System Administration Guide: Network Services

ProcedureHow to Restrict the Use of an Interface to Particular Clients

The next procedure shows how to restrict an interface to a group of PPPoE clients. Before performing this task, you need to obtain the real Ethernet MAC addresses of the clients you are assigning to the interface.

Note –

Some systems allow you to change the MAC address on the Ethernet interface. You should view this ability as a convenience factor, not a security measure.

Using the example that is shown in Example of a Configuration for a PPPoE Tunnel, these steps show how to reserve one of dslserve's interfaces, hme1, for clients at MiddleCo.

  1. Configure the access server's interfaces and define the services, as shown in How to Set Up a PPPoE Access Server.

  2. Create entries for clients in the server's /etc/ethers database.

    Here is a sample entry for clients Red, Blue, and Yellow.

    8:0:20:1:40:30 redether
    8:0:20:1:40:10 yellowether
    8:0:20:1:40:25 blueether

    The sample assigns the symbolic names redether, yellowether, and blueether to the Ethernet addresses of clients Red, Yellow, and Blue. The assignment of symbolic names to the MAC addresses is optional.

  3. Restrict services that are provided on a specific interface by defining the following information in the /etc/ppp/pppoe.device file.

    In this file, device is the name of the device to be defined.

    # cat /etc/ppp/pppoe.hme1
    service internet
         pppd "name dslserve-hme1"
         clients redether,yellowether,blueether

    dslserve-hme1 is the access server's name, which is used in matching entries in the pap-secrets file. The clients option restricts the use of interface hme1 to clients with the symbolic Ethernet names redether, yellowether, and blueether.

    If you did not define symbolic names for client's MAC addresses in /etc/ethers, you can use the numeric addresses as arguments for the clients option. Wildcards are allowed.

    For example, you can specify the numeric address clients 8:0:20:*:*:*. By using wildcards, all matching addresses in /etc/ethers are accepted.

  4. Create the /etc/ppp/pap-secrets file for the access server:

    Red         dslserve-hme1   redpasswd     *
    Blue        dslserve-hme1   bluepasswd    *
    Yellow      dslserve-hme1   yellowpassd   *

    The entries are the PAP names and passwords of clients that are allowed to run PPP over dslserve's hme1 interface.

    For more information about PAP authentication, see Configuring PAP Authentication.

See Also

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