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Re: [libvirt] How to prevent libvirt from adding iptables rules?



Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 02:36:16PM +0200, Ludwig Nussel wrote:
> > Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > > On Thu, Apr 02, 2009 at 10:16:13AM +0200, Ludwig Nussel wrote:
> > > > Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> > > > > On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 04:08:24PM -0300, Mariano Absatz wrote:
> > > > > > [...]
> > > > > > I modified my VMs to use isolated rather than default, but rules keep 
> > > > > > being added to iptables when libvirt-bin is started.
> > > > > > 
> > > > > > Is there a way to convince libvirt not to add these rules?
> > > > > 
> > > > > No, libvirt needs to add the rules here because otherwise the guest
> > > > > virtual network would not be guarenteed to be isolated from the host
> > > > > network.
> > > > 
> > > > Messing with iptables rules isn't guaranteed to work either. Esp if the
> > > > existing firewall is re-run. SuSEfirewall2 for example runs when
> > > > interfaces come or go so it will kill any rules that someone added
> > > > behind it's back.
> > > 
> > > We have a similar issue with the Fedora equivalent of SuSSfirewall, and
> > > it provides a mechanism for us to register the set of rules we want, so
> > > when it is re-run, it re-adds our rules.
> > 
> > SuSEfirewall2 does not have such a mechanism and TBH I pretty much
> > dislike the idea of allowing applications to inject arbitrary rules.
> > I'd prefer some higher level abstraction so it's left to the
> > firewall to decide how to translate the request into actual iptables
> > rules (or whatever else technology is used in the background).
> 
> I don't much like it either, but currently there isn't any other viable
> way to provide good network connectivity out of the box, with zero 
> configuration required by the user.

The idea of making firewalls magically do the right thing without
any input from the user just doesn't work out. Anyways, I'm not
denying that there currently is no way to have firewall rules
adjusted without going low level and calling iptables yourself.
That's why I'm interested in what kind of rules you need for what
purpose. Maybe a better way to interface with SuSEfirewall2 springs
into my mind then. Or maybe not, who knows :-)

> In the perfect world we could
> delegate setup to NetworkManager, and indeed NM's latest connection
> sharing capabilities does very similar things with IPtables that
> libvirt does

*shudder* that's even more scary and doesn't belong there either.

cu
Ludwig

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