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Output format for test/url-info-cloud and test/url-info-host

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So I had a crazy idea and started poking around at the XML API on my firewall.  I wanted to see if there was a generally efficient way to automate a query against PAN-DB.  Seems straightforward enought; either test/url-info-cloud or test/url-info-host (depending on whether I want to check the MP cache or against the cloud... though I'm not sure if there are limitations for the latter, such as what WildFire's API has).  I realize there's a public web interface for this check, but that's not what I'm looking for.  I'm trying to automate a process.

 

What I'm not sure about is the formatting of the response/output.  For example, submitting the following against url-info-cloud for google.com returns an interesting response:

 

<test><url-info-cloud>google.com</url-info-cloud></test>
<response cmd="status" status="success"><result>BM:
google.com,9,5,search-engines
...
BM:
...
</result></response>

(I've limited the output intentionally... not sure about how sensitive PA is to this)

 

And querying the same against url-info-host:

 

<test><url-info-host>google.com</url-info-host></test>
<response cmd="status" status="success"><result>Ancestors info:

BM:
google.com,1,5,search-engines,,

Descendants info:
wallet.google.com,1,5,financial-services,,
...
</result></response>

 

I'm expecting some differences between url-info-cloud and url-info-host due to PAN-DB's design, but I'm not sure what the all of the output means, other than the obvious stuff.  Strings like "BM:" and ",9,5," in url-info-cloud don't appear to have any corresponding documentation to explain their meaning.  The same goes for "Anscestors info:", "Decendants info:", ",1,5,", and the ",," at the end of the individual result.

 

When parsing out this response, should these strings and values mean something?

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