zones - Shorewall6 zone declaration file
The /etc/shorewall6/zones file declares your network zones. You specify
the hosts in each zone through entries in /etc/shorewall6/interfaces or
The columns in the file are as follows.
ZONE - zone[:parent-zone[,parent-zone]...]
Name of the zone. The names "all", "none", "SOURCE" and "DEST" are
reserved and may not be used as zone names. The maximum length of a
zone name is determined by the setting of the LOGFORMAT option in
shorewall6.conf(5). With the default LOGFORMAT, zone names can
be at most 5 characters long. The maximum length of an iptables
log prefix is 29 bytes. As explained in shorewall6.conf (5), the
default LOGPREFIX formatting string is “Shorewall:%s:%s:” where the
first %s is replaced by the chain name and the second is replaced
by the disposition.
· The default formatting string has 12 fixed characters
("Shorewall" and three colons).
· The longest of the standard dispositions are ACCEPT and REJECT
which have 6 characters each.
· The canonical name for the chain containing the rules for
traffic going from zone 1 to zone 2 is "<zone 1>2<zone 2>".
· So if M is the maximum zone name length, such chains can have
length 2*M + 1.
12 + 6 + 2*M + 1 = 29 which reduces to
2*M = 29 - 12 - 6 - 1 = 10 or
M = 5
The order in which Shorewall6 matches addresses from packets to
zones is determined by the order of zone declarations. Where a zone
is nested in one or more other zones, you may either ensure that
the nested zone precedes its parents in this file, or you may
follow the (sub)zone name by ":" and a comma-separated list of the
parent zones. The parent zones must have been declared in earlier
records in this file. See shorewall6-nesting(5) for additional
#ZONE TYPE OPTIONS IN OPTIONS OUT OPTIONS
Currently, Shorewall6 uses this information to reorder the zone
list so that parent zones appear after their subzones in the list.
The IMPLICIT_CONTINUE option in shorewall6.conf(5) can also
create implicit CONTINUE policies to/from the subzone.
Where an ipsec zone is explicitly included as a child of an ipv6
zone, the ruleset allows CONTINUE policies (explicit or implicit)
to work as expected.
In the future, Shorewall6 may make additional use of nesting
This is the standard Shorewall6 zone type and is the default if
you leave this column empty or if you enter "-" in the column.
Communication with some zone hosts may be encrypted. Encrypted
hosts are designated using the 'ipsec'option in
ipsec (or ipsec6)
Communication with all zone hosts is encrypted. Your kernel and
ip6tables must include policy match support.
Designates the firewall itself. You must have exactly one
'firewall' zone. No options are permitted with a 'firewall'
zone. The name that you enter in the ZONE column will be stored
in the shell variable $FW which you may use in other
configuration files to designate the firewall zone.
bport (or bport6)
The zone is associated with one or more ports on a single
OPTIONS, IN OPTIONS and OUT OPTIONS - [option[,option]...]
A comma-separated list of options. With the exception of the mss
option, these only apply to TYPE ipsec zones.
where number is specified using setkey(8) using the
'unique:number option for the SPD level.
where number is the SPI of the SA used to encrypt/decrypt
IPSEC Encapsulation Protocol
sets the MSS field in TCP packets. If you supply this option,
you should also set FASTACCEPT=No in shorewall6.conf(5) to
insure that both the SYN and SYN,ACK packets have their MSS
only available with mode=tunnel
only available with mode=tunnel
Means that packets must match all rules.
Separates rules; can only be used with strict
The options in the OPTIONS column are applied to both incoming and
outgoing traffic. The IN OPTIONS are applied to incoming traffic
(in addition to OPTIONS) and the OUT OPTIONS are applied to
If you wish to leave a column empty but need to make an entry in a
following column, use "-".
shorewall6(8), shorewall6-accounting(5), shorewall6-actions(5),
shorewall6-blacklist(5), shorewall6-hosts(5), shorewall6-interfaces(5),
shorewall6-maclist(5), shorewall6-nesting(8), shorewall6-params(5),
shorewall6-rules(5), shorewall6.conf(5), shorewall6-tcclasses(5),
shorewall6-tcdevices(5), shorewall6-tcrules(5), shorewall6-tos(5),
[FIXME: source] 06/17/2010