XTABLES-MONITOR(8)               iptables 1.8.4               XTABLES-MONITOR(8)

       xtables-monitor — show changes to rule set and trace-events

       xtables-monitor [-t] [-e] [-4||-6]

       xtables-monitor is used to monitor changes to the ruleset or to show rule
       evaluation events for packets tagged using the TRACE target.  xtables-
       monitor will run until the user aborts execution, typically by using

       -e, --event

       Watch for updates to the rule set.
              Updates include creation of new tables, chains and rules and the
              name of the program that caused the rule update.

       -t, --trace
              Watch for trace events generated by packets that have been tagged
              using the TRACE target.

       -4     Restrict output to IPv4.

       -6     Restrict output to IPv6.

       xtables-monitor --trace

               1 TRACE: 2 fc475095 raw:PREROUTING:rule:0x3:CONTINUE -4 -t raw -A
              PREROUTING -p icmp -j TRACE
               2 PACKET: 0 fc475095 IN=lo LL=0x304 0000000000000000000000000800
              SRC= DST= LEN=84 TOS=0x0 TTL=64 ID=38349DF
               3 TRACE: 2 fc475095 raw:PREROUTING:return:
               4 TRACE: 2 fc475095 raw:PREROUTING:policy:ACCEPT
               5 TRACE: 2 fc475095 filter:INPUT:return:
               6 TRACE: 2 fc475095 filter:INPUT:policy:DROP
               7 TRACE: 2 0df9d3d8 raw:PREROUTING:rule:0x3:CONTINUE -4 -t raw -A
              PREROUTING -p icmp -j TRACE

       The first line shows a packet entering rule set evaluation.  The protocol
       number is shown (AF_INET in this case), then a packet identifier number
       that allows to correlate messages coming from rule set evaluation of this
       packet.  After this, the rule that was matched by the packet is shown.
       This is the TRACE rule that turns on tracing events for this packet.

       The second line dumps information about the packet. Incoming interface
       and packet headers such as source and destination addresses are shown.

       The third line shows that the packet completed traversal of the raw table
       PREROUTING chain, and is returning, followed by use the chain policy to
       make accept/drop decision (the example shows accept being applied).  The
       fifth line shows that the packet leaves the filter INPUT chain, i.e., no
       rules in the filter tables INPUT chain matched the packet.  It then got
       DROPPED by the policy of the INPUT table, as shown by line six.  The last
       line shows another packet arriving -- the packet id is different.

       When using the TRACE target, it is usually a good idea to only select
       packets that are relevant, for example via
       iptables -t raw -A PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 80 --syn -m limit --limit 1/s -j TRACE

       xtables-monitor --event
                1 EVENT: nft: NEW table: table filter ip flags 0 use 4 handle
                2 EVENT: # nft: ip filter INPUT use 2 type filter hook input
              prio 0 policy drop packets 0 bytes 0
                3 EVENT: # nft: ip filter FORWARD use 0 type filter hook forward
              prio 0 policy accept packets 0 bytes 0
                4 EVENT: # nft: ip filter OUTPUT use 0 type filter hook output
              prio 0 policy accept packets 0 bytes 0
                5 EVENT: -4 -t filter -N TCP
                6 EVENT: -4 -t filter -A TCP -s -p tcp -m tcp
              --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
                7 EVENT: -4 -t filter -A TCP -p tcp -m multiport --dports 80,443
              -j ACCEPT
                8 EVENT: -4 -t filter -A INPUT -p tcp -j TCP
                9 EVENT: -4 -t filter -A INPUT -m conntrack --ctstate
               10 NEWGEN: GENID=13904 PID=25167 NAME=iptables-nftables-restore

       This example shows event monitoring.  Line one shows creation of a table
       (filter in this case), followed by three base hooks INPUT, FORWARD and
       OUTPUT.  The iptables-nftables tools all create tables and base chains
       automatically when needed, so this is expected when a table was not yet
       initialized or when it is re-created from scratch by iptables-nftables-
       restore.  Line five shows a new user-defined chain (TCP) being added,
       followed by addition a few rules. the last line shows that a new ruleset
       generation has become active, i.e., the rule set changes are now active.
       This also lists the process id and the programs name.

       xtables-monitor only works with rules added using iptables-nftables,
       rules added using iptables-legacy cannot be monitored.

       Should be reported or by sending email to netfilter-devel@vger.kernel.org
       or by filing a report on https://bugzilla.netfilter.org/.

       iptables(8), xtables(8), nft(8)

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