Created: 2008-06-24 09:31
Updated: 2019-01-09 14:27
License: gpl-3.0


Puppet Module for Shorewall

This module manages the configuration of Shorewall (http://www.shorewall.net/)


This module requires the augeas module, you can find that here: https://gitlab.com/shared-puppet-modules-group/augeas.git

This module requires the concat module, you can find that here: https://github.com/puppetlabs/puppetlabs-concat.git


Copyright (C) 2007 David Schmitt david@schmitt.edv-bus.at adapted by immerda project group - admin+puppet(at)immerda.ch adapted by Puzzle ITC - haerry+puppet(at)puzzle.ch

Copyright (c) 2009 Riseup Networks - micah(shift+2)riseup.net

Copyright (c) 2010 intrigeri - intrigeri(at)boum.org See LICENSE for the full license granted to you.

Based on the work of ADNET Ghislain gadnet@aqueos.com from AQUEOS at https://reductivelabs.com/trac/puppet/wiki/AqueosShorewall

Merged from:


  • check if shorewall compiles without errors, otherwise fail !


If you need to install a specific version of shorewall other than the default one that would be installed by 'ensure => present', then you can set the following variable and that specific version will be installed instead:

$shorewall_ensure_version = "4.0.15-1"

The main shorewall.conf is not managed by this module, rather the default one that your operatingsystem provides is used, and any modifications you wish to do to it should be configured with augeas, for example, to set IP_FORWARDING=Yes in shorewall.conf, simply do this:

augeas { 'enable_ip_forwarding':
  changes => 'set /files/etc/shorewall/shorewall.conf/IP_FORWARDING Yes',
  lens    => 'Shellvars.lns',
  incl    => '/etc/shorewall/shorewall.conf',
  notify  => Service[shorewall];

NOTE: this requires the augeas ruby bindings newer than 0.7.3.

If you need to, you can provide an entire shorewall.conf by passing its source to the main class:

  conf_source => "puppet:///modules/site_shorewall/${::fqdn}/shorewall.conf.${::operatingsystem}",

NOTE: if you distribute a file, you cannot also use augeas, puppet and augeas will fight forever. Secondly, you will need to make sure that if you are shipping your own shorewall.conf that you have the following value set in your shorewall.conf otherwise this module will not work:



see also: http://reductivelabs.com/trac/puppet/wiki/Recipes/AqueosShorewall


The shorewall::rules::torify define can be used to force some outgoing TCP traffic through the Tor transparent proxy. The corresponding non-TCP traffic is rejected accordingly.

Beware! This define only is part of a torified setup. DNS requests and IPv6, amongst others, might leak network activity you would prefer not to. You really need to read proper documentation about these matters before using this feature e.g.:


The Tor transparent proxy location defaults to and can be configured by setting the $tor_transparent_proxy_host and $tor_transparent_proxy_port variables before including the main shorewall class.

Example usage follows.

Torify any outgoing TCP traffic originating from user bob or alice and aimed at or

shorewall::rules::torify {
    users        => [ 'bob', 'alice' ],
    destinations => [ '', '' ];

Torify any outgoing TCP traffic to

shorewall::rules::torify {
    destinations  => [ '' ];

When no destination nor user is provided any outgoing TCP traffic (see restrictions bellow) is torified. In that case the user running the Tor client ($tor_user) is whitelisted; this variable defaults to "debian-tor" on Debian systems and to "tor" on others. if this does not suit your configuration you need to set the $tor_user variable before including the main shorewall class.

When no destination is provided traffic directed to RFC1918 addresses is by default allowed and (obviously) not torified. This behaviour can be changed by setting the allow_rfc1918 parameter to false.

Torify any outgoing TCP traffic but connections to RFC1918 addresses:

shorewall::rules::torify {

Torify any outgoing TCP traffic:

shorewall::rules::torify {
    allow_rfc1918 => false;

In some cases (e.g. when providing no specific destination nor user and denying access to RFC1918 addresses) UDP DNS requests may be rejected. This is intentional: it does not make sense leaking -via DNS requests- network activity that would otherwise be torified. In that case you probably want to read proper documentation about such matters, enable the Tor DNS resolver and redirect DNS requests through it.


Example from node.pp:

node xy {
    startup => "0"  # create shorewall ruleset but don't startup
  shorewall::rule {
    'incoming-ssh': source => 'all', destination => '$FW',  action  => 'SSH(ACCEPT)', order => 200;
    'incoming-puppetmaster': source => 'all', destination => '$FW',  action  => 'Puppetmaster(ACCEPT)', order => 300;
    'incoming-imap': source => 'all', destination => '$FW',  action  => 'IMAP(ACCEPT)', order => 300;
    'incoming-smtp': source => 'all', destination => '$FW',  action  => 'SMTP(ACCEPT)', order => 300;

class config::site_shorewall($startup = '1') {
    startup => $startup

  # If you want logging:
  #shorewall::params {
  # 'LOG':  value => 'debug';

  shorewall::zone {'net':
    type => 'ipv4';

  shorewall::rule_section { 'NEW':
    order => 100;

  shorewall::interface { 'eth0':
    zone    => 'net',
    rfc1918  => true,
    options => 'tcpflags,blacklist,nosmurfs';

  shorewall::policy {
      sourcezone              =>      '$FW',
      destinationzone         =>      '$FW',
      policy                  =>      'ACCEPT',
      order                   =>      100;
      sourcezone              =>      '$FW',
      destinationzone         =>      'net',
      policy                  =>      'ACCEPT',
      shloglevel              =>      '$LOG',
      order                   =>      110;
      sourcezone              =>      'net',
      destinationzone         =>      '$FW',
      policy                  =>      'DROP',
      shloglevel              =>      '$LOG',
      order                   =>      120;

  # default Rules : ICMP
  shorewall::rule {
      source => 'all',
      destination => '$FW',
      order  => 200,
      action  => 'AllowICMPs/(ACCEPT)';
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