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Date:      Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:44:03 -0600
From:      Dan Nelson <>
To:        Artem Kuchin <>
Cc:        "" <>
Subject:   Re: Blocking very many (tens of thousands) ip addresses in ipfw
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In the last episode (Jan 14), Artem Kuchin said:
> I need to block around 150000 ip addreses from acccess the server at
> all at any port.  The addesses are random, they are not nets. These
> are the spammer i want to block for 24 hours. The list is dynamically
> generated and regenerated every hour or so. What is the most
> efficient way to do it? At first i thought doing ipfw rules using 5
> ips per rule, that would result in 30000 rules! This will be too
> slow! I need to something really quick and smart. Like matching the
> first number from ip (195 from, if it does not match -
> skip, if it does - compare the next one and so on.

Take a look at the ipfw manpage, the LOOKUP TABLES section.  You can
add/remove entries on the fly if you need to, and for an efficient full
replacement, create a file with contents like:

table 1 flush
table 1 add
table 1 add

etc, then load it with "ipfw -f file.txt".

	Dan Nelson

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