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Objects > External Dynamic Lists

An external dynamic list is an address object based on an imported list of IP addresses, URLs, or domain names that you can use in policy rules to block or allow traffic. This list must be a text file saved to a web server that is accessible by the firewall. The firewall uses the management (MGT) interface by default to retrieve this list.
With an active Threat Prevention license, Palo Alto Networks® provides two Dynamic IP Lists: Palo Alto Networks - High risk IP addresses and Palo Alto Networks - Known malicious IP addresses. These feeds both contain malicious IP address entries, which you can use to block traffic from malicious hosts. The firewall receives daily updates for these feeds through antivirus content updates.
You can use an IP address list as an address object in the source and destination of your policy rules; you can use a URL List in Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering or as a match criteria in Security policy rules; and you can use a domain list in Objects > Security Profiles > Anti-Spyware Profile for sinkholing specified domain names.
On each firewall model, you can use up to 30 external dynamic lists with unique sources across all Security policy rules. The maximum number of entries that the firewall supports for each list type varies based on the firewall model (view the different firewall limits for each external dynamic list type). List entries only count toward the maximum limit if the external dynamic list is used in policy. If you exceed the maximum number of entries that are supported on a model, the firewall generates a System log and skips the entries that exceed the limit. To check the number of IP addresses, domains, and URLs currently used in policy and the total number supported on the firewall, click
List Capacities
firewall only
To retrieve the latest version of the external dynamic list from the server that hosts it, select an external dynamic list and click
Import Now
You cannot delete, clone, or edit the settings of the Palo Alto Networks malicious IP address feeds.
to create a new external dynamic list and configure the settings described in the table below.
External Dynamic List Settings
Enter a name to identify the external dynamic list (up to 32 characters). This name identifies the list when you use the list to enforce policy.
Select this option if you want the external dynamic list to be available to:
  • Every virtual system (vsys) on a multi-vsys firewall. If you clear this selection, the external dynamic list will be available only to the
    Virtual System
    selected in the
  • Every device group on Panorama. If you clear this selection, the external dynamic list will be available only to the
    Device Group
    selected in the
Disable override (
Panorama only
Select this option to prevent administrators from overriding the settings of this external dynamic list object in device groups that inherit the object. This selection is cleared by default, which means administrators can override the settings for any device group that inherits the object.
Test Source URL (
Firewall only
Click to verify that the firewall can connect to the server that hosts the external dynamic list.
This test does not check whether the server authenticates successfully.
Create List Tab
You cannot mix IP addresses, URLs, and domain names in a single list. Each list must include entries of only one type.
Select from the following types of external dynamic lists:
  • Predefined IP List
    —Lists of this type use a Palo Alto Networks malicious or high-risk IP address feed as a source of list entries (active Threat Prevention license required).
  • IP List
    —Each list can include IP ranges and IP subnets in the IPv4 and IPv6 address space. The list must contain only one IP address, range, or subnet per line. Example: 2001:db8:123:1::1 or 2001:db8:123:1::/64 (this indicates all addresses from through 2001:db8:123:1::1 - 2001:db8:123:1::22
    A subnet or an IP address range, such as or, count as one IP address entry and not as multiple IP addresses.
  • Domain List
    —Each list can have only one domain name entry per line. Example:
    www.p301srv03.paloalonetworks.com ftp.example.co.uk test.domain.net
    For the list of domains included in the External Dynamic List, the firewall creates a set of custom signatures of type spyware and medium severity, so that you can use the sinkhole action for a custom list of domains.
  • URL List
    —Each list can have only one URL entry per line. Example:
    financialtimes.co.in www.wallaby.au/joey www.exyang.com/auto-tutorials/How-to-enter-Data-for-Success.aspx *.example.com/*
    For each URL list, the default action is set to allow. To edit the default action, see Objects > Security Profiles > URL Filtering.
Enter a description for the external dynamic list (up to 255 characters).
Enter an HTTP or HTTPS URL path that contains the text file. For example,
If the external dynamic list is a Predefined IP List, select
Palo Alto Networks - High risk IP addresses
Palo Alto Networks - Known malicious IP addresses
as the list source.
Certificate Profile
If the external dynamic list has an HTTPS URL, select an existing certificate profile (
firewall and Panorama
) or create a new
Certificate Profile
firewall only
) for authenticating the web server that hosts the list. For more information on configuring a certificate profile, see Device > Certificate Management > Certificate Profile.
None (Disable Cert profile)
To maximize the number of external dynamic lists that you can use to enforce policy, use the same certificate profile to authenticate external dynamic lists that use the same source URL so that the lists count as only one external dynamic list. External dynamic lists from the same source URL that use different certificate profiles are counted as unique external dynamic lists.
Client Authentication
Select this option (disabled by default) to add a username and password for the firewall to use when accessing an external dynamic list source that requires basic HTTP authentication. This setting is available only when the external dynamic list has an HTTPS URL.
  • Username
    —Enter a valid username to access the list.
  • Password/Confirm Password
    —Enter and confirm the password for the username.
Specify the frequency in which the firewall retrieves the list from the web server. You can set the interval to
(default) ,
Five Minute
, or
, at which the firewall retrieves the list. The firewall automatically commits the changes to the configuration immediately if the last commit was not made within past 15 minutes; if the last change was within the last 15 minutes, the commit occurs in 15 minutes of the last commit. Any policy rules that reference the list are updated so that the firewall can successfully enforce policy.
You do not have a to configure a frequency for a predefined IP list because the firewall dynamically receives content updates with an active Threat Prevention license.
List Entries and Exceptions Tab
List Entries
Displays the entries in the external dynamic list.
  • Add an entry as a list exception—Select up to 100 entries and click Submit ( ).
  • View an AutoFocus™ threat intelligence summary for an item—Hover over an entry, click the drop-down, and click
    . You must have an AutoFocus license and enable AutoFocus threat intelligence on the firewall to view an item summary.
  • Check if an IP address, domain, or URL is in the external dynamic list—Enter a value in the filter field and Apply Filter ( ). Clear Filter ( [X] ) to go back to viewing the complete list.
Manual Exceptions
Displays exceptions to the external dynamic list.
  • Edit an exception—Click on an exception and make your changes.
  • Manually enter an exception—
    a new exception manually.
  • Remove an exception from the Manual Exceptions list—Select and
    an exception.
  • Check if an IP address, domain, or URL is in the Manual Exceptions list—Enter a value in the filter field and Apply Filter ( ). Clear Filter ( [X] ) to go back to viewing the complete list. You cannot save your changes to the external dynamic list if you have duplicate entries in the Manual Exceptions list.

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