Disable the SIP Application-level Gateway (ALG)

The Palo Alto Networks firewall uses the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) application-level gateway (ALG) to open dynamic pinholes in the firewall where NAT is enabled. However, some applications—such as VoIP—have NAT intelligence embedded in the client application. In these cases, the SIP ALG on the firewall can interfere with the signaling sessions and cause the client application to stop working.
One solution to this problem is to define an Application Override Policy for SIP, but using this approach disables the App-ID and threat detection functionality. A better approach is to disable the SIP ALG, which does not disable App-ID or threat detection.
The following procedure describes how to disable the SIP ALG.
  1. Select
    Objects
    Applications
    .
  2. Select the
    sip
    application.
    You can type
    sip
    in the
    Search
    box to help find the sip application.
  3. Select
    Customize...
    for
    ALG
    in the Options section of the Application dialog box.
    sip-alg-customize.png
  4. Select the
    Disable ALG
    check box in the Application - sip dialog box and click
    OK
    .
    sip-alg-disable.png
  5. Close
    the Application dialog box and
    Commit
    the change.

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