Configure a rule element in the complete rules view

The following is a sample task for configuring an element of a web security rule in the complete rules view.

A URL is entered into a URL whitelist. This whitelist is an element of a rule in the default URL Filtering rule set. The steps for accomplishing this are almost the same as for completing this task in the key elements view. Only the way the URL whitelist is accessed is different.

When a request for access to a web object is received on Web Gateway, a rule lets the request skip URL filtering if the URL that is submitted with the request is on the whitelist. This reduces filtering effort and time for requests to access "allowed" web objects.

The URL entry in the sample is http://www.mcafee.com/*. Due to the wildcard element (*), all requests with URLs that match this entry, for example, http://www.mcafee.com/us/products/web-gateway.aspx, will skip URL filtering.

Task

  1. Select PolicyRule Sets.
  2. On the rule sets tree, select the URL Filtering rule set.
    Key elements of the rules in this rule set appear in the configuration pane.
  3. Click Unlock View to leave the key elements view.

    A message asks you to confirm that you want to leave the key elements view, and also warns you that you cannot return to this view.

  4. Click Yes.
    The complete rules view appears.
  5. In the rule Allow URLs that match in URL WhiteList, click URL WhiteList.
    The Edit List window opens.
  6. Enter a URL into the whitelist.
    1. Under List content, click the Add icon.
      The Add Wildcard Expression window opens.
    2. In the Wildcard Expression field, type, for example, http://www.mcafee.com/*.
    3. Click OK.
      The Add Wildcard Expression window closes, and the URL appears in the list of the Edit List window.
  7. Click OK.
    The Edit List window closes.
  8. Click Save Changes.

Results

For more information about working with rules and rule sets, see the Rules chapter.