Link Alias to existing table

  • Hi,

    Is it possible to create/link an alias to an existing pf table so I can use this table in my firewall rules?

    If I create an alias and update the contents of the corresponding pf table in the background, the table is cleared when the pfsense rules are refreshed with /etc/rc.filter_configure_sync. So I'm looking for a way to prevent this table clean up.

    I think this needs a modification in /etc/inc/ but I'm not sure how.

    (I know the url alias function, but that does not really permit fast updates.)



  • Netgate Administrator

    What table are you wanting to use in a rule that doesn't exist as a an alias out of interest?


  • In the background I create a table like this: pfctl -t DynTestHosts -T add

    I add hosts to this table with the same command, and let entries expire after 48 hours.

    The problem I have to work around is the following:

    I have a few dns names that resolves in a list of ip addresess, but these addresses change constantly.

    When I add these dns names to a pfsense alias table, pfsense resolves the dns names and replaces all IP's in this list. So every ip that is not resolved that time is being removed.

  • Netgate Administrator

    So the issue is previously resolved IPs are removed everytime filterdns is run and creates a new list?

    Pulling the IPs from an external list seems like the way to go here, just how fast do you need them to update?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Make an alias in the GUI with a dummy address inside, then use it in rules, etc. You can still edit its contents with pfctl.

    If you make it a persist table (e.g. URL table alias) then it should keep your custom values across filter reloads.

  • Thanks, I'm using the URL table alias right now.

  • Netgate Administrator

    But I assume you want new resolved IPs to be added to the list as they are seen right?

    Or are you OK adding the IPs manually via pfctl?