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Date:      Fri, 24 Nov 2006 06:50:32 +0000
From:      "Frank Shute" <>
To:        Nilton Volpato <>
Subject:   Re: port redirection with natd and ipfw
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On Sat, Nov 18, 2006 at 09:12:30PM -0200, Nilton Volpato wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm using a computer with FreeBSD as a gateway and NAT for a private
> LAN. Let's say the gateway has as external address, and
> as internal address, so that the LAN is
> I'm doing a number of port redirects in the gateway, for svn, http,
> https, ssh, etc using natd. However, these port redirects do not work
> from inside the LAN.
> For instance, if I point my browser to and I'm in
> the LAN, then it will not work. I can't use the internal address of
> the web server because none of the links will work on the web page.
> In summary, I want that my port redirections work also when I try to
> connect to the gateway's external address from inside the LAN.
> I'm using a minimal ipfw configuration to try to solve this. This is
> the default configuration.
> 00050 divert 8668 ip4 from any to any via vr0
> 00100 allow ip from any to any via lo0
> 00200 deny ip from any to
> 00300 deny ip from to any
> 65000 allow ip from any to any
> 65535 deny ip from any to any
> I tried to add:
> 00060 divert 8668 ip4 from to
> expecting that it would send the packets from LAN to natd, which would
> apply the port redirections. But it did not work.
> How can I solve this?
> Thanks,
> -- Nilton

What I do in these circumstances is put a line in /etc/hosts on the
machines on the LAN eg:

If you've got a standard host.conf then it gets picked up before bind.

Whilst it means you don't connect to the external interface of it has the same effect and you can browse your site etc.

No fancy firewall rules required either.




echo "f r a n k @ e s p e r a n c e - l i n u x . c o . u k" | sed 's/ //g'

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