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Old 03-28-2004, 08:17 PM   #1
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iptables : Restrict access at certain times of day

I am new at linux and having lots of fun exploring it. Here is my problem:

I am using iptables and two nic cards as a gateway to the internet. Some iptables tutorials suggest that it is possible to restrict access to certain computer to the internet based on different times of the day, yet I am having difficulty finding any documentation indicating how to implement such a restriction.

Any help is greatly appreciated,

Thank you,
Old 03-28-2004, 09:38 PM   #2
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There are two basic approaches to do this.

1. There is the Patch-o-Matic netfilter extension 'time' that allows you to match packets based on time of arrival. If you are not familiar with POM, it requires a kernel recompilation in order to incorperate the desired netfilter patches. Check out the HOWTO and the description of the 'time' extension:

2. Second way use to use two seperate iptables scripts that are run via cron jobs. Think "script A is run at 8 am, script B is then run at 6pm". Probably easier to implement if you just want something simplistic. If you have something very complex in mind, then POM will probably be the better option.


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