Open NFLOG socket via tcpdump

Recently, I found that tcpdump could be used to receive NFLOG packets. But this feature is not out-of-box available for Ubuntu users due to apparmor configuration.

In order to receive NFLOG packets, you should have the CAP_NET_ADMIN capability. By default this is not enabled in usr.sbin.tcpdump profile. You have to add the capability to the site-specific profile /etc/apparmor.d/local/usr.sbin.tcpdump and reload the profile.

sudo echo "capability net_admin," >> /etc/apparmor.d/local/usr.sbin.tcpdump
sudo apparmor_parser -r /etc/apparmor.d/usr.sbin.tcpdump

Now, you can add iptables rule to capture packets via NFLOG. For example, capture all incoming TCP packets.

sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -j NFLOG

Then use nflog as interface name while using tcpdump utility to receive packets:

sudo tcpdump -i nflog

Furthermore, if you seperated the NFLOG traffic into differnt groups, use nflog:<group_id> as the interface name.

Reference: AppArmor

Published 09 May 2014
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