I found this weird address formatting in Palo Alto firewall. Normally this section contains IP Address. This is definitely not an IPv4 Address.

admin@PaloAltoFW vsys3(active)> test security-policy-match source destination protocol 6 destination-port 80

"Test Rule" {
        from any;
        source any;
        source-region none;
        to outside;
        destination [ 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0/10 ];
        destination-region none;
        user any;
        category coinhive;
        application/service [ any/tcp/any/443 any/tcp/any/80 ];
        action deny;
        icmp-unreachable: no
        terminal no;

admin@PaloAltoFW vsys3(active)> 
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    Based on the "Test Rule", I think this is a garbage IPv6 entry signifying nothing. Unless you sanitized this output in some way hiding other factors, I believe you could safely delete this rule. Likely someone was playing with IPv6 rules and forgot to clean up after themselves.
    – YLearn
    Dec 6, 2017 at 4:02
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That appears to be a very strange IPv6 prefix. The IPv6 address 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0 (canonically represented by ::) is the Unspecified Address. I have no idea about the mask length of 10 that is associated with it.

Valid Global IPv6 addresses are in the range 2000::/3, ULA addresses are in the range fc00::/7 (with restrictions), Link-Local addresses are in the range fe80::/10, and multicast addresses are in the range ff00::/8.


0000::/8 is reserved by IETF, so 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0/10 is not a valid address/prefix currently - see RFC 4291.

0000::/96 had previously been defined as the IPv4-compatible IPv6 address prefix, so that config entry might be related to that. It's also possible that that entry had used a valid subnet prefix earlier and was put out of order by changing the prefix to something invalid.

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