Ip tables rules block specific range

Posted on 2014-03-06
Last Modified: 2014-10-21
I need help writing iptables rules that will allow a certain range of private address (  outgoing access to one or two specific named sites and nothing else.

Here is my current setup
-A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 81 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited
-A FORWARD -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

Thank you
Question by:santasvillage
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by:Jordan Medlen
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You would use the following syntax...

-m iprange --src-range -j ACTION

You can read more in the following article.

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Could you give more specific help?  This really is not my forte..

Thank you

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by:Jordan Medlen
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What are the two named sites that you want the IP addresses internally to be able to get to?
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I do not know the exact domain names as of yet, will know soon, they are for a credit card processor.


we could use any site as an example:
so are allowed to go to and no where else?

A proxy server is not a viable alternative right now

Thank you

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skullnobrains earned 250 total points
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-A INPUT --src-range -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

would restrict your rule that allows ssh to the corresponding source range


you can remove the rule
and also " -m state --state NEW"
as all this is implicit in netfilter


don't freak, not understanding it quickly does not mean you are out of your league : netfilter uses a crazy syntax and it's documentation is far from complete, not to mention all the other reasons i have to hate it but that would probably start a useless flame war. if you can use pf or ipf, do so, it you're stuck with linux, you may consider installing one of the numerous so called "firewalls" that actually have simpler rule syntaxes and generate configs for netfilter so you don't have to learn the syntax yourself

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