Configure Packet Based Attack Protection

To enhance security for a zone, Packet-Based Attack Protection allows you to specify whether the firewall drops IP, IPv6, TCP, ICMP, or ICMPv6 packets that have certain characteristics or strips certain options from the packets.
For example, you can drop TCP SYN and SYN-ACK packets that contain data in the payload during a TCP three-way handshake. A Zone Protection profile by default is set to drop SYN and SYN-ACK packets with data (you must apply the profile to the zone).
The TCP Fast Open option (RFC 7413) preserves the speed of a connection setup by including data in the payload of SYN and SYN-ACK packets. A Zone Protection profile treats handshakes that use the TCP Fast Open option separately from other SYN and SYN-ACK packets; the profile by default is set to allow the handshake packets if they contain a valid Fast Open cookie.
If you have existing Zone Protection profiles in place when you upgrade to PAN-OS 8.0, the three default settings will apply to each profile and the firewall will act accordingly.
  1. Create a Zone Protection profile for packet based attack protection.
    1. Select NetworkNetwork ProfilesZone Protection and Add a new profile.
    2. Enter a Name for the profile and an optional Description.
    3. Select Packet Based Attack Protection.
    4. On each tab (IP Drop, TCP Drop, ICMP Drop, IPv6 Drop, and ICMPv6 Drop), select the settings you want to enforce to protect a zone.
    5. Click OK.
  2. Apply the Zone Protection profile to a security zone that is assigned to interfaces you want to protect.
    1. Select NetworkZones and select the zone where you want to assign the Zone Protection profile.
    2. Add the Interfaces belonging to the zone.
    3. For Zone Protection Profile, select the profile you just created.
    4. Click OK.
  3. Commit.
    Click Commit.

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