Bridging and firewalling

Filtering with bridged interfaces functions similar to routed interfaces, but there are some configuration choices to alter exactly how the filtering behaves. By default, firewall rules are applied on each member interface of the bridge on an inbound basis, like any other routed interface.

It is possible to decide whether the filtering happens on the bridge member interfaces, or on the bridge interface itself. This is controlled by two values on System > Advanced on the System Tunables tab, as seen in Figure Bridge Filtering Tunables. The tunable controls whether or not the rules will be honored on the bridge member interfaces. By default, this is on (1). The tunable controls whether or not the rules will be honored on the bridge interface itself. By default, this is off (0). At least one of these must be set to 1.


Bridge Filtering Tunables

When filtering on the bridge interface itself, traffic will hit the rules as it enters from any member interface. The rules are still considered “inbound” like any other interface rules, but they work more like an interface group since the same rules apply to each member interface.

Firewall Rule Macros

Only one interface of a bridge will have an IP address set, the others will have none. For these interfaces, their firewall macros such as OPT1 address and OPT1 net are undefined because the interface has no address and thus no subnet.

If filtering is performed on bridge members, keep this fact in mind when crafting rules and explicitly list the subnet or use the macros for the interface where the IP address resides.