Validate Wildcard Private Apps

Validate Wildcard Private Apps

For wildcard Private App definitions like *.acme.com, a stub IP (100.64.0.0/16) is returned for any hostname matching the SRP, regardless if there is a real DNS record on the other side of the Publisher.
When this Wildcard App Validation feature is enabled, the DNS request intercepted by the Netskope Client will be sent to the Publisher to determine if the domain resolves on the internal network. For a domain that can’t be resolved, the DNS request will be sent to the local network, thereby exempting the traffic from being steered by NPA. This could be very helpful for key use cases like Application Discovery, to not steer non-existent domains and for domains that are shared both internally as well as externally.

Use Case

  • Private App definition: *.acme.com
  • Let’s assume there are three apps matching the definition: support.acme.com (not to be steered via NPA and also, unresolvable by the Publisher), jira.acme.com (to be steered via NPA), and test.acme.com (non-existent domain).
  • End-user attempts to access the above three apps.

The expected behavior is as follows:

Domain

Behavior

support.acme.com

The Netskope Client sends the DNS request to the Publisher for validation. The Publisher returns NXDOMAIN to the Client. The DNS request is then sent to the local network. Here, the key difference lies in the local DNS resolver successfully resolving the domain and directing the traffic either through SWG or directly to the destination.
jira.acme.com

The Netskope Client sends the DNS request to Publisher for validation. As the resolution succeeds, the Client gets notified and a stub IP (100.64.0.0/16) is assigned and cached. Traffic flow will succeed via NPA.

test.acme.com

The Netskope Client sends the DNS request to the Publisher for validation. The Publisher returns NXDOMAIN to the Client. The DNS request is then sent to the local network.

Notes

  • This feature is Generally Available as of Netskope Release R114. Contact Netskope Support to get this feature enabled. Starting with R116, this feature will be enabled by default in new tenants
  • This feature is a prerequisite for Access Private Apps using PQDN to work.
  • The minimum Netskope Client version for supporting this capability is R111 or higher. For R110 or lower, this feature will not work.
  • There is no Publisher version dependency.
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