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Date:      Thu, 01 Dec 2011 18:45:48 -0500
From:      Jon Radel <>
To:        Tim Daneliuk <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Mailing List <>
Subject:   Re: ipfw And ping
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On 12/1/11 6:25 PM, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
> I have a fairly restrictive ipfw setup on a FBSD 8.2-STABLE machine.
> Pings were not getting through so I added this near the top
> of the rule set:
> #####
> # Allow icmp
> #####
> ${FWCMD} add allow icmp from any to any
> It does work but, two questions:
> 1) Is there a better way?

Consider allowing only the ICMP that does things you want to do.  Google 
something like "icmp types to allow" for some hints and opinions.  Just 
as an example, you can independently control being able to ping others 
and others being able to ping you.

> 2) Will this cause harm or otherwise expose the server to some
> vulnerability?

Well, if you allow all ICMP types, it's possible to make your little 
packets go places you didn't really want them to go, and similar network 
breakage.  You can also find those who feel strongly that allowing 
others to ping your machines gives them way too much information about 
what you have at which IP address.  On the other hand, working ping and 
traceroute can be very handy to figure out what's wrong when the network 
breaks.  But do you open up access on your server?---well not so much, 
though having said that I'm ready for somebody to remind me of some 
obscure attack that uses ICMP for more than information gathering.  :-)

--Jon Radel

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