End of Support Life for Shorewall 4.4
With the release of Debian Wheezy, support for Shorewall 4.4 has
ended. Users are encouraged to upgrade to Shorewall 4.5 at the
Nasty Bug in Shorewall 4.4.13-4.4.22
A bug in recent versions of Shorewall can result in rules that are
wider in scope than intended.
If a zone name begins with 'all', then rules referring to that zone
are incorrectly handled as if the keyword 'all' had been entered
rather than the zone name.
Users who are running one of these versions of Shorewall and who
have zone names beginning with 'all' are urged to either:
- Rename the zone(s) to not begin with 'all'; or
- Upgrade to Shorewall 18.104.22.168 or later.
End of Support Life for Shorewall 4.0 and
With the release of Debian Squeeze, support for Shorewall 4.0 and
Shorewall 4.2 has ended. Users are encouraged to upgrade to
Shorewall 4.4 at the earliest opportunity.
Blacklisting Broken in Shorewall
Prior to Shorewall 4.4.13, blacklisting was associated with an
interface or host group by using the 'blacklist' option in
/etc/shorewall/interfaces or /etc/shorewall/hosts. Beginning with
Shorewall 4.4.13, Shorewall associates blacklisting with zones by
accepting the 'blacklist' option in the OPTIONS, IN_OPTIONS and
OUT_OPTIONS column of /etc/shorewall/zones. To maintain
compatibility with earlier releases, setting 'blacklist' in
/etc/shorewall/interfaces or /etc/shorewall/hosts is treated as if
the option had been entered under IN_OPTIONS in the associated zone
entry in /etc/shorewall/zones.
Unfortunately, a defect in this implementation causes blacklisting
to be disabled in some simple existing configurations. If you use
blacklisting and have installed Shorewall 4.4.13, you are urged to
upgrade to 22.214.171.124 as soon as possible.
If you cannot upgrade immediately, you can work around the problem
by including 'blacklist' in the IN_OPTIONS of any zones on which you
want incoming blacklisting to occur.
End-of-life for Shorewall-shell in
Shorewall 4.4, released in August 2009, does not include
Shorewall-shell. Because Shorewall 4.0 is included in Debian Lenny,
Shorewall-shell will continue to be supported until Debian Squeeze
Shorewall-shell users concerned about upgrading are encouraged to migrate to Shorewall-perl before
upgrading to Shorewall 4.4. By migrating before upgrading, you will
be able to have both Shorewall-shell and Shorewall-perl installed at
the same time; that way, you can quickly fall back to
Shorewall-shell if you have problems.
Users who run Shorewall-shell on an embedded system that is too
small to support Perl should consider switching to Shorewall-lite with
Shorewall-perl installed on an administrative system (may be a
Windows[tm] system running Cygwin[tm]
or a Mac running OS X).
For those of you who may have already upgraded and are having
issues, this article should help.
Shorewall-perl 4.2 Users
Shorewall-perl 4.2.6 and Earlier
On February 28, 2008, Klemens Rutz reported a problem that affects
all Shorewall-perl 4.2 versions prior to 126.96.36.199.
- Only occurs when there are multiple non-firewall zones.
- Results in the following interface options not being applied
to forwarded traffic.
maclist (when MACLIST_TABLE=filter)
User are encouraged to either:
- Upgrade to Shorewall-perl-188.8.131.52 or later; or
- Apply the patch found at:
To apply the patch, execute this
patch /usr/share/shorewall-perl/Shorewall/Rules.pm < forward.patch
The patch may apply with fuzz and/or
an offset, depending on your particular version.
In Linux Kernel version 2.6.20, the Netfilter team changed
Physdev Match so that it is no longer capable of supporting
BRIDGING=Yes. The solutions available to users are to either:
- Switch to using the technique described at http://www.shorewall.net/3.0/NewBridge.html;
- Upgrade to Shorewall 4.0 or later, migrate to using
Shorewall-perl, and follow the instructions at http://www1.shorewall.net/bridge-Shorewall-perl.html.
The first approach allows you to switch back and forth between
kernels older and newer than 2.6.20. The second approach is a
better long-term solution.
Attention Users of Kernel 2.4
The Shorewall developers do not test Shorewall running on Kernel 2.4
and we make no representation about the functionality of Shorewall
on that Kernel. Any failure of Shorewall on Kernel 2.4 will not be
investigated by the Shorewall team.
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