ipfirewall

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FreeBSD "/etc/rc.firewall" shell script for configuring ipfw
Mac OS X's ipfirewall tab in the Sharing Preferences Pane

ipfirewall or ipfw is a FreeBSD IP packet filter and traffic accounting facility. Its ruleset logic is similar to many other packet filters except IPFilter. ipfw is authored and maintained by FreeBSD volunteer staff members. Its syntax enables use of sophisticated filtering capabilities and thus enables professional users to satisfy advanced requirements. It can either be used as a loadable kernel module or incorporated into the kernel; use as a loadable kernel module where possible is highly recommended. ipfw was the built-in firewall of Mac OS X[1] until Mac OS X 10.7 Lion when it was replaced with the OpenBSD project's PF. Like FreeBSD, ipfw is open source. It is used in many FreeBSD-based firewall products, including m0n0wall and FreeNAS. There is a port of ipfw and the dummynet traffic shaper is available for Linux, OpenWrt and Microsoft Windows.[2] wipfw is a Windows port of an old (2001) version of ipfw.

Components[edit]

ipfirewall is composed of these components:

  • kernel firewall filter rule processor and its integrated packet accounting facility
  • logging facility
  • "divert" rule (NAT)
  • advanced special purpose facilities
  • the dummynet traffic shaper
  • "fwd rule" forward facility
  • the bridge facility
  • ipstealth
  • per-packet kernel-wide tagging (set, unset and check 16-bit tags)
  • ALTQ-based QoS disciplines
  • rule sets for atomic management of multiple rules
  • a full-blown stateful engine with connection limiting
  • anti-spoofing rules based on routing table
  • lookup tables based on Radix trees
  • per-rule byte and packet counters
  • built-in NAT, Port address translation and LSNAT (load-sharing) facilities (since FreeBSD 7)
  • IPv6 support (with several limitations)

Alternative user interfaces for ipfw[edit]

Software Developer First public release Latest stable version Cost (USD) Open source License User interface Platform(s)
Firewalk X Pliris ? 2.3.7 Non-free (US$ 34.99) No Proprietary / Shareware GUI Mac OS X v10.2, Mac OS X v10.3 (PowerPC)
Flying Buttress (known as BrickHouse prior to v1.4) Brian Hill March 23, 2001 1.4 (2005-12-31) Non-free (US$ 25.00) No Proprietary / Shareware GUI Mac OS X v10.0, Mac OS X v10.1, Mac OS X v10.2, Mac OS X v10.3, Mac OS X v10.4 (PowerPC)
Impasse Glucose Development Corporation Q2 2002 1.3 Non-free (US$ 10.00) No Proprietary / Shareware GUI Mac OS X v10.1, Mac OS X v10.2 (PowerPC)
NoobProof Hany El Imam 2007 1.5 Free Yes GPL / Donationware GUI Mac OS X v10.4, Mac OS X v10.8 (universal binary)
Norton Personal Firewall for Macintosh Symantec 2005 3.0.3 Non-free (US$ 49.95) No Proprietary
(Symantec Software License Ageement)[3][4]
GUI Mac OS X v10.1.5, Mac OS X v10.2, Mac OS X v10.3, Mac OS X v10.4.11 (PowerPC)[5]
Qtfw Ryzhyk Eugeney August 23, 2001 0.5 (2002-09-20) Free Yes BSD GUI BSD and POSIX operating systems with the Qt toolkit. Ported to Windows for wipfw.
sunShield Pro sunProtecting Factory ? 2.0.3 'L' (2007-11-09) Non-free (US$ 29.95) No Proprietary / Shareware GUI Mac OS X v10.4, Mac OS X v10.5 (universal binary)
WaterRoof Hany El Imam 2007 3.7 Free Yes GPL / Donationware GUI Mac OS X v10.4, Mac OS X v10.8 (universal binary)
YpFw Claudio Favi, CAIA 2004 ? Free Yes ? Text mode FreeBSD v3.4 or higher with Python v2.2 or higher

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ipfw is the only firewall software in Mac OS X v10.4 and below. Mac OS X v10.5 used both an application firewall and ipfw. Apple Knowledge Base #HT1810
  2. ^ http://info.iet.unipi.it/~luigi/dummynet
  3. ^ http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/about/media/06.25.04CPD.GLBL.EULA.NIS_NAV_NPF_NGB_NAS2005.pdf
  4. ^ http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/about/media/08.23.05cpd.glbl.eula_nis_nav_npf_2006.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.symantec.com/norton/macintosh/personal-firewall

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