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Date:      Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:10:21 +0200
From:      Luigi Rizzo <>
To:        Cypher Wu <>
Subject:   Re: Transparent firewall & Dynamic rules
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On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 09:51:04PM +0800, Cypher Wu wrote:
> It's seems fine, but I still have some questions:
> 1. The endpoint will response to the keepalive TCP segment and the
> destination will be the other endpoint, will IPFW just let it though
> like the usual IP packet, or try to figure it out and drop it?

it will let the packet through.

> 2. If I have two computer I can make sure both end are not using
> keepalive, then I can still figure out there is a firewall between
> these two computers?

you can disable the keepalives on the firewall (if there is no
sysctl for it, it's a trivial code change anyways), and you
can set a large timeout.

but by definition the presence of a firewall _is_ detectable,
unless it blocks nothing so it is just a logger and not a firewall.

'transparent' referred to a middlebox means
"it does not require endpoint reconfiguration", not that
it is undetectable.

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