Bug 77337 - Save/Restore IPTables with negative mac matches
Save/Restore IPTables with negative mac matches
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: iptables (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: wdovlrrw
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2002-11-05 08:19 EST by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:48 EDT (History)
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fix for 1.2.6a and 1.2.7a (1.02 KB, patch)
2002-11-06 11:16 EST, Michael Schwendt
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Description Need Real Name 2002-11-05 08:19:50 EST
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Description of problem:
When defining IPTables Rules with a negative MAC match (ie -m mac ! --mac 
xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx) and they are save via the Red Hat Init Script the iptables-
save script writes the negative mac match to /etc/sysconfig/iptables and 
forgets a space between the "!" (NOT) and the actual MAC address.

When trying to restore the rules the "iptales-restore" script exits with a "Bad 
mac address" error.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Add a rule like the following: iptables -A FORWARD -m mac ! --mac 
00:00:00:00:00:00 -j DROP
2. Save the rule: /etc/init.d/iptables save
3. Try to reload the rules: /etc/init.d/iptables restart

Actual Results:  IPTables rules can not be restored from /etc/sysconfig/iptables
Rules are empty...

Expected Results:  Iptables rules should have been set.

Additional info:


Applying iptables firewall rules: iptables-restore v1.2.6a: Bad mac address '!
Try 'iptables-restore -h' or 'iptables-restore --help' for more information.


Because of this bug IPTables are empty when trying to restore, so I think this 
is severe.

Bug exists at least since Red Hat 7.2 (introduction of iptables)


I wrote a dirty perl hack that checks the /etc/sysconfig/iptables for negative 
mac matches and adds a space between the ! and the mac address.
Comment 1 Michael Schwendt 2002-11-06 11:16:47 EST
Created attachment 83865 [details]
fix for 1.2.6a and 1.2.7a
Comment 2 Michael Schwendt 2002-11-06 11:23:27 EST
Btw, the patch applies against 1.2.5 (e.g. Red Hat Linux 7.3), too, with offset
1 line.
Comment 3 Need Real Name 2002-11-06 13:11:59 EST
Tested against 1.2.6a: works!
Comment 4 Michael Schwendt 2003-01-16 07:44:12 EST
This one is fixed as of 1.2.7a-1 in Raw Hide (with a more recent patch).
Comment 5 Kjartan Maraas 2003-04-03 13:43:40 EST
Should this be closed then? Reassigning to new owner.
Comment 6 Michael Schwendt 2003-04-03 14:12:49 EST
Yes, resolution is CURRENTRELEASE.

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