tl;dr A firewall setup that allows traffic to leave only via the VPN.
A few days ago, I noticed that my outbound email wasn’t being delivered—it seems as if my ISP blocks access to some outbound ports. An easy workaround is to route traffic through the work VPN, but knowing myself I’d forget to switch it on, leaving my outbound mail stranded.
I needed a way of blocking any access to the internet, unless it was leaving through the VPN (since I was sure I’d notice that pretty quickly).
I’d have preferred to use firewalld, which is neatly integrated into Ubuntu, but as of 01/24/2015 it doesn’t allow filtering outbound traffic1. What follows, then, is a simple approach implementing the following rule:
Block wifi traffic unless it goes to either the local network or the VPN.
Create a script (I called it
~/scripts/fw-up) that sets up the
#!/bin/bash # Clear any existing rules iptables -F # Allow outbound DNS iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --dport 53 -j ACCEPT iptables -A INPUT -p udp --sport 53 -j ACCEPT # Allow TCP access to the work VPN # Replace X.Y below with your VPN address range iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp -d X.Y.0.0/16 -o wlan1 -j ACCEPT # Allow any traffic destined for the vpn to go out iptables -A OUTPUT -o vpn0 -j ACCEPT # Allow local traffic iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp -o wlan1 -d 10.0.0.0/8 -j ACCEPT iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp -o wlan1 -d 172.16.0.0/12 -j ACCEPT iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp -o wlan1 -d 192.168.0.0/16 -j ACCEPT # Drop everything else on the wifi iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp -o wlan1 -j DROP
Make sure the script is set to executable (
chmod +x fw-up).
Add a symlink to
if-up.d to ensure that the firewall gets built
whenever the network is reconfigured:
sudo ln -s ~/scripts/fw-up /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables
Now, whenever you connect to a wifi hotspot, internet traffic will be blocked until you fire up your VPN. If, on occasion, you need to work without the VPN, simply raze the firewall:
sudo iptables -F
Update: Typically, you wouldn’t want the firewall to go up when
connecting to the wireless at work, so I added the following conditional
iptables -F if [[ `iwgetid -r` != 'WorkSSID' ]]; then # Firewall rules go here ... fi