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8. Connecting a proxy/firewall to an ISP using a modem and PPP

Connecting a private net to the Internet with dedicated server which handles packet routing from the local network to the Internet along with proxy/caching services and security firewalling is a complex theme that is beyond the scope of this document. There are other «Howto» documents that handle these topics much more comprehensively. At the end of this document you can find a list of links and references to such documents.

Here, we are only configuring Diald supposing that the computer already uses IP-Masquerading, has a web proxy like Squid or similar working, an ISP connection correctly configured and that access security to TCP/UDP ports have been revised (/etc/inetd.conf file and others like securetty, host.allow, etc).

Basically, the only need is to reconfigure the rules for masquerading/filtering/accessing each time the set of interfaces change, that is, when the interface ppp0 is stablished and when it is deleted. A good location to do that are the ip-up and ip-down scripts from pppd.

8.1 Example for Debian 2.1

With Debian, it is sufficient to install the ipmasq package answering that you want to change rules sinchronously with pppd when seting it up. Two scripts will be created inside /etc/ppp/ip-up.d and /etc/ppp/ip-down.d directories to call /sbin/ipmasq, a script that analizes existing interfaces and makes a simple configuration that is valid in many cases, but you can personalize it using rule files in /etc/ipmasq/rules.

The only correction after installing this package is to change when the startup script for ipmasq is run, deleting the symbolic link from /etc/rcS.d and creating a new one in /etc/rc2.d to run it after S20diald. Now, when ipmasq is executed to analyze interfaces sl0 already exist. S90ipmasq is a good name for this symbolic link to /etc/init.d/ipmasq.

Using Debian there is no need to worry about the kernel version, as the /sbin/ipmasq script uses ipfwadm or ipchains as needed.

8.2 Example for Suse 6.1

This example is from Mr Cornish Rex,

The following ip-masp and routing control commands are for use with version 2.2 kernels, using ipchains, but they are not valid for version 2.0 kernels.

We are going to supose that the ethernet interface has the ip address with 16 bit netmask, that is,

This is the /etc/ppp/ip-up file:

# $1 = Interface
# $2 = Tty device
# $3 = speed
# $4 = local ip
# $5 = remote ip
# $6 = ipparam
/sbin/ipchains -F input
/sbin/ipchains -P input DENY
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j ACCEPT -i eth0 -s -d
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p udp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 0:52 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p udp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 54:1023 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 0:112 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 114:1023 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 6000:6010 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request \
-i $1 -s -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p icmp -f -i $1 -s -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p udp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 5555 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p udp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 8000 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 8000 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p udp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 6667 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 6667 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 4557 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 4559 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 4001 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 2005 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -p tcp -i $1 -s -d $4/32 6711 -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -i $1 -s -d -l
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j ACCEPT -i $1 -s -d $4/32
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j ACCEPT -i lo -s -d
/sbin/ipchains -A input -j DENY -s -d -l

/sbin/ipchains -F output
/sbin/ipchains -P output DENY
/sbin/ipchains -A output -j ACCEPT -i eth0 -s -d
/sbin/ipchains -A output -j DENY -i $1 -s -d -l
/sbin/ipchains -A output -j ACCEPT -i $1 -s $4/32 -d
/sbin/ipchains -A output -j ACCEPT -i lo -s -d
/sbin/ipchains -A output -j DENY -s -d

/sbin/ipchains -F forward
/sbin/ipchains -P forward DENY
/sbin/ipchains -M -S 120 120 120
/sbin/ipchains -A forward -j MASQ -s 
/sbin/ipchains -A forward -j DENY -s -d

exit 0

This is the /etc/ppp/ip-down file:

# $1 = Interface
# $2 = Tty device
# $3 = Speed
# $4 = Local ip
# $5 = Remote ip
/sbin/ipchains -F input
/sbin/ipchains -F output
/sbin/ipchains -F forward
/sbin/ipchains-restore < /etc/ppp/orig.chains

Last file in last script, orig.chains, is the following file (original status of ipchains):

# orig.chains
# created with: ipchains-save > orig.chains
:input ACCEPT
:forward ACCEPT
:output ACCEPT
-A input -s -d
-A output -s -d

8.3 Example for Slackware 3.6

This example is from Hoo Kok Mun,

This is the most simple example i have seen, but fully functional. From the beginning, this example configures masquerading, before the sl0 interface exists, and it does not change when the ppp0 interface appears. If you need advanced security considerations, it may be a little limited.

/sbin/ipfwadm -F -p deny
/sbin/ipfwadm  -F -a m -S -D

As you can see, it is for version 2.0 kernels.

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