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HTTP Response: Content Types

When a web server sends HTTP traffic, it usually adds a MIME type, or content type, to the packet header that shows what kind of content is in the packet. The HTTP header on the data stream contains this MIME type. It is added before the data is sent.

Certain kinds of content that users request from websites can be a security threat to your network. Other kinds of content can decrease the productivity of your users. The HTTP-proxy includes a list of commonly used content types that you can add to the ruleset. You can also add, delete, or modify the definitions.

The format of a MIME type is type/subtype. For example, if you wanted to allow JPEG images, you would add image/jpg to the proxy definition. You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard. To allow any image format, you add image/*.

For a list of current, registered MIME types, see http://www.iana.org/assignments/media-types.

Add, Delete, or Modify Content Types

To add, delete, or modify content types, from Fireware Web UI:

  1. On the Edit page for the proxy, select the Proxy Action tab.
  2. From the HTTP Response drop-down list, select Content Types.
    The Content Types settings appear.

Screen shot of the HTTP-Client Edit Proxy Action page, HTTP Response Content Types settings

  1. Configure the rule action.
    For more information, see Add, Change, or Delete Rules.
  2. To change settings for another category in this proxy, see the topic for that category.
  3. Click Save.

To add, delete, or modify content types, from Policy Manager:

  1. In the Categories tree, select HTTP Response > Content Types.
    The Rules (simple view) list appears.

Screen shot of the HTTP Client Proxy Action Configuration dialog box, HTTP Response Content Types page

  1. Configure the rule action.
    For more information, see Add, Change, or Delete Rules.
  2. To add content types, click Predefined .
    The Select Content Type dialog box appears.
  3. Select the type or types you want to add, and click OK.
    The new types appear in the Rules box.
  4. To change settings for another category in this proxy, see the topic for that category.
  5. Click OK.

If you modified a predefined proxy action, when you save the changes you are prompted to clone (copy) your settings to a new action.

For more information on predefined proxy actions, see About Proxy Actions.

See Also

About the HTTP-Proxy

Use Predefined Content Types

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