Hi how to is possible to convert iptables rules into pf rules file?
One method would be to use the application FWBuilder. It is primarily a graphical application that can be used to manage firewall rule sets. It also, however, has an import/export feature that can be used to translate between different firewall types. And yes, both iptables and pf are supported.
So it looks like FWBuilder is more tricksome than I remembered. While you can import rulesets from Cisco and IPTables, you cannot directly export. I went through the process of translating a desktop IPTables ruleset from iptables to pf, and it was a fair amount of effort. Whether it is easier than learning pf syntax and doing a manual conversion, I don't know. That being said, this is the process I took to go from iptables -> pf using fwbuilder.
- File -> Import Policy -> Select iptables rule file
- Set Platform = iptables, click Next
- Change New Firewall type to pf with appropriate Version and Host OS settings
- Create new Interface object
- Change Direction in Policy frame to their correct direction (inbound/output/both)
- Add newly created interface to rules where appropriate
- Save to FWBuilder format -- File -> Save As -> Select filename to save as
From this point I used an iterative process to filter out any parse problems that fwbuilder had, primiarily the direction issues above and things like my rule to drop XMAS packets. I did this by issuing the compile commands directly, instead of using the interface.
fwb_pf -v -f ~/sandbox/firewallwork/desktop_firewall -d ~/sandbox -o ~/sandbox/firewallwork/New\ Firewall.fw 'New Firewall'
- If no errors, stop, else
- Fix problem in interface
- File -> Save
- goto 1
This will, eventually, leave you with two files that contain your new pf firewall config,
New Firewall.fw, and
New Firewall.conf. To reiterate above, after refreshing my memory on the process I am a lot less excited about it as a truly useful solution. However, by comparing the output beside your original ruleset it may help you get a better understanding of how the pf rulesets are developed so you can start managing them yourself.
Assuming your talking about Pfsense. No, this isn't possible, you'll have to enter them by hand.