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External Search

External Search from AutoFocus

External Search can be used with AutoFocus Remote Search feature. Remote search is a feature in AutoFocus providing a way to search for IOC’s in an external system. The Palo Alto Networks Splunk App can receive a search request from AutoFocus and provide log events that match the search criteria.


This feature is only available on Palo Alto Networks App and requires access to AutoFocus.

Setting up remote search and how to use it in AutoFocus is documented on the Palo Alto Networks Website and will not be covered here. The values needed in Step 3 of the documentation are provided here along with the link to the documentation.

Change the https to http if not using encryption in Splunk. Change the port from :8000 to the appropriate port for your Splunk server Web GUI.

You don't need to open a port for AutoFocus into your Splunk server. The technique redirects your browser from AutoFocus to the appropriate SPL search in Splunk. It will work as long as your browser can access both AutoFocus and Splunk.

External Search from Firewall and Panorama

Palo Alto Networks Firewall and Panorama have a feature called LogLink, which allows you to cross launch into an external search from the Firewall or Panorama UI. This feature can be used with the Palo Alto Networks Splunk App to search for a Firewall or Panorama log in Splunk automatically.


This feature is only available with the Palo Alto Networks App for Splunk and requires access to PAN-OS CLI for initial configuration.

Example CLI command :

set deviceconfig system log-link Splunk.Dst url http://<SPLUNK SERVER>:8000/en-US/app/SplunkforPaloAltoNetworks/external_search?search=(dest_ip%20eq%20'{dst}')

Other possible fields to search :