I use ubuntu as gateway for several hosts. I need advise how to block ip forwarding for specific ip address or specific ip range?

I tried to block ip via ufw deny rules, but it looks like ip forwarding settings cannot be modified via rules and it can be applied only globally (DEFAULT_FORWARD_POLICY in /etc/default/ufw)

Also i tried to change iptables rules directly:

iptables -A FORWARD -j REJECT --reject-with icmp-host-prohibited 

After this command ip forwarding reject rule blocks forwarding requests from all of remote hosts.

Update: current iptable output:

root@mtu90:/home/pi# iptables -L -n -v
Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT 5671 packets, 927K bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination 
    0     0 DROP       all  --  *      *   
  192 15408 DROP       all  --  *      *   

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination 
  895  136K            all  --  *      *     
  518 30999 REJECT     all  --  *      *              reject-with icmp-host-prohibited

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT 119 packets, 14872 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination 
  • It can certainly be modified by iptables rules. If you're open to changing them, could you cut-and-paste the output of iptables -L -n -v into your question? (It may be possible to do it via ufw also, I just don't know ufw.) – MadHatter May 4 '14 at 17:51
  • please take a look. i've just updated my question with iptables output – user277820 May 4 '14 at 18:00

I think you are overthinking the problem. It is trivial to block forwarding requests using iptables on whatever basis you like.

There is, of-course, a default setting - forwarding can be allowed or denied by default - Your current setting is allowed. Thus to drop a specific host, simply add an iptables rule

iptables -I FORWARD -d sou.rce.ip.add -j DROP

Make sure that you remember to remove your rule to REJECT everything in the forward chain.

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