On Tue, 25 Jan 2005 00:05:38 -0700, Steven Stremciuc
<steve at freeslacker dot net> wrote:
> Plenty of traffic still gets through to the web servers, but I see many
> blocked packets being logged (following just a snippet):
> looks like they are being caught here:
> 613953 @17 block in log quick on dc0 from any to any head 200
It's hitting that because it's not matching an existing state entry.
Generally you'll see this but it won't cause problems. It's usually
from retransmitted packets or the last packets of a session.
As described in the ipfilter howto:
"Due to the often laggy nature of the Internet, sometimes packets will
be regenerated. Sometimes, you'll get two copies of the same packet,
and your state rule which keeps track of sequence numbers will have
already seen this packet, so it will assume that the packet is part of
a different connection. Eventually this packet will run into a real
rule and have to be dealt with. You'll often see the last packet of a
session being closed get logged because the keep state code has
already torn down the connection before the last packet has had a
chance to make it to your firewall. This is normal, do not be
> The way I noticed all those dropped packets was connections to the
> servers started dying, and the only way I could get it working again was
> to reset state tables. As soon as I did that connections through the
> m0n0wall became responsive again, but I noticed how many packets it's
Existing connections died, or new connections weren't accepted, or?