I am having issues accessing this website: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/systemcenter/en-US/04400522-edd7-412f-8461-276ca3c0c88c/s...
The firewall blocks it based on the File Blocking profile that includes bat and cmd files among the file types that should be blocked; however, the site does not contain a bat file, but rather the word batch and commands from a batch file pasted in the forum. I find this rather strange, as the File Blocking filter should only look at the files extensions.
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I do agree with you. The PAN FW is blocking this URL with below mentioned information under "data-filtering" log.
The specified URL contains some of the windows batch files output on this discussion. I hope that triggers the signature to block the content, because the PAN firewall is signature based not based on file-extension/URL.
For example: If you transfer a txt file which contains signature of a EXE file, the PAN will identify that file as EXE not TXT.
To add to Hulks point after creating custom url category for the specified site or sites having similar issue and configure the URL profile with this custom url profile. Also make sure no Data filtering is enabled for this security rule so that it does not process the Bat files.
Yes, the website is allowed as part of the URL custom category; but, it seems to be blocked by the Data Filtering profile, which includes blocking bat, cmd, exe files.
I will try your suggestion and disable Data Filtering on that specific rule.
The problem I see with this is that, because the Data Filtering is actually blocking the site, I can't have trust-any to untrust-any without data filtering, while I have one already with data filtering enabled. It does not look like I can have a rule only for a particular URL with Data Filtering off.
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