What is ebtables? (Ethernet bridge frame table administration)

The ebtables utility enables basic Ethernet frame filtering on a Linux bridge, logging, MAC NAT and brouting. It only provides basic IP filtering, the full-fledged IP filtering on a Linux bridge is done with iptables. The so-called bridge-nf code makes iptables see the bridged IP packets and enables transparent IP NAT. The firewalling tools iptables and ebtables can be used together and are complementary. ebtables tries to provide the bridge firewalling that iptables cannot provide, namely the filtering of non-IP traffic.

What can ebtables do?

  • Ethernet protocol filtering.
  • MAC address filtering.
  • Simple IP header filtering.
  • ARP header filtering.
  • 802.1Q VLAN filtering.
  • In/Out interface filtering (logical and physical device).
  • MAC address nat.
  • Logging.
  • Frame counters.
  • Ability to add, delete and insert rules; flush chains; zero counters.
  • Brouter facility.
  • Ability to atomically load a complete table, containing the rules you made, into the kernel. See the man page and the examples section.
  • Support for user defined chains.
  • Support for marking frames and matching marked frames.

Install ebtables:

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