.TH IPF 8
ipf \- alters packet filtering lists for IP packet input and output
\fBipf\fP opens the filenames listed (treating "\-" as stdin) and parses the
file for a set of rules which are to be added or removed from the packet
filter rule set.
Each rule processed by \fBipf\fP
is added to the kernel's internal lists if there are no parsing problems.
Rules are added to the end of the internal lists, matching the order in
which they appear when given to \fBipf\fP.
IPv4 and IPv6 rules are stored in a single table and can be read from a
single file. This option is no longer required to load IPv6 rules. This
option is ignored when specified with the -F option and the -F option
will flush IPv4 rules even if this option is specified.
Set the list to make changes to the active list (default).
.B \-c <language>
This option causes \fBipf\fP to generate output files for a compiler that
supports \fBlanguage\fI. At present, the only target language supported is
\fBC\fB (-cc) for which two files - \fBip_rules.c\fP
and \fBip_rules.h\fP are generated in the \fBCURRENT DIRECTORY\fP when
\fBipf\fP is being run. These files can be used with the
\fBIPFILTER_COMPILED\fP kernel option to build filter rules staticlly into
Turn debug mode on. Causes a hexdump of filter rules to be generated as
it processes each one.
Disable the filter (if enabled). Not effective for loadable kernel versions.
Enable the filter (if disabled). Not effective for loadable kernel versions.
.BR \-F \0<i|o|a>
This option specifies which filter list to flush. The parameter should
either be "i" (input), "o" (output) or "a" (remove all filter rules).
Either a single letter or an entire word starting with the appropriate
letter maybe used. This option maybe before, or after, any other with
the order on the command line being that used to execute options.
.BR \-F \0<s|S>
To flush entries from the state table, the \fB-F\fP option is used in
conjunction with either "s" (removes state information about any non-fully
established connections) or "S" (deletes the entire state table). Only
one of the two options may be given. A fully established connection
will show up in \fBipfstat -s\fP output as 5/5, with deviations either
way indicating it is not fully established any more.
.BR \-F <5|6|7|8|9|10|11>
For the TCP states that represent the closing of a connection has begun,
be it only one side or the complete connection, it is possible to flush
those states directly using the number corresponding to that state.
The numbers relate to the states as follows: 5 = close-wait, 6 = fin-wait-1,
7 = closing, 8 = last-ack, 9 = fin-wait-2, 10 = time-wait, 11 = closed.
.BR \-F <number>
If the argument supplied to \fB-F\fP is greater than 30, then state table
entries that have been idle for more than this many seconds will be flushed.
.BR \-f \0<filename>
This option specifies which files
\fBipf\fP should use to get input from for modifying the packet filter rule
Set the list to make changes to the inactive list.
.B \-l \0<pass|block|nomatch>
Use of the \fB-l\fP flag toggles default logging of packets. Valid
arguments to this option are \fBpass\fP, \fBblock\fP and \fBnomatch\fP.
When an option is set, any packet which exits filtering and matches the
set category is logged. This is most useful for causing all packets
which don't match any of the loaded rules to be logged.
This flag (no-change) prevents \fBipf\fP from actually making any ioctl
calls or doing anything which would alter the currently running kernel.
Force rules by default to be added/deleted to/from the output list, rather
than the (default) input list.
Add rules as temporary entries in the authentication rule table.
Remove matching filter rules rather than add them to the internal lists
Swap the active filter list in use to be the "other" one.
.B \-T <optionlist>
This option allows run-time changing of IPFilter kernel variables. Some
variables require IPFilter to be in a disabled state (\fB-D\fP) for changing,
others do not. The optionlist parameter is a comma separated list of tuning
commands. A tuning command is either "list" (retrieve a list of all variables
in the kernel, their maximum, minimum and current value), a single variable
name (retrieve its current value) and a variable name with a following
assignment to set a new value. Some examples follow.
# Print out all IPFilter kernel tunable parameters
ipf -T list
# Display the current TCP idle timeout and then set it to 3600
ipf -D -T fr_tcpidletimeout,fr_tcpidletimeout=3600 -E
# Display current values for fr_pass and fr_chksrc, then set fr_chksrc to 1.
ipf -T fr_pass,fr_chksrc,fr_chksrc=1
Turn verbose mode on. Displays information relating to rule processing.
Show version information. This will display the version information compiled
into the ipf binary and retrieve it from the kernel code (if running/present).
If it is present in the kernel, information about its current state will be
displayed (whether logging is active, default filtering, etc).
Manually resync the in-kernel interface list maintained by IP Filter with
the current interface status list.
For each rule in the input file, reset the statistics for it to zero and
display the statistics prior to them being zeroed.
Zero global statistics held in the kernel for filtering only (this doesn't
affect fragment or state statistics).
.SH SEE ALSO
ipftest(1), mkfilters(1), ipf(4), ipl(4), ipf(5), ipfstat(8), ipmon(8), ipnat(8)
Needs to be run as root for the packet filtering lists to actually
be affected inside the kernel.
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