Firewall – How Do I Block an IP Address on My Linux server? September 12th, 2010
What is iptable? Iptables is a generic table structure that defines rules and commands as part of the netfilter framework that facilitates Network Address Translation (NAT), packet filtering, and packet mangling in the Linux 2.4 and later operating systems. NAT is the process of converting an Internet Protocol address (IP address) into another IP address. Packet filtering is the process of passing or blocking packets at a network interface based on source and destination addresses, ports, or protocols. Packet mangling is the ability to alter or modify packets before and/or after routing.
Iptables and netfilter are the successor to ipchains and ipfwadm in earlier versions of Linux. Netfilter and iptables are often combined into the single expression netfilter /iptables, which refers to the Linux 2.4 and later subsystems for NAT, firewall, and advanced packet processing.
How do I block an IP address or subnet under Linux operating system?
In order to block an IP on your Linux server you need to use iptables tools (administration tool for IPv4 packet filtering and NAT) and netfilter firewall. First you need to log into shell as root user. To block IP address you need to type iptables command as follows:
Syntax to block an IP address under Linux
Replace IP-ADDRESS with actual IP address. For example if you wish to block ip address 22.214.171.124 for whatever reason then type command as follows:
If you have IP tables firewall script, add above rule to your script.
If you just want to block access to one port from an ip 126.96.36.199 to port 25 then type command:
# iptables -A INPUT -s 188.8.131.52 -p tcp –destination-port 25 -j DROP
The above rule will drop all packets coming from IP 184.108.40.206 to port mail server port 25.
You can also create Security Shell Script to block the ips: Create /root/iptables/blocked.ips file as follows with list of ips and subnets to block entering your dedicated server.
Secure Email Server On Centos June 4th, 2010
Qmailtoaster is a project whose purpose is to install Qmail with RPMs on RPM based Linux and these RPMs are source RPMs. The advantage of Qmailtoaster is that it contains all patches needed for Qmail for example domainkeys etc.
Included Featureset by Qmailtoaster
- Source RPM packages easily rebuilt for multiple distributions
- SMTP with SMTP-AUTH, TLS, REMOTE-AUTH
- DomainKeys, SPF “Sender Policy Framework” and SRS “Sender Rewriting Scheme”
- Integrated SpamAssassin, ClamAV and Simscan
- Warlord virus and worm loader realtime MIME signature scanning
- CHKUSER 2.0 functions for qmail-smtpd
- Qmail-Tap provides email archive capability
- Virtual Domains and Virtual Users using MySQL
- Autoresponder for vacation/away from office messages
- Integrated Mailing List (ezmlm)
- Web-based email system using Squirrelmail
- Web-based administration tools
- POP3, POP3-SSL, IMAP and IMAP-SSL
- Submission port (587) allows roaming users to skip RBL checks and port 25 blocks
- eMPF patch for advanced policy control over email
Qmailtoaster has support for RHEL/CentOS (3.x, 4.x, 5.x , Fedora, Suse, Mandriva. We are going to install Qmailtoaster for CentOS 5.x
Prerequisites: Install Centos 5 base system, remaining packages and dependencies will be installed automatically with qmailtoaster scripts.
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First we will compile kernal
proxy # cd / usr/src/sys/i386/conf /
backup your kernel configuration file used to it:
Proxy # cp GENERIC GENERIC-BAK
edit GENERIC file with your favorite editor
and add these below options
its is optional for telling your kernal about cpu
#For optimizing squid #
Add these lines below device
# For PF #
options ALTQ_CBQ # Class Bases Queuing (CBQ)
options ALTQ_RED # Random Early Detection (RED)
options ALTQ_RIO # RED In / Out
options ALTQ_HFSC # Hierarchical Packet Scheduler (HFSC)
options ALTQ_PRIQ # Priority Queuing (PRIQ)
options ALTQ_NOPCC # Required for SMP build
Proxy # config GENERIC
proxy # cd .. / .. / compile / GENERIC
or some times if you have installed standard installation then
proxy # cd .. / compile / GENERIC
proxy # make & & make depend
proxy # make & & make install
we need perl
proxy# cd /usr/ports/lang/perl5.10/
proxy# make install clean
Create group and user that will be used to run the squid:
proxy# pw group add squid -g 100
proxy# pw user add squid -u 100 -g squid -s /usr/sbin/nologin -d /usr/local/squid
proxy# chown -Rv squid:squid /cache
proxy# cd /usr/local/
proxy# fetch http://www.squid-cache.org/Versions/v3/3.0/squid-3.0.STABLE23.tar.bz2
proxy# tar -zxvf squid-3.0.STABLE23.tar.bz2
proxy# cd squid-3.0.STABLE23
proxy# ./configure -prefix=/usr/local/squid \
–enable-async-io=24 –with-pthreads –with-aio –with-dl –with-aufs-threads=24 –with-pthreads \
-disable-wccp && “Successful Done”
proxy# make && make install
After that edit the squid.conf is in accordance with the needs
proxy# ee /usr/local/squid/etc/squid.conf
acl manager proto cache_object
acl localhost src 127.0.0.1/32
acl to_localhost dst 127.0.0.0/8 0.0.0.0/32
acl localnet src 192.168.10.0/27
acl SSL_ports port 443
acl Safe_ports port 80 # http
acl Safe_ports port 21 # ftp
acl Safe_ports port 443 # https
acl Safe_ports port 70 # gopher
acl Safe_ports port 210 # wais
acl Safe_ports port 1025-65535 # unregistered ports
acl Safe_ports port 280 # http-mgmt
acl Safe_ports port 488 # gss-http
acl Safe_ports port 591 # filemaker
acl Safe_ports port 777 # multiling http
acl CONNECT method CONNECT
http_access allow manager localhost
http_access deny manager
http_access deny !Safe_ports
http_access deny CONNECT !SSL_ports
http_access allow localnet
http_access allow localhost
http_access deny all
http_port 8080 transparent
hierarchy_stoplist cgi-bin ?
cache_mem 6 MB
maximum_object_size_in_memory 32 KB
memory_replacement_policy heap LFUDA
cache_replacement_policy heap GDSF
cache_dir aufs /cache 10000 24 256
maximum_object_size 128 MB
refresh_pattern ^ftp: 1440 20% 10080
refresh_pattern ^gopher: 1440 0% 1440
refresh_pattern -i (/cgi-bin/|\?) 0 0% 0
refresh_pattern . 0 20% 4320
cachemgr_passwd squid-cache password
proxy# squid -z
2009/05/10 16:38:37| Creating Swap Directories
first lets check the configuration with the command:
proxy # / usr / local / squid / sbin / squid-k parse
proxy # / usr / local / squid / sbin / squid-NCd1
once considered sufficient, a squid path:
proxy # / usr / local / squid / sbin / squid
and to run the config change, can be a command
proxy # / usr / local / squid / sbin / squid-k reconfigure
let me restart the streets every time the input parameters to the / etc / rc.conf
squid_enable = “YES”
pf_enable = “YES”
or enter the command /usr/local/squid/sbin/squid to /etc/rc.local
then add in / etc/ rc.local
chgrp squid /dev/pf & & chmod g+rw /dev/ pf
FreeBSD Setting up Firewall using IPFW February 9th, 2010
Q. I’m new to FreeBSD and am trying to configure the firewall using IPFW, but I’m having a hard time understanding it as compare to Linux. Can you provide a small example on how to go about setting up the rules for a typical FreeBSD based Apache Web server?
A. Ipfirewall (ipfw) is a FreeBSD IP packet filter and traffic accounting facility.
IPFW is included in the basic FreeBSD install as a separate run time loadable module. The system will dynamically load the kernel module when the rc.conf statement firewall_enable=”YES” is used.
FreeBSD compile kernel for IPFW
This step is optional. You do not need to compile IPFW into the FreeBSD kernel unless you want NAT function enabled. However some old version may not have IPFW compiled. Here is a quick guide to compile kernel with IPFW.
Make sure IPFW support not compiled into the kernel:
If you get an error that read as follows, you must now compile the source code for the kernel.
ipfw: getsockopt(IP_FW_GET): Protocol not available
Another option is open default kernel config file /usr/src/sys/i386/conf and look for IPFIREWALL option:
# grep IPFIREWALL /usr/src/sys/i386/conf
Building and Installing a Custom Kernel with IPFW
Copy default kernel file:
# cd /usr/src/sys/i386/conf
# cp GENERIC IPFWKERNEL
Add IPFW support:
# vi IPFWKERNEL
Append following directives:
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options IPFIREWALL_VERBOSE # optional; logging
options IPFIREWALL_VERBOSE_LIMIT=10 # optional; don't get too many log entries
options IPDIVERT # needed for natd
FreeBSD Firewall Explained February 7th, 2010
Howto setup a ipfw stateful firewall on FreeBSD with a simple ruleset and explain certain details, including natd interaction.
Why have protection? Computers on the internet run the risk of being damaged or hijacked. Firewall software is a very powerful tool in fighting this. Having FreeBSD firewall software doesn’t mean that your safe. You will still have to update your system in order to fix security bugs and check for viruses. Although the later isn’t much of a problem for Unix like computers at the time of writing.
The goal of this howto is to setup a simple firewall for FreeBSD and explain certain details of the ipfw firewall, from the user point of view, while doing so. At the end of this howto you will have a firewall for FreeBSD with a simple ruleset. The questions this article will give anwsers to are:
- How packet’s are checked against the rules.
- Howto natd effects the rules and howto deal with those effects.
- Howto setup statefull rules and why the can not be used with natd.
- Firewall Setup – A more complex firewall setup for FreeBSD, that also includes a traffic shaper and network address translation (NAT). This particular howto lays the basis for the next howto.
- Traffic Reports – Howto create traffic graphs with MRTG, IPA and IPFW.
The newer versions of FreeBSD can load the ipfw firewall software when this is requires. Older versions of FreeBSD don’t have this ability and need to have a kernel compiles. You also need to do this with the newer version when you like to create more advanced rules, like logging of traffic shaping.