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Shorewall and the 2.6 Linux Kernel

Tom Eastep

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Shorewall is compatible with the Linux 2.6 kernel series and contains support for the following features that are added in that series:

  1. NETMAP Target Support.

  2. Bridge/Firewall Support (physdev match support).

  3. CLASSIFY Target Support.


The 2.6 Linux kernel introduces a new implementation of IPSEC which eliminates the ipsecN device names. Netfilter/iptables support for this new implementation is incomplete unless your kernel has been patched. For unpatched kernels, see the Shorewall IPSEC documentation (Shorewall support for IPSEC with unpatched 2.6 kernels is very limited). For patched 2.6 kernels (including those supplied with SUSE™ 9.2) see the Kernel 2.6 IPSEC documentation.