You can edit the default firewall settings that apply to traffic that does not match any of the user-defined firewall rules.

The default firewall rules apply to traffic that does not match any of the user-defined firewall rules. The default Layer 3 rule is under the General tab and the default Layer 2 rule is under the Ethernet tab.

The default firewall rules allow all L3 and L2 traffic to pass through all prepared clusters in your infrastructure. The default rule is always at the bottom of the rules table and cannot be deleted. However, you can change the Action element of the rule from Allow to Drop or Reject (not recommended), and indicate whether traffic for that rule should be logged.

The default Layer 3 firewall rule applies to all traffic, including DHCP. If you change the Action to Drop or Reject, DHCP traffic will be blocked. You will need to create a rule to allow DHCP traffic.

Procedure

  1. Select Security > Distributed Firewall from the navigation panel.
  2. Click the General tab for L3 rules or the Ethernet tab for L2 rules.
  3. In the Name column, enter a new name.
  4. In the Action column, select one of the options.
    • Allow - Allows all L3 or L2 traffic with the specified source, destination, and protocol to pass through the current firewall context. Packets that match the rule, and are accepted, traverse the system as if the firewall is not present.
    • Drop - Drops packets with the specified source, destination, and protocol. Dropping a packet is a silent action with no notification to the source or destination systems. Dropping the packet causes the connection to be retried until the retry threshold is reached.
    • Reject - Rejects packets with the specified source, destination, and protocol. Rejecting a packet is a more graceful way to deny a packet, as it sends a destination unreachable message to the sender. If the protocol is TCP, a TCP RST message is sent. ICMP messages with administratively prohibited code are sent for UDP, ICMP, and other IP connections. One benefit of using Reject is that the sending application is notified after only one attempt that the connection cannot be established.
    Note: Selecting Reject as the action for the default rule is not recommended.
  5. In the Log, enable or disable logging.
    Enabling logging can affect performance.
  6. Click Publish.