weird tcp syn problem
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Just recently, I rebooted a machine and iptables hasn't worked since. I
hadn't upgraded the kernel, or touched anything else (that I can remember).
The particular error is this:
/etc/iptables.cfg: /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_syncookies: No such file or
and when I looked at iptables.cfg, the relevant line looked like this:
echo > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_syncookies
Now, first thing I noticed is that it wasn't echoing anything at all. Every
other line in that file echoes either 0 or 1. However, after fruitlessly
trying to echo /anything/ into that file, a google search turned up something
I already knew: /proc is special and you can't just create files in there
with impunity. So, I started looking at what modules I was loading. lsmod
showed me iptable_mangle and iptable_filter were both loaded. Afaict, that
should be all I need to get masq working, supported by the fact that it has
been working for months with the same configuration. Well, maybe something
got corrupt. So, I recompiled the kernel, installed, rebooted, exact same
problem. Hrumph. Okay, upgrade from 2.4.4 to 2.4.7. Go over the kernel
config options with a fine-tooth comb, recompile, reboot. Exact same
problem. Now I'm lost, confused, and people are starting to get pissed off.
If anyone has *any* idea, at all, please oh please send a hint or cluebat my
way. I'm all out of ideas......
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