Q. How do I null route an attakers IP under Red Hat Enterprise Linux? I would like to block unwanted traffic from a particular source.
A. A null route is a network route that goes nowhere. When a network packet is received by Linux (or UNIX or any other network device) operating system, it needs to route that packet somewhere. It uses the routing table to decide where to send the packet. To kill the packet, in essence dropping the packet and forbidding the packet from travelling further, a nullroute could be put in place.
There are two ways to achieve the same.
First find out attacker IP address from system log files such as
Option #1: Using Iptables
Use following iptables rules:
# iptables --append INPUT --source IP-ADDRESS -j DROP
Add above rules to your iptables shell script. To drop bunch of IPs use something as follows in your shell script:
BADIPS="22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199 188.8.131.52"
for i in $BADIPS
iptables --append INPUT --source $i -j DROP
Option # 2: Using route command
See previous article for more information.