Web filter - Cannot use ruletype "Block" with URL " * " anymore

Web filter - Cannot use ruletype "Block" with URL " * " anymore

First post here. Thought to pick your mind on this one. Before upgrading from SOTI MobiControl 14.3 to 15.1 I had profiles assigned with web filters covering the allowed URL's that were assigned to my devices. The profiles are applied to all devices and working fine.

I had a couple of "Allow" rule types and one "Block" with the "*" as the URL. This worked perfectly fine. Users could only browse to the Allowed URL's and all other sites were blocked due to the usage of "*"

I now tried to make changes to one of the filters and it gives me an error. Doesn't allow me to save it anymore. This forces me to remove the "*" as a Block rule type and this will give access to all sites when users try to browse using e.g. Chrome. I guess this is due to some changes in 15.1 or any versions after 14.3...

 

Any tip on what I can do here is appreciated.

 

  • 23 September 2020
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JCMOD@SOTI | posted this 23 September 2020

Hi Joakim,

 

Thank you for posting on SOTI Central.

 

We've fixed this problem on 15.1.1 and 15.2 - However, if you're unable to upgrade your MobiControl Version, this is the workaround:

 

1. Create a Profile with a Web Filter URL of "example.com". Don't assign yet.
2. Open SQL table called "Payload" (using SQL Studio).
3. Find the "Payload" row with "Content" that looks like: "Black1=example.com;BlackCount=1;". If you see multiple "Payload"s with similar "Content", use the latest.
4. In the "Content" of the "Payload", replace "example.com" with "*".
5. Restart the DS, and assign the Profile to devices.

 

Please exercise extra caution when performing the workaround, if you need assistance don't hesitate to contact Technical Support.

 

Regards,

Technical Support | SOTI Inc. |1.905.624.9828 | support@soti.net | www.soti.net |

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Joakim | posted this 23 September 2020

Thanks for that quick answer. I cannot perform below activities unfortunately due to being on the Cloud. I'll request an update of my DEV environment to the latest MobiControl version to test and verify that I can upgrade my PROD environments.

I'll request an upgrade of the production environments once verified.

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