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Re: ipf

Then you're not exactly putting your _packet filter_ in _userspace_,
are you?

What you are talking about is an API for a policy daemon to feed
dynamic rules to a kernelspace packet filter. Similar to ipf -F a -f
/etc/ipf.rules -E, but running constantly, and somehow "smarter".


> > The reason you _don't_ put a packet filter in userspace is that a
> > context switch is added for each packet that traverses the firewall.
> Not necessarily. If you are making your accept/reject decisions on
> 'connections' rather than packets, then user-space policy becomes more
> manageable and much more desireable.
> -d
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