iptables on DLink DSL-502T Modem/Router

/dev/rob0 rob0 at gmx.co.uk
Tue Nov 8 03:31:46 CET 2005

On Monday 2005-November-07 19:47, Paul Goodyear wrote:
> Does iptables version v1.2.6a support forwarding from a source IP?

I cannot parse this. Please rephrase (although I think I've answered 
your question below.)

> The reason I ask, is I have a DLink DSL-502T modem router, the router
> has linux on and running iptables.

General note about embedded devices: you're limited to the netfilter 
drivers that the developer saw fit to include. My Linksys w/Sveasoft 
firmware lacks some of the more recent and better toys. (I'm planning 
to upgrade to OpenWRT.)

> The webadmin for the router does not allow you to create ip filters,
> port forwarding is there but not filtering.

But apparently you can get to a shell?

> I want to allow access to port 3389 from only 1 internet IP address.
> Should this work? ( being an example)
> iptables -A INPUT -s -d -p tcp --dport 3389

Without seeing your rules I can only guess. I have 3 guesses, in the 
order they appear on the command line:

1. "-A" : order matters. If an earlier rule does something else with 
your MS-RDP traffic from destined to, this is 
never hit.

2. "INPUT" : If is not a local IP on the router, this rule 
can never be hit. Try "FORWARD".

3. "-d" : That's a non-routable RFC 1918 address. You have 
to perform DNAT in the nat table prior to this. You implied that this 
has been done, but you were not explicit.

Given the topology you described (the rules being on a DSL router) I 
would guess number 2 is your problem. Embedded devices are not likely 
to be running RDP servers.
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