Re: ssh connection survives reboot of stateful iptables router
On Tue, 4 Jul 2006, martin f krafft wrote:
> also sprach Jozsef Kadlecsik <email@example.com> [2006.07.04.1130 +0200]:
> > > is the same, meaning that the INVALID state matches all non-SYN
> > > packets at this point.
> > That's plain false: the INVALID state does not match all non-SYN packets
> > at that point. It's nowhere written or stated in any decent documentation.
> Let me get this straight:
> The INVALID state means that the packet can not be identified or
> that it does not have any state.
> From what I was told, a packet that is not ESTABLISHED or RELATED,
> but does not have the SYN bit set cannot be identified and thus has
> no state.
That is false, because from connection tracking point of view a plain ACK
packet which does not belong to any existing connections has got a state,
which is NEW. That is why connection pickup can work.
> I seem to recall it was actually an iptables developer who told me that
> INVALID = ALL - (ESTABLISHED + RELATED + NEW).
And that is correct.
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