|author||Phil Oester <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2013-05-31 09:07:04 -0400|
|committer||Pablo Neira Ayuso <email@example.com>||2013-06-11 12:54:30 +0200|
iptables: Add locking to prevent concurrent instances
There have been numerous complaints and bug reports over the years when admins attempt to run more than one instance of iptables simultaneously. Currently open bug reports which are related: 325: Parallel execution of the iptables is impossible 758: Retry iptables command on transient failure 764: Doing -Z twice in parallel breaks counters 822: iptables shows negative or other bad packet/byte counts As Patrick notes in 325: "Since this has been a problem people keep running into, I'd suggest to simply add some locking to iptables to catch the most common case." I started looking into alternatives to add locking, and of course the most common/obvious solution is to use a pidfile. But this has various downsides, such as if the application is terminated abnormally and the pidfile isn't cleaned up. And this also requires a writable filesystem. Using a UNIX domain socket file (e.g. in /var/run) has similar issues. Starting in 2.2, Linux added support for abstract sockets. These sockets require no filesystem, and automatically disappear once the application terminates. This is the locking solution I chose to implement in iptables. As an added bonus, since each network namespace has its own socket pool, an iptables instance running in one namespace will not lock out an iptables instance running in another namespace. A filesystem approach would have to recognize and handle multiple network namespaces. Signed-off-by: Phil Oester <firstname.lastname@example.org> Signed-off-by: Pablo Neira Ayuso <email@example.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'iptables/iptables.8.in')
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diff --git a/iptables/iptables.8.in b/iptables/iptables.8.in
index 0fba603d..6f310039 100644
@@ -351,6 +351,13 @@ For appending, insertion, deletion and replacement, this causes
detailed information on the rule or rules to be printed. \fB\-v\fP may be
specified multiple times to possibly emit more detailed debug statements.
+Wait for the xtables lock.
+To prevent multiple instances of the program from running concurrently,
+an attempt will be made to obtain an exclusive lock at launch. By default,
+the program will exit if the lock cannot be obtained. This option will
+make the program wait until the exclusive lock can be obtained.
IP addresses and port numbers will be printed in numeric format.