LPI Linux Certification/Configuring A Router

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Detailed Objective[edit]

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Description:
Candidates should be able to configure a system to perform network address translation (NAT, IP masquerading) and state its significance in protecting a network. This objective includes configuring port redirection, managing filter rules and averting attacks.

  • Key knowledge area(s):
    • iptables configuration files, tools and utilities
    • ipchains configuration files, tools and utilities
    • Tools, commands and utilities to manage routing tables.
    • Private address ranges
    • Port redirection and IP forwarding
    • List and write filtering and rules that accept or block datagrams based on source or destination protocol, port and address
    • Save and reload filtering configurations
    • Manipulating the content of /proc/sys/net/ to respond to DoS attacks
  • The following is a partial list of the used files, terms and utilities:
    • /proc/sys/net/ipv4
    • /etc/services
    • ipchains
    • iptables
    • routed
    • quagga

Configuring a router[edit]

Overview[edit]

Description: The candidate should be able to configure ipchains and iptables to perform IP masquerading, and state the significance of Network Address Translation and Private Network Addresses in protecting a network. This objective includes configuring port redirection, listing filtering rules, and writing rules that accept or block datagrams based upon source or destination protocol, port and address. Also included is saving and reloading filtering configurations, using settings in /proc/sys/net/ipv4 to respond to DOS attacks, using /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward to turn IP forwarding on and off, and usingtools such as PortSentry to block port scans and vulnerability probes.

Key files, terms, and utilities include:

/proc/sys/net/ipv4 
/etc/services 
ipchains 
iptables
routed

Configuring a router[edit]

There are numerous steps you should take to configure a router connected to insecure networks like the Internet First of all, identify what services you need, and have a policy of blocking everything else ! This minimize your exposure to security breaches.

Common steps for routers are :

Log all dropped/rejected packets (and limit the rate at which you log, to avoid logfiles size explosion) Use NAT whenever you can – unroutable addresses are more difficult to hack Define a default policy for TCP/UDP block ports answers: drop/reject/reset ?

Dropping isn't really helpful, scanners nowadays detect it easily. Rejecting may still show that a firewall is blocking access, resetting acts as if nothing is listening (i.e the « normal » way)

Unless you know you need it, drop (and log + limit) all ICMP packets except the most useful : dest-unreachable, time-exceeded and echo-reply

Protect against known attacks, i.e : anti-spoofing of IP addresses, disable source_route packets, disable icmp_redirect, log « martians » IP addresses (i.e addresses which appear on an interface they don't belong to), disable syn_cookies, disable ECN (Explicit Congestion Notification), disable TCP timestamps, ICMP broadcasts and ICMP bogus errors

Exercises[edit]