About WildFire

The WildFire Analysis Environment identifies previously unknown malware and generates signatures that Palo Alto Networks firewalls can use to then detect and block the malware. When a Palo Alto Networks firewall detects an unknown sample (a file or a link included in an email), the firewall can automatically forward the sample for WildFire analysis. Based on the properties, behaviors, and activities the sample displays when analyzed and executed in the WildFire sandbox, WildFire determines the sample to be benign, grayware, phishing, or malicious. WildFire then generates signatures to recognize the newly-discovered malware, and makes the latest signatures globally available for retrieval in real-time. All Palo Alto Networks firewalls can then compare incoming samples against these signatures to automatically block the malware first detected by a single firewall.The following workflow describes the WildFire process lifecycle from when a user downloads a file carrying an advanced VM-aware payload to the point where WildFire generates a signature package used by Palo Alto Networks firewalls to protect against future exposure to malware.
In this example, the following assumptions are made:
  • A firewall is registered to the WildFire cloud and is configured to forward supported file types.
  • The malware found in the file attachment is an advanced VM-aware threat and has not been encountered before.
  • The file download is logged if the data filtering logs and WildFire submissions logs are configured to be forwarded to the firewall.
WildFire Process Workflow
To learn more about WildFire, or to get started with WildFire now, see the following topics:
  • Review WildFire Concepts to learn more about the types of samples you can submit for WildFire analysis, WildFire verdicts, and WildFire signatures.
  • Learn more about WildFire Deployments deployments you can set up with the firewall. You can submit samples you would like to have analyzed to a Palo Alto Networks-hosted WildFire cloud, a locally-hosted WildFire private cloud, or you can use a hybrid cloud, where the firewall submits certain samples to the public cloud and certain samples to a private cloud.
  • to define the samples that you want to submit for analysis, and to begin submitted samples to a WildFire cloud.
  • Manage WildFire Appliances
    (PAN-OS 9.1, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2) using Panorama to manage up to 200 WildFire appliances centrally instead of individually.
  • Create WildFire Appliance Clusters
    (PAN-OS 9.1, 10.0, 10.1, 10.2) to increase analysis and storage capacity, support more firewalls on a single network, and implement high-availability to provide fault tolerance. You can manage WildFire appliance clusters using the local WildFire CLI or using Panorama.

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