whitelisting rule) might save you...

That is compare a security rule which only has "appid:facebook" with one that has both "appid:facebook" AND "url:facebook.com||*.facebook.com" (or whatever domains they use nowadays).

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