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Old 03-23-2005, 12:38 AM   #1
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Packet Filter to redirect a packet to a user level process


I wanted some information on how to redirect packets arriving at a linux box to a user level process running on that machine.

I would appericiate a solution with a minimal amount of kernel module programming and/or firewall configuration.

My intention is to modify the packet and send it to it another destination.


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Old 03-23-2005, 01:09 AM   #2
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Do you seek to send the packets to a specific port? If so, the information is very attainable. Look at for great IPTABLES tutorials. You seek "port forwarding".
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No, I need access to the entire IP header and payload... Thanks for the link though I'll definately check it out.
Does anybody have any specific ideas?


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Old 09-01-2006, 12:06 PM   #4
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You have to use natting in this case. Rewritting the packet with SNAT/DNAT can make you do a lot with your packets. You can also forward the packets over to different ports as well.

The only basic rule that fits in this case; is to understand the basics (for natting); Make sure that your packet should always have a same class Source-ip & destination ip if incase you are not acting as a gateway for your clients.

Above all natting in not at all difficult & you can get the know how of them i think in a few days as well.


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