Wireless Access

Contributor II

Can you add blacklist exceptions?

I want to exclude a mac address from triggering blacklisting for IDS reasons (such as ping-flood). Is there a way to do this?


For example I have a network testing tool that does discovery via ping, ARP, etc... and it is being blacklisted by IDS. I dont want to change my IDS settings (I want my normal users being checked). I just want to allow the mac of my testing tool.

Re: Can you add blacklist exceptions?

I've run into a similar issue and had to disable blacklisting on our WLAN to stop blocking a valid device. The one thing you can do for a testing tool is stand up a testing SSID that is disabled except when in use (can even make it hidden) and disable blacklisting on there - that way the only device connecting is the tester. For us it was a production asset on a production network, unfortunately I didn't have the option.

Michael Haring
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Contributor II

Re: Can you add blacklist exceptions?

From what I could research, there is no way to add an exception to the black listing. This is a shame, and I'll submit it as a feature request (if it isnt already)


I'm not going to disable the IDS module on my production WLAN (of 6000+ devices) just to allow one through - that seems ridiculous. I'll keep playing with my tool to see if I can tune down the ARP and PING frequency, or might have to tune the threshold up a little in the IDS settings. Would still be nice to be able to add a black-list exception, doesn't seem like it would be that hard to code into AOS.

Thanks for your insight and reply though.

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