[CentOS] More about firewalling

Wilson Lee wlee337 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 6 15:50:11 UTC 2009


For Vyatta questions, it's best directed to their forum at http://vyatta.org/forum.  Their site also has excellent documentation on basic set up, which is found at http://vyatta.org/documentation.

I have a very similar set up as yours, Comcast business and Vyatta Community Edition with three nics - WAN, LAN, and DMZ.  To set up Vyatta so that you can access internal servers from external sources, you would need to set up destination NAT's.  You would then create firewall rules to allow specific destination ports into your network.  With Vyatta for incoming traffic, DNAT is first performed before going to the firewall, that's why you see the internal IP address in the firewall rule and not external IP address.

Here is a sample DNAT rule for SMTP to my mail server:

rule 200 {
     description "DNAT TCP connection from WAN to mail server"
     destination {
         port 25
     inbound-interface eth0
     inside-address {
     protocol tcp
     type destination

Here is a sample firewall rule for SMTP to my mail server:

rule 500 {
         action accept
         description "accept tcp port from WAN to alpha"
         destination {
             port 25
         protocol tcp
         source {

My cpu isn't all that powerful, but it serves my network well.  If you have low traffic volume, your P3/P4's should be sufficient.

vyatta$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : CentaurHauls
cpu family      : 6
model           : 9
model name      : VIA Nehemiah
stepping        : 8
cpu MHz         : 998.714
cache size      : 64 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 1
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr cx8 sep mtrr pge cmov pat mmx fxsr sse up rng rng_en ace ace_en
bogomips        : 2000.40
clflush size    : 32
power management:

Again, vyatta.org is the best place to get the information you need.


From: ML <mailinglists at MailNewsRSS.com>
To: CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org>
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2009 2:45:12 PM
Subject: [CentOS] More about firewalling

Hi All,

So before when I used PIX's for my employer, our traffic was  
statically routed to one IP and then the firewall decided if allowed/ 
denied and passed it on or dropped it.

I have a Comcast business circuit with 13 IP's. The gateway device  
they provide is a 'pass through' device. They sent traffic for all 13  
IP's my way. It just allows traffic through. So if I put in a device  
to firewall (like Ipcop or Vyatta or something) in front, say it has 3  
NICS, how do I do that?

If the Firewall has IP A and Traffic for IP B comes in how would IP A  
answer and decide if the traffic to IP B belonged?  Without statically  
routing I am confused on how to accomplish this?

How fast does this device need to be?

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