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Block a top-level domain (TLD) using Web URL Filtering

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Article ID: 174714

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Products

Web Security.cloud

Issue/Introduction

You want to block a top-level domain (TLD) using Web URL Filtering Policies without causing False Positives for domains that contain the same string.

For example, you want to block the TLD ( .ru ) but not a domain such as www.runnershaven.org

Cause

Adding top-level domain in the format of *.tld can have unintended consequences such as triggering domains that contain the same string.

1.*.news would trigger on www.fakenews.ca and a TLD such .news

2.*.ru would trigger on www.runnershaven.org and a TLD such as .ru

Environment

Web Security.cloud

ClientNet

Resolution

To block a TLD without causing False Positives for other domains, enter the TLD in the following notation:  *.tld/

 

Examples

  1.   *.news/ would only trigger on the TLD .news
        *.news/ would not trigger on http://www.fakenews.ca
        *.news/ would trigger on https://demonstration.news


  2.   *.ru/ would only trigger on the TLD .ru
        *.ru/ would not trigger on http://www.runnershaven.org
        *.ru/ would trigger on http://www.domain.ru