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z0th  is currently offline z0th
Registered: May 2010
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Hi Guys...

I've been working on my firewall today and have run into an interesting little hitch trying to block broadcast packets using the 'pkttype' module.

 # iptables -A INPUT -m pkttype --pkt-type broadcast -j DROP
iptables: No chain/target/match by that name.


now, ive tried several other NON-VIRTUAL gentoo systems running 2.6.30 or later, with a more recent version of iptables - and this rule is executed without error.

ive checked man, the pkttype module is in the documentation, and it doesnt seem to be a syntax problem (if anyone knows, please post!), and its not possible to load the "xt_pkttype" iptables module. ive been trying to figure out exactly what the problem is, this is what ive come up with so far.

  • the "xt_pkttype" module is not enabled in the kernel config.
  • the "xt_pkttype" module was not fully implemented in that kernel version.

out of habit, iptables was one of the first things i installed when i first got the virutal gentoo box. as a result, my iptables command sets are likely clobbered. after speaking with a contact, the default for this kernel version is net-firewall/iptables-1.4.3.2. ive rolled the version back, but still no joy.

since gentoo is a source distribution, and not binary, you can upgrade the iptables version to take advantage of new features, and squashed bugs - but in this case, since the iptables modules are built into the kernel itself, no upgrades are possible.

is there any possibility of getting a gentoo kernel with the iptables sources built as modules and not right into the kernel binary?




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