Hakim Z. Singhji wrote:
Question, when NAT overloading is it possible to use only IPFW rules to
pass TCP/UDP packects to remote ip addresses within the network?

I don't know what "NAT overloading" means.

It is possible to use only IPFW rules to pass TCP & UDP packets from one interface to another using the fwd action. However, note that:

          The fwd action does not change the contents of the packet at all.
          In particular, the destination address remains unmodified, so
          packets forwarded to another system will usually be rejected by
          that system unless there is a matching rule on that system to
          capture them.  For packets forwarded locally, the local address
          of the socket will be set to the original destination address of
          the packet.  This makes the netstat(1) entry look rather weird
          but is intended for use with transparent proxy servers.

Or do you have to use natd...because IPFW allows you to execute
the following for example:
ip from 80 to 9981

That's the body of an IPFW rule which matches packets with those attributes. Without an action ("allow", "deny", "fwd"), what you've written isn't a complete rule: it doesn't mean anything by itself.

or even in conjunction with a dummynet rule of somesort?

Um. Do you understand the question you are asking?

I don't-- perhaps try using a complete sentence. Better yet, why don't you tell us what your network looks like and what you want to do. You most likely will receive answers which are more specific and more useful to you...


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