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Application Identification Overview

 

Junos Application Aware is an infrastructure plug-in on MS-MPC service PICs and on the MX-SPC3 services card that provides information to clients about application protocol bundles based on deep packet inspection (DPI) of application signatures. These clients can be any of the plug-ins on the MX Series router service chain, such as traffic detection function (TDF), that request application classification data. Starting in Junos OS Release 16.1R4 and Junos OS Release 17.2R1, application identification is available in Junos OS Broadband Subscriber Management. Starting in Junos OS Release 19.3R2, application identification is also supported for Broadband Subscriber Management on the MX-SPC3 services card if you have enabled Next Gen Services on the MX240, MX480 or MX960 router.

In application identification, you can apply application signatures as follows:

  • Predefined signatures—Junos Application Aware comes with a bundle of predefined, preinstalled application signatures, but we recommend that you download and install the latest version of predefined signatures. As new sets of signatures are supported, they are compiled and made available for you to download.

  • Custom application signatures—For any application signatures that are not predefined, you can create custom signatures for HTTP, SSL, and stream signature contexts and install them for application identification. After you have configured and committed custom signatures, they are serialized and merged with the predefined application signatures. You can specify the following types of custom application signatures:

    • Address based—You can define an application identification based on a specific IP address, or port, or both where a source IP address, destination IP address, or both are used for a known application in a customer's network. This is useful, for example, when a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server initiates a session from its well known port, 5060. The customer can put the SIP server IP address and port 5060 as source IP/port for the SIP application. This method provides efficiency and accuracy of application identification for customer's network.

    • Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) based—Application identification based on types of ICMP messages.

    • IP protocol based—Application identification based on IP protocol. TCP, UDP, and ICMP are not supported for this method of signature creation.

    • Pattern-matching signatures—Application based on pattern matching combined with Layer 7 protocol identification.

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Starting in Junos OS Release 19.3R2, application identification is also supported for Broadband Subscriber Management on the MX-SPC3 services card if you have enabled Next Gen Services on the MX240, MX480 or MX960 router.
Starting in Junos OS Release 16.1R4 and Junos OS Release 17.2R1, application identification is available in Junos OS Broadband Subscriber Management.