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SIP ALG source address translation

When a SIP call is started by a phone on a private network destined for a phone on the Internet, only source address translation is required. The phone on the private network attempts to contact the actual IP address of the phone on the Internet. However, the source address of the phone on the private network is not routable on the Internet so the SIP ALG must translate all private IP addresses in the SIP message into public IP addresses.

To configure the FortiGate for source address translation you add security policy that accepts sessions from the internal network destined for the Internet. You must enable NAT for the security policy and add a VoIP profile.

When a SIP request is received from the internal to the external network, the SIP ALG replaces the private network IP addresses and port numbers in the SIP message with the IP address of the FortiGate interface connected to the Internet. Depending on the content of the message, the ALG translates addresses in the Via:, Contact:, Route:, and Record-Route: SIP header fields. The message is then forwarded to the destination (either a VoIP phone or a SIP server on the Internet).

The VoIP phone or server in the Internet sends responses to these SIP messages to the external interface of the FortiGate. The addresses in the response messages are translated back into private network addresses and the response is forwarded to the originator of the request.

For the RTP communication between the SIP phones, the SIP ALG opens pinholes to allow media through the FortiGate on the dynamically assigned ports negotiated based on information in the SDP and the Via:, Contact:, and Record-Route: header fields. The pinholes also allow incoming packets to reach the Contact:, Via:, and Record-Route: IP addresses and ports. When processing return traffic, the SIP ALG inserts the original Contact:, Via:, Route:, and Record-Route: SIP fields back into the packets.