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       ufw-framework - using the ufw framework

       ufw provides both a command line interface and a framework for managing
       a netfilter firewall. While the ufw command provides an easy to use in-
       terface  for managing a firewall, the ufw framework provides the admin-
       istrator methods to customize default behavior and add rules  not  sup-
       ported  by the command line tool. In this way, ufw can take full advan-
       tage of Linux netfilter's power and flexibility.

       The framework provides boot time initialization, rules files for adding
       custom  rules, a method for loading netfilter modules, configuration of
       kernel parameters and configuration of IPv6. The framework consists  of
       the following files:

              initialization script

              initialization  customization  script run before ufw is initial-

              initialization customization script run after ufw is initialized

              rules file containing rules evaluated before UI added rules

              rules file containing UI added rules (managed with the ufw  com-

              rules file containing rules evaluated after UI added rules

              high level configuration

              kernel network tunables

              additional high level configuration

       ufw  is  started on boot with /lib/ufw/ufw-init. This script is a stan-
       dard SysV style initscript used by the ufw command and  should  not  be
       modified.  The /etc/before.init and /etc/after.init scripts may be used
       to perform any additional firewall configuration that is not  yet  sup-
       ported  in  ufw  itself  and if they exist and are executable, ufw-init
       will execute these scripts. ufw-init will exit with error if either  of
       these  scripts  exit  with error. ufw-init supports the following argu-

       start: loads the firewall

       stop:  unloads the firewall

              reloads the firewall

              same as restart

              basic status of the firewall

              same as stop, except does not check if the firewall  is  already

              flushes the built-in chains, deletes all non-built-in chains and
              resets the policy to ACCEPT

       ufw-init will call before.init and after.init with start, stop,  status
       and  flush-all,  but typically, if used, these scripts need only imple-
       ment start and stop.

       ufw uses many user-defined chains in addition to the built-in  iptables
       chains. If MANAGE_BUILTINS in /etc/default/ufw is set to 'yes', on stop
       and reload the built-in chains are flushed. If it is set  to  'no',  on
       stop  and  reload the ufw secondary chains are removed and the ufw pri-
       mary chains are flushed. In  addition  to  flushing  the  ufw  specific
       chains,  it  keeps the primary chains in the same order with respect to
       any other user-defined chains that may have been added. This allows for
       ufw to interoperate with other software that may manage their own fire-
       wall rules.

       To ensure your firewall is loading on boot,  you  must  integrate  this
       script into the boot process. Consult your distribution's documentation
       for the proper way to modify your boot process if ufw  is  not  already

       ufw  is  in part a front-end for iptables-restore, with its rules saved
       in /etc/ufw/before.rules, /etc/ufw/after.rules and /etc/ufw/user.rules.
       Administrators  can  customize  before.rules and after.rules as desired
       using the standard iptables-restore syntax. Rules are evaluated as fol-
       lows:  before.rules  first, user.rules next, and after.rules last. IPv6
       rules are evaluated in the same way, with the  rules  files  named  be-
       fore6.rules,  user6.rules and after6.rules. Please note that ufw status
       only shows rules added with ufw and not the rules found in the /etc/ufw
       rules files.

       Important:  ufw only uses the *filter table by default. You may add any
       other tables such as *nat, *raw and *mangle as desired. For each  table
       a corresponding COMMIT statement is required.

       After  modifying  any of these files, you must reload ufw for the rules
       to take effect.  See the EXAMPLES section  for  common  uses  of  these
       rules files.

       Netfilter has many different connection tracking modules. These modules
       are aware of the underlying protocol and  allow  the  administrator  to
       simplify  his  or her rule sets. You can adjust which netfilter modules
       to load by adjusting IPT_MODULES in /etc/default/ufw. Some popular mod-
       ules to load are:


       Unconditional  loading  of connection tracking modules (nf_conntrack_*)
       in this manner is deprecated. ufw continues to support the  functional-
       ity  but new configuration should only contain the specific modules re-
       quired for the site.  For more information, see CONNECTION HELPERS.

       ufw will read in /etc/ufw/sysctl.conf on  boot  when  enabled.   Please
       note   that   /etc/ufw/sysctl.conf   overrides  values  in  the  system
       systcl.conf (usually /etc/sysctl.conf). Administrators can  change  the
       file used by modifying /etc/default/ufw.

       IPv6  is  enabled by default. When disabled, all incoming, outgoing and
       forwarded packets are dropped, with the exception  of  traffic  on  the
       loopback  interface.   To  adjust  this  behavior, set IPV6 to 'yes' in
       /etc/default/ufw. See the ufw manual page for details.

       As mentioned, ufw loads its rules files into the kernel  by  using  the
       iptables-restore  and  ip6tables-restore commands. Users wanting to add
       rules to the ufw rules files manually must be familiar  with  these  as
       well  as the iptables and ip6tables commands. Below are some common ex-
       amples of using the ufw rules files.  All examples assume IPv4 only and
       that DEFAULT_FORWARD_POLICY in /etc/default/ufw is set to DROP.

   IP Masquerading
       To  allow  IP masquerading for computers from the network on
       eth1 to share the single IP address on eth0:

       Edit /etc/ufw/sysctl.conf to have:

       Add to the end of /etc/ufw/before.rules, after the *filter section:
               :POSTROUTING ACCEPT [0:0]
               -A POSTROUTING -s -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE

       If your firewall is using IPv6 tunnels or 6to4 and is also  doing  NAT,
       then  you  should  not usually masquerade protocol '41' (ipv6) packets.
       For example, instead of the above,  /etc/ufw/before.rules  can  be  ad-
       justed to have:
               :POSTROUTING ACCEPT [0:0]
               -A  POSTROUTING  -s ! --protocol 41 -o eth0 -j MAS-

       Add the ufw route to allow the traffic:
               ufw route allow in on eth1 out on eth0 from

   Port Redirections
       To forward tcp port 80 on eth0 to go to the webserver at

       Edit /etc/ufw/sysctl.conf to have:

       Add to the end of /etc/ufw/before.rules, after the *filter section:
               :PREROUTING ACCEPT [0:0]
               -A PREROUTING -p tcp -i eth0 --dport 80 -j DNAT \

       Add the ufw route rule to allow the traffic:
               ufw route allow in on eth0 to port 80 proto tcp

   Egress filtering
       To block RFC1918 addresses going out of eth0:

       Add the ufw route rules to reject the traffic:
               ufw route reject out on eth0 to
               ufw route reject out on eth0 to
               ufw route reject out on eth0 to

   Full example
       This example combines the other  examples  and  demonstrates  a  simple
       routing firewall. Warning: this setup is only an example to demonstrate
       the functionality of the ufw framework in a concise and  simple  manner
       and  should  not  be used in production without understanding what each
       part does and does not do. Your firewall will undoubtedly  want  to  be
       less open.

       This  router/firewall  has  two  interfaces: eth0 (Internet facing) and
       eth1 (internal LAN). Internal clients have addresses on the
       network and should be able to connect to anywhere on the Internet. Con-
       nections to port 80 from the Internet should be forwarded to
       Access  to ssh port 22 from the administrative workstation (
       to this machine should be allowed. Also make sure no  internal  traffic
       goes to the Internet.

       Edit /etc/ufw/sysctl.conf to have:

       Add to the end of /etc/ufw/before.rules, after the *filter section:
               :PREROUTING ACCEPT [0:0]
               :POSTROUTING ACCEPT [0:0]
               -A PREROUTING -p tcp -i eth0 --dport 80 -j DNAT \
               -A POSTROUTING -s -o eth0 -j MASQUERADE

       Add the necessary ufw rules:
               ufw route reject out on eth0 to
               ufw route reject out on eth0 to
               ufw route reject out on eth0 to
               ufw route allow in on eth1 out on eth0 from
               ufw route allow in on eth0 to port 80 proto tcp
               ufw allow in on eth1 from to any port 22 proto tcp

       Various  protocols  require  the  use  of netfilter connection tracking
       helpers to group related packets into RELATED flows  to  make  rulesets
       clearer  and more precise. For example, with a couple of kernel modules
       and a couple of rules, a ruleset could simply allow a connection to FTP
       port  21,  then the kernel would examine the traffic and mark the other
       FTP data packets as RELATED to the initial connection.

       When the helpers were first introduced, one could  only  configure  the
       modules  as  part  of module load (eg, if your FTP server listened on a
       different port than 21, you'd have to load the nf_conntrack_ftp  module
       specifying the correct port). Over time it was understood that uncondi-
       tionally using connection helpers could lead to abuse, in part  because
       some  protocols  allow  user specified data that would allow traversing
       the firewall in undesired ways. As of kernel 4.7,  automatic  conntrack
       helper assignment (ie, handling packets for a given port and all IP ad-
       dresses) is disabled (the old  behavior  can  be  restored  by  setting
       net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_helper=1 in /etc/ufw/sysctl.conf). Firewalls
       should now instead use the CT target to associate traffic with  a  par-
       ticular  helper  and then set RELATED rules to use the helper. This al-
       lows sites to tailor the use of helpers and help avoid abuse.

       In general, to use helpers securely, the following needs to happen:

       1.     net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_helper should be set to 0 (default)

       2.     create a rule for the start of a connection (eg  for  FTP,  port

       3.     create  a  helper rule to associate the helper with this connec-

       4.     create a helper rule to associate a RELATED flow with this  con-

       5.     if  needed,  add  the  corresponding  nf_conntrack_*  module  to

       6.     optionally add the corresponding nf_nat_* module to IPT_MODULES

       In general it is desirable to make connection helper rules as  specific
       as  possible  and ensure anti-spoofing is correctly setup for your site
       to avoid security issues in your ruleset.  For  more  information,  see
       ANTI-SPOOFING,  above, and <https://home.regit.org/netfilter-en/secure-

       Currently helper rules must be managed in via the RULES FILES. A future
       version of ufw will introduce syntax for working with helper rules.

       When  using  ufw with libvirt and bridging, packets may be blocked. The
       libvirt team recommends that the following sysctl's be set  to  disable
       netfilter on the bridge:

         net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-ip6tables = 0
         net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-iptables = 0
         net.bridge.bridge-nf-call-arptables = 0

       Note  that  the  bridge  module  must be loaded in to the kernel before
       these values are set. One way to ensure this works properly with ufw is
       to  add  'bridge'  to IPT_MODULES in /etc/default/ufw, and then add the
       above rules to /etc/ufw/sysctl.conf.

       Alternatively to disabling netfilter on the bridge, you  can  configure
       iptables  to  allow  all traffic to be forwarded across the bridge. Eg,
       add to /etc/ufw/before.rules within the *filter section:

         -I FORWARD -m physdev --physdev-is-bridged -j ACCEPT

       ufw(8), iptables(8), ip6tables(8),  iptables-restore(8),  ip6tables-re-
       store(8), sysctl(8), sysctl.conf(5)

       ufw is Copyright 2008-2014, Canonical Ltd.

       ufw  and  this  manual  page was originally written by Jamie Strandboge

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