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The server manager is the GUI front end for the firewall. The firewall is modified automatically in response to changes you make in the configuration, such as enabling/disabling services, marking them public/private, forwarding ports, etc.

If you wish to make changes beyond those provided for by the server manager, you can do so by setting DB records or providing custom templates. Only make these changes if you are sure you know what you are doing, incorrect settings will compromise security on your server.


  • I want to have two WAN addresses; one for the SMESERVER and another that needs to be treated like a "Local Network". I can't set any address from the WAN subnet as a "Local Network".

This is intended behaviour as SMESERVER is secure by design. If you need to do something like this, you should know what you are doing and understand what to poke under the covers.

DB Settings

  • How do I allow public access to a service I've added to SME Server 7?

The procedure has changed and is now much simpler in SME Server 7. For this example the service you have installed is called 'manta' and 'nnn' is the TCP port number that needs to be opened. Watch your capitalization with the command below:

 config set manta service access public status enabled TCPPort nnn

For UDP services, use UDPPort instead of TCPPort.

If you need to open multiple ports for one service you can use TCPPorts and UDPPorts. Port numbers are seperated with a comma, but without a space. Note that ranges of ports are defined with a : between the numbers in this case, instead of a -.

Note that you can also set restrictions with AllowHosts and DenyHosts:

 config setprop manta AllowHosts, 
 config setprop manta DenyHosts

Then, to activate, do:

 signal-event remoteaccess-update
  • I want to block traffic from some ip-addresses to my server on some port.
config setprop httpd-e-smith DenyHosts a.b.c.d,w.x.y.z
signal-event post-upgrade
signal-event reboot

Custom templates

Block incoming IP address

  • I want to block All traffic from some ip-addresses to my server.

Create a custom template and list the IP's

mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/rc.d/init.d/masq/
pico -w /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/rc.d/init.d/masq/40DenyRiffRaff
/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -s -j DROP
/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -s -j DROP

expand and restart

/sbin/e-smith/expand-template /etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
/etc/init.d/masq restart

Block outgoing ports

  • I want to block outgoing traffic from my server.

These commands are based on

Please check for the latest attachments (custom template fragments) to this bug.

At present, traffic is only blocked if it originates on the primary local network. No processing is performed on traffic addressed to the LAN IP, WAN IP or loopback address of the SME.

Download custom templates and configure ports with db command

mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
cd /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
wget -O 91adjustPortBlocks
wget -O 42SetupPortBlocks

Create desired db entries to suit the ports & protocols you want to block

config setprop masq TCPBlocks address:port
config setprop masq UDPBlocks address:port

eg to block all outbound traffic except that passed by the smtp & httpd proxies

config setprop masq TCPBlocks
config setprop masq UDPBlocks

eg to leave open some ports ie 222 & 2000-2010, block in ranges

config setprop masq TCPBlocks,,

Update the config changes and restart masq

signal-event remoteaccess-update
/etc/init.d/masq restart

Bypass Proxy

  • You have Transparent Proxy enabled (the default) but want to allow this to be selectively bypassed.

These commands are based on

Please check for the latest attachments (custom template fragments) to this bug.

Download custom templates and configure ports with db command

mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
cd /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
wget -O 35transproxy
wget -O 90adjustTransProxy

Create desired db entries for the clients or sites you want to allow

config setprop squid BypassProxyTo
config setprop squid BypassProxyFrom a.b.c.d,x.y.z.0/0
expand-template /etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
/etc/init.d/masq restart

If the setting changes do not appear to take effect, do the following

signal-event reboot

To add a BypassProxyFrom IP & retain existing IPs without re-entering them, do the following

config setprop squid BypassProxyFrom a.b.c.d,$(config getprop squid BypassProxyFrom)
expand-template /etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
/etc/init.d/masq restart

Followed if necessary by

signal-event reboot

To remove a specific entry but leave other existing entries unchanged

config setprop squid BypassProxyFrom \
$(config getprop squid BypassProxyFrom | \
sed -e 's/entry-to-be-removed//' -e 's/^,//' -e 's/,$//' -e 's/,,//')

where entry-to-be-removed is the IP to be removed

Note: The first sed is to remove the entry, the last second is to remove the comma at the beginning, the second for a comma at the end and the last to remove the double comma when an entry is removed at the middle of the list.

Disable bypass:

config delprop squid BypassProxyFrom
config delprop squid BypassProxyTo
expand-template /etc/rc.d/init.d/masq
service masq restart
signal-event reboot

Open Ports in Private Server/Gateway Mode

  • I want to hide all ports, so I put my SMESERVER in PRIVATE SERVER/GATEWAY mode. I can still see some ports are open.

Certain services are still open on the WAN interface in PRIVATE SERVER/GATEWAY mode. Those services can be set to absolute private from the command line by:

config setprop masq Stealth yes
config setprop ftp access private
config setprop smtpd access private
config setprop dnscache access private
config setprop httpd-e-smith access private
config setprop oidentd access private
config setprop modSSL access private
config setprop ssmtpd access private
config setprop sshd access private
config setprop imaps access private
config setprop ldap access private
config setprop pop3 access private
config setprop pop3s access private
config setprop nmbd access private
config setprop smbd access private
signal-event post-upgrade
signal-event reboot