How to set up Bloomberg client with authentication

Solutions ID:    KB5125
Version:    3.0
Status:    Published
Published date:    05/17/2012
Updated:    09/05/2013

Problem Description

How do I set up Bloomberg client (Bloomberg Professional Trial Account)?

Authenticating Bloomberg client using SOCKS Authentication

Install and setup Bloomberg client using SOCKS version 5 Authentication


First, install the Bloomberg client as detailed in the attached PDF. Once it's installed, you need to get a trial key from Bloomberg TAC; see details in PDF.

Make sure that the Bloomberg client is configured as follows:


This is all you need to do on the Bloomberg client.

ProxySG Configuration

  1. In the Management Console, select Configuration > Services > Proxy Services > Socks and set intercept on port 1080 (explicit).
  2. Leave the Socks Proxy settings at default (Configuration > Proxy Settings > Socks Proxy).
  3. In the VPM, create a Web Access layer and name it something like Bloombery Web Access. Create the following rules:
    Source ANY, Destination ANY, Service TCP tunneling over SOCKS, Action ALLOW
    Source ANY, Destination ANY, Service ALL SOCKS, Action ALLOW
  4. This ia an optional step ( SOCKS compression may need to be disabled in some cases. The CPL policy should include the line socks.accelerate (no).) In the policy file, insert the following code:
  5. Set up a Web Authentication layer with rule 1 set to the following object as pictured below:


  1. Next create a SOCKS Authentication layer as pictured below:-
  1. Create object to authenticate the user against their authentication Realm
Also see the following related articles:

Please read attached Word document for detailed explanation of how bloombery client works.

 *****Setting up the Bloomberg client is beyond the scope of this KB although following the instructions above should produce a working client********



Bloomberg Install Instructions.pdf
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client side.pcap
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server side.pcap
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