[OpenWrt-Devel] OpenWRT IPv6 firewall

Baptiste Jonglez bjonglez at illyse.org
Thu Jul 17 11:23:43 EDT 2014

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 03:21:32PM +0100, Fernando Frediani wrote:
> Hello guys,
> This discussion if becoming each day more confusing for something, which for
> me, is very simple assuming the following:
>     - IPv6 as IPv4 should block *any incoming connection* on the WAN
> interface including those directed to the LAN IPs behind it.

As explained before: this is a mostly unavoidable fact for IPv4, because
of NAT.

Now, if this is avoidable, such as with IPv6, does it have any
justification?  Does your "should" comes from a RFC?  From common sense?
From a widely accepted practice?  Security comes into mind, but the
proposal is *not* about disabling the firewall completely.

As for the usage, any application that is not purely client/server needs
to be reachable from the outside.  You may want to use peer-to-peer
applications (voice chat, video chat, file sharing, etc) without having to
explicitely configure your firewall.  Btw, this is why protocols such as
UPnP, NAT-PMP, or PCP have been developped.
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