Re: [iptables] Effect of negating multiple source or dest IPs (-s or -d)

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On Tuesday 2011-11-08 17:19, U.Mutlu wrote:

> sim@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote, On 2011-11-08 17:16:
>>> What's the effect of this rule on a multihomed box
>>> (the IPs below are just some examples, not real):
>>>
>>>    iptables -A INPUT ! -d 1.2.3.4,2.3.4.5 -p all -j DROP
>>>
>>
>> the newest version of iptables says:
>>
>> iptables v1.4.12.1: ! not allowed with multiple source or destination IP
>> addresses
>
> Oh, one wonders why they did so...

Because it leads to a confusing result.

	! -d a,b,c

could be reasonably interpreted as

	! -d a && ! -d b && ! -d c

but because using "," in -s/-d means a simple rule expansion, it 
actually generates an equivalent of

	! -d a || ! -d b || ! -d c
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