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PF.CONF(5)		  FreeBSD File Formats Manual		    PF.CONF(5)

     pf.conf --	packet filter configuration file

     The pf(4) packet filter modifies, drops or	passes packets according to
     rules or definitions specified in pf.conf.

     There are seven types of statements in pf.conf:

	   User-defined	variables may be defined and used later, simplifying
	   the configuration file.  Macros must	be defined before they are
	   referenced in pf.conf.

	   Tables provide a mechanism for increasing the performance and flex-
	   ibility of rules with large numbers of source or destination	ad-

	   Options tune	the behaviour of the packet filtering engine.

     Traffic Normalization (e.g. scrub)
	   Traffic normalization protects internal machines against inconsis-
	   tencies in Internet protocols and implementations.

	   Queueing provides rule-based	bandwidth control.

     Translation (Various forms	of NAT)
	   Translation rules specify how addresses are to be mapped or redi-
	   rected to other addresses.

     Packet Filtering
	   Packet filtering provides rule-based	blocking or passing of pack-

     With the exception	of macros and tables, the types	of statements should
     be	grouped	and appear in pf.conf in the order shown above,	as this
     matches the operation of the underlying packet filtering engine.  By de-
     fault pfctl(8) enforces this order	(see set require-order below).

     Comments can be put anywhere in the file using a hash mark	(`#'), and ex-
     tend to the end of	the current line.

     Additional	configuration files can	be included with the include keyword,
     for example:

	   include "/etc/pf/sub.filter.conf"

     Macros can	be defined that	will later be expanded in context.  Macro
     names must	start with a letter, and may contain letters, digits and un-
     derscores.	 Macro names may not be	reserved words (for example pass, in,
     out).  Macros are not expanded inside quotes.

     For example,

	   ext_if = "kue0"
	   all_ifs = "{" $ext_if lo0 "}"
	   pass	out on $ext_if from any	to any
	   pass	in  on $ext_if proto tcp from any to any port 25

     Tables are	named structures which can hold	a collection of	addresses and
     networks.	Lookups	against	tables in pf(4)	are relatively fast, making a
     single rule with tables much more efficient, in terms of processor	usage
     and memory	consumption, than a large number of rules which	differ only in
     IP	address	(either	created	explicitly or automatically by rule expan-

     Tables can	be used	as the source or destination of	filter rules, scrub
     rules or translation rules	such as	nat or rdr (see	below for details on
     the various rule types).  Tables can also be used for the redirect	ad-
     dress of nat and rdr rules	and in the routing options of filter rules,
     but only for round-robin pools.

     Tables can	be defined with	any of the following pfctl(8) mechanisms.  As
     with macros, reserved words may not be used as table names.

     manually  Persistent tables can be	manually created with the add or
	       replace option of pfctl(8), before or after the ruleset has
	       been loaded.

     pf.conf   Table definitions can be	placed directly	in this	file, and
	       loaded at the same time as other	rules are loaded, atomically.
	       Table definitions inside	pf.conf	use the	table statement, and
	       are especially useful to	define non-persistent tables.  The
	       contents	of a pre-existing table	defined	without	a list of ad-
	       dresses to initialize it	is not altered when pf.conf is loaded.
	       A table initialized with	the empty list,	{ }, will be cleared
	       on load.

     Tables may	be defined with	the following attributes:

     persist  The persist flag forces the kernel to keep the table even	when
	      no rules refer to	it.  If	the flag is not	set, the kernel	will
	      automatically remove the table when the last rule	referring to
	      it is flushed.

     const    The const	flag prevents the user from altering the contents of
	      the table	once it	has been created.  Without that	flag, pfctl(8)
	      can be used to add or remove addresses from the table at any
	      time, even when running with securelevel(7) = 2.

	      The counters flag	enables	per-address packet and byte counters
	      which can	be displayed with pfctl(8).  Note that this feature
	      carries significant memory overhead for large tables.

     For example,

	   table <private> const { 10/8, 172.16/12, 192.168/16 }
	   table <badhosts> persist
	   block on fxp0 from {	<private>, <badhosts> }	to any

     creates a table called private, to	hold RFC 1918 private network blocks,
     and a table called	badhosts, which	is initially empty.  A filter rule is
     set up to block all traffic coming	from addresses listed in either	table.
     The private table cannot have its contents	changed	and the	badhosts table
     will exist	even when no active filter rules reference it.	Addresses may
     later be added to the badhosts table, so that traffic from	these hosts
     can be blocked by using

	   # pfctl -t badhosts -Tadd

     A table can also be initialized with an address list specified in one or
     more external files, using	the following syntax:

	   table <spam>	persist	file "/etc/spammers" file "/etc/openrelays"
	   block on fxp0 from <spam> to	any

     The files /etc/spammers and /etc/openrelays list IP addresses, one	per
     line.  Any	lines beginning	with a # are treated as	comments and ignored.
     In	addition to being specified by IP address, hosts may also be specified
     by	their hostname.	 When the resolver is called to	add a hostname to a
     table, all	resulting IPv4 and IPv6	addresses are placed into the table.
     IP	addresses can also be entered in a table by specifying a valid inter-
     face name,	a valid	interface group	or the self keyword, in	which case all
     addresses assigned	to the interface(s) will be added to the table.

     pf(4) may be tuned	for various situations using the set command.

     set timeout

	   interval   Interval between purging expired states and fragments.
	   frag	      Seconds before an	unassembled fragment is	expired.
	   src.track  Length of	time to	retain a source	tracking entry after
		      the last state expires.

	   When	a packet matches a stateful connection,	the seconds to live
	   for the connection will be updated to that of the proto.modifier
	   which corresponds to	the connection state.  Each packet which
	   matches this	state will reset the TTL.  Tuning these	values may im-
	   prove the performance of the	firewall at the	risk of	dropping valid
	   idle	connections.

		 The state after the first packet.
		 The state before the destination host ever sends a packet.
		 The fully established state.
		 The state after the first FIN has been	sent.
		 The state after both FINs have	been exchanged and the connec-
		 tion is closed.  Some hosts (notably web servers on Solaris)
		 send TCP packets even after closing the connection.  Increas-
		 ing tcp.finwait (and possibly tcp.closing) can	prevent	block-
		 ing of	such packets.
		 The state after one endpoint sends an RST.

	   ICMP	and UDP	are handled in a fashion similar to TCP, but with a
	   much	more limited set of states:

		 The state after the first packet.
		 The state if the source host sends more than one packet but
		 the destination host has never	sent one back.
		 The state if both hosts have sent packets.
		 The state after the first packet.
		 The state after an ICMP error came back in response to	an
		 ICMP packet.

	   Other protocols are handled similarly to UDP:


	   Timeout values can be reduced adaptively as the number of state ta-
	   ble entries grows.

		 When the number of state entries exceeds this value, adaptive
		 scaling begins.  All timeout values are scaled	linearly with
		 factor	(adaptive.end -	number of states) / (adaptive.end -
		 When reaching this number of state entries, all timeout val-
		 ues become zero, effectively purging all state	entries	imme-
		 diately.  This	value is used to define	the scale factor, it
		 should	not actually be	reached	(set a lower state limit, see

	   Adaptive timeouts are enabled by default, with an adaptive.start
	   value equal to 60% of the state limit, and an adaptive.end value
	   equal to 120% of the	state limit.  They can be disabled by setting
	   both	adaptive.start and adaptive.end	to 0.

	   The adaptive	timeout	values can be defined both globally and	for
	   each	rule.  When used on a per-rule basis, the values relate	to the
	   number of states created by the rule, otherwise to the total	number
	   of states.

	   For example:

		 set timeout tcp.first 120
		 set timeout tcp.established 86400
		 set timeout { adaptive.start 6000, adaptive.end 12000 }
		 set limit states 10000

	   With	9000 state table entries, the timeout values are scaled	to 50%
	   (tcp.first 60, tcp.established 43200).

     set loginterface
	   Enable collection of	packet and byte	count statistics for the given
	   interface or	interface group.  These	statistics can be viewed using

		 # pfctl -s info

	   In this example pf(4) collects statistics on	the interface named

		 set loginterface dc0

	   One can disable the loginterface using:

		 set loginterface none

     set limit
	   Sets	hard limits on the memory pools	used by	the packet filter.
	   See zone(9) for an explanation of memory pools.

	   For example,

		 set limit states 20000

	   sets	the maximum number of entries in the memory pool used by state
	   table entries (generated by pass rules which	do not specify no
	   state) to 20000.  Using

		 set limit frags 20000

	   sets	the maximum number of entries in the memory pool used for
	   fragment reassembly (generated by scrub rules) to 20000.  Using

		 set limit src-nodes 2000

	   sets	the maximum number of entries in the memory pool used for
	   tracking source IP addresses	(generated by the sticky-address and
	   src.track options) to 2000.	Using

		 set limit tables 1000
		 set limit table-entries 100000

	   sets	limits on the memory pools used	by tables.  The	first limits
	   the number of tables	that can exist to 1000.	 The second limits the
	   overall number of addresses that can	be stored in tables to 100000.

	   Various limits can be combined on a single line:

		 set limit { states 20000, frags 20000,	src-nodes 2000 }

     set ruleset-optimization
	   none	     Disable the ruleset optimizer.
	   basic     Enable basic ruleset optimization.	 This is the default
		     behaviour.	 Basic ruleset optimization does four things
		     to	improve	the performance	of ruleset evaluations:

		     1.	  remove duplicate rules
		     2.	  remove rules that are	a subset of another rule
		     3.	  combine multiple rules into a	table when advanta-
		     4.	  re-order the rules to	improve	evaluation performance

	   profile   Uses the currently	loaded ruleset as a feedback profile
		     to	tailor the ordering of quick rules to actual network

	   It is important to note that	the ruleset optimizer will modify the
	   ruleset to improve performance.  A side effect of the ruleset modi-
	   fication is that per-rule accounting	statistics will	have different
	   meanings than before.  If per-rule accounting is important for
	   billing purposes or whatnot,	either the ruleset optimizer should
	   not be used or a label field	should be added	to all of the account-
	   ing rules to	act as optimization barriers.

	   Optimization	can also be set	as a command-line argument to
	   pfctl(8), overriding	the settings in	pf.conf.

     set optimization
	   Optimize state timeouts for one of the following network environ-

		 A normal network environment.	Suitable for almost all	net-
		 A high-latency	environment (such as a satellite connection).
		 Alias for high-latency.
		 Aggressively expire connections.  This	can greatly reduce the
		 memory	usage of the firewall at the cost of dropping idle
		 connections early.
		 Extremely conservative	settings.  Avoid dropping legitimate
		 connections at	the expense of greater memory utilization
		 (possibly much	greater	on a busy network) and slightly	in-
		 creased processor utilization.

	   For example:

		 set optimization aggressive

     set block-policy
	   The block-policy option sets	the default behaviour for the packet
	   block action:

	   drop	     Packet is silently	dropped.
	   return    A TCP RST is returned for blocked TCP packets, an ICMP
		     UNREACHABLE is returned for blocked UDP packets, and all
		     other packets are silently	dropped.

	   For example:

		 set block-policy return

     set fail-policy
	   The fail-policy option sets the behaviour of	rules which should
	   pass	a packet but were unable to do so.  This might happen when a
	   nat or route-to rule	uses an	empty table as list of targets or if a
	   rule	fails to create	state or source	node.  The following block ac-
	   tions are possible:

	   drop	     Incoming packet is	silently dropped.
	   return    Incoming packet is	dropped	and TCP	RST is returned	for
		     TCP packets, an ICMP UNREACHABLE is returned for UDP
		     packets, and no response is sent for other	packets.

	   For example:

		 set fail-policy return

     set state-policy
	   The state-policy option sets	the default behaviour for states:

	   if-bound	States are bound to interface.
	   floating	States can match packets on any	interfaces (the	de-

	   For example:

		 set state-policy if-bound

     set syncookies never | always | adaptive
	   When	syncookies are active, pf will answer each incoming TCP	SYN
	   with	a syncookie SYNACK, without allocating any resources.  Upon
	   reception of	the client's ACK in response to	the syncookie SYNACK,
	   pf will evaluate the	ruleset	and create state if the	ruleset	per-
	   mits	it, complete the three way handshake with the target host and
	   continue the	connection with	synproxy in place.  This allows	pf to
	   be resilient	against	large synflood attacks which would run the
	   state table against its limits otherwise.  Due to the blind answers
	   to every incoming SYN syncookies share the caveats of synproxy,
	   namely seemingly accepting connections that will be dropped later

	   never     pf	will never send	syncookie SYNACKs (the default).
	   always    pf	will always send syncookie SYNACKs.
	   adaptive  pf	will enable syncookie mode when	a given	percentage of
		     the state table is	used up	by half-open TCP connections,
		     as	in, those that saw the initial SYN but didn't finish
		     the three way handshake.  The thresholds for entering and
		     leaving syncookie mode can	be specified using

			   set syncookies adaptive (start 25%, end 12%)

     set state-defaults
	   The state-defaults option sets the state options for	states created
	   from	rules without an explicit keep state.  For example:

		 set state-defaults no-sync

     set hostid
	   The 32-bit hostid identifies	this firewall's	state table entries to
	   other firewalls in a	pfsync(4) failover cluster.  By	default	the
	   hostid is set to a pseudo-random value, however it may be desirable
	   to manually configure it, for example to more easily	identify the
	   source of state table entries.

		 set hostid 1

	   The hostid may be specified in either decimal or hexadecimal.

     set require-order
	   By default pfctl(8) enforces	an ordering of the statement types in
	   the ruleset to: options, normalization, queueing, translation,
	   filtering.  Setting this option to no disables this enforcement.
	   There may be	non-trivial and	non-obvious implications to an out of
	   order ruleset.  Consider carefully before disabling the order en-

     set fingerprints
	   Load	fingerprints of	known operating	systems	from the given file-
	   name.  By default fingerprints of known operating systems are auto-
	   matically loaded from pf.os(5) in /etc but can be overridden	via
	   this	option.	 Setting this option may leave a small period of time
	   where the fingerprints referenced by	the currently active ruleset
	   are inconsistent until the new ruleset finishes loading.

	   For example:

		 set fingerprints "/etc/pf.os.devel"

     set skip on <ifspec>
	   List	interfaces for which packets should not	be filtered.  Packets
	   passing in or out on	such interfaces	are passed as if pf was	dis-
	   abled, i.e. pf does not process them	in any way.  This can be use-
	   ful on loopback and other virtual interfaces, when packet filtering
	   is not desired and can have unexpected effects.  For	example:

		 set skip on lo0

     set debug
	   Set the debug level to one of the following:

	   none		 Don't generate	debug messages.
	   urgent	 Generate debug	messages only for serious errors.
	   misc		 Generate debug	messages for various errors.
	   loud		 Generate debug	messages for common conditions.

     set keepcounters
	   Preserve rule counters across rule updates.	Usually	rule counters
	   are reset to	zero on	every update of	the ruleset.  With
	   keepcounters	set pf will attempt to find matching rules between old
	   and new rulesets and	preserve the rule counters.

     Traffic normalization is used to sanitize packet content in such a	way
     that there	are no ambiguities in packet interpretation on the receiving
     side.  The	normalizer does	IP fragment reassembly to prevent attacks that
     confuse intrusion detection systems by sending overlapping	IP fragments.
     Packet normalization is invoked with the scrub directive.

     scrub has the following options:

	   Clears the dont-fragment bit	from a matching	IP packet.  Some oper-
	   ating systems are known to generate fragmented packets with the
	   dont-fragment bit set.  This	is particularly	true with NFS.	Scrub
	   will	drop such fragmented dont-fragment packets unless no-df	is

	   Unfortunately some operating	systems	also generate their
	   dont-fragment packets with a	zero IP	identification field.  Clear-
	   ing the dont-fragment bit on	packets	with a zero IP ID may cause
	   deleterious results if an upstream router later fragments the
	   packet.  Using the random-id	modifier (see below) is	recommended in
	   combination with the	no-df modifier to ensure unique	IP identi-

     min-ttl <number>
	   Enforces a minimum TTL for matching IP packets.

     max-mss <number>
	   Enforces a maximum MSS for matching TCP packets.

     set-tos <string> |	<number>
	   Enforces a TOS for matching IP packets.  TOS	may be given as	one of
	   critical, inetcontrol, lowdelay, netcontrol,	throughput,
	   reliability,	or one of the DiffServ Code Points: ef,	va, af11 ...
	   af43, cs0 ... cs7; or as either hex or decimal.

	   Replaces the	IP identification field	with random values to compen-
	   sate	for predictable	values generated by many hosts.	 This option
	   only	applies	to packets that	are not	fragmented after the optional
	   fragment reassembly.

     fragment reassemble
	   Using scrub rules, fragments	can be reassembled by normalization.
	   In this case, fragments are buffered	until they form	a complete
	   packet, and only the	completed packet is passed on to the filter.
	   The advantage is that filter	rules have to deal only	with complete
	   packets, and	can ignore fragments.  The drawback of caching frag-
	   ments is the	additional memory cost.

     reassemble	tcp
	   Statefully normalizes TCP connections.  scrub reassemble tcp	rules
	   may not have	the direction (in/out) specified.  reassemble tcp per-
	   forms the following normalizations:

	   ttl	    Neither side of the	connection is allowed to reduce	their
		    IP TTL.  An	attacker may send a packet such	that it
		    reaches the	firewall, affects the firewall state, and ex-
		    pires before reaching the destination host.	 reassemble
		    tcp	will raise the TTL of all packets back up to the high-
		    est	value seen on the connection.
	   timestamp modulation
		    Modern TCP stacks will send	a timestamp on every TCP
		    packet and echo the	other endpoint's timestamp back	to
		    them.  Many	operating systems will merely start the	time-
		    stamp at zero when first booted, and increment it several
		    times a second.  The uptime	of the host can	be deduced by
		    reading the	timestamp and multiplying by a constant.  Also
		    observing several different	timestamps can be used to
		    count hosts	behind a NAT device.  And spoofing TCP packets
		    into a connection requires knowing or guessing valid time-
		    stamps.  Timestamps	merely need to be monotonically	in-
		    creasing and not derived off a guessable base time.
		    reassemble tcp will	cause scrub to modulate	the TCP	time-
		    stamps with	a random number.
	   extended PAWS checks
		    There is a problem with TCP	on long	fat pipes, in that a
		    packet might get delayed for longer	than it	takes the con-
		    nection to wrap its	32-bit sequence	space.	In such	an oc-
		    currence, the old packet would be indistinguishable	from a
		    new	packet and would be accepted as	such.  The solution to
		    this is called PAWS: Protection Against Wrapped Sequence
		    numbers.  It protects against it by	making sure the	time-
		    stamp on each packet does not go backwards.	 reassemble
		    tcp	also makes sure	the timestamp on the packet does not
		    go forward more than the RFC allows.  By doing this, pf(4)
		    artificially extends the security of TCP sequence numbers
		    by 10 to 18	bits when the host uses	appropriately random-
		    ized timestamps, since a blind attacker would have to
		    guess the timestamp	as well.

     For example,

	   scrub in on $ext_if all fragment reassemble

     The no option prefixed to a scrub rule causes matching packets to remain
     unscrubbed, much in the same way as drop quick works in the packet	filter
     (see below).  This	mechanism should be used when it is necessary to ex-
     clude specific packets from broader scrub rules.

     The ALTQ system is	currently not available	in the GENERIC kernel nor as
     loadable modules.	In order to use	the herein after called	queueing op-
     tions one has to use a custom built kernel.  Please refer to altq(4) to
     learn about the related kernel options.

     Packets can be assigned to	queues for the purpose of bandwidth control.
     At	least two declarations are required to configure queues, and later any
     packet filtering rule can reference the defined queues by name.  During
     the filtering component of	pf.conf, the last referenced queue name	is
     where any packets from pass rules will be queued, while for block rules
     it	specifies where	any resulting ICMP or TCP RST packets should be
     queued.  The scheduler defines the	algorithm used to decide which packets
     get delayed, dropped, or sent out immediately.  There are three
     schedulers	currently supported.

     cbq   Class Based Queueing.  Queues attached to an	interface build	a
	   tree, thus each queue can have further child	queues.	 Each queue
	   can have a priority and a bandwidth assigned.  Priority mainly con-
	   trols the time packets take to get sent out,	while bandwidth	has
	   primarily effects on	throughput.  cbq achieves both partitioning
	   and sharing of link bandwidth by hierarchically structured classes.
	   Each	class has its own queue	and is assigned	its share of
	   bandwidth.  A child class can borrow	bandwidth from its parent
	   class as long as excess bandwidth is	available (see the option
	   borrow, below).

     priq  Priority Queueing.  Queues are flat attached	to the interface,
	   thus, queues	cannot have further child queues.  Each	queue has a
	   unique priority assigned, ranging from 0 to 15.  Packets in the
	   queue with the highest priority are processed first.

     hfsc  Hierarchical	Fair Service Curve.  Queues attached to	an interface
	   build a tree, thus each queue can have further child	queues.	 Each
	   queue can have a priority and a bandwidth assigned.	Priority
	   mainly controls the time packets take to get	sent out, while
	   bandwidth primarily affects throughput.  hfsc supports both link-
	   sharing and guaranteed real-time services.  It employs a service
	   curve based QoS model, and its unique feature is an ability to de-
	   couple delay	and bandwidth allocation.

     The interfaces on which queueing should be	activated are declared using
     the altq on declaration.  altq on has the following keywords:

	   Queueing is enabled on the named interface.

	   Specifies which queueing scheduler to use.  Currently supported
	   values are cbq for Class Based Queueing, priq for Priority Queueing
	   and hfsc for	the Hierarchical Fair Service Curve scheduler.

     bandwidth <bw>
	   The maximum bitrate for all queues on an interface may be specified
	   using the bandwidth keyword.	 The value can be specified as an ab-
	   solute value	or as a	percentage of the interface bandwidth.	When
	   using an absolute value, the	suffixes b, Kb,	Mb, and	Gb are used to
	   represent bits, kilobits, megabits, and gigabits per	second,	re-
	   spectively.	The value must not exceed the interface	bandwidth.  If
	   bandwidth is	not specified, the interface bandwidth is used (but
	   take	note that some interfaces do not know their bandwidth, or can
	   adapt their bandwidth rates).

     qlimit <limit>
	   The maximum number of packets held in the queue.  The default is

     tbrsize <size>
	   Adjusts the size, in	bytes, of the token bucket regulator.  If not
	   specified, heuristics based on the interface	bandwidth are used to
	   determine the size.

     queue <list>
	   Defines a list of subqueues to create on an interface.

     In	the following example, the interface dc0 should	queue up to 5Mbps in
     four second-level queues using Class Based	Queueing.  Those four queues
     will be shown in a	later example.

	   altq	on dc0 cbq bandwidth 5Mb queue { std, http, mail, ssh }

     Once interfaces are activated for queueing	using the altq directive, a
     sequence of queue directives may be defined.  The name associated with a
     queue must	match a	queue defined in the altq directive (e.g. mail), or,
     except for	the priq scheduler, in a parent	queue declaration.  The	fol-
     lowing keywords can be used:

     on	<interface>
	   Specifies the interface the queue operates on.  If not given, it
	   operates on all matching interfaces.

     bandwidth <bw>
	   Specifies the maximum bitrate to be processed by the	queue.	This
	   value must not exceed the value of the parent queue and can be
	   specified as	an absolute value or a percentage of the parent
	   queue's bandwidth.  If not specified, defaults to 100% of the par-
	   ent queue's bandwidth.  The priq scheduler does not support band-
	   width specification.

     priority <level>
	   Between queues a priority level can be set.	For cbq	and hfsc, the
	   range is 0 to 7 and for priq, the range is 0	to 15.	The default
	   for all is 1.  Priq queues with a higher priority are always	served
	   first.  Cbq and Hfsc	queues with a higher priority are preferred in
	   the case of overload.

     qlimit <limit>
	   The maximum number of packets held in the queue.  The default is

     The scheduler can get additional parameters with <scheduler>
     (<parameters>).  Parameters are as	follows:

     default	 Packets not matched by	another	queue are assigned to this
		 one.  Exactly one default queue is required.

     red	 Enable	RED (Random Early Detection) on	this queue.  RED drops
		 packets with a	probability proportional to the	average	queue

     rio	 Enables RIO on	this queue.  RIO is RED	with IN/OUT, thus run-
		 ning RED two times more than RIO would	achieve	the same ef-
		 fect.	RIO is currently not supported in the GENERIC kernel.

     ecn	 Enables ECN (Explicit Congestion Notification)	on this	queue.
		 ECN implies RED.

     The cbq scheduler supports	an additional option:

     borrow	 The queue can borrow bandwidth	from the parent.

     The hfsc scheduler	supports some additional options:

     realtime <sc>
		 The minimum required bandwidth	for the	queue.

     upperlimit	<sc>
		 The maximum allowed bandwidth for the queue.

     linkshare <sc>
		 The bandwidth share of	a backlogged queue.

     <sc> is an	acronym	for service curve.

     The format	for service curve specifications is (m1, d, m2).  m2 controls
     the bandwidth assigned to the queue.  m1 and d are	optional and can be
     used to control the initial bandwidth assignment.	For the	first d	mil-
     liseconds the queue gets the bandwidth given as m1, afterwards the	value
     given in m2.

     Furthermore, with cbq and hfsc, child queues can be specified as in an
     altq declaration, thus building a tree of queues using a part of their
     parent's bandwidth.

     Packets can be assigned to	queues based on	filter rules by	using the
     queue keyword.  Normally only one queue is	specified; when	a second one
     is	specified it will instead be used for packets which have a TOS of
     lowdelay and for TCP ACKs with no data payload.

     To	continue the previous example, the examples below would	specify	the
     four referenced queues, plus a few	child queues.  Interactive ssh(1) ses-
     sions get priority	over bulk transfers like scp(1)	and sftp(1).  The
     queues may	then be	referenced by filtering	rules (see PACKET FILTERING

     queue std bandwidth 10% cbq(default)
     queue http	bandwidth 60% priority 2 cbq(borrow red) \
	   { employees,	developers }
     queue  developers bandwidth 75% cbq(borrow)
     queue  employees bandwidth	15%
     queue mail	bandwidth 10% priority 0 cbq(borrow ecn)
     queue ssh bandwidth 20% cbq(borrow) { ssh_interactive, ssh_bulk }
     queue  ssh_interactive bandwidth 50% priority 7 cbq(borrow)
     queue  ssh_bulk bandwidth 50% priority 0 cbq(borrow)

     block return out on dc0 inet all queue std
     pass out on dc0 inet proto	tcp from $developerhosts to any	port 80	\
	   queue developers
     pass out on dc0 inet proto	tcp from $employeehosts	to any port 80 \
	   queue employees
     pass out on dc0 inet proto	tcp from any to	any port 22 \
	   queue(ssh_bulk, ssh_interactive)
     pass out on dc0 inet proto	tcp from any to	any port 25 \
	   queue mail

     Translation rules modify either the source	or destination address of the
     packets associated	with a stateful	connection.  A stateful	connection is
     automatically created to track packets matching such a rule as long as
     they are not blocked by the filtering section of pf.conf.	The transla-
     tion engine modifies the specified	address	and/or port in the packet, re-
     calculates	IP, TCP	and UDP	checksums as necessary,	and passes it to the
     packet filter for evaluation.

     Since translation occurs before filtering the filter engine will see
     packets as	they look after	any addresses and ports	have been translated.
     Filter rules will therefore have to filter	based on the translated	ad-
     dress and port number.  Packets that match	a translation rule are only
     automatically passed if the pass modifier is given, otherwise they	are
     still subject to block and	pass rules.

     The state entry created permits pf(4) to keep track of the	original ad-
     dress for traffic associated with that state and correctly	direct return
     traffic for that connection.

     Various types of translation are possible with pf:

	   A binat rule	specifies a bidirectional mapping between an external
	   IP netblock and an internal IP netblock.

     nat   A nat rule specifies	that IP	addresses are to be changed as the
	   packet traverses the	given interface.  This technique allows	one or
	   more	IP addresses on	the translating	host to	support	network	traf-
	   fic for a larger range of machines on an "inside" network.  Al-
	   though in theory any	IP address can be used on the inside, it is
	   strongly recommended	that one of the	address	ranges defined by RFC
	   1918	be used.  These	netblocks are: - (all of net 10, i.e., 10/8) - (i.e., 172.16/12) - (i.e.,	192.168/16)

     rdr   The packet is redirected to another destination and possibly	a dif-
	   ferent port.	 rdr rules can optionally specify port ranges instead
	   of single ports.  rdr ... port 2000:2999 -> ... port	4000 redirects
	   ports 2000 to 2999 (inclusive) to port 4000.	 rdr ... port
	   2000:2999 ->	... port 4000:*	redirects port 2000 to 4000, 2001 to
	   4001, ..., 2999 to 4999.

     In	addition to modifying the address, some	translation rules may modify
     source or destination ports for tcp(4) or udp(4) connections; implicitly
     in	the case of nat	rules and explicitly in	the case of rdr	rules.	Port
     numbers are never translated with a binat rule.

     Evaluation	order of the translation rules is dependent on the type	of the
     translation rules and of the direction of a packet.  binat	rules are al-
     ways evaluated first.  Then either	the rdr	rules are evaluated on an in-
     bound packet or the nat rules on an outbound packet.  Rules of the	same
     type are evaluated	in the same order in which they	appear in the ruleset.
     The first matching	rule decides what action is taken.

     The no option prefixed to a translation rule causes packets to remain un-
     translated, much in the same way as drop quick works in the packet	filter
     (see below).  If no rule matches the packet it is passed to the filter
     engine unmodified.

     Translation rules apply only to packets that pass through the specified
     interface,	and if no interface is specified, translation is applied to
     packets on	all interfaces.	 For instance, redirecting port	80 on an ex-
     ternal interface to an internal web server	will only work for connections
     originating from the outside.  Connections	to the address of the external
     interface from local hosts	will not be redirected,	since such packets do
     not actually pass through the external interface.	Redirections cannot
     reflect packets back through the interface	they arrive on,	they can only
     be	redirected to hosts connected to different interfaces or to the	fire-
     wall itself.

     Note that redirecting external incoming connections to the	loopback ad-
     dress, as in

	   rdr on ne3 inet proto tcp to	port smtp -> port spamd

     will effectively allow an external	host to	connect	to daemons bound
     solely to the loopback address, circumventing the traditional blocking of
     such connections on a real	interface.  Unless this	effect is desired, any
     of	the local non-loopback addresses should	be used	as redirection target
     instead, which allows external connections	only to	daemons	bound to this
     address or	not bound to any address.


     pf(4) has the ability to block , pass and match packets based on at-
     tributes of their layer 3 (see ip(4) and ip6(4)) and layer	4 (see
     icmp(4), icmp6(4),	tcp(4),	udp(4))	headers.  In addition, packets may
     also be assigned to queues	for the	purpose	of bandwidth control.

     For each packet processed by the packet filter, the filter	rules are
     evaluated in sequential order, from first to last.	 For block and pass ,
     the last matching rule decides what action	is taken.  For match , rules
     are evaulated every time they match; the pass/block state of a packet re-
     mains unchanged.  If no rule matches the packet, the default action is to
     pass the packet.

     The following actions can be used in the filter:

	   The packet is blocked.  There are a number of ways in which a block
	   rule	can behave when	blocking a packet.  The	default	behaviour is
	   to drop packets silently, however this can be overridden or made
	   explicit either globally, by	setting	the block-policy option, or on
	   a per-rule basis with one of	the following options:

	   drop	 The packet is silently	dropped.
		 This applies only to tcp(4) packets, and issues a TCP RST
		 which closes the connection.
		 This causes ICMP messages to be returned for packets which
		 match the rule.  By default this is an	ICMP UNREACHABLE mes-
		 sage, however this can	be overridden by specifying a message
		 as a code or number.
		 This causes a TCP RST to be returned for tcp(4) packets and
		 an ICMP UNREACHABLE for UDP and other packets.

	   Options returning ICMP packets currently have no effect if pf(4)
	   operates on a if_bridge(4), as the code to support this feature has
	   not yet been	implemented.

	   The simplest	mechanism to block everything by default and only pass
	   packets that	match explicit rules is	specify	a first	filter rule

		 block all

	   The packet is matched.  This	mechanism is used to provide fine
	   grained filtering without altering the block/pass state of a
	   packet.  match rules	differ from block and pass rules in that pa-
	   rameters are	set every time a packet	matches	the rule, not only on
	   the last matching rule.  For	the following parameters, this means
	   that	the parameter effectively becomes "sticky" until explicitly
	   overridden: queue

     pass  The packet is passed; state is created unless the no	state option
	   is specified.

     By	default	pf(4) filters packets statefully; the first time a packet
     matches a pass rule, a state entry	is created; for	subsequent packets the
     filter checks whether the packet matches any state.  If it	does, the
     packet is passed without evaluation of any	rules.	After the connection
     is	closed or times	out, the state entry is	automatically removed.

     This has several advantages.  For TCP connections,	comparing a packet to
     a state involves checking its sequence numbers, as	well as	TCP timestamps
     if	a scrub	reassemble tcp rule applies to the connection.	If these val-
     ues are outside the narrow	windows	of expected values, the	packet is
     dropped.  This prevents spoofing attacks, such as when an attacker	sends
     packets with a fake source	address/port but does not know the connec-
     tion's sequence numbers.  Similarly, pf(4)	knows how to match ICMP
     replies to	states.	 For example,

	   pass	out inet proto icmp all	icmp-type echoreq

     allows echo requests (such	as those created by ping(8)) out statefully,
     and matches incoming echo replies correctly to states.

     Also, looking up states is	usually	faster than evaluating rules.  If
     there are 50 rules, all of	them are evaluated sequentially	in O(n).  Even
     with 50000	states,	only 16	comparisons are	needed to match	a state, since
     states are	stored in a binary search tree that allows searches in O(log2

     Furthermore, correct handling of ICMP error messages is critical to many
     protocols,	particularly TCP.  pf(4) matches ICMP error messages to	the
     correct connection, checks	them against connection	parameters, and	passes
     them if appropriate.  For example if an ICMP source quench	message	refer-
     ring to a stateful	TCP connection arrives,	it will	be matched to the
     state and get passed.

     Finally, state tracking is	required for nat, binat	and rdr	rules, in or-
     der to track address and port translations	and reverse the	translation on
     returning packets.

     pf(4) will	also create state for other protocols which are	effectively
     stateless by nature.  UDP packets are matched to states using only	host
     addresses and ports, and other protocols are matched to states using only
     the host addresses.

     If	stateless filtering of individual packets is desired, the no state
     keyword can be used to specify that state will not	be created if this is
     the last matching rule.  A	number of parameters can also be set to	affect
     how pf(4) handles state tracking.	See STATEFUL TRACKING OPTIONS below
     for further details.

     The rule parameters specify the packets to	which a	rule applies.  A
     packet always comes in on,	or goes	out through, one interface.  Most pa-
     rameters are optional.  If	a parameter is specified, the rule only	ap-
     plies to packets with matching attributes.	 Certain parameters can	be ex-
     pressed as	lists, in which	case pfctl(8) generates	all needed rule	combi-

     in	or out
	   This	rule applies to	incoming or outgoing packets.  If neither in
	   nor out are specified, the rule will	match packets in both direc-

     log   In addition to the action specified,	a log message is generated.
	   Only	the packet that	establishes the	state is logged, unless	the no
	   state option	is specified.  The logged packets are sent to a
	   pflog(4) interface, by default pflog0.  This	interface is monitored
	   by the pflogd(8) logging daemon, which dumps	the logged packets to
	   the file /var/log/pflog in pcap(3) binary format.

     log (all)
	   Used	to force logging of all	packets	for a connection.  This	is not
	   necessary when no state is explicitly specified.  As	with log,
	   packets are logged to pflog(4).

     log (user)
	   Logs	the UNIX user ID of the	user that owns the socket and the PID
	   of the process that has the socket open where the packet is sourced
	   from	or destined to (depending on which socket is local).  This is
	   in addition to the normal information logged.

	   Only	the first packet logged	via log	(all, user) will have the user
	   credentials logged when using stateful matching.

     log (to <interface>)
	   Send	logs to	the specified pflog(4) interface instead of pflog0.

	   If a	packet matches a rule which has	the quick option set, this
	   rule	is considered the last matching	rule, and evaluation of	subse-
	   quent rules is skipped.

     on	<interface>
	   This	rule applies only to packets coming in on, or going out
	   through, this particular interface or interface group.  For more
	   information on interface groups, see	the group keyword in

     <af>  This	rule applies only to packets of	this address family.  Sup-
	   ported values are inet and inet6.

     proto <protocol>
	   This	rule applies only to packets of	this protocol.	Common proto-
	   cols	are icmp(4), icmp6(4), tcp(4), and udp(4).  For	a list of all
	   the protocol	name to	number mappings	used by	pfctl(8), see the file

     from <source> port	<source> os <source> to	<dest> port <dest>
	   This	rule applies only to packets with the specified	source and
	   destination addresses and ports.

	   Addresses can be specified in CIDR notation (matching netblocks),
	   as symbolic host names, interface names or interface	group names,
	   or as any of	the following keywords:

	   any		   Any address.
	   no-route	   Any address which is	not currently routable.
	   urpf-failed	   Any source address that fails a unicast reverse
			   path	forwarding (URPF) check, i.e. packets coming
			   in on an interface other than that which holds the
			   route back to the packet's source address.
	   <table>	   Any address that matches the	given table.

	   Ranges of addresses are specified by	using the `-' operator.	 For
	   instance: "	-" means all addresses from to, hence addresses,, and

	   Interface names and interface group names can have modifiers	ap-

	   :network	 Translates to the network(s) attached to the inter-
	   :broadcast	 Translates to the interface's broadcast address(es).
	   :peer	 Translates to the point-to-point interface's peer ad-
	   :0		 Do not	include	interface aliases.

	   Host	names may also have the	:0 option appended to restrict the
	   name	resolution to the first	of each	v4 and non-link-local v6 ad-
	   dress found.

	   Host	name resolution	and interface to address translation are done
	   at ruleset load-time.  When the address of an interface (or host
	   name) changes (under	DHCP or	PPP, for instance), the	ruleset	must
	   be reloaded for the change to be reflected in the kernel.  Sur-
	   rounding the	interface name (and optional modifiers)	in parentheses
	   changes this	behaviour.  When the interface name is surrounded by
	   parentheses,	the rule is automatically updated whenever the inter-
	   face	changes	its address.  The ruleset does not need	to be
	   reloaded.  This is especially useful	with nat.

	   Ports can be	specified either by number or by name.	For example,
	   port	80 can be specified as www.  For a list	of all port name to
	   number mappings used	by pfctl(8), see the file /etc/services.

	   Ports and ranges of ports are specified by using these operators:

		 =	 (equal)
		 !=	 (unequal)
		 <	 (less than)
		 <=	 (less than or equal)
		 >	 (greater than)
		 >=	 (greater than or equal)
		 :	 (range	including boundaries)
		 ><	 (range	excluding boundaries)
		 <>	 (except range)

	   `><', `<>' and `:' are binary operators (they take two arguments).
	   For instance:

	   port	2000:2004
		       means `all ports	>= 2000	and <= 2004', hence ports
		       2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

	   port	2000 __	2004
		       means `all ports	> 2000 and < 2004', hence ports	2001,
		       2002 and	2003.

	   port	2000 __	2004
		       means `all ports	< 2000 or > 2004', hence ports 1-1999
		       and 2005-65535.

	   The operating system	of the source host can be specified in the
	   case	of TCP rules with the OS modifier.  See	the OPERATING SYSTEM
	   FINGERPRINTING section for more information.

	   The host, port and OS specifications	are optional, as in the	fol-
	   lowing examples:

		 pass in all
		 pass in from any to any
		 pass in proto tcp from	any port <= 1024 to any
		 pass in proto tcp from	any to any port	25
		 pass in proto tcp from port	> 1024 \
		       to ! port != ssh
		 pass in proto tcp from	any os "OpenBSD"

     all   This	is equivalent to "from any to any".

     group <group>
	   Similar to user, this rule only applies to packets of sockets owned
	   by the specified group.

     user <user>
	   This	rule only applies to packets of	sockets	owned by the specified
	   user.  For outgoing connections initiated from the firewall,	this
	   is the user that opened the connection.  For	incoming connections
	   to the firewall itself, this	is the user that listens on the	desti-
	   nation port.	 For forwarded connections, where the firewall is not
	   a connection	endpoint, the user and group are unknown.

	   All packets,	both outgoing and incoming, of one connection are as-
	   sociated with the same user and group.  Only	TCP and	UDP packets
	   can be associated with users; for other protocols these parameters
	   are ignored.

	   User	and group refer	to the effective (as opposed to	the real) IDs,
	   in case the socket is created by a setuid/setgid process.  User and
	   group IDs are stored	when a socket is created; when a process cre-
	   ates	a listening socket as root (for	instance, by binding to	a
	   privileged port) and	subsequently changes to	another	user ID	(to
	   drop	privileges), the credentials will remain root.

	   User	and group IDs can be specified as either numbers or names.
	   The syntax is similar to the	one for	ports.	The value unknown
	   matches packets of forwarded	connections.  unknown can only be used
	   with	the operators =	and !=.	 Other constructs like user >= unknown
	   are invalid.	 Forwarded packets with	unknown	user and group ID
	   match only rules that explicitly compare against unknown with the
	   operators = or !=.  For instance user >= 0 does not match forwarded
	   packets.  The following example allows only selected	users to open
	   outgoing connections:

		 block out proto { tcp,	udp } all
		 pass  out proto { tcp,	udp } all user { < 1000, dhartmei }

     flags <a> /<b> | /<b> | any
	   This	rule only applies to TCP packets that have the flags <a> set
	   out of set <b>.  Flags not specified	in <b> are ignored.  For
	   stateful connections, the default is	flags S/SA.  To	indicate that
	   flags should	not be checked at all, specify flags any.  The flags
	   are:	(F)IN, (S)YN, (R)ST, (P)USH, (A)CK, (U)RG, (E)CE, and C(W)R.

	   flags S/S   Flag SYN	is set.	 The other flags are ignored.

	   flags S/SA  This is the default setting for stateful	connections.
		       Out of SYN and ACK, exactly SYN may be set.  SYN,
		       SYN+PSH and SYN+RST match, but SYN+ACK, ACK and ACK+RST
		       do not.	This is	more restrictive than the previous ex-

	   flags /SFRA
		       If the first set	is not specified, it defaults to none.
		       All of SYN, FIN,	RST and	ACK must be unset.

	   Because flags S/SA is applied by default (unless no state is	speci-
	   fied), only the initial SYN packet of a TCP handshake will create a
	   state for a TCP connection.	It is possible to be less restrictive,
	   and allow state creation from intermediate (non-SYN)	packets, by
	   specifying flags any.  This will cause pf(4)	to synchronize to ex-
	   isting connections, for instance if one flushes the state table.
	   However, states created from	such intermediate packets may be miss-
	   ing connection details such as the TCP window scaling factor.
	   States which	modify the packet flow,	such as	those affected by nat,
	   binat or rdr	rules, modulate	or synproxy state options, or scrubbed
	   with	reassemble tcp will also not be	recoverable from intermediate
	   packets.  Such connections will stall and time out.

     icmp-type <type> code <code>

     icmp6-type	<type> code <code>
	   This	rule only applies to ICMP or ICMPv6 packets with the specified
	   type	and code.  Text	names for ICMP types and codes are listed in
	   icmp(4) and icmp6(4).  This parameter is only valid for rules that
	   cover protocols ICMP	or ICMP6.  The protocol	and the	ICMP type in-
	   dicator (icmp-type or icmp6-type) must match.

     tos <string> | <number>
	   This	rule applies to	packets	with the specified TOS bits set.  TOS
	   may be given	as one of critical, inetcontrol, lowdelay, netcontrol,
	   throughput, reliability, or one of the DiffServ Code	Points:	ef,
	   va, af11 ...	af43, cs0 ... cs7; or as either	hex or decimal.

	   For example,	the following rules are	identical:

		 pass all tos lowdelay
		 pass all tos 0x10
		 pass all tos 16

	   By default, IPv4 packets with IP options or IPv6 packets with rout-
	   ing extension headers are blocked.  When allow-opts is specified
	   for a pass rule, packets that pass the filter based on that rule
	   (last matching) do so even if they contain IP options or routing
	   extension headers.  For packets that	match state, the rule that
	   initially created the state is used.	 The implicit pass rule	that
	   is used when	a packet does not match	any rules does not allow IP

     label <string>
	   Adds	a label	(name) to the rule, which can be used to identify the
	   rule.  For instance,	pfctl -s labels	shows per-rule statistics for
	   rules that have labels.

	   The following macros	can be used in labels:

		 $if	   The interface.
		 $srcaddr  The source IP address.
		 $dstaddr  The destination IP address.
		 $srcport  The source port specification.
		 $dstport  The destination port	specification.
		 $proto	   The protocol	name.
		 $nr	   The rule number.

	   For example:

		 ips = "{, }"
		 pass in proto tcp from	any to $ips \
		       port > 1023 label "$dstaddr:$dstport"

	   expands to

		 pass in inet proto tcp	from any to \
		       port > 1023 label ">1023"
		 pass in inet proto tcp	from any to \
		       port > 1023 label ">1023"

	   The macro expansion for the label directive occurs only at configu-
	   ration file parse time, not during runtime.

     ridentifier <number>
	   Add an identifier (number) to the rule, which can be	used to	corre-
	   late	the rule to pflog entries, even	after ruleset updates.

     queue <queue> | (<queue>, <queue>)
	   Packets matching this rule will be assigned to the specified	queue.
	   If two queues are given, packets which have a TOS of	lowdelay and
	   TCP ACKs with no data payload will be assigned to the second	one.
	   See QUEUEING	for setup details.

	   For example:

		 pass in proto tcp to port 25 queue mail
		 pass in proto tcp to port 22 queue(ssh_bulk, ssh_prio)

     set prio priority | (priority, priority)
	   Packets matching this rule will be assigned a specific queueing
	   priority.  Priorities are assigned as integers 0 through 7.	If the
	   packet is transmitted on a vlan(4) interface, the queueing priority
	   will	be written as the priority code	point in the 802.1Q VLAN
	   header.  If two priorities are given, packets which have a TOS of
	   lowdelay and	TCP ACKs with no data payload will be assigned to the
	   second one.

	   For example:

		 pass in proto tcp to port 25 set prio 2
		 pass in proto tcp to port 22 set prio (2, 5)

     tag <string>
	   Packets matching this rule will be tagged with the specified
	   string.  The	tag acts as an internal	marker that can	be used	to
	   identify these packets later	on.  This can be used, for example, to
	   provide trust between interfaces and	to determine if	packets	have
	   been	processed by translation rules.	 Tags are "sticky", meaning
	   that	the packet will	be tagged even if the rule is not the last
	   matching rule.  Further matching rules can replace the tag with a
	   new one but will not	remove a previously applied tag.  A packet is
	   only	ever assigned one tag at a time.  Packet tagging can be	done
	   during nat, rdr, or binat rules in addition to filter rules.	 Tags
	   take	the same macros	as labels (see above).

     tagged <string>
	   Used	with filter, translation or scrub rules	to specify that	pack-
	   ets must already be tagged with the given tag in order to match the
	   rule.  Inverse tag matching can also	be done	by specifying the !
	   operator before the tagged keyword.

     rtable <number>
	   Used	to select an alternate routing table for the routing lookup.
	   Only	effective before the route lookup happened, i.e. when filter-
	   ing inbound.

     divert-to <host> port <port>
	   Used	to redirect packets to a local socket bound to host and	port.
	   The packets will not	be modified, so	getsockname(2) on the socket
	   will	return the original destination	address	of the packet.

	   Used	to receive replies for sockets that are	bound to addresses
	   which are not local to the machine.	See setsockopt(2) for informa-
	   tion	on how to bind these sockets.

     probability <number>
	   A probability attribute can be attached to a	rule, with a value set
	   between 0 and 1, bounds not included.  In that case,	the rule will
	   be honoured using the given probability value only.	For example,
	   the following rule will drop	20% of incoming	ICMP packets:

		 block in proto	icmp probability 20%

     prio <number>
	   Only	match packets which have the given queueing priority assigned.

     If	a packet matches a rule	with a route option set, the packet filter
     will route	the packet according to	the type of route option.  When	such a
     rule creates state, the route option is also applied to all packets
     matching the same connection.

	   The route-to	option routes the packet to the	specified interface
	   with	an optional address for	the next hop.  When a route-to rule
	   creates state, only packets that pass in the	same direction as the
	   filter rule specifies will be routed	in this	way.  Packets passing
	   in the opposite direction (replies) are not affected	and are	routed

	   The reply-to	option is similar to route-to, but routes packets that
	   pass	in the opposite	direction (replies) to the specified inter-
	   face.  Opposite direction is	only defined in	the context of a state
	   entry, and reply-to is useful only in rules that create state.  It
	   can be used on systems with multiple	external connections to	route
	   all outgoing	packets	of a connection	through	the interface the in-
	   coming connection arrived through (symmetric	routing	enforcement).

	   The dup-to option creates a duplicate of the	packet and routes it
	   like	route-to.  The original	packet gets routed as it normally

     For nat and rdr rules, (as	well as	for the	route-to, reply-to and dup-to
     rule options) for which there is a	single redirection address which has a
     subnet mask smaller than 32 for IPv4 or 128 for IPv6 (more	than one IP
     address), a variety of different methods for assigning this address can
     be	used:

	   The bitmask option applies the network portion of the redirection
	   address to the address to be	modified (source with nat, destination
	   with	rdr).

	   The random option selects an	address	at random within the defined
	   block of addresses.

	   The source-hash option uses a hash of the source address to deter-
	   mine	the redirection	address, ensuring that the redirection address
	   is always the same for a given source.  An optional key can be
	   specified after this	keyword	either in hex or as a string; by de-
	   fault pfctl(8) randomly generates a key for source-hash every time
	   the ruleset is reloaded.

	   The round-robin option loops	through	the redirection	address(es).

	   When	more than one redirection address is specified,	round-robin is
	   the only permitted pool type.

	   With	nat rules, the static-port option prevents pf(4) from modify-
	   ing the source port on TCP and UDP packets.

     map-e-portset <psid-offset> / <psid-len> /	<psid>
	   With	nat rules, the map-e-portset option enables the	source port
	   translation of MAP-E	(RFC 7597) Customer Edge.  In order to make
	   the host act	as a MAP-E Customer Edge, setting up a tunneling in-
	   terface and pass rules for encapsulated packets are required	in ad-
	   dition to the map-e-portset nat rule.

	   For example:

		 nat on	$gif_mape_if from $int_if:network to any \
		       -> $ipv4_mape_src map-e-portset 6/8/0x34

	   sets	PSID offset 6, PSID length 8, PSID 0x34.

     Additionally, the sticky-address option can be specified to help ensure
     that multiple connections from the	same source are	mapped to the same re-
     direction address.	 This option can be used with the random and
     round-robin pool options.	Note that by default these associations	are
     destroyed as soon as there	are no longer states which refer to them; in
     order to make the mappings	last beyond the	lifetime of the	states,	in-
     crease the	global options with set	timeout	src.track.  See	STATEFUL
     TRACKING OPTIONS for more ways to control the source tracking.

     Much of the security derived from TCP is attributable to how well the
     initial sequence numbers (ISNs) are chosen.  Some popular stack implemen-
     tations choose very poor ISNs and thus are	normally susceptible to	ISN
     prediction	exploits.  By applying a modulate state	rule to	a TCP connec-
     tion, pf(4) will create a high quality random sequence number for each
     connection	endpoint.

     The modulate state	directive implicitly keeps state on the	rule and is
     only applicable to	TCP connections.

     For instance:

	   block all
	   pass	out proto tcp from any to any modulate state
	   pass	in  proto tcp from any to any port 25 flags S/SFRA modulate state

     Note that modulated connections will not recover when the state table is
     lost (firewall reboot, flushing the state table, etc...).	pf(4) will not
     be	able to	infer a	connection again after the state table flushes the
     connection's modulator.  When the state is	lost, the connection may be
     left dangling until the respective	endpoints time out the connection.  It
     is	possible on a fast local network for the endpoints to start an ACK
     storm while trying	to resynchronize after the loss	of the modulator.  The
     default flags settings (or	a more strict equivalent) should be used on
     modulate state rules to prevent ACK storms.

     Note that alternative methods are available to prevent loss of the	state
     table and allow for firewall failover.  See carp(4) and pfsync(4) for
     further information.

     By	default, pf(4) passes packets that are part of a tcp(4)	handshake be-
     tween the endpoints.  The synproxy	state option can be used to cause
     pf(4) itself to complete the handshake with the active endpoint, perform
     a handshake with the passive endpoint, and	then forward packets between
     the endpoints.

     No	packets	are sent to the	passive	endpoint before	the active endpoint
     has completed the handshake, hence	so-called SYN floods with spoofed
     source addresses will not reach the passive endpoint, as the sender can't
     complete the handshake.

     The proxy is transparent to both endpoints, they each see a single	con-
     nection from/to the other endpoint.  pf(4)	chooses	random initial se-
     quence numbers for	both handshakes.  Once the handshakes are completed,
     the sequence number modulators (see previous section) are used to trans-
     late further packets of the connection.  synproxy state includes modulate

     Rules with	synproxy will not work if pf(4)	operates on a bridge(4).


	   pass	in proto tcp from any to any port www synproxy state

     A number of options related to stateful tracking can be applied on	a per-
     rule basis.  keep state, modulate state and synproxy state	support	these
     options, and keep state must be specified explicitly to apply options to
     a rule.

     max <number>
	   Limits the number of	concurrent states the rule may create.	When
	   this	limit is reached, further packets that would create state will
	   not match this rule until existing states time out.
	   Prevent state changes for states created by this rule from appear-
	   ing on the pfsync(4)	interface.
     <timeout> <seconds>
	   Changes the timeout values used for states created by this rule.
	   For a list of all valid timeout names, see OPTIONS above.
	   Uses	a sloppy TCP connection	tracker	that does not check sequence
	   numbers at all, which makes insertion and ICMP teardown attacks way
	   easier.  This is intended to	be used	in situations where one	does
	   not see all packets of a connection,	e.g. in	asymmetric routing
	   situations.	Cannot be used with modulate or	synproxy state.

     Multiple options can be specified,	separated by commas:

	   pass	in proto tcp from any to any \
		 port www keep state \
		 (max 100, source-track	rule, max-src-nodes 75,	\
		 max-src-states	3, tcp.established 60, tcp.closing 5)

     When the source-track keyword is specified, the number of states per
     source IP is tracked.

     source-track rule
	   The maximum number of states	created	by this	rule is	limited	by the
	   rule's max-src-nodes	and max-src-states options.  Only state	en-
	   tries created by this particular rule count toward the rule's lim-
     source-track global
	   The number of states	created	by all rules that use this option is
	   limited.  Each rule can specify different max-src-nodes and
	   max-src-states options, however state entries created by any	par-
	   ticipating rule count towards each individual rule's	limits.

     The following limits can be set:

     max-src-nodes <number>
	   Limits the maximum number of	source addresses which can simultane-
	   ously have state table entries.
     max-src-states <number>
	   Limits the maximum number of	simultaneous state entries that	a sin-
	   gle source address can create with this rule.

     For stateful TCP connections, limits on established connections (connec-
     tions which have completed	the TCP	3-way handshake) can also be enforced
     per source	IP.

     max-src-conn <number>
	   Limits the maximum number of	simultaneous TCP connections which
	   have	completed the 3-way handshake that a single host can make.
     max-src-conn-rate <number>	/ <seconds>
	   Limit the rate of new connections over a time interval.  The	con-
	   nection rate	is an approximation calculated as a moving average.

     Because the 3-way handshake ensures that the source address is not	being
     spoofed, more aggressive action can be taken based	on these limits.  With
     the overload <table> state	option,	source IP addresses which hit either
     of	the limits on established connections will be added to the named ta-
     ble.  This	table can be used in the ruleset to block further activity
     from the offending	host, redirect it to a tarpit process, or restrict its

     The optional flush	keyword	kills all states created by the	matching rule
     which originate from the host which exceeds these limits.	The global
     modifier to the flush command kills all states originating	from the of-
     fending host, regardless of which rule created the	state.

     For example, the following	rules will protect the webserver against hosts
     making more than 100 connections in 10 seconds.  Any host which connects
     faster than this rate will	have its address added to the <bad_hosts> ta-
     ble and have all states originating from it flushed.  Any new packets ar-
     riving from this host will	be dropped unconditionally by the block	rule.

	   block quick from <bad_hosts>
	   pass	in on $ext_if proto tcp	to $webserver port www keep state \
		   (max-src-conn-rate 100/10, overload <bad_hosts> flush global)

     Passive OS	Fingerprinting is a mechanism to inspect nuances of a TCP con-
     nection's initial SYN packet and guess at the host's operating system.
     Unfortunately these nuances are easily spoofed by an attacker so the fin-
     gerprint is not useful in making security decisions.  But the fingerprint
     is	typically accurate enough to make policy decisions upon.

     The fingerprints may be specified by operating system class, by version,
     or	by subtype/patchlevel.	The class of an	operating system is typically
     the vendor	or genre and would be OpenBSD for the pf(4) firewall itself.
     The version of the	oldest available OpenBSD release on the	main FTP site
     would be 2.6 and the fingerprint would be written

	   "OpenBSD 2.6"

     The subtype of an operating system	is typically used to describe the
     patchlevel	if that	patch led to changes in	the TCP	stack behavior.	 In
     the case of OpenBSD, the only subtype is for a fingerprint	that was nor-
     malized by	the no-df scrub	option and would be specified as

	   "OpenBSD 3.3	no-df"

     Fingerprints for most popular operating systems are provided by pf.os(5).
     Once pf(4)	is running, a complete list of known operating system finger-
     prints may	be listed by running:

	   # pfctl -so

     Filter rules can enforce policy at	any level of operating system specifi-
     cation assuming a fingerprint is present.	Policy could limit traffic to
     approved operating	systems	or even	ban traffic from hosts that aren't at
     the latest	service	pack.

     The unknown class can also	be used	as the fingerprint which will match
     packets for which no operating system fingerprint is known.


	   pass	 out proto tcp from any	os OpenBSD
	   block out proto tcp from any	os Doors
	   block out proto tcp from any	os "Doors PT"
	   block out proto tcp from any	os "Doors PT SP3"
	   block out from any os "unknown"
	   pass	on lo0 proto tcp from any os "OpenBSD 3.3 lo0"

     Operating system fingerprinting is	limited	only to	the TCP	SYN packet.
     This means	that it	will not work on other protocols and will not match a
     currently established connection.

     Caveat: operating system fingerprints are occasionally wrong.  There are
     three problems: an	attacker can trivially craft his packets to appear as
     any operating system he chooses; an operating system patch	could change
     the stack behavior	and no fingerprints will match it until	the database
     is	updated; and multiple operating	systems	may have the same fingerprint.

     "Spoofing"	is the faking of IP addresses, typically for malicious pur-
     poses.  The antispoof directive expands to	a set of filter	rules which
     will block	all traffic with a source IP from the network(s) directly con-
     nected to the specified interface(s) from entering	the system through any
     other interface.

     For example, the line

	   antispoof for lo0

     expands to

	   block drop in on ! lo0 inet from	to any
	   block drop in on ! lo0 inet6	from ::1 to any

     For non-loopback interfaces, there	are additional rules to	block incoming
     packets with a source IP address identical	to the interface's IP(s).  For
     example, assuming the interface wi0 had an	IP address of and a
     netmask of, the line

	   antispoof for wi0 inet

     expands to

	   block drop in on ! wi0 inet from	to any
	   block drop in inet from to any

     Caveat: Rules created by the antispoof directive interfere	with packets
     sent over loopback	interfaces to local addresses.	One should pass	these

     The size of IP datagrams (packets)	can be significantly larger than the
     maximum transmission unit (MTU) of	the network.  In cases when it is nec-
     essary or more efficient to send such large packets, the large packet
     will be fragmented	into many smaller packets that will each fit onto the
     wire.  Unfortunately for a	firewalling device, only the first logical
     fragment will contain the necessary header	information for	the subproto-
     col that allows pf(4) to filter on	things such as TCP ports or to perform

     Besides the use of	scrub rules as described in TRAFFIC NORMALIZATION
     above, there are three options for	handling fragments in the packet fil-

     One alternative is	to filter individual fragments with filter rules.  If
     no	scrub rule applies to a	fragment, it is	passed to the filter.  Filter
     rules with	matching IP header parameters decide whether the fragment is
     passed or blocked,	in the same way	as complete packets are	filtered.
     Without reassembly, fragments can only be filtered	based on IP header
     fields (source/destination	address, protocol), since subprotocol header
     fields are	not available (TCP/UDP port numbers, ICMP code/type).  The
     fragment option can be used to restrict filter rules to apply only	to
     fragments,	but not	complete packets.  Filter rules	without	the fragment
     option still apply	to fragments, if they only specify IP header fields.
     For instance, the rule

	   pass	in proto tcp from any to any port 80

     never applies to a	fragment, even if the fragment is part of a TCP	packet
     with destination port 80, because without reassembly this information is
     not available for each fragment.  This also means that fragments cannot
     create new	or match existing state	table entries, which makes stateful
     filtering and address translation (NAT, redirection) for fragments	impos-

     It's also possible	to reassemble only certain fragments by	specifying
     source or destination addresses or	protocols as parameters	in scrub

     In	most cases, the	benefits of reassembly outweigh	the additional memory
     cost, and it's recommended	to use scrub rules to reassemble all fragments
     via the fragment reassemble modifier.

     The memory	allocated for fragment caching can be limited using pfctl(8).
     Once this limit is	reached, fragments that	would have to be cached	are
     dropped until other entries time out.  The	timeout	value can also be ad-

     When forwarding reassembled IPv6 packets, pf refragments them with	the
     original maximum fragment size.  This allows the sender to	determine the
     optimal fragment size by path MTU discovery.

     Besides the main ruleset, pfctl(8)	can load rulesets into anchor attach-
     ment points.  An anchor is	a container that can hold rules, address ta-
     bles, and other anchors.

     An	anchor has a name which	specifies the path where pfctl(8) can be used
     to	access the anchor to perform operations	on it, such as attaching child
     anchors to	it or loading rules into it.  Anchors may be nested, with com-
     ponents separated by `/' characters, similar to how file system hierar-
     chies are laid out.  The main ruleset is actually the default anchor, so
     filter and	translation rules, for example,	may also be contained in any

     An	anchor can reference another anchor attachment point using the follow-
     ing kinds of rules:

     nat-anchor	<name>
	   Evaluates the nat rules in the specified anchor.

     rdr-anchor	<name>
	   Evaluates the rdr rules in the specified anchor.

     binat-anchor <name>
	   Evaluates the binat rules in	the specified anchor.

     anchor <name>
	   Evaluates the filter	rules in the specified anchor.

     load anchor <name>	from <file>
	   Loads the rules from	the specified file into	the anchor name.

     When evaluation of	the main ruleset reaches an anchor rule, pf(4) will
     proceed to	evaluate all rules specified in	that anchor.

     Matching filter and translation rules marked with the quick option	are
     final and abort the evaluation of the rules in other anchors and the main
     ruleset.  If the anchor itself is marked with the quick option, ruleset
     evaluation	will terminate when the	anchor is exited if the	packet is
     matched by	any rule within	the anchor.

     anchor rules are evaluated	relative to the	anchor in which	they are con-
     tained.  For example, all anchor rules specified in the main ruleset will
     reference anchor attachment points	underneath the main ruleset, and
     anchor rules specified in a file loaded from a load anchor	rule will be
     attached under that anchor	point.

     Rules may be contained in anchor attachment points	which do not contain
     any rules when the	main ruleset is	loaded,	and later such anchors can be
     manipulated through pfctl(8) without reloading the	main ruleset or	other
     anchors.  For example,

	   ext_if = "kue0"
	   block on $ext_if all
	   anchor spam
	   pass	out on $ext_if all
	   pass	in on $ext_if proto tcp	from any \
		 to $ext_if port smtp

     blocks all	packets	on the external	interface by default, then evaluates
     all rules in the anchor named "spam", and finally passes all outgoing
     connections and incoming connections to port 25.

	   # echo "block in quick from to any" | \
		 pfctl -a spam -f -

     This loads	a single rule into the anchor, which blocks all	packets	from a
     specific address.

     The anchor	can also be populated by adding	a load anchor rule after the
     anchor rule:

	   anchor spam
	   load	anchor spam from "/etc/pf-spam.conf"

     When pfctl(8) loads pf.conf, it will also load all	the rules from the
     file /etc/pf-spam.conf into the anchor.

     Optionally, anchor	rules can specify packet filtering parameters using
     the same syntax as	filter rules.  When parameters are used, the anchor
     rule is only evaluated for	matching packets.  This	allows conditional
     evaluation	of anchors, like:

	   block on $ext_if all
	   anchor spam proto tcp from any to any port smtp
	   pass	out on $ext_if all
	   pass	in on $ext_if proto tcp	from any to $ext_if port smtp

     The rules inside anchor spam are only evaluated for tcp packets with des-
     tination port 25.	Hence,

	   # echo "block in quick from to any" | \
		 pfctl -a spam -f -

     will only block connections from to port 25.

     Anchors may end with the asterisk (`*') character,	which signifies	that
     all anchors attached at that point	should be evaluated in the alphabeti-
     cal ordering of their anchor name.	 For example,

	   anchor "spam/*"

     will evaluate each	rule in	each anchor attached to	the spam anchor.  Note
     that it will only evaluate	anchors	that are directly attached to the spam
     anchor, and will not descend to evaluate anchors recursively.

     Since anchors are evaluated relative to the anchor	in which they are con-
     tained, there is a	mechanism for accessing	the parent and ancestor	an-
     chors of a	given anchor.  Similar to file system path name	resolution, if
     the sequence ".." appears as an anchor path component, the	parent anchor
     of	the current anchor in the path evaluation at that point	will become
     the new current anchor.  As an example, consider the following:

	   # echo ' anchor "spam/allowed" ' | pfctl -f -
	   # echo -e ' anchor "../banned" \n pass' | \
		 pfctl -a spam/allowed -f -

     Evaluation	of the main ruleset will lead into the spam/allowed anchor,
     which will	evaluate the rules in the spam/banned anchor, if any, before
     finally evaluating	the pass rule.

     Filter rule anchors can also be loaded inline in the ruleset within a
     brace ('{'	'}') delimited block.  Brace delimited blocks may contain
     rules or other brace-delimited blocks.  When anchors are loaded this way
     the anchor	name becomes optional.

	   anchor "external" on	$ext_if	{
		   anchor out {
			   pass	proto tcp from any to port { 25, 80, 443 }
		   pass	in proto tcp to	any port 22

     Since the parser specification for	anchor names is	a string, any refer-
     ence to an	anchor name containing `/' characters will require double
     quote (`"') characters around the anchor name.

     This example maps incoming	requests on port 80 to port 8080, on which a
     daemon is running (because, for example, it is not	run as root, and
     therefore lacks permission	to bind	to port	80).

     # use a macro for the interface name, so it can be	changed	easily
     ext_if = "ne3"

     # map daemon on 8080 to appear to be on 80
     rdr on $ext_if proto tcp from any to any port 80 -> port	8080

     If	the pass modifier is given, packets matching the translation rule are
     passed without inspecting the filter rules:

     rdr pass on $ext_if proto tcp from	any to any port	80 ->	\
	   port	8080

     In	the example below, vlan12 is configured	as; the machine
     translates	all packets coming from to when
     they are going out	any interface except vlan12.  This has the net effect
     of	making traffic from the network appear	as though it
     is	the Internet routable address to nodes behind any	inter-
     face on the router	except for the nodes on	vlan12.	 (Thus,
     can talk to the nodes.)

     nat on ! vlan12 from to any ->

     In	the example below, the machine sits between a fake internal
     144.19.74.*  network, and a routable external IP of	 The
     no	nat rule excludes protocol AH from being translated.

     # NO NAT
     no	nat on $ext_if proto ah	from to any
     nat on $ext_if from	to any ->

     In	the example below, packets bound for one specific server, as well as
     those generated by	the sysadmins are not proxied; all other connections

     # NO RDR
     no	rdr on $int_if proto { tcp, udp	} from any to $server port 80
     no	rdr on $int_if proto { tcp, udp	} from $sysadmins to any port 80
     rdr on $int_if proto { tcp, udp } from any	to any port 80 -> \
	   port	80

     This longer example uses both a NAT and a redirection.  The external in-
     terface has the address  On localhost, we are running
     ftp-proxy(8), waiting for FTP sessions to be redirected to	it.  The three
     mandatory anchors for ftp-proxy(8)	are omitted from this example; see the
     ftp-proxy(8) manpage.

     # NAT
     # Translate outgoing packets' source addresses (any protocol).
     # In this case, any address but the gateway's external address is mapped.
     nat on $ext_if inet from !	($ext_if) to any -> ($ext_if)

     # Map outgoing packets' source port to an assigned	proxy port instead of
     # an arbitrary port.
     # In this case, proxy outgoing isakmp with	port 500 on the	gateway.
     nat on $ext_if inet proto udp from	any port = isakmp to any -> ($ext_if) \
	   port	500

     # BINAT
     # Translate outgoing packets' source address (any protocol).
     # Translate incoming packets' destination address to an internal machine
     # (bidirectional).
     binat on $ext_if from to any ->	$ext_if

     # RDR
     # Translate incoming packets' destination addresses.
     # As an example, redirect a TCP and UDP port to an	internal machine.
     rdr on $ext_if inet proto tcp from	any to ($ext_if) port 8080 \
	   -> port 22
     rdr on $ext_if inet proto udp from	any to ($ext_if) port 8080 \
	   -> port 53

     # RDR
     # Translate outgoing ftp control connections to send them to localhost
     # for proxying with ftp-proxy(8) running on port 8021.
     rdr on $int_if proto tcp from any to any port 21 -> port	8021

     In	this example, a	NAT gateway is set up to translate internal addresses
     using a pool of public addresses ( and to redirect incoming
     web server	connections to a group of web servers on the internal network.

     # Translate outgoing packets' source addresses using an address pool.
     # A given source address is always	translated to the same pool address by
     # using the source-hash keyword.
     nat on $ext_if inet from any to any -> source-hash

     # Translate incoming web server connections to a group of web servers on
     # the internal network.
     rdr on $ext_if proto tcp from any to any port 80 \
	   -> {,, } round-robin

     # The external interface is kue0
     # (,	the only routable address)
     # and the private network is, for which	we are doing NAT.

     # use a macro for the interface name, so it can be	changed	easily
     ext_if = "kue0"

     # normalize all incoming traffic
     scrub in on $ext_if all fragment reassemble

     # block and log everything	by default
     block return log on $ext_if all

     # block anything coming from source we have no back routes	for
     block in from no-route to any

     # block packets whose ingress interface does not match the	one in
     # the route back to their source address
     block in from urpf-failed to any

     # block and log outgoing packets that do not have our address as source,
     # they are	either spoofed or something is misconfigured (NAT disabled,
     # for instance), we want to be nice and do	not send out garbage.
     block out log quick on $ext_if from ! to any

     # silently	drop broadcasts	(cable modem noise)
     block in quick on $ext_if from any	to

     # block and log incoming packets from reserved address space and invalid
     # addresses, they are either spoofed or misconfigured, we cannot reply to
     # them anyway (hence, no return-rst).
     block in log quick	on $ext_if from	{,, \, }	to any

     # ICMP

     # pass out/in certain ICMP	queries	and keep state (ping)
     # state matching is done on host addresses	and ICMP id (not type/code),
     # so replies (like	0/0 for	8/0) will match	queries
     # ICMP error messages (which always refer to a TCP/UDP packet) are
     # handled by the TCP/UDP states
     pass on $ext_if inet proto	icmp all icmp-type 8 code 0

     # UDP

     # pass out	all UDP	connections and	keep state
     pass out on $ext_if proto udp all

     # pass in certain UDP connections and keep	state (DNS)
     pass in on	$ext_if	proto udp from any to any port domain

     # TCP

     # pass out	all TCP	connections and	modulate state
     pass out on $ext_if proto tcp all modulate	state

     # pass in certain TCP connections and keep	state (SSH, SMTP, DNS, IDENT)
     pass in on	$ext_if	proto tcp from any to any port { ssh, smtp, domain, \
	   auth	}

     # Do not allow Windows 9x SMTP connections	since they are typically
     # a viral worm. Alternately we could limit	these OSes to 1	connection each.
     block in on $ext_if proto tcp from	any os {"Windows 95", "Windows 98"} \
	   to any port smtp

     # IPv6
     # pass in/out all IPv6 traffic: note that we have to enable this in two
     # different ways, on both our physical interface and our tunnel
     pass quick	on gif0	inet6
     pass quick	on $ext_if proto ipv6

     # Packet Tagging

     # three interfaces: $int_if, $ext_if, and $wifi_if	(wireless). NAT	is
     # being done on $ext_if for all outgoing packets. tag packets in on
     # $int_if and pass	those tagged packets out on $ext_if.  all other
     # outgoing	packets	(i.e., packets from the	wireless network) are only
     # permitted to access port	80.

     pass in on	$int_if	from any to any	tag INTNET
     pass in on	$wifi_if from any to any

     block out on $ext_if from any to any
     pass out quick on $ext_if tagged INTNET
     pass out on $ext_if proto tcp from	any to any port	80

     # tag incoming packets as they are	redirected to spamd(8).	use the	tag
     # to pass those packets through the packet	filter.

     rdr on $ext_if inet proto tcp from	<spammers> to port smtp	\
	     tag SPAMD -> port spamd

     block in on $ext_if
     pass in on	$ext_if	inet proto tcp tagged SPAMD

     Syntax for	pf.conf	in BNF:

     line	    = (	option | pf-rule | nat-rule | binat-rule | rdr-rule |
		      antispoof-rule | altq-rule | queue-rule |	trans-anchors |
		      anchor-rule | anchor-close | load-anchor | table-rule |
		      include )

     option	    = "set" ( [	"timeout" ( timeout | "{" timeout-list "}" ) ] |
		      [	"ruleset-optimization" [ "none"	| "basic" | "profile" ]] |
		      [	"optimization" [ "default" | "normal" |
		      "high-latency" | "satellite" |
		      "aggressive" | "conservative" ] ]
		      [	"limit"	( limit-item | "{" limit-list "}" ) ] |
		      [	"loginterface" ( interface-name	| "none" ) ] |
		      [	"block-policy" ( "drop"	| "return" ) ] |
		      [	"state-policy" ( "if-bound" | "floating" ) ]
		      [	"state-defaults" state-opts ]
		      [	"require-order"	( "yes"	| "no" ) ]
		      [	"fingerprints" filename	] |
		      [	"skip on" ifspec ] |
		      [	"debug"	( "none" | "urgent" | "misc" | "loud" )	]
		      [	"keepcounters" ] )

     pf-rule	    = action [ ( "in" |	"out" )	]
		      [	"log" [	"(" logopts ")"] ] [ "quick" ]
		      [	"on" ifspec ] [	route ]	[ af ] [ protospec ]
		      hosts [ filteropt-list ]

     logopts	    = logopt [ "," logopts ]
     logopt	    = "all" | "user" | "to" interface-name

     filteropt-list = filteropt-list filteropt | filteropt
     filteropt	    = user | group | flags | icmp-type | icmp6-type | "tos" tos	|
		      (	"no" | "keep" |	"modulate" | "synproxy"	) "state"
		      [	"(" state-opts ")" ] |
		      "fragment" | "no-df" | "min-ttl" number |	"set-tos" tos |
		      "max-mss"	number | "random-id" | "reassemble tcp"	|
		      fragmentation | "allow-opts" |
		      "label" string | "tag" string | [	! ] "tagged" string |
		      "set prio" ( number | "("	number [ [ "," ] number	] ")" )	|
		      "queue" (	string | "(" string [ [	"," ] string ] ")" ) |
		      "rtable" number |	"probability" number"%"	| "prio" number	|
		      "ridentifier" number

     nat-rule	    = [	"no" ] "nat" [ "pass" [	"log" [	"(" logopts ")"	] ] ]
		      [	"on" ifspec ] [	af ]
		      [	protospec ] hosts [ "tag" string ] [ "tagged" string ]
		      [	"->" ( redirhost | "{" redirhost-list "}" )
		      [	portspec ] [ pooltype ]	[ "static-port"	]
		      [	"map-e-portset"	number "/" number "/" number ] ]

     binat-rule	    = [	"no" ] "binat" [ "pass"	[ "log"	[ "(" logopts ")" ] ] ]
		      [	"on" interface-name ] [	af ]
		      [	"proto"	( proto-name | proto-number ) ]
		      "from" address [ "/" mask-bits ] "to" ipspec
		      [	"tag" string ] [ "tagged" string ]
		      [	"->" address [ "/" mask-bits ] ]

     rdr-rule	    = [	"no" ] "rdr" [ "pass" [	"log" [	"(" logopts ")"	] ] ]
		      [	"on" ifspec ] [	af ]
		      [	protospec ] hosts [ "tag" string ] [ "tagged" string ]
		      [	"->" ( redirhost | "{" redirhost-list "}" )
		      [	portspec ] [ pooltype ]	]

     antispoof-rule = "antispoof" [ "log" ] [ "quick" ]
		      "for" ifspec [ af	] [ "label" string ]
		      [	"ridentifier" number ]

     table-rule	    = "table" "<" string ">" [ tableopts-list ]
     tableopts-list = tableopts-list tableopts | tableopts
     tableopts	    = "persist"	| "const" | "counters" | "file"	string |
		      "{" [ tableaddr-list ] "}"
     tableaddr-list = tableaddr-list [ "," ] tableaddr-spec | tableaddr-spec
     tableaddr-spec = [	"!" ] tableaddr	[ "/" mask-bits	]
     tableaddr	    = hostname | ifspec	| "self" |
		      ipv4-dotted-quad | ipv6-coloned-hex

     altq-rule	    = "altq on"	interface-name queueopts-list
		      "queue" subqueue
     queue-rule	    = "queue" string [ "on" interface-name ] queueopts-list

     anchor-rule    = "anchor" [ string	] [ ( "in" | "out" ) ] [ "on" ifspec ]
		      [	af ] [ protospec ] [ hosts ] [ filteropt-list ]	[ "{" ]

     anchor-close   = "}"

     trans-anchors  = (	"nat-anchor" | "rdr-anchor" | "binat-anchor" ) string
		      [	"on" ifspec ] [	af ] [ "proto" ] [ protospec ] [ hosts ]

     load-anchor    = "load anchor" string "from" filename

     queueopts-list = queueopts-list queueopts | queueopts
     queueopts	    = [	"bandwidth" bandwidth-spec ] |
		      [	"qlimit" number	] | [ "tbrsize"	number ] |
		      [	"priority" number ] | [	schedulers ]
     schedulers	    = (	cbq-def	| priq-def | hfsc-def )
     bandwidth-spec = "number" ( "b" | "Kb" | "Mb" | "Gb" | "%"	)

     action	    = "pass" | "block" [ return	] | [ "no" ] "scrub"
     return	    = "drop" | "return"	| "return-rst" [ "( ttl" number	")" ] |
		      "return-icmp" [ "(" icmpcode [ [ "," ] icmp6code ] ")" ] |
		      "return-icmp6" [ "(" icmp6code ")" ]
     icmpcode	    = (	icmp-code-name | icmp-code-number )
     icmp6code	    = (	icmp6-code-name	| icmp6-code-number )

     ifspec	    = (	[ "!" ]	( interface-name | interface-group ) ) |
		      "{" interface-list "}"
     interface-list = [	"!" ] (	interface-name | interface-group )
		      [	[ "," ]	interface-list ]
     route	    = (	"route-to" | "reply-to"	| "dup-to" )
		      (	routehost | "{"	routehost-list "}" )
		      [	pooltype ]
     af		    = "inet" | "inet6"

     protospec	    = "proto" (	proto-name | proto-number |
		      "{" proto-list "}" )
     proto-list	    = (	proto-name | proto-number ) [ [	"," ] proto-list ]

     hosts	    = "all" |
		      "from" ( "any" | "no-route" | "urpf-failed" | "self" | host |
		      "{" host-list "}"	) [ port ] [ os	]
		      "to"   ( "any" | "no-route" | "self" | host |
		      "{" host-list "}"	) [ port ]

     ipspec	    = "any" | host | "{" host-list "}"
     host	    = [	"!" ] (	address	[ "/" mask-bits	] | "<"	string ">" )
     redirhost	    = address [	"/" mask-bits ]
     routehost	    = "(" interface-name [ address [ "/" mask-bits ] ] ")"
     address	    = (	interface-name | interface-group |
		      "(" ( interface-name | interface-group ) ")" |
		      hostname | ipv4-dotted-quad | ipv6-coloned-hex )
     host-list	    = host [ [ "," ] host-list ]
     redirhost-list = redirhost	[ [ ","	] redirhost-list ]
     routehost-list = routehost	[ [ ","	] routehost-list ]

     port	    = "port" ( unary-op	| binary-op | "{" op-list "}" )
     portspec	    = "port" ( number |	name ) [ ":" ( "*" | number | name ) ]
     os		    = "os"  ( os-name |	"{" os-list "}"	)
     user	    = "user" ( unary-op	| binary-op | "{" op-list "}" )
     group	    = "group" (	unary-op | binary-op | "{" op-list "}" )

     unary-op	    = [	"=" | "!=" | "<" | "<="	| ">" |	">=" ]
		      (	name | number )
     binary-op	    = number ( "<>" | "><" | ":" ) number
     op-list	    = (	unary-op | binary-op ) [ [ "," ] op-list ]

     os-name	    = operating-system-name
     os-list	    = os-name [	[ "," ]	os-list	]

     flags	    = "flags" (	[ flag-set ] "/"  flag-set | "any" )
     flag-set	    = [	"F" ] [	"S" ] [	"R" ] [	"P" ] [	"A" ] [	"U" ] [	"E" ]
		      [	"W" ]

     icmp-type	    = "icmp-type" ( icmp-type-code | "{" icmp-list "}" )
     icmp6-type	    = "icmp6-type" ( icmp-type-code | "{" icmp-list "}"	)
     icmp-type-code = (	icmp-type-name | icmp-type-number )
		      [	"code" ( icmp-code-name	| icmp-code-number ) ]
     icmp-list	    = icmp-type-code [ [ "," ] icmp-list ]

     tos	    = (	"lowdelay" | "throughput" | "reliability" |
		      [	"0x" ] number )

     state-opts	    = state-opt	[ [ ","	] state-opts ]
     state-opt	    = (	"max" number | "no-sync" | timeout | "sloppy" |
		      "source-track" [ ( "rule"	| "global" ) ] |
		      "max-src-nodes" number | "max-src-states"	number |
		      "max-src-conn" number |
		      "max-src-conn-rate" number "/" number |
		      "overload" "<" string ">"	[ "flush" ] |
		      "if-bound" | "floating" )

     fragmentation  = [	"fragment reassemble" ]

     timeout-list   = timeout [	[ "," ]	timeout-list ]
     timeout	    = (	"tcp.first" | "tcp.opening" | "tcp.established"	|
		      "tcp.closing" | "tcp.finwait" | "tcp.closed" |
		      "udp.first" | "udp.single" | "udp.multiple" |
		      "icmp.first" | "icmp.error" |
		      "other.first" | "other.single" | "other.multiple"	|
		      "frag" | "interval" | "src.track"	|
		      "adaptive.start" | "adaptive.end"	) number

     limit-list	    = limit-item [ [ "," ] limit-list ]
     limit-item	    = (	"states" | "frags" | "src-nodes" ) number

     pooltype	    = (	"bitmask" | "random" |
		      "source-hash" [ (	hex-key	| string-key ) ] |
		      "round-robin" ) [	sticky-address ]

     subqueue	    = string | "{" queue-list "}"
     queue-list	    = string [ [ "," ] string ]
     cbq-def	    = "cbq" [ "(" cbq-opt [ [ "," ] cbq-opt ] ")" ]
     priq-def	    = "priq" [ "(" priq-opt [ [	"," ] priq-opt ] ")" ]
     hfsc-def	    = "hfsc" [ "(" hfsc-opt [ [	"," ] hfsc-opt ] ")" ]
     cbq-opt	    = (	"default" | "borrow" | "red" | "ecn" | "rio" )
     priq-opt	    = (	"default" | "red" | "ecn" | "rio" )
     hfsc-opt	    = (	"default" | "red" | "ecn" | "rio" |
		      linkshare-sc | realtime-sc | upperlimit-sc )
     linkshare-sc   = "linkshare" sc-spec
     realtime-sc    = "realtime" sc-spec
     upperlimit-sc  = "upperlimit" sc-spec
     sc-spec	    = (	bandwidth-spec |
		      "(" bandwidth-spec number	bandwidth-spec ")" )
     include	    = "include"	filename

     /etc/hosts	     Host name database.
     /etc/pf.conf    Default location of the ruleset file.  The	file has to be
		     created manually as it is not installed with a standard
     /etc/pf.os	     Default location of OS fingerprints.
     /etc/protocols  Protocol name database.
     /etc/services   Service name database.

     altq(4), carp(4), icmp(4),	icmp6(4), ip(4), ip6(4), pf(4),	pfsync(4),
     tcp(4), udp(4), hosts(5), pf.os(5), protocols(5), services(5),
     ftp-proxy(8), pfctl(8), pflogd(8)

     The pf.conf file format first appeared in OpenBSD 3.0.

FreeBSD	13.0		      September	25, 2021		  FreeBSD 13.0


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