I have talked before about using firehol to configure iptables. I won’t go into all the details about how wonderful and awesome it is, but trust me, it makes configuring iptables a snap.
Firehol includes a script, get-iana.sh, that downloads the IPv4 address space list from IANA and populates a file called RESERVED_IPS that firehol uses when configuring iptables. Basically, any traffic from outside coming from any reserved or unallocated IP block is dropped automatically. As you can imagine, keeping this file updated regularly is important, as previously unallocated blocks are allocated for use. To this end, whenever firehol starts it checks the age of the RESERVED_IPS file and if it is older than 90 days warns you to update it by running the supplied get-iana.sh.
However, there has been a change recently in how the IANA reserved IPv4 address space file is formatted. There are lots of posts on plenty of forums with patches for get-iana.sh to accept and use the new format plain text file (while the default is now XML rather than plain text) and needless to say I tried every single one I could find. None of them worked, so what to do? How about a complete rewrite in Python? And while we’re at it, let’s use the XML format that IANA wants everyone to use.
So, one lunch hour of hacking and here it is, working like a charm. You can copy this, but I recommend downloading it to avoid whitespace issues.
#!/usr/bin/python """ file: get-iana.py Replacement for get-iana.sh that ships with firehol and no longer seems to work. This is less code, less confusing, uses the preferred XML format from IANA and works. Copyright (c) 2010 Sjan Evardsson Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE. """ import urllib import xml.dom.minidom import os urllib.urlretrieve('http://www.iana.org/assignments/ipv4-address-space/ipv4-address-space.xml','address-space.xml') results =  x = xml.dom.minidom.parse('address-space.xml') for i in x.childNodes: if i.localName == 'registry': for j in i.childNodes: if j.localName == 'record': for k in j.childNodes: if k.localName == 'prefix': prefix = k.firstChild.data if k.localName == 'status': status = k.firstChild.data if status == 'RESERVED' or status == 'UNALLOCATED': results.append(prefix) outfile = open('iana-temp','w') for r in results: hi = int(r.split('/')) outfile.write(str(hi)+'.0.0.0/8\n') outfile.close() os.remove('address-space.xml') os.rename('/etc/firehol/RESERVED_IPS','/etc/firehol/RESERVED_IPS.old') os.rename('iana-temp','/etc/firehol/RESERVED_IPS')