PF blocking even if set to pass all

Erik Norgaard norgaard at
Thu Dec 13 12:17:11 PST 2007

Ghirai wrote:
> On Thu, 13 Dec 2007 09:19:03 -0200
> "Alaor Barroso de Carvalho Neto" <alaorneto at> wrote:
>> Hi guyz, like I've said in other topic, I'm building a BSD box that'll act
>> as a gateway between three private networks and the internet. I want that
>> each private network can ping to each other, and I can do that till I
>> activate my pf firewall. When I do pfctl -e it stop working.
>> The output of pfctl -sr is:
>> pass in all
>> pass out all
>> So I guess it would pass anything, why it isn't happening?
>> Hugs,
>> Alaor
>> _______________________________________________
> You need to specify from/to what interface it should pass (if you have more
> than one NIC, which i assume you do, since the box is acting as a router).

You do not need to specify interface, if no interface is specified the 
rule is applied to all interfaces. In fact you could have just

   pass all

but you may prefer

   pass quick all keep state

I think it is possible to set a default rule, which for security should 
be block, which means that any packet that falls through your rule set 
will be blocked. Therefore, you should have "pass quick".

The official guide is really good:

Try using snort or tcpdump on each interface to see where the packet 
goes missing. Say you ping from a host on the network attached to em0 to 
a host on the network attached to em1, sniff on each interface and see 
if the packet comes through.

Cheers, Erik
Erik Nørgaard
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