Blocked Categories in G4 override all allow rules above the list

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Article ID: 168307

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Products

Web Security Service - WSS

Issue/Introduction

Web Security Service (ThreatPulse)

There is a scenario where Block Categories in the G4 policy row overrides all Allow rules above the list. This occurs only when the SSL Interception is set as Disable and the site is HTTPS; HTTP sites are not blocked.

Cause

The ThreatPulse policy is not able to determine category by its URL because with HTTPS/SSL the URL is known only after the SSL handshake.

Resolution

For security reasons, this is the expected behavior.

Workaround

Possible workarounds.

#1
Enable SSL Interception.
Services > Network > SSL > Enable
Note: Clients must install the Entrust Root certificate to be trusted and avoid the warning prompt.

#2
Remove the category from the G4/Block Categories rule and create another rule specifically to block this categories below the Allow rule for specific clients or destinations.
Note: This additional rule is different from G4 because G4 defaults to Anyone and Anywhere.