How can I configure SonicWall Geo-IP filter using firewall access rules?
08/19/2021 1973 37088
Geo-IP Filter allows administrators to block connections coming to or from a geographic location to resolving the Public IP address to a particular country. This feature is usable in two modes, blanket blocking or blocking through firewall access rules.
Blocking through firewall access rules gives a network administrator greater control over what traffic is and isn't scanned by the Geo-IP Filter. This is useful for deployments in which Outbound Traffic may want to be uninhibited but Inbound traffic should be subject to scanning. Typical deployments of Geo-IP Filter with firewall access rules include DDoS and other network attack mitigation as well as anti-spoofing.
CAUTION: As mentioned, Geo-IP Filter works by tracing a public IP to a particular country. Users which make use of a VPN to disguise their country of origin may be able to get around the Geo-IP Filter by having their traffic appear as if it's coming from a white-listed country. At this times there are no work around for this issue.
Resolution for SonicOS 7.X
This release includes significant user interface changes and many new features that are different from the SonicOS 6.5 and earlier firmware. The below resolution is for customers using SonicOS 7.X firmware.
Login to the SonicWall management GUI.
Navigate to POLICY | Security Services | Geo-IP Filter.
Enable the check-box for Block connections to/from following countries under the settings tab.
Enable the radio-button Firewall Rule-based Connections. Navigate to POLICY | Rules and Policies | Access rules, choose the LAN to WAN, click Configure .
Under the GeoIP tab, check the Enable Geo-IP Filter.
Global- This option applies the default countries selected under Security Services | GEO-IP Filter |Countries.
Custom- This option can be used when creating a specific access rule to block certain countries for certain users while globally allowing access to those specific countries.
Blocking particular IP Address from a specific country
Navigate to PLOICY | Security Services | GEO-IP Filter | Custom List tab .
Click Add, create anAddress Objectwith the zone assignmentWANwith the appropriate IP address to be blocked.
Choose the appropriate country from the drop-down menu.
To Exclude specific IP Address from GEO-IP filter
Under the Geo-IP Exclusion Objectselect address object or groups of IP addresses on the WAN to be excluded from Geo-IP Filter.
Click Acceptat the bottom of the page to save the settings.
To Enable Logging
Navigate to POLICY |Security Services | GEO-IP Filter |Settings , check on the option Enable logging.
NOTE:Geo-IP is supported on SOHO 250/TZ 215/TZ 215W, TZ300, Gen7 TZ and higher appliances .
Resolution for SonicOS 6.5
This release includes significant user interface changes and many new features that are different from the SonicOS 6.2 and earlier firmware. The below resolution is for customers using SonicOS 6.5 firmware.