Blocking application service: YouTube

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Under Configuration > Advanced Configuration > Security Policies > IP Policies > there is the ability to setup a policy that blocks YouTube (Application Service: YOUTUBE). It works great when I apply it to a user profile and push this to the APs for web browser traffic, but the YouTube iOS app still works! Any ideas?
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The firewall on the AP would not stop the app from opening on an iOS device, and I have seen some listings leak through. But I have also found in my testing that the actual playback is still blocked from iOS apps.

If you are finding differently, please post some info: Aerohive device and HiveOS version, signature version, YouTube version.  Also confirm that iOS devices are subject to the same user profile that has the firewall rule enabled.


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Thank you for the response. Yes, we are seeing actual playback work on the iOS app.
  • Aerohive AP330
  • HiveOS version 6.1r2.1359
  • signature version 3.1.0
  • YouTube iOS app version 2.5.0.11232 running on iOS 7.1
  • iOS device is on the same user profile that the firewall rule is enabled, and it is unable to access YouTube over Safari.
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I will check it out in my lab and see what I find.

One recommendation in the interim would be to add Google Video to the firewall rule.  YouTube videos sometimes are reported that way.
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Thank you! Adding Google Video to the firewall seems to have done the trick! The user is able to navigate the app and select video, but the videos do not load.
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From what I gather from our application gurus, Google started using their Google Video caching infrastructure for YouTube video a few months ago.  Adding the Google Video signature works well as a workaround for now, and a new signature update is in the works that should fix the YouTube signature.  Not sure on the timing of that update though.