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I've just stumbled upon a funny custom service definition:

edit "cust_serv"
    set protocol TCP
    set tcp-portrange 0 

What does tcp-portrange 0 have for a meaning to the Fortigate?

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set tcp-portrange 0 is specific for FortiOS and denotes 'any' port. FortiOS often uses the single zero as a token for 'any'.

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That declaration is incorrect. the "portrange" syntax requires a range, as in something like set tcp portrange 100-200. TCP port 0 is categorized as "Reserved" according to the IANA specifications. You can define rules that would match port 0, but I know of no services that would use port 0.

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I know the IANA specifications. I was rather wondering if that is a short-cut or has a special meaning for Fortigate Firewalls, after all it's their configuration file. – user857990 Jul 15 '13 at 13:39
In all honesty, I didn't know any specifics of the type of firewall you were using. I read the docs from their website:… But there is very little info to be found there. It looks very similar to a lib-pcap filter specification, which would probably just ignore the invalid declaration. Perhaps the specification is invalid and just meant to give you an idea of the structure. – TheCompWiz Jul 15 '13 at 13:48

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