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SubjectRe: Selectively refusing TCP connections
On Wed, May 23, 2001 at 06:59:02PM +0100, Ben Mansell wrote:
> Hi all,
> Is there any mechanism in Linux for refusing incoming TCP connections?
> I'd like to be able to fetch the next incoming connection on a listen
> queue, and selectively accept or reject it based on the IP address of the
> client. I know this could be done via firewall rules, but for this case,
> I'd like an application to have the final say on whether the connection
> will be accepted.

You can push a BPF (LPF) filter expression onto a LISTEN socket that checks
every incoming packet using SO_ATTACH_FILTER.

The only way to do it fully in an application is probably to set up netfilter
NAT to forward the connection to some local process; or alternative push
the packets using a netfilter queue target to a user process and forward/
disable firewall rules dynamically.


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