I want to prevent direct access of my Windows Machine and want to expose some programs running on it via my Linux Machine (which again is accessible by a Public IP).

Is there a way where-in I can configure my Linux Machine (say IP = a.b.c.d) to route all the UDP traffic which it gets at a specific port (say 6667) to my Windows Machine (say IP = e.f.g.h) at port 6668?

Is yes, how can I implement it?


# bindadress    bindport  connectaddress  connectport    6667   6668

# logging information
logfile /var/log/rinetd.log

# uncomment the following line if you want web-server style logfile format


I wish to route UDP traffic only.

  • Is the Linux machine the Windows machine's default router? Do you need replies to work too? Do you need the Windows machine to see the real source IP addresses of the UDP packets? (If the answers are "no", "yes", and "yes", you have a very hard problem.) – David Schwartz Jul 11 '12 at 13:57

The following section works for TCP only (This was published before Mahendra changed the title

Install rinetd. In this program you can configure incoming port and outgoing port easily. First install the program. Then change /etc/rinetd.conf


#bindadress bindport connectaddress connectport

a.b.c.d 6667 e.f.g.h 6668

For UDP check the link below


This is from the chat discussion which actually solved the problem

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i $EXT_IF -p udp -d $EXT_IP --dport 53 -j DNAT --to-destination $INTERNAL_SERVER

and make sure you also have it allowed to pass through the FORWARD chain with something like

#forward traffic
iptables -A FORWARD -i $EXT_IF -o $INT_IF -p udp -d $INTERNAL_SERVER --dport 53 -j ACCEPT
#reply traffic
iptables -A INPUT -o $EXT_IF -i $INT_IF -p udp -s $INTERNAL_SERVER --sport 53 -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
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  • Thank you.. this looks promising and easy to configure. Before I try it on my Live IP, I'd like to test it locally. Do you think this will work on local network as well? – Mahendra Liya Jul 11 '12 at 10:08
  • yes of course. I've tested it – Manula Waidyanatha Jul 11 '12 at 10:10
  • I'm not sure what's wrong, but doesn't seem to work for me locally. I posted my conf file in the question... – Mahendra Liya Jul 11 '12 at 10:24
  • Did you restart the rinetd.If not; restart it: /etc/init.d/rinetd restart – Manula Waidyanatha Jul 11 '12 at 10:45
  • Yes, I restarted it.. doesn't work yet... – Mahendra Liya Jul 11 '12 at 10:57

Yes, this is called reverse NAT and is part of the IpTables capabilities of Linux. Every decent NATtins firewall does that to expose services.

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  • Can you show me a working command line for reverse NAT? – Mahendra Liya Jul 11 '12 at 9:28
  • No, I dont use Linux outside of firewall appliances and I doubt the setup instructions for a MIkrotik ROuterOs installation woudld mean anything to you or be helpfull at all, sorry. – TomTom Jul 11 '12 at 9:30

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