Guide to Unix/BSD/OpenBSD/As a Firewall

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OpenBSD includes PF ("packet filter") as a firewall.

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

To turn PF on, on boot up, create the configuration file rc.conf.local.

vi /etc/rc.conf.local

To activate PF on boot up enter the following in the configuration file:


To enable PF manually, enter in the following command:

pfctl -e

To disable PF manually, enter in the following command:

pfctl -d

Congratulation, you are now protected by one of the best firewalls available.

Configuring PF[edit | edit source]

Pf is a very good firewall by default however it also contains a few options. You can change the configuration of pf by editing the configuration file /etc/pf.conf.

Options[edit | edit source]

Option Description Example Description of Example
rdr Redirects traffic rdr on tl0 proto tcp from any to any port 80 -> Redirects traffic for on the tl0 interface, for any port up to 80.
Block Blocks traffic block out on fxp0 from to any For, blocks outgoing traffic on the fxp0 interface for any port.
Pass Allows traffic to pass through pass in all Unless stated otherwise, pf will allow all incoming traffic.
Scrub Scrubing defragments and in some cases rejects fragmented packets. scrub in all scrubs all incoming traffic on all interfaces.
Table defines groups of IPs. table <goodguys> {,, }

block in on dc0 all
pass in on dc0 from <goodguys> to any

Allows incoming connections to <goodguys> on the dc0 interface. Blocks all other incoming connections on the dc0 interface.

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Scrubbing[edit | edit source]

Scrubbing defragments and in some cases rejects fragmented packets. This prevents your computer from becoming fragmented, however it also causes a lot of packets to be lost. To scrub an network interface enter the following in you /etc/pf.conf:

scrub <in/out> <interface>

A simple example of this is scrubbing all of the incoming interfaces.

scrub in all

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See Also[edit | edit source]

  • PF on Wikipedia

References[edit | edit source]