Global Filters

The input controls at the top of this page are described here: Policies & Rules Entry Administration. Specific editing of a Global Filters List is described below.


Early in the traffic evaluation process, Curiefense assigns Tags to an incoming request. Subsequently, the Tags can be used to make decisions about how the request is processed. After processing, a request's Tags remain associated with it, and they are available for display in the Access Log.

This page allows you to administer Global Filter Lists, which are combinations of user-defined Tags and the criteria for assigning them to requests.

Each Global Filter List consists of:

  • Match conditions: Definitions of possible characteristics that a request can match (e.g., a list of IP addresses that it might originate from), plus one or more logical operators to use when evaluating the match.

  • One or more Tags to assign when a match occurs.

  • An Action to apply to the request.

If the Action defined here is Tag Only or Header, then the request will undergo further processing after the Tags are assigned. The post-processing actions that are performed as a result of the Tag assignments are administered in ACL Policies and Rate Limits.

For each incoming request, Curiefense will evaluate all active Global Filter Lists. A single request will receive Tags from all Lists which match it.





A description that will be displayed within the Curiefense interface.


By default, the Global Filter List will be applied to incoming requests. To prevent this, unselect the checkbox.

Sections Relation

For Lists with multiple sections, this is the logical relation to use when evaluating the Match Conditions in the sections.


One or more Tags (separated by spaces) that will be assigned to requests if the match conditions are fulfilled. Example: internal team-devops.


The source of the match conditions. See discussion below.


The action to take for requests that fulfill the match conditions. See discussion below.


An optional field for including additional information.


The default Action for a Global Filters List is Tag Only. This means that the specified tag(s) will be applied, and the traffic evaluation process will continue.

A related Action is Header. The specified tag(s) will be applied, and the specified header will be added. Then the traffic evaluation process will continue.

Sometimes the Match Conditions describe a request which should be rejected immediately; if so, there is no need for the complete evaluation process to occur. In this situation, one of the other Actions can be set here, and it will be applied immediately whenever a request meets the Match Conditions.



Tag Only

Apply the specified Tag(s), and continue processing the request.


Apply the specified Tag(s) and add the specified header to it for receipt and evaluation by the user's backend. Then continue processing the request. To specify this parameter, separate the header and value with a colon. Example: X-CustomHdr: Custom-Value

503 Service Unavailable

The request will be blocked and the requestor will receive a response of "503 Service Unavailable".


For a browser-based web application, a bot challenge will be issued to verify that the requestor is a human using a browser, and not a bot using a headless browser or emulator. If the challenge is failed, the request is blocked.


Blocks the request, and responds with a custom status code (0-999) and response body.


Blocks the request with the specified status code, and redirects the requestor to a specified URL. For example, the URL might be a page that says, "Your activity appears suspicious, and your access has been restricted. Contact support if you think this decision was made in error."

Note that the Actions defined here are global for their Tags. To define tag-related actions for a set of paths/URLs, set up the Actions within an ACL Policy and then assign the ACL Policy to the paths in a URL Map.


Global Filter Lists can be either Internet-sourced or self-managed.

  • Internet-sourced Lists are based upon online sources (e.g., Spamhaus DROP lists). To use an Internet-sourced list, enter its URL into the Source field. For example, to create a list based on the Spamhaus ASN DROP list, you would enter and select the update now control that will appear. Curiefense will then populate the list automatically.

  • Self-managed Lists are created manually. The Source field entry will be self-managed.

Note that Internet-sourced lists are not editable within the interface, because they are obtained automatically; Curiefense updates them every 24 hours (or you can force an immediate update by selecting update now). Typically, these will be Single-Section Lists.

Specifying Match Conditions

Match conditions are lists of criteria and the logical operators (AND or OR) to use when evaluating them.

Match conditions are combined into sections. An additional logical operator defines the relationship between each section.

Single-Section Lists

Many Global Filters Lists will have only section. Here's an example.

In the example, the Sections relation toggle is set to AND. For a single-section list, this toggle is ignored.

Within each section, there is an additional logical operator, shown at the beginning of each list entry after the first. This is used when evaluating the criteria within the list:

  • OR means the Tags will be attached to, and the Action taken for, each request that matches any of the entries in the list.

  • AND means the Tags will only be attached to, and the Action taken for, requests that match all of the entries in the list.

This operator can be toggled by selecting it.

Adding a Match Condition

To add a match condition, select the add control ("+") at the bottom of the list. The following dialog will appear.

For most of the categories (IP Address, Method, etc.), the dialog will appear as it is above. Individual entries can be added by entering their value into the first text box, and an annotation (a label for display within the Curiefense interface) in the second text box, then selecting the Add control.

Multiple entries can be made at once, with each entry on a separate line. Each line contains the value, plus a pound sign (#) followed by the annotation. Example:

Selecting the Add control would then produce the following:

For some categories, one entry can be made at a time, with no annotations.

Once created, these entries cannot be edited. If one needs to be modified, remove it and re-create it.

Here are some sample entries for the various categories. Notice that boolean operators are available.

Entries for Country matches must contain ISO 3166 2-letter country codes (ex. "us").

Match criteria are case-insensitive.

Multiple-Section Lists

Match conditions can be combined into multiple sections. To add a section to an existing Global Filters List, select Create new section.

Here's an example:

Each additional section works the same as the initial section. However, a multiple-section list also includes a logical operator for the relationship between the individual sections. It is shown between the sections, and can be changed by toggling the Sections Relation control on the left.

In the example above, this is AND. Therefore, a request will receive the tag of internal if it matches any of the IPs in the first section, AND it also contains one of the HTTP methods specified in the second section.

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