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Learning OpenStack Networking (Neutron) - Second Edition by James Denton

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An introduction to iptables

In the reference architecture, the security group functionality relies on iptables to perform traffic filtering. Iptables is a firewall built into Linux that allows a system administrator to define tables containing chains of rules that determine how network packets should be treated. Packets are processed by sequentially traversing rules in chains within the following tables:

  • Raw: This is a default table that filters packets before any other table. It is mainly used to configure exemptions from connection tracking and is not used by security groups or FWaaS.
  • Filter: This is a default table to filter packets.
  • NAT: This is a default table used for network address translation.
  • Mangle: This is a default table used for specialized ...

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