URL Filtering Clarification - Wildcards behavior (implicit match on the rear of the URL)

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URL Filtering Clarification - Wildcards behavior (implicit match on the rear of the URL)

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Figured I'd share this here as I already have on another platform.  Been using PanOS for ~8 years and came across something with URL filtering and wildcards.   URL filters with wildcards will match on the front, and back of the URL(implicit), if you don't use the trailing /. 


What this means is *.microsoft.com doesn't just match www.microsoft.com, but also www.microsoft.com.uk.  BUT, it also matches www.microsoft.com.malware.com (tested in a lab environment - feel free to test in yours) - it doesn't stop at domain 'extensions'  


Note - this is by design and something in PanOS release notes back to 5.x (that I was able to dig up), so nothing to open a case with PA for a bug.  


Not a huge issue with block lists as you'll just be blocking more than you intend to, but for allow lists - could be a bit of a problem.  Worth a review of your allow lists for sure, as custom categories will be processed before pandb classification.






Use to indicate one or more variable subdomains. If you use 
, the entry will match any additional subdomains, whether at the beginning or the end of the URL. Use a forward slash at the end of the entry if you do not want to match any additional subdomains beyond that point.



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Hi @Chris_Johnston ,


Much appreciated ! Thanks for sharing !

LIVEcommunity team member, CISSP
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