ufw eating SRV records

Asked by Shirish Agarwal on 2008-10-04

Binary package hint: ufw

Hi all,
  I have ufw. I have been trying to use pidgin while enabling ufw. I have an account on gmail/xmpp which I have not been able to connect with whenever ufw is enabled.

This is the status of ufw status verbose

shirish@Mugglewille:~$ sudo ufw status verbose
Status: loaded
Logging: on
Default: deny
New profiles: skip

To Action From
-- ------ ----
80/tcp ALLOW Anywhere
80/udp ALLOW Anywhere
48888/tcp ALLOW Anywhere
48888/udp ALLOW Anywhere
5050/tcp ALLOW Anywhere
5050/udp ALLOW Anywhere
6667/tcp ALLOW Anywhere
6667/udp ALLOW Anywhere
5222/tcp ALLOW Anywhere
5222/udp ALLOW Anywhere
5223/tcp ALLOW Anywhere

Attaching a conversation which I had on the #pidgin channel on freenode to troubleshoot the issue.

Please lemme know if any more testing needs to be done.

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This question was originally filed as bug #277952.

Shirish Agarwal (shirishag75) said : #1
Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) said : #2

Thank you for reporting the bug and helping to make Ubuntu even better. While it seems clear that your firewall is blocking your packets, it is a problem with your firewall policy, and not ufw, the tool to help you implement the policy. This bug is being converted into a question. It sounds like you may need a separate connection tracking module for gmail/xmpp, or simply to accept packets from gmail's xmpp server.

Shirish Agarwal (shirishag75) said : #3

Hi all,
      I don't know what you mean like

"It sounds like you may need a separate connection tracking module for gmail/xmpp, or simply to accept packets from gmail's xmpp server."

Could you be more simplistic or give a straight answer as to where I'm going wrong. Shouldn't just opening port 5222 and port 5223 have been enough.

Also what is a 'connection tracking module' how or where do I find it?

Shirish Agarwal (shirishag75) said : #4

Jamie there were some updates yesterday, what it has done is now I'm able to talk and view gmail/xmpp contacts but not IRC

For IRC and other networks it gives a "Waiting for a network connection" status

A workaround I got and which works is first close down pidgin.

Then do a sudo /etc/init.d/Networkmanager stop

Then you get both gmail/jabber/xmpp as well as IRC in one go :)

Jamie Strandboge (jdstrand) said : #5

Some protocols cannot be handled with simple packet filtering and need help via a kernel module that knows about the protocol. The classic example is ftp.

That said, xmpp should not require this normally, as I use ufw and pidgin and jabber without issue. However, I do not use gmail or SRV. Basically what I am getting at is I am not familiar enough with the protocol to say that gmail/pidgin does not require a connection tracking module which may or may not exist.

ufw does work fine with IRC and dhcp, and your latest comment suggests you are having network problems unrelated to ufw.

I did give advice which assuming your network is working, you can use to make sure that gmail works:
"simply to accept packets from gmail's xmpp server"

Something like:
$ sudo ufw allow from <ip address of gmail server>

If gmail has multiple IP addresses, you'll need to use the above rule on each.

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