Host Alias IP's not exploding into filter rules correctly

  • I noticed in todays snap, 2.0-BETA1 built on Fri Mar 19 05:13:59 EDT 2010 that host IP's defined in an alias do not explode correctly into the filter rules.

    I am running NANO so not sure if its related to that platform.

    If you run cat  /tmp/rules.debug you will see what I mean under the "# User Aliases" section

    Is there a manual work-around to get pfsense to generate the correct info?


  • Give full details on what you mean.

    Give examples of what is missing otherwise your universe is not the same as mine.

  • Sure…

    I have defined an alias called "voip" with 2 hosts &

    Then I use the traffic shaper wizard & enable the Voice over IP section and provide the "voip" alias in the address section in the user interface... then I press next thru all the other prompts not enabling any of them.. and wait for the filter to reload

    when the filter rules are created it never explodes the "voip" alias into the IP's... thus the traffic never gets put into the correct queue.

    This is how the section gets created.. normally it would have the 2 ip addresses listed to the user alias called voip.. but you will see there are no IP's

    User Aliases

    table <voip>persist
    voip = "<voip>"

    Let me know if you need more detail.. and thank for your help!

    I appreciate it.


  • Thanks!

  • Humm.. I manually patched in the change… but I am not sure if the explosion is correct...

    In the past.. it looked like my normal_tcp & udp Aliases... as you see the voip alias has the ip's now.. but is this the correct syntax?

    User Aliases

    normal_tcp = "{ 80 443 3389 4447 993 587 53 22 5900 1723 5999 20:21 43 873 161 9996 3074 6112 3724 1119 5354 554 8554 }"
    normal_udp = "{ 53 123 22 161 9996 88 3074 3724 554 8554 }"
    table <voip>{ }
    voip = "<voip>"</voip></voip>

  • It is correct do not worry.

  • After upgrading to Mar 19 14:38:08, aliases gone.

    I observe this from pftop's Packet Counters. Every policy-based routing rule with aliased destination IP is now ineffective – the rule's packet counter shows constantly zero.

  • the above should fix it. apply that patch and it should be ok.

  • Confirmed. The Fri Mar 19 23:39:43 EDT snapshot returned it to normale.

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