Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 230433
/etc/xen/scripts/vif-bridge shouldn't call handle_iptable
Last modified: 2008-03-03 02:38:45 EST
Description of problem:
/etc/xen/scripts/vif-bridge should *not* call "handle_iptable" (from
/etc/xen/scripts/vif-common.sh) which sets iptables forwarding rules because a
bridge is not a router. No iptables rules are needed for bridging.
This opens an unnecessary _security hole_ to the firewall.
The handle_iptable call should be removed from /etc/xen/scripts/vif-bridge.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): xen-3.0.4-6.fc7
I set severity to high because this *is* a real security issue.
I'm not sure who is the author of "/etc/xen/scripts/vif-bridge" (upstream or
Fedora). If this comes from upstream, please let them know so that we get this
The vif-bridge script comes from upstream xen-devel.
In the context of Fedora there are 3 possibilites:
a) no firewall rules: the extra rules don't allow any traffic which wasn't
b) stanadrd Fedora firewall rules: there is a catch all 'REJECT' rule in the
RH-Firewall-1-INPUT, which gets processed before the rules added by vir-bridge,
so there's no issue there.
c) custom user added firewall rules: if relying on chain policy to DROP/REJECT
any non-matching packets then the vif-network rules will open up an undesirable
channel. If there is an explicit DROP/REJECT rule, then this should prevent the
vif-network rules matching
So there is a flaw because of the vif-bridge script, but it only hits if the
user has custom firewall rules. Will figure out a patch for the next update of
The patch should just simply remove the handle_iptable line because iptables is
not needed for bridging (and iptables forwarding rules don't even affect how the
From "Objectives of Fedora": "To do as much of the development work as possible
directly in the upstream packages."
So, here we go:
change QA contact
This report targets FC6, which is now end-of-life.
Please re-test against Fedora 7 or later, and if the issue persists, open a new bug.
Actually this bug targets rawhide. And this issue was found in F7.
I assume this has not been fixed because the upstream bug is still marked as
NEW. (Which is weird by the way. Such an easy fix and they have not even taken
the issue under work...)
I'm reopening this bug because F7 is not end-of-life yet.
I believe this is fixed in rawhide, but need to double-check.
xen-3.1.2-2.fc7.src.rpm (latest xen in stable F7 updates):
grep handle_iptable SOURCES/xen-net-bridge.patch
So yes, it is fixed in Fedora - even in F7. Closing the bug now. The "Fixed in
version" in this case means "Fixed at least in version". :)