ipfilter per rule ttl's not working?

Sean Chittenden sean at chittenden.org
Tue Aug 26 08:48:44 PDT 2003

Since ipf doesn't send keep alives to refresh its connections and on
our Intranet server that gets modest www traffic, how can I run with
reasonably low/sane TTLs for most of our rules, but have a different
TTL for ssh traffic?  The documentation suggests that I can do this:

       filter-rule = [ insert ] action in-out [ options ] [ tos ] [ ttl ]
                  [ proto ] [ ip ] [ group ].
       ttl  = "ttl" decnumber .

But in practice, I think that the feature is unable to correctly
identify a valid number when it sees one.

>From ipf.rules:

pass in quick on fxp1 ttl 604800 proto tcp from any to port = 22 flags S keep state keep frags

# ipf -Fa -f /etc/ipf.rules
693: invalid ttl (604800)

:-/ One would think that 604800 would qualify as a decnumber.  Am I
missing something or is this a documented non-feature?


Sean Chittenden

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