Building Firewalls with iptables, Part 2 - Page 3

 By Carla Schroder | Posted Jun 10, 2003
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So far, all the examples have been run from the command line. This is a good way to test new rules. Once they are working to your satisfaction, preserve them in a script. This sample is not a complete script, though, as it only illustrates using variables and provides additional sample rules.


#Assign variables
IFACE= "eth0"

#Any kernel modules that need to be loaded go here
/sbin/modprobe ip_conntrack
/sbin/modprobe iptable_nat

#IP forwarding is usually disabled in the kernel, by default. To enable it:
echo "1" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward

#Sers with dynamically assigned IPs need this
echo "1" > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_dynaddr

###Every time this script is restarted, it is a good idea to flush all rules and start over
#Many tutorials recommend setting OUTPUT to DROP. This is very restrictive, so
#do what suits your needs
$IPTABLES -F -t nat

###Random useful rule examples
#Allow ssh connections inside the LAN only
$IPTABLES -A INPUT -s LAN_NET -p tcp --destination-port ssh -j ACCEPT

#Must enable loopback!
$IPTABLES -A INPUT -i lo -p all -j ACCEPT
$IPTABLES -A OUTPUT -o lo -p all -j ACCEPT

###Foil source IP spoofing; drop incoming packets that claim to be from us,
#and drop outgoing packets that are not from us

###Some outgoing traffic must be restricted, to
#foil spyware and trojans from phoning home
$IPTABLES -A OUTPUT -o eth0 -p tcp -dport 31337 -j DROP
$IPTABLES -A OUTPUT -o eth0 -p tcp -sport 31337 -j DROP

###Other good ports to block include 31335, 27444, 27665, 20034 NetBus, 9704, 137-139 (smb)
#...etc.... it may be easier to OUTPUT DROP and then define what is allowed!

Big Fat Warning

We have used only tcp in our examples to this point, but don't forget there are UDP and ICMP packets to contend with as well. In other words, by no means is this a complete firewall tutorial! Hopefully, you now understand the basic concepts and terminology. If you are new to iptables, I recommend starting with some serious TCP/IP study, followed by a review of Oskar Andreasson's wonderful iptables tutorial.


iptables Tutorial 1.1.19 by Oskar Andreasson
Netfilter/iptables home page - includes downloads, documentation, and mail lists
LinuxGuruz - offers a mondo collection of iptables scripts
Building Secure Servers with Linux by Michael D. Bauer

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