Which is the difference between exclusions to SSL/TLS inspection rules under rules and policies and under Web Menu?

Exclusions to SSL/TLS inspection rules

XG Firewall provides default exclusion rules for websites and applications. These rules are positioned at the top of the SSL/TLS inspection rule table and are evaluated first. You can’t change their sequence in the rule table.

To the default exclusion rules, add only applications and websites that you don’t want to decrypt in any SSL/TLS inspection rule.

To exclude traffic from decryption using other criteria, you can create additional rules with action set to Do not decrypt and place them immediately below the default rules.

Exclusions by website or category: Contains the following exclusion lists:
  • Local TLS exclusion list: The list is empty by default. You can’t delete it from the exclusion rule. You can add domains to this list based on troubleshooting outcomes. Websites excluded through the control center or the log viewer are also added to this list. To edit this list, go to Web > URL groups.
  • Managed TLS exclusion list: Contains domains known to be incompatible with SSL/TLS inspection and is updated through firmware updates. You can, however, remove the list from the exclusion rule.

Exclusions by application: The list is empty by default. To add to the list, select the exclusion rule and add the Synchronized Security applications. Applications excluded through the control center are also added to the list.


Please document the differences between this new tab/option from exceptions available in Web > exceptions. Which one takes precedence?


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  • Agree, if you not spend some minutes with the SSLx, it could be quite confusing. But this is still in progress to "improve" this until GA. 

    Please keep in Mind, the GUI and other stuff like the Documentation are not complete right now. So basically there will be more input. 

    If you see some lacking in documentation, please keep putting input into the Community / Threads to inform the Sophos Stuff. 


  • As  said the documentation is not fully complete yet. In addition we will shortly release some videos on how to configure both the new DPI functionality and also NAT.