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Ubiquiti Networks EdgeRouter Firewall BlockList Management

Automated management of network and host address blocklists, for use in EdgeRouter firewall rules.

Quick Start

To get started, perform these steps on your EdgeRouter from a CLI configure prompt:

  1. For IPv4: set firewall group network-group Nets4-BlackList description 'Blacklisted IPv4 Sources'
  2. For IPv6: set firewall group ipv6-network-group Nets6-BlackList description 'Blacklisted IPv6 Sources'
  3. cp /config/scripts/
  4. cp fw-BlackList-URLs.txt /config/user-data/fw-BlackList-URLs.txt
  5. cp /config/scripts/post-config.d/
  6. set system task-scheduler task Update-Blacklists executable path /config/scripts/
  7. set system task-scheduler task Update-Blacklists interval 12h
  8. sudo /config/scripts/

You will also need to create a firewall rule to deny inbound source addresses that match this network-group Nets4-BlackList. An example using a zone-based firewall might look like:

  1. set firewall name wan-dmz-4 rule 1 source group network-group Nets4-BlackList
  2. set firewall name wan-lan-4 rule 1 source group network-group Nets4-BlackList
  3. set firewall name wan-self-4 rule 1 source group network-group Nets4-BlackList

Similar for IPv6:

  1. set firewall ipv6-name wan-dmz-6 rule 1 source group ipv6-network-group Nets6-BlackList
  2. set firewall ipv6-name wan-lan-6 rule 1 source group ipv6-network-group Nets6-BlackList
  3. set firewall ipv6-name wan-self-6 rule 1 source group ipv6-network-group Nets6-BlackList

To use iprange for optimization and reduction you will need to install the binary. There is an existing iprange .deb package for both mips and mipsel that may be used.

  1. If apt repositories have been configured: sudo apt install iprange
  2. If apt has not been configured:
    1. mkdir -p /config/data/firstboot/install-packages
    2. cd /config/data/firstboot/install-packages
    3. curl -O
    4. sudo dpkg --install iprange_1.0.3+ds-1_mips.deb

That should get you going with minimal effort. However, you really should review fw-BlackList-URLs.txt and edit as appropriate. The two scripts both have configuration sections that you should also review and edit as appropriate.

Network and host blocklist IPset creation script is the actual tool that will fetch various blocklists, consolidate into one group, and load into a pre-existing IPset already used with firewall rulesets.
You may schedule this appropriately for your needs, but the quick start above provides for a twice-daily update at noon and midnight. Note that most list providers have guidelines on frequency of retrieval so these should be taken into account when setting the schedule.

List of URLs containing blacklists

The file fw-BlackList-URLs.txt should contain the list of URLs to individual blocklist of networks and hosts. Blank lines and comments (beginning with a hash (#) are acceptable).
The sample provided here has many sources listed as a starting point, though only some are enabled (uncommented). Note that several of the indicated lists either overlap or fully include other lists so it is not necessary nor is it recommended to blindly uncomment all URLs here. 'cURL' will be used to fetch each of these individually, exactly as listed.

Boot-time IPset reload script

Since the tool directly manipulates IPsets and does not reflect any changes in the EdgeOS config.boot, contents of the blocklist network-groups are lost upon reboot/restart of the EdgeRouter.
The script addresses this by restoring the previously saved network-groups at boot time.
Alternatively, the script may be re-run at boot-time. This will take longer, however, since it will recreate the list newly.

Using iprange

iprange may be used to optimize lists of network addresses, particularly when merging multiple different lists from multiple sources. Overlaps and consolidation is standard with additional ability to reduce the number of prefix lengths for runtime efficiency when using the created IPsets.

iprange also provides for a true proper whitelist mechanism, automatically splitting address blocks around the whitelisted addresses followed by the above optimization and reduction.

Unfortunately iprange only supports IPv4 currently so there would be no optimization for IPv6 IPsets (yet)

By default, if iprange is found it will be used with nothing more than the installation noted above being required. Note that if 'apt' is used to install iprange you will need to re-install after each firmware update, though 'apt' sources would need to be reconfigured at the same time anyway. If you download the .deb and place it in the directory referenced above, however, this will be re-installed automatically after each firmware upgrade so that may actually be a preferred option.

More detail

IPset documentation may be found at

IPrange documentation may be found at

This work was inspired by the Emerging Threats Blacklist discussion thread in the Ubiquiti Networks community forums.

This utility is one option among several for ingress filtering, and is primarily intended to be used in lieu of blackhole-routing and BGP route filtering.

Note that arbitrary lists should not be arbitrarily added or enabled for blocking. Review of each list should be performed combined with a period of careful monitoring after enabling to ensure legitimate traffic is not blocked. Some public "blocklists" are known to be rather aggressive and add addresses/netblocks too easily.