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PIX 515 URL Filtering w/ WebSense

I downloaded the WebSense evaluation software, and have been playing with it w/ our Pix 515. My question I have, which WebSense doesn't seem to know is: can you specify not to filter for certain hosts? Is the URL filtering on the PIX an everything coming in from any client? I realize you can do filtering based on desitation networks, but for example, I don't want to have certain clients on the inside network go through the websense server? Is this possible?

Also, is there different PDM version that allow more option for the URL filtering? I am running PDM version 1.0(2) and Pix version 6.1(1).

Do anyone know much about Websense? Can you specify it not to log certain IP if you can't do it in the PIX?

Cisco Employee

Re: PIX 515 URL Filtering w/ WebSense

THe command reference for the filter command ( has a sample for this:

The following example filters all outbound HTTP connections except those from the host:

url-server (perimeter) host

filter url 80 0 0 0 0

filter url except 0 0

PDM 2.0 is available on CCO now, as well as 6.2(2) PIX OS. You cna upgrade to both of these, although I don't think the URL part of it is any different (but then I don't use it much so I could be wrong there).

Not sure on your last Websense question, you'd probably be better off talking to WebSense about it, but since I've answered your first question you shouldn't need this anymore, correct?

New Member

Re: PIX 515 URL Filtering w/ WebSense

Yes, I should be all set w/ your answer now. I contacted Websense and they didn't really say there was any way of accomplishing what I wanted. They said there should be a way to do it through the pix, so I thought to post it here.

Thanks again..

Re: PIX 515 URL Filtering w/ WebSense

FYI. If you use Websense in conjunction with ISA server then you can actually specify certain users who don't get filtered, not just hosts.

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Re: PIX 515 URL Filtering w/ WebSense

what do you mean by ISA server? I can get Websense to filter based on user names, what I was trying to figure out was a way to have websense not monitor (send to database) for certain users, but Websense said this was not possible. They then told me to check into see if the Pix lets you exempt IP address.


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