1. Applying ipfw rules remotely...
Hi there. I've scanned through as much of the newsgroup as I could
readily lay hands on, and haven't seen this addressed so far.
I'm running ipfw on a FreeBSD box; my rules set is fine, it's trucking
away doing everything I want it to do, with no problems; it's definitely
making a lover of FreeBSD out of me.
The only problem is that I can't remotely write to the rules set, or
apply that rules set. I've got ssh set up on the machine, ssh into it,
su to root, and can read/copy files, but whenever I try to write changes
to the rules file, or enter './fw_rules' to flush the old rules and
apply new ones once I've changed them, the connection appears to die on
my end, and ipfw itself, on the FreeBSD box, seems to lock up or default
back to 'deny all from any to any,' since all traffic immediately comes
to a screeching hault (as does all logging). I then have to go over to
the machine itself, enter './fw_rules' on the console, and everything
The sysadmin who originally installed FreeBSD (v3.4-stable) swears he
didn't set it up so that nothing could be written or executed by root
remotely, and I can find nothing in rc.firewall or rc.conf which would
seem to be related. I'm also having a good bit of trouble finding
information about ipfw itself. Thus, I turn to the newsgroups. Any
help you can offer would be greatly, -greatly- appreciated, as I'll be
several hundred miles from this box in a few weeks, and dependent upon
my ability to access and maintain it remotely. Thanks!
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