1. Overview

WAAS allows for control over how applications and end-users communicate with the protected web application.

waas access controls

2. Network Lists

Network Lists allow administrators to create and maintain named IP address lists e.g. "Office Branches", "Tor and VPN Exit Nodes", "Business Partners", etc. List entries are composed of IPv4 addresses or IP CIDR blocks.

To access Network Lists, open Console, go to Defend > WAAS and select the Network List tab.

waas network lists

Lists can be updated manually or via batch importing of entries from a CSV file. Once defined, Network Lists can be referenced and used in IP-based access control, user-defined bots and DoS protection.

To export lists in CSV format, click export CSV.

When importing IP addresses or IP CIDR blocks from a CSV file, first record value should be set to "ip" (case sensitive).
IPv6 entries are currently not supported.

3. Network Controls

waas network controls

3.1. IP-based access control

Network lists can be specified in:

  • Denied inbound IP Sources - WAAS applies selected action (Alert or Prevent) for IP addresses in network lists.

  • IP Exception List - Traffic originating from IP addresses listed in this category will not be inspected by any of the protections defined in this policy.

We strongly advise users to practice caution when adding network lists to the IP Exception List as protections will not be applied for traffic originating from these IP addresses.

3.2. Country-Based Access Control

Specify country codes, ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 format, in one of the following categories (mutually exclusive):

  • Denied Inbound Source Countries - WAAS applies selected action (Alert or Prevent) for requests originating from the specified countries.

  • Allowed Inbound Source Countries - Requests originating from specified countries will be forwarded to the application (pending inspection). WAAS will apply action of choice (Alert or Prevent) on all other requests not originating from the specified countries.

Country of origin is determined by the IP address associated with the request.

4. HTTP Header Controls

cnaf http headers

WAAS lets you block or allow requests which contain specific strings in HTTP headers by specifying a header name and a value to match. The value can be a full or partial string match. Standard pattern matching is supported.

If the Required toggle is set to On WAAS will apply the defined action on HTTP requests in which the specified HTTP header is missing. When the Required toggle is set to Off no action will be applied for HTTP requests missing the specified HTTP header.

HTTP Header fields consist of a name, followed by a colon, and then the field value. When decoding field values, WAAS treats all commas as delimiters. For example, the Accept-Encoding request header advertises which compression algorithm the client supports.

Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate, br

WAAS rules do not support exact matching when the value in a multi-value string contains a comma because WAAS treats all commas as delimiters. To match this type of value, use wildcards. For example, consider the following header:

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/74.0.3729.108 Safari/537.36

To match it, specify the following wildcard expression in your WAAS rule:


5. File Upload Controls

cnaf file upload

Attackers may try to upload malicious files (e.g. malware) to your systems. WAAS protects your applications against malware dropping by restricting uploads to just the files that match any allowed content types. All other files will be blocked.

Files are validated both by their extension and their magic numbers. Built-in support is provided for the following file types:

  • Audio: aac, mp3, wav.

  • Compressed archives: 7zip, gzip, rar, zip.

  • Documents: odf, pdf, Microsoft Office (legacy, Ooxml).

  • Images: bmp, gif, ico, jpeg, png.

  • Video: avi, mp4.

WAAS rules let you explicitly allow additional file extensions. These lists provide a mechanism to extend support to file types with no built-in support, and as a fallback in case Prisma Cloud’s built-in inspectors fail to correctly identify a file of a given type. Any file with an allowed extension is automatically permitted through the firewall, regardless of its 'magic number'.