126.96.36.199.3. IPTables Parameter Options
iptablescommands, including those used to add, append, delete, insert, or replace rules within a particular chain, require various parameters to construct a packet filtering rule.
-c— Resets the counters for a particular rule. This parameter accepts the
BYTESoptions to specify which counter to reset.
-d— Sets the destination hostname, IP address, or network of a packet that matches the rule. When matching a network, the following IP address/netmask formats are supported:
N.N.N.N/M.M.M.M— Where N.N.N.N is the IP address range and M.M.M.M is the netmask.
N.N.N.N/M— Where N.N.N.N is the IP address range and M is the bitmask.
-f— Applies this rule only to fragmented packets.You can use the exclamation point character (
!) option before this parameter to specify that only unfragmented packets are matched.
NoteDistinguishing between fragmented and unfragmented packets is desirable, despite fragmented packets being a standard part of the IP protocol.Originally designed to allow IP packets to travel over networks with differing frame sizes, these days fragmentation is more commonly used to generate DoS attacks using malformed packets. It's also worth noting that IPv6 disallows fragmentation entirely.
-i— Sets the incoming network interface, such as
iptables, this optional parameter may only be used with the INPUT and FORWARD chains when used with the
filtertable and the PREROUTING chain with the
mangletables.This parameter also supports the following special options:
- Exclamation point character (
!) — Reverses the directive, meaning any specified interfaces are excluded from this rule.
- Plus character (
+) — A wildcard character used to match all interfaces that match the specified string. For example, the parameter
-i eth+would apply this rule to any Ethernet interfaces but exclude any other interfaces, such as
-iparameter is used but no interface is specified, then every interface is affected by the rule.
-j— Jumps to the specified target when a packet matches a particular rule.The standard targets are
RETURN.Extended options are also available through modules loaded by default with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
iptablesRPM package. Valid targets in these modules include
REJECT, among others. Refer to the
iptablesman page for more information about these and other targets.This option can also be used to direct a packet matching a particular rule to a user-defined chain outside of the current chain so that other rules can be applied to the packet.If no target is specified, the packet moves past the rule with no action taken. The counter for this rule, however, increases by one.
-o— Sets the outgoing network interface for a rule. This option is only valid for the OUTPUT and FORWARD chains in the
filtertable, and the POSTROUTING chain in the
mangletables. This parameter accepts the same options as the incoming network interface parameter (
-p <protocol>— Sets the IP protocol affected by the rule. This can be either
all, or it can be a numeric value, representing one of these or a different protocol. You can also use any protocols listed in the
all" protocol means the rule applies to every supported protocol. If no protocol is listed with this rule, it defaults to "
-s— Sets the source for a particular packet using the same syntax as the destination (