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IPF(5)                        File Formats Manual                       IPF(5)

       ipf, ipf.conf, ipf6.conf - IP packet filter rule syntax

       A  rule  file  for  ipf may have any name or even be stdin.  As ipfstat
       produces parsable rules as output when displaying the  internal  kernel
       filter lists, it is quite plausible to use its output to feed back into
       ipf.  Thus, to remove all filters on input packets, the following could
       be done:

       # ipfstat -i | ipf -rf -

       The  format  used  by  ipf  for  construction of filtering rules can be
       described using the following grammar in BNF:
       filter-rule = [ insert ] action in-out [ options ] [ tos ] [ ttl ]
                  [ proto ] ip [ group ].

       insert    = "@" decnumber .
       action    = block | "pass" | log | "count" | skip | auth | call .
       in-out    = "in" | "out" .
       options   = [ log ] [ tag ] [ "quick" ] [ "on" interface-name [ dup ]
                  [ froute ] [ replyto ] ] .
       tos  = "tos" decnumber | "tos" hexnumber .
       ttl  = "ttl" decnumber .
       proto     = "proto" protocol .
       ip   = srcdst [ flags ] [ with withopt ] [ icmp ] [ keep ] .
       group     = [ "head" decnumber ] [ "group" decnumber ] .

       block     = "block" [ return-icmp[return-code] | "return-rst" ] .
       log  = "log" [ "body" ] [ "first" ] [ "or-block" ] [ "level" loglevel ] .
       tag     = "tag" tagid .
       skip = "skip" decnumber .
       auth = "auth" | "preauth" .
       call = "call" [ "now" ] function-name .
       dup  = "dup-to" interface-name [ ":" ipaddr ] .
       froute    = "fastroute" | "to" interface-name [ ":" ipaddr ] .
       replyto = "reply-to" interface-name [ ":" ipaddr ] .
       protocol = "tcp/udp" | "udp" | "tcp" | "icmp" | decnumber .
       srcdst    = "all" | fromto .
       fromto    = "from" [ "!" ] object "to" [ "!" ] object .

       return-icmp = "return-icmp" | "return-icmp-as-dest" .
       return-code = "(" icmp-code ")" .
       object    = addr [ port-comp | port-range ] .
       addr = "any" | nummask | host-name [ "mask" ipaddr | "mask" hexnumber ] .
       addr = "any" | "<thishost>" | nummask |
              host-name [ "mask" ipaddr | "mask" hexnumber ] .
       port-comp = "port" compare port-num .
       port-range = "port" port-num range port-num .
       flags     = "flags" flag { flag } [ "/" flag { flag } ] .
       with = "with" | "and" .
       icmp = "icmp-type" icmp-type [ "code" decnumber ] .
       return-code = "("icmp-code")" .
       keep = "keep" "state" | "keep" "frags" .
       loglevel = facility"."priority | priority .

       nummask   = host-name [ "/" decnumber ] .
       host-name = ipaddr | hostname | "any" .
       ipaddr    = host-num "." host-num "." host-num "." host-num .
       host-num = digit [ digit [ digit ] ] .
       port-num = service-name | decnumber .

       withopt = [ "not" | "no" ] opttype [ withopt ] .
       opttype = "ipopts" | "short" | "frag" | "opt" optname .
       optname   = ipopts [ "," optname ] .
       ipopts  = optlist | "sec-class" [ secname ] .
       secname   = seclvl [ "," secname ] .
       seclvl  = "unclass" | "confid" | "reserv-1" | "reserv-2" | "reserv-3" |
              "reserv-4" | "secret" | "topsecret" .
       icmp-type = "unreach" | "echo" | "echorep" | "squench" | "redir" |
                "timex" | "paramprob" | "timest" | "timestrep" | "inforeq" |
                "inforep" | "maskreq" | "maskrep"  | decnumber .
       icmp-code = decumber | "net-unr" | "host-unr" | "proto-unr" | "port-unr" |
                "needfrag" | "srcfail" | "net-unk" | "host-unk" | "isolate" |
                "net-prohib" | "host-prohib" | "net-tos" | "host-tos" |
                "filter-prohib" | "host-preced" | "cutoff-preced" .
       optlist   = "nop" | "rr" | "zsu" | "mtup" | "mtur" | "encode" | "ts" |
              "tr" | "sec" | "lsrr" | "e-sec" | "cipso" | "satid" | "ssrr" |
              "addext" | "visa" | "imitd" | "eip" | "finn" .
       facility = "kern" | "user" | "mail" | "daemon" | "auth" | "syslog" |
               "lpr" | "news" | "uucp" | "cron" | "ftp" | "authpriv" |
               "audit" | "logalert" | "local0" | "local1" | "local2" |
               "local3" | "local4" | "local5" | "local6" | "local7" .
       priority = "emerg" | "alert" | "crit" | "err" | "warn" | "notice" |
               "info" | "debug" .

       hexnumber = "0" "x" hexstring .
       hexstring = hexdigit [ hexstring ] .
       decnumber = digit [ decnumber ] .

       compare = "=" | "!=" | "<" | ">" | "<=" | ">=" | "eq" | "ne" | "lt" |
              "gt" | "le" | "ge" .
       range     = "<>" | "><" .
       hexdigit = digit | "a" | "b" | "c" | "d" | "e" | "f" .
       digit     = "0" | "1" | "2" | "3" | "4" | "5" | "6" | "7" | "8" | "9" .
       flag = "F" | "S" | "R" | "P" | "A" | "U" .

       This syntax is somewhat simplified for readability,  some  combinations
       that  match this grammar are disallowed by the software because they do
       not make sense (such as tcp flags for non-TCP packets).

       The "briefest" valid rules are (currently) no-ops and are of the form:
              block in all
              pass in all
              log out all
              count in all

       Filter rules are checked in order, with the last matching  rule  deter-
       mining the fate of the packet (but see the quick option, below).

       Filters  are  installed  by  default  at the end of the kernel's filter
       lists, prepending the rule with @n will cause it to be inserted as  the
       n'th  entry in the current list. This is especially useful when modify-
       ing and testing active filter rulesets. See ipf(8)  for  more  informa-

       The  action indicates what to do with the packet if it matches the rest
       of the filter rule. Each  rule  MUST  have  an  action.  The  following
       actions are recognised:

       block  indicates  that  the  packet should be flagged to be dropped. In
              response to blocking a packet, the filter may be  instructed  to
              send  a  reply  packet,  either an ICMP packet (return-icmp), an
              ICMP packet masquerading as being  from  the  original  packet's
              destination  (return-icmp-as-dest),  or  a  TCP "reset" (return-
              rst).  An ICMP packet may be generated in  response  to  any  IP
              packet,  and  its  type  may  optionally be specified, but a TCP
              reset may only be used with a rule which is being applied to TCP
              packets.   When  using return-icmp or return-icmp-as-dest, it is
              possible to specify the actual  unreachable  `type'.   That  is,
              whether  it  is  a network unreachable, port unreachable or even
              administratively prohibited. This is done by enclosing the  ICMP
              code  associated  with  it  in  parenthesis  directly  following
              return-icmp or return-icmp-as-dest as follows:
                      block return-icmp(11) ...

       Would return a Type-Of-Service (TOS) ICMP unreachable error.

       pass   will flag the packet to be let through the filter.

       log    causes the packet to be logged (as described in the LOGGING sec-
              tion  below)  and  has  no  effect on whether the packet will be
              allowed through the filter.

       count  causes the packet to be included in  the  accounting  statistics
              kept by the filter, and has no effect on whether the packet will
              be allowed through the filter.  These  statistics  are  viewable
              with ipfstat(8).

       call   this  action is used to invoke the named function in the kernel,
              which must conform to a specific calling  interface.  Customised
              actions  and  semantics  can  thus  be implemented to supplement
              those available. This feature is for use by knowledgeable  hack-
              ers, and is not currently documented.

       skip <&lt;n>&gt;
              causes  the  filter  to skip over the next n filter rules.  If a
              rule is inserted or deleted  inside  the  region  being  skipped
              over, then the value of n is adjusted appropriately.

       auth   this  allows authentication to be performed by a user-space pro-
              gram running and waiting for  packet  information  to  validate.
              The  packet  is  held for a period of time in an internal buffer
              whilst it waits for the program to return to the kernel the real
              flags  for  whether it should be allowed through or not.  Such a
              program might look at the source address and request  some  sort
              of  authentication  from  the  user  (such as a password) before
              allowing the packet through or telling the kernel to drop it  if
              from an unrecognised source.

              tells  the filter that for packets of this class, it should look
              in the pre-authenticated list for further clarification.  If  no
              further  matching rule is found, the packet will be dropped (the
              FR_PREAUTH is not the same as FR_PASS).  If a  further  matching
              rule  is  found,  the  result  from that is used in its instead.
              This might be used in a situation where a person logs in to  the
              firewall and it sets up some temporary rules defining the access
              for that person.

       The next word must be either in or out.  Each packet moving through the
       kernel  is either inbound (just been received on an interface, and mov-
       ing towards the kernel's protocol processing) or outbound  (transmitted
       or  forwarded by the stack, and on its way to an interface). There is a
       requirement that each filter rule explicitly state which  side  of  the
       I/O it is to be used on.

       The  list  of  options  is  brief,  and  all are indeed optional. Where
       options are used, they must be present in the order shown  here.  These
       are the currently supported options:

       log    indicates  that,  should  this  be  the  last matching rule, the
              packet header will be written to the ipl log  (as  described  in
              the LOGGING section below).

       tag tagid
              indicates  that,  if this rule causes the packet to be logged or
              entered in the state table, the tagid will be logged as part  of
              the  log  entry.   This  can  be used to quickly match "similar"
              rules in scripts that post process the log files for e.g. gener-
              ation of security reports or accounting purposes. The tagid is a
              32 bit unsigned integer.

       quick  allows "short-cut" rules in order to  speed  up  the  filter  or
              override  later  rules.  If a packet matches a filter rule which
              is marked as quick, this rule will be  the  last  rule  checked,
              allowing  a "short-circuit" path to avoid processing later rules
              for this packet. The current status of  the  packet  (after  any
              effects of the current rule) will determine whether it is passed
              or blocked.

              If this option is missing, the rule is  taken  to  be  a  "fall-
              through" rule, meaning that the result of the match (block/pass)
              is saved and that processing will continue to see if  there  are
              any more matches.

       on     allows  an  interface  name to be incorporated into the matching
              procedure. Interface names are as printed by  "netstat  -i".  If
              this  option  is used, the rule will only match if the packet is
              going  through  that  interface  in  the   specified   direction
              (in/out).  If  this  option  is  absent, the rule is taken to be
              applied to a packet regardless of the interface it is present on
              (i.e.  on  all  interfaces).   Filter rulesets are common to all
              interfaces, rather than having a filter list for each interface.

              This option is especially useful for simple IP-spoofing  protec-
              tion:  packets  should  only  be  allowed to pass inbound on the
              interface from which  the  specified  source  address  would  be
              expected, others may be logged and/or dropped.

       dup-to causes  the  packet to be copied, and the duplicate packet to be
              sent outbound on the specified interface,  optionally  with  the
              destination IP address changed to that specified. This is useful
              for off-host logging, using a network sniffer.

       to     causes the packet to be moved to the outbound queue on the spec-
              ified  interface.  This can be used to circumvent kernel routing
              decisions, and even to bypass the rest of the kernel  processing
              of the packet (if applied to an inbound rule). It is thus possi-
              ble to construct a firewall that behaves transparently,  like  a
              filtering  hub  or  switch,  rather than a router. The fastroute
              keyword is a synonym for this option.

       The keywords described in this section are used to describe  attributes
       of  the packet to be used when determining whether rules match or don't
       match. The following general-purpose attributes are provided for match-
       ing, and must be used in this order:

       tos    packets  with  different Type-Of-Service values can be filtered.
              Individual service levels or combinations can be filtered  upon.
              The  value  for  the TOS mask can either be represented as a hex
              number or a decimal integer value.

       ttl    packets may also be selected by their Time-To-Live  value.   The
              value  given  in  the filter rule must exactly match that in the
              packet for a match to occur.  This value can only be given as  a
              decimal integer value.

       proto  allows  a specific protocol to be matched against.  All protocol
              names found in /etc/protocols are recognised and  may  be  used.
              However,  the  protocol  may  also be given as a DECIMAL number,
              allowing for rules to match your  own  protocols,  or  new  ones
              which would out-date any attempted listing.

              The special protocol keyword tcp/udp may be used to match either
              a TCP or a UDP packet, and has been added as  a  convenience  to
              save duplication of otherwise-identical rules.

       The  from  and  to keywords are used to match against IP addresses (and
       optionally port numbers). Rules must specify BOTH source  and  destina-
       tion parameters.

       IP  addresses  may  be  specified  in  one  of two ways: as a numerical
       address/mask, or as a hostname mask netmask.  The hostname  may  either
       be  a  valid  hostname, from either the hosts file or DNS (depending on
       your configuration and library) or of the dotted numeric  form.   There
       is  no  special  designation  for networks but network names are recog-
       nised.  Note that having your filter rules depend on  DNS  results  can
       introduce an avenue of attack, and is discouraged.

       There  is  a  special  case  for  the hostname any which is taken to be (see below for mask syntax) and  matches  all  IP  addresses.
       Only  the  presence  of  "any" has an implied mask, in all other situa-
       tions, a hostname MUST be accompanied by a mask.   It  is  possible  to
       give  "any" a hostmask, but in the context of this language, it is non-

       The numerical format "x/y" indicates that a mask  of  y  consecutive  1
       bits  set is generated, starting with the MSB, so a y value of 16 would
       give 0xffff0000. The symbolic "x mask y" indicates that the mask  y  is
       in  dotted  IP notation or a hexadecimal number of the form 0x12345678.
       Note that all the bits of the IP address indicated by the bitmask  must
       match the address on the packet exactly; there isn't currently a way to
       invert the sense of the match, or to match ranges of IP addresses which
       do  not  express  themselves  easily as bitmasks (anthropomorphization;
       it's not just for breakfast anymore).

       If a port match is included, for either or both of source and  destina-
       tion,  then  it  is only applied to TCP and UDP packets. If there is no
       proto match parameter, packets from both protocols are  compared.  This
       is  equivalent  to  "proto  tcp/udp".  When composing port comparisons,
       either the service name or an integer port number  may  be  used.  Port
       comparisons may be done in a number of forms, with a number of compari-
       son operators, or port ranges may be specified. When the  port  appears
       as  part of the from object, it matches the source port number, when it
       appears as part of the to object, it matches the destination port  num-
       ber.  See the examples for more information.

       The  all keyword is essentially a synonym for "from any to any" with no
       other match parameters.

       Following the source and destination matching parameters, the following
       additional parameters may be used:

       with   is used to match irregular attributes that some packets may have
              associated with them.  To match the presence of  IP  options  in
              general, use with ipopts. To match packets that are too short to
              contain a complete header, use with short. To  match  fragmented
              packets,  use  with  frag.   For  more  specific filtering on IP
              options, individual options can be listed.

              Before any parameter used after the with keyword, the  word  not
              or  no may be inserted to cause the filter rule to only match if
              the option(s) is not present.

              Multiple consecutive with clauses are  allowed.   Alternatively,
              the  keyword  and may be used in place of with, this is provided
              purely to make the rules more readable  ("with  ...  and  ...").
              When  multiple clauses are listed, all those must match to cause
              a match of the rule.

       flags  is only effective for TCP filtering.  Each of the letters possi-
              ble  represents one of the possible flags that can be set in the
              TCP header.  The association is as follows:

               F - FIN
               S - SYN
               R - RST
               P - PUSH
               A - ACK
               U - URG

              The various flag symbols may be used  in  combination,  so  that
              "SA"  would represent a SYN-ACK combination present in a packet.
              There is nothing preventing the specification  of  combinations,
              such as "SFR", that would not normally be generated by law-abid-
              ing TCP implementations.  However, to guard against weird  aber-
              rations,  it is necessary to state which flags you are filtering
              against.  To allow this, it is possible to set a mask indicating
              which  TCP  flags you wish to compare (i.e., those you deem sig-
              nificant).  This is done by appending "/<flags>" to the  set  of
              TCP flags you wish to match against, e.g.:

            ... flags S
                      # becomes "flags S/AUPRFS" and will match
                      # packets with ONLY the SYN flag set.

            ... flags SA
                      # becomes "flags SA/AUPRFS" and will match any
                      # packet with only the SYN and ACK flags set.

            ... flags S/SA
                      # will match any packet with just the SYN flag set
                      # out of the SYN-ACK pair; the common "establish"
                      # keyword action.  "S/SA" will NOT match a packet
                      # with BOTH SYN and ACK set, but WILL match "SFP".

              is only effective when used with proto icmp and must NOT be used
              in conjunction with flags.  There are a number of  types,  which
              can  be  referred  to by an abbreviation recognised by this lan-
              guage, or the numbers with which  they  are  associated  can  be
              used.   The  most important from a security point of view is the
              ICMP redirect.

       The second last parameter which can be set for a filter rule is whether
       or  not to record historical information for that packet, and what sort
       to keep. The following information can be kept:

       state  keeps information about the flow  of  a  communication  session.
              State can be kept for TCP, UDP, and ICMP packets.

       frags  keeps  information on fragmented packets, to be applied to later

       allowing packets which match these to  flow  straight  through,  rather
       than going through the access control list.

       The  last  pair  of  parameters  control  filter  rule  "grouping".  By
       default, all filter rules are placed in group 0 if no  other  group  is
       specified.   To add a rule to a non-default group, the group must first
       be started by creating a group head.  If a packet matches a rule  which
       is  the  head  of  a  group, the filter processing then switches to the
       group, using that rule as the default for the group.  If quick is  used
       with  a  head rule, rule processing isn't stopped until it has returned
       from processing the group.

       A rule may be both the head for a new group and  a  member  of  a  non-
       default group (head and group may be used together in a rule).

       head <&lt;n>&gt;
              indicates that a new group (number n) should be created.

       group <&lt;n>&gt;
              indicates that the rule should be put in group (number n) rather
              than group 0.

       When a packet is logged, with either the  log  action  or  option,  the
       headers  of  the  packet  are written to the ipl packet logging pseudo-
       device. Immediately following the log keyword, the following qualifiers
       may be used (in order):

       body   indicates  that  the first 128 bytes of the packet contents will
              be logged after the headers.

       first  If log is being used in conjunction with a "keep" option, it  is
              recommended  that  this  option is also applied so that only the
              triggering packet is logged and not every  packet  which  there-
              after matches state information.

              indicates  that,  if for some reason the filter is unable to log
              the packet (such as the log reader being too slow) then the rule
              should  be  interpreted  as  if  the  action  was block for this

       level <&lt;loglevel>&gt;
              indicates what logging facility and priority, or  just  priority
              with the default facility being used, will be used to log infor-
              mation about this packet using ipmon's -s option.

       See ipl(4) for the format  of  records  written  to  this  device.  The
       ipmon(8) program can be used to read and format this log.

       The quick option is good for rules such as:
       block in quick from any to any with ipopts

       which  will  match  any  packet  with  a non-standard header length (IP
       options present) and abort further processing of later rules, recording
       a match and also that the packet should be blocked.

       The "fall-through" rule parsing allows for effects such as this:

               block in from any to any port < 6000
               pass in from any to any port >= 6000
               block in from any to any port > 6003

       which  sets  up  the  range 6000-6003 as being permitted and all others
       being denied.  Note that the effect of the first rule is overridden  by
       subsequent rules.  Another (easier) way to do the same is:

               block in from any to any port 6000 <> 6003
               pass in from any to any port 5999 >< 6004

       Note  that  both  the  "block"  and  "pass" are needed here to effect a
       result as a failed match on the "block" action does not imply  a  pass,
       only  that the rule hasn't taken effect.  To then allow ports < 1024, a
       rule such as:

               pass in quick from any to any port < 1024

       would be needed before the first block.  To create a new group for pro-
       cessing  all  inbound packets on le0/le1/lo0, with the default being to
       block all inbound packets, we would do something like:

              block in all
              block in quick on le0 all head 100
              block in quick on le1 all head 200
              block in quick on lo0 all head 300

       and to then allow ICMP packets in on le0, only, we would do:

              pass in proto icmp all group 100

       Note that because only inbound packets on le0  are  used  processed  by
       group 100, there is no need to respecify the interface name.  Likewise,
       we could further breakup processing of TCP, etc, as follows:

              block in proto tcp all head 110 group 100
              pass in from any to any port = 23 group 110

       and so on.  The last line, if written without the groups would be:

              pass in on le0 proto tcp from any to any port = telnet

       Note, that if we wanted to say "port = telnet", "proto tcp" would  need
       to be specified as the parser interprets each rule on its own and qual-
       ifies all service/port names with the protocol specified.

       /usr/share/examples/ipf  Directory with examples.

       ipftest(1), iptest(1), mkfilters(1), ipf(4),  ipnat(5),  ipf(8),  ipfs-