Reject is reported a block in log

  • ALIX 2D3 LX800

    on a 4GB CF Card:

    updated to:
      2.0-RC1 (i386)
      built on Wed Mar 23 10:22:32 EDT 2011

    WAN (wan) -> pppoe0 -> zzz.zzz.zzz.246 (PPPoE)
    LAN (lan) -> vr1 ->
    OPT1 (opt1) -> vr2 ->

    Configuration by hand from factory default. (Not a restore from 1.2.3 as I swapped some cables.)

    I believe that I have configured a reject (not block) for UDP packets from a specific address. I am using 1:1 NAT on a PPPoE WAN with a /29 subnet (zzz.zzz.zzz.240 - zzz.zzz.zzz.247 with 241 to 244 NATted, pfSense router at 246)

    Firewall Rules: WAN
    reject (yellow icon)
    Proto: UDP
    Source: yyy.yyy.yyy.202
    Destination: gx620 (alias for
    Description: rejected UDP

    With the above rule the firewall log is showing a block, not a reject.

    @45 block return in log quick on pppoe0 reply-to (pppoe0 inet proto udp from yyy.yyy.yyy.202 to gx620:1label "USER_RULE: rejected UDP"

    The rules are showing reject, the log reporting block. Have I configured or interpreted something incorrectly or is there a problem here ?</gx620:1>

  • A reject is a block + a icmp packet returned.
    The interface of pfSense tries to make that simple but the application behind used for this, pf(4), knows reject as a 'block return'.

  • Thank you. That answers the question. Now I know to look for 'block return' in the firewall log for rejected packets.

    As a newbie I naively expected the formatted log to show yellow 'rejected' icons and to have 'rejected' as the hover text.

  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    The reject showing in the logs really only works for TCP connections which do support a reset in that way. UDP handles it as ermal describes, and other protocols can't use reject at all.

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