Add a Global Endpoint Policy Exception

From the Cortex® XDR™ management console, you can define and manage global exceptions that apply across all of your endpoints.
As an alternative to adding an endpoint-specific exception in policy rules, you can define and manage global exceptions that apply across all of your endpoints. On the Global Exception page, you can manage all the global exceptions in your organization for all platforms. Together with Exceptions Security Profiles, global exceptions constitute the sum of all the exceptions allowed within your security policy rules.

Add a Global Process Exception

  1. Go to
    Endpoints
    Policy Management
    Policy Exceptions
    .
  2. Select
    Process exceptions
    .
    1. Select the operating system.
    2. Enter the name of the process.
    3. Select one or more Endpoint Protection Modules that will allow this process to run. The modules displayed on the list are the modules relevant to the operating system defined for this profile. To apply the process exception on all security modules,
      Select all
      . To apply the process exception on all exploit security modules, select
      Disable Injection
      . Click the adjacent arrow to add the exception.
  3. After you add all exceptions,
    Save
    your changes.
    The new process exception is added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies. To edit the exception, select it and click the edit icon. To delete it, select it and click the delete icon.

Add a Global Support Exception

  1. Go to
    Endpoints
    Policy Management
    Policy Exceptions
    .
  2. Select
    Support exceptions
    .
    Import the
    json
    file you received from Palo Alto Networks support team by either browsing for it in your files or by dragging and dropping the file on the page.
  3. Click
    Save
    .
    The new support exception is added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies.

Add a Global Behavioral Threat Protection (BTP) Rule Exception

When you view a Behavioral Threat alert in the
Alerts
table for which you want to allow across your organization, you can create a global exception for that rule.
  1. Right-click the BTP alert and select
    Create alert exception
    .
  2. Review the alert data (platform and rule name) and then select from the following options as needed:
    1. CGO hash
      —Causality Group Owner (CGO) hash value.
    2. CGO signer
      —CGO signer entity (for Windows and Mac only).
    3. CGO process path
      —Directory path of the CGO process.
    4. CGO command arguments
      —CGO command arguments. This option is available only if
      CGO process path
      is selected, and only if you are using Cortex XDR Agent 7.5 or later on your endpoints. After selecting this option, check the full path of each relevant command argument within quote marks. You can edit the displayed paths if needed.
    5. From
      Exception Scope
      , select
      Global
      .
  3. Click
    Create
    .
    The relevant BTP exception is added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies. At any point, you can click the
    Generating Alert ID
    to return to the original alert from which the exception was originated. To delete a specific global exception, select it and click
    X
    .
    You cannot edit global exceptions generated from a BTP security event.

Add A Global Local Analysis Rules Exception

When you view in the
Alerts
table a Local Analysis alert that was triggered as a result of local analysis rules, you can create a global exception to allow these rules across your organization.
  1. Right-click the alert and select
    Create alert exception
    .
  2. Review the alert data (platform and rule name) and select
    Exception Scope: Global
    .
  3. Click
    Add
    .
    The relevant Local Analysis Rules exception is added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies. The exception allows all the rules that triggered the alert, and you cannot choose to allow only specific rules within the alert. At any point, you can click the
    Generating Alert ID
    to return to the original alert from which the exception was originated. To delete a specific global exception, select it and click
    X
    . You cannot edit global exceptions generated from a local analysis security event.

Review Advanced Analysis Exceptions

With Advanced Analysis, Cortex XDR can provide a secondary validation of XDR Agent alerts raised by exploit protection modules. To perform the additional analysis, Cortex XDR analyzes alert data sent by the Cortex XDR agent. If Advanced Analysis indicates an alert is actually benign, Cortex XDR can automatically create exceptions and distribute the updated security policy to your endpoints.
By enabling Cortex XDR to automatically create and distribute global exceptions you can minimize disruption for users when they subsequently encounter the same benign activity. To enable the automatic creation of Advanced Analysis Exceptions, configure the Advanced Analysis options in your Configure Global Agent Settings.
For each exception, Cortex XDR displays the affected platform, exception name, and the relevant alert ID for which Cortex XDR determined activity was benign. To drill down into the alert details, click the
Generating Alert ID
.

Add a Global Digital Signer Exception

When you view in the
Alerts
table a Digital Signer Restriction alerts for a digital signer you trust and want to allow from now on across your network, create a Global Exception for that digital signer directly from the alert.
  1. Right-click the alert and select
    Create alert exception
    .
    Review the alert data (Platform, signer, and alert ID) and select
    Exception Scope: Global
    .
  2. Click
    Add
    .
    The relevant digital signer exception is added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies. At any point, you can click the
    Generating Alert ID
    to return to the original alert from which the exception was originated. To delete a specific global exception, select it and click
    X
    . You cannot edit global exceptions generated from a digital signer restriction security event.

Add a Global Java Deserialization Exception

When you view in the
Alerts
table a Suspicious Input Desensitization alert for a Java executable you want to allow from now on across your network, create a global exception for that executable directly from the alert of the security event that prevented it.
  1. Right-click the alert and select
    Create alert exception
    .
    Review the alert data (Platform, Process, Java executable, and alert ID) and select
    Exception Scope: Global
    .
  2. Click
    Add
    .
    The relevant digital signer exception is added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies. At any point, you can click the
    Generating Alert ID
    to return to the original alert from which the exception was originated. To delete a specific global exception, select it and click
    X
    . You cannot edit global exceptions generated from a digital signer restriction security event.

Add a Global Local File Threat Examination Exception

When you view in the
Alerts
table a Local Threat Detected alert for a PHP file you want to allow from now on across your network, create a global exception for that file directly from the alert of the security event that prevented it.
  1. Right-click the alert and select
    Create alert exception
    .
    Review the alert data (Process, Path, and Hash) and select
    Exception Scope: Global
    .
  2. Click
    Add
    .
    The relevant PHP file is added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies. At any point, you can click the
    Generating Alert ID
    to return to the original alert from which the exception was originated. To delete a specific global exception, select it and click
    X
    . You cannot edit global exceptions generated from a local file threat examination exception restriction security event.

Add a Global Gatekeeper Enhancement Exception

When you view in the
Alerts
table a Gatekeeper Enhancement security alert, you can create a global expectation for this specific bundle or source-child combination only, while allowing Cortex XDR to continue enforcing the Gatekeeper Enhancement protection module on the source process running other child processes.
  1. Right-click the alert and select
    Create alert exception
    .
    Review the alert data (Platform, Source Process, Target Process, and Alert ID) and select
    Exception Scope: Global
    .
  2. Click
    Add
    .
    The relevant source and target processes are added to the
    Global Exceptions
    in your network and will be applied across all rules and policies. At any point, you can click the
    Generating Alert ID
    to return to the original alert from which the exception was originated. To delete a specific global exception, select it and click
    X
    . You cannot edit global exceptions generated from a gatekeeper enhancement security event.

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