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Deny U-turn traffic on zone based firewall

Hello All,

Since I was told that U-turn (or hairpin) traffic is allowed by default on a zone based firewall I decided to create a zone-pair like following to stop this from happening in case if somebody decides to hairpin thru my router using it as just an additional gateway to send packets:

policy-map type inspect Outside-Outside-pmap

class class-default

  drop log

Zone-pair name outside-to-outside

    Source-Zone outside  Destination-Zone outside

    service-policy Outside-Outside-pmap

Interface FAstEthernet4

zone-member security outside

Is this correct understanding?


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Re: Deny U-turn traffic on zone based firewall

Yes, that should do the trick.

I don't know if you have just forgotten to add this or not, but you also need to define the security zone outside.

zone security outside

Also, is there a reason you are using ZBFW to stop hairpinning instead of implementing IOS firewall?


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Re: Deny U-turn traffic on zone based firewall


There is no such a thing as ZBFW allowing by default U-Turn traffic. I mean if you inspect it it might get dropped due to the TCP 3 way handshake not being honored.

What's allowed by default is that traffic frome interfaces on the same zone is allowed, on the new versions you can change this (actually starting on 15.0(1)M) traffic withing the same zone can be inspected/passed or denied.

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Julio Carvajal Segura

Julio Carvajal
Senior Network Security and Core Specialist
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Hi Ruterford,It seems the

Hi Ruterford,

It seems the IntraZone zone based firewall pollicy does not apply to the hairpinning traffic. It does apply to traffic flowing between different interfaces in the same zone. (IOS  Version 15.1(3)S2)




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