I have a linux machine (my workstation). From there I can ping other local machines, let's say Let's say I want to prohibit communication with by it's MAC address. I'm trying a simple rule:

ebtables -I INPUT -s 00:24:1d:c9:0a:27 -j DROP

But still I can ping that host. Is ebtables limited to filtering traffic only on bridge interfaces?

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Yes, ebtables only acts on frames traversing bridge interfaces. You can, however, do a nice layering violation and use the -m mac --mac-source iptables option.

Whenever I'm doing anything at all complex with netfilter I keep this diagram close to hand: http://jengelh.medozas.de/images/nf-packet-flow.png


Thor, what you suggest is correct and is working. I justed tested it.

You may need to update the routes by replacing bridged interfaces with the bridge interface itself, to make sure you're not bypassing the bridge.

ip route del dev eth0  proto kernel  scope link  src
ip route add dev br0  proto kernel  scope link  src

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