Newbee: Port forwarding not working

  • Hi there,

    i have install a new virtual pfsense. 2 Nics, 1 wan, 1 Lan. Very easy.
    Internet is working (but slower than with the old ipfire Firewall before (i dont know why)), but my problem is the port forwarding.
    Wahtever i do, it does not work. YES, i had read many tutorials und youtube videos, how to do that. It sound easy.
    But it does not work. Maybe i do something wrong in general.

    So my question is: After install and set/assing IP's to the 2 Interfaces (and had Internet up and running): What i need to do, to have a Port forwarding from wand (Internet) port 22222 to an internal linux Server at ip
    Thats all i like to have.


  • @bforpc said in Newbee: Port forwarding not working:

    Wahtever i do, it does not work. YES, i had read many tutorials und youtube videos, how to do that. It sound easy.
    But it does not work.

    So you have to provide more details.

    Show a screenshot of your NAT rule.
    Do you allow the access to the internal device, either by the NAT rule or by an associated or unassociated firewall rule?

  • Netgate Administrator

    Yeah what have you setup so far? Posts screenshots so we can review them.


  • Hello,

    here are the nat & rule screenshot
    Bildschirmfoto vom 2020-02-11 08-36-05.png Bildschirmfoto vom 2020-02-11 08-35-30.png
    Hope it helsp.
    Everything else are "standard and not changed".


  • @bforpc NAT also heavily relies on routing.Make sure your routing is fine.

  • Hi Grimeton,

    im a newbee with pfsense. So what and where i setup this correctly to access a server from Internet over pfsense in my intranet?


  • The NAT and firewall rules seem to be okay.
    Ensure that the destination device responses to SSH access from the internet.
    You may use the Packet Capture tool from the Diagnostic menu to investigate. Take a capture on the LAN while you try SSH from WAN to see if packets are natted as expected and if you get responses from that device.

  • @bforpc said in Newbee: Port forwarding not working:

    And sure that your linux machine is and not pfSense? How is your network setup?

  • Yes im absolute sure about the ip adresses.
    The hole intranet is working for long time with ipfire and access via ssh to (this is the VM Host). Ipfire is off and out. pfsense has as lan interface.

  • @bforpc Do you try to connect from inside or from outside?
    Obviously you do something wrong, but it is hard to guess. 😉

  • of corse, I trying from outside :-)
    Packet capture show me this (in this test i use wan:1022 to Lan:22)

    12:56:05.508511 IP [public ip client].60954 > [public ip pfsense].1022: tcp 0
    12:56:05.508667 IP [public ip pfsense].1022 > [public ip client].60954: tcp 0
    12:56:06.242282 IP [public ip pfsense].1022 > [public ip client].60950: tcp 0
    12:56:06.523324 IP [public ip client].60954 > [public ip pfsense].1022: tcp 0
    12:56:06.523411 IP [public ip pfsense].1022 > [public ip client].60954: tcp 0
    12:56:07.554284 IP [public ip pfsense].1022 > [public ip client].60954: tcp 0

    So it looks like, there are requests on pfsense...


  • So pfSense sends out responses back to the client again. Seems everything is fine so far and your problem is not due to pfSense.
    What's the output on the client when trying to connect?

  • This is the output at the internet client

    ssh -v -p1022 [public ip of pfsense]
    OpenSSH_7.9p1 Debian-10+deb10u2, OpenSSL 1.1.1d  10 Sep 2019
    debug1: Reading configuration data /root/.ssh/config
    debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
    debug1: /etc/ssh/ssh_config line 19: Applying options for *
    debug1: Connecting to [public ip pfsense] port 1022.

    and thats it ...

    From pfsense i test the port:
    Bildschirmfoto vom 2020-02-11 13-24-05.png


  • @bforpc

    additional info:
    If i run on tcpdump and simultaneously try ssh from outside to pfsense:
    ~:tcpdump -i vmbr0 "src host" and "dst port 22"

    tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
    listening on vmbr0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 262144 bytes
    0 packets captured
    1 packet received by filter
    0 packets dropped by kernel
    1 packet dropped by interface

    Nothing is comming from pfsense.
    So it must be a pfsense conffiguration, in detail, it must be a blocking rule.
    But where?
    And again: Pfsense is right from scratch installed. Only IP Assigments to the interfaces.
    I think, my question is not more then an absoltly basic thing!?


  • Incoming connections from the outside on the WAN interface are blocked.

    Open up the port so that it becomes available.


  • @bforpc is pfSense directly connected to the internet or what means outside.

  • Netgate Administrator

    The source will still be the external public IP you're testing from if you pcap on the target host. Not the pfSense LAN IP.
    I would not expect to see any traffic there.

    Try doing the port test to in pfSense but set the source IP to the WAN address.

    The target should still show as open. If it does not then the target is refusing connections from outside it's subnet. That may have worked previously if IPFire was source NATing the traffic as it left the LAN.


  • @Bob-Dig
    Yes. it is directly connected to the internet (it gets the public ip via dhcp).

  • @Grimeton


  • I found the Problem:

    At the proxmox hosting platform, there was an option, to pass the traffic through the Host firewall (what was disabled).
    Therefore - pfsense has done everything right. After disabling this flag everything works like expected.

    THX for your support!!!


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