In SecureTrack it's possible to mark rules as "legacy" or "stealth" in the Rule Metadata shown in the Policy Browser. Marking a rule is also relevant for decisions and/or results of the Designer and Verifier in SecureChange.
To mark a rule, SecureTrack needs to be opened. Then go to Menu > Home > Policy Browser and select a device. After this, mark the rule that shall become a "legacy rule" or a "stealth rule".
The selected rule is shown with a yellow background afterwards. At the top right, a pen is shown. A click on this pen opens a window that allows to edit the metadata of this rule.
In this window, under "advanced options" the rule can be marked as "legacy" (rule action: accept) or "stealth" rule (rule action: drop/deny). To put this information into the rule metadata, "save" needs to be clicked at the bottom of the window.
These are the consequences:
In most cases, a rule accepting traffic is marked as "legacy" when it's too open, e.g. allowing every service. In a SecureChange Access Request, the Designer finds usually out that the traffic using even an exotic protocol is allowed due to this rule. If it's marked as "legacy" rule, it's treated as shadowed rule and the Designer puts a new rule above the marked rule. The Verifier of SecureChange also ignores the rule marked as "legacy" rule, i.e. even if every service is allowed it will state that it's not because this rule is ignored from the Verifier.
A rule denying traffic marked as stealth rule is usually protecting a firewall gateway because every access from anywhere to this gateway is forbidden by this rule. Each allowed traffic destined to the gateway itself needs to be placed above the stealth rule. The stealth rule usually is located in the top part of a rule base.
Consequences for SecureChange Designer
The Designer considers this kind of rating a rule. If a rule marked as "legacy" would match the traffic, the Designer must not consider this rule for traffic, so above the "legacy" rule a new rule is suggested. This behavior is correct, even if the requested traffic is allowed by the other rule.
If a rule is marked as "stealth" rule, all suggested new rules for accepting traffic are located below it.
If rules marked as "legacy" and "stealth" in a rule base, a problem might occur if a rule marked as "stealth" is below a rule marked as "legacy". An example would be rule 6 as a "legacy" rule and rule 25 as a "stealth" rule. In this case the Designer of SecureChange states
"No suggestion available: Cannot determine correct location for a new rule when the requested traffic intersects a legacy rule which is included in the stealth section"
If you get this error message, keep an extra eye on "legacy" and "stealth" rules...