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iblock is an inetd program adding the client IP to a Packet Filter table.

It is meant to be used to block scanner connecting on unused ports.

Upon connection, the IP is added to a PF table and all established connections with this IP are killed. You need to use a PF bloking rule using the table.

How to use

Add a dedicated user

useradd -s /sbin/nologin _iblock

Configure doas

Add in /etc/doas.conf:

permit nopass _iblock cmd /sbin/pfctl

Configure inetd

Start inetd service with this in /etc/inetd.conf:

666 stream tcp nowait _iblock /usr/local/sbin/iblock iblock
666 stream tcp6 nowait _iblock /usr/local/sbin/iblock iblock

You can change the PF table by adding it as a parameter like this:

In this example, the parameter blocklist will add IPs to the blocklist PF table.

666 stream tcp nowait _iblock /usr/local/sbin/iblock iblock blocklist
666 stream tcp6 nowait _iblock /usr/local/sbin/iblock iblock blocklist

Default is "iblocked" table.

Configure packet filter

Use this in /etc/pf.conf, choose which ports will trigger the ban from the variable:

# services triggering a block
blocking_tcp="{ 21 23 53 111 135 137:139 445 1433 25565 5432 3389 3306 27019 }"

table <blocked> persist

block in quick from <blocked> label iblock
pass in quick on egress inet proto tcp to port $blocking_tcp rdr-to port 666
pass in quick on egress inet6 proto tcp to port $blocking_tcp rdr-to ::1 port 666

Don't forget to reload the rules with pfctl -f /etc/pf.conf.

Get some statistics

Done! You can see IP banned using pfctl -t blocked -T show and iBlock will send blocked addresses to syslog.

In the example I added a label to the block rule, you can use pfctl -s labels to view statistics from this rule, see documentation for column meaning.


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