Monthly Archives: March 2016

Cisco ASA 8.4+ manual nat – the only way to nat!

Before learning the more about Manual or “Twice Nat” I would use individual object NAT (Auto NAT) for my incoming services, and use Manual NAT for my No-NAT or if I had to NAT VPN traffic before encryption (Policy NAT).

Recently though I started using it for everything. Once you get the hang of it, it is much more applicable to everyday NAT needs.

Something to note about Manual NAT:

  • Processed before Auto NAT (Nat under the object command)
  • Considers source, or source and destination together (Policy)
    • For example – I need to  NAT traffic to this IP, only when it goes to this network
  • Configured directly from global config
  • Uses objects only, cannot specify direct IPs
  • Can specify to come after auto NAT.

Lets get started with a few examples. A list of all examples is below:

Static NAT – Public address/server to Private address/service

Group/Range of services forwarded into private server

Port redirection

Dynamic NAT

Policy Based Nat

Something to always note – 8.3 and above firmware’s require you to put in the private or real ip address of destination , not the public or Natted address.

Static NAT – Public address/server to Private address/service

Lets say my internal web servers  is at The external IP I am using is I want to NAT in only HTTP (80) traffic to my server. No problem.

Lets create the our address Objects

object service OBJ-TCP-80
 service tcp source eq 80

object network OBJ-
object network OBJ-

Great! Now lets create our Manual nat rule to allow that traffic in.

nat (inside,outside) source static OBJ- service OBJ-TCP-80 OBJ-TCP-80

Thats it, we would create our ACL to allow traffic to the Private host (Remember that, big time change in 8.3) and that’s it. Our traffic would be natted from Public, to Private port 80.

The next example will be a 1 to 1 NAT from our private object created above, to our public object also created above.

NAT (inside,outside) source static OBJ- OBJ-

Modify the ACL to allow traffic to and traffic should make it to the host.


Forward in a group or range of services

In this example we will forward in a group of service objects. Lets say HTTP, HTTPS, and SSH . Still using our local/public hosts. You have two options, 1 create a service group full of existing objects, or create a group of Service-objects. Int the below example I will create a group of predefined objects. This is due to having so many different configurations of groups.

object service OBJ-TCP-80
 service tcp source eq 80

object service OBJ-TCP-443
 service tcp source eq 443

object service OBJ-TCP-22
 service tcp source eq 22

object-group service Web-services
group-object OBJ-TCP-80
group-object OBJ-TCP-443
group-object OBJ-TCP-22

object network OBJ-
object network OBJ-

So now our NAT rule:

nat (inside,outside) source static OBJ- service Web-services Web-services


Port redirection

Sometimes we have the need to make a port such as 8080 on the outside go to our websever on the inside at port 80. The below example shows how to do that. In this example we will forward in port 8080 on our public IP to port 80 on our private webserver. First we need to create the objects for the service and networking addresses, and then apply the nat rule – an don’t forget our ACL. To help visualize whats happening here look at the format of the rule:

nat (source interface,destination interface) source static object ((private) IP) object ( Natted (Public IP))  service Private-Service Public-Service

object service OBJ-TCP-80
 service tcp source eq 80

object service OBJ-TCP-8080
 service tcp source eq 8080

object network OBJ-
object network OBJ-

So now our nat rule:
nat (inside,outside) source static OBJ- service OBJ-TCP-80 OBJ-TCP-8080


Dynamic NAT

I like to usually do this through Auto nat, but you can most definitely do this through Manual.

object network OBJ-

nat (inside,outside) source dynamic OBJ- interface

You could also specify “any” instead of the internal address object, or specify the public IP you want to be natted to instead of “interface”.


Policy Based manual NAT

Manual NAT is the only way I believe that Policy based natting is done. You would use this if you had to NAT traffic into some other IP when going to a certain destination address. In this example lets say we need to NAT traffic from int when going to destination This comes up a lot in healthcare when both sides need to nat into a Public address so there are no address conflicts.

Lets first create our objects, then our Nat rule.

object network OBJ-
object network OBJ-
 host 3.3.3
object network OBJ-

So now our nat rule:

nat (inside,outside) source static OBJ- OBJ- destination static OBJ- OBJ-

This reads that whenever is going to, nat into This might help:

nat (inside,outside) source static Private-IP Natted-IP destination static Real-destination Natted-Destination

So, if this was used for a VPN you would just create an Crypto-ACL and the source would be your Natted-IP, and destination would be your or whatever address lives across the tunnel that you set as your NAT destination.





Fortigate – filtering inbound BGP routes from neighbors, including Default

The other night I had need to stop receiving a default route advertised from my BGP peer. I  also thought it would be helpful for anyone that is needing to do this – and to help myself, since I forget often, to write it up.

First thing we need to do is create a Prefix list to either allow or deny the routes we want. In this case I want to filter out the default route that is being propagated to me.

config router prefix-list


The things to note, rule 10 – I match that route exact (default). then in rule 100 I allow any other prefix – hence the “le 32”. that means anything that starts from and since the 0/0 is blocked already in policy 10- everything else is allowed.

The we need to create our Route map to allow these routes on our in bound direction

config router route-map


Then lets apply the route-map to our peer.

config router bgp


After applying the route-map to the inbound direction we need to clear BGP either soft, or full to make our routing changes take effect.

Run this command to check the BGP advertisements for changes, and synchronize after that.

exe router clear bgp all in soft, or clear both directions (softly) with exe router clear bgp all soft

That should do it, and you will see the default route disappear from the routes learned from your peer. You can also do this to filter routes to any destination network.




Blocking geographic regions in Fortigate 5.4

The best docs are always at

Sometimes I get asked by clients how to block know attacking countries like Russia, or China from accessing their websites. I often hear that only US connections would be accessing their services so why allow others who might not be on the up and up.

Of course most attackers might pivot from compromised computers in the US, and thus bypass this security feature, but either way its not a bad idea. The below gives a good example on how to create a firewall “country” group and then block those countries from accessing any services hosted through the firewall. This will be done in Forti-OS 5.4.0. Its really the exact same steps in 5.2.

Also, there are many ways to do this. Instead of blocking Geographic regions you could only allow the ones you want to give access to.

Before beginning it might be a great idea to check out the new Fortiview feature to see what countries access your services the most. Under Fortiview- you can now see the countries tab.



Great, so in this example lets block the region of China – I know its not one of the top countries accessing my services.

First lets create the address object that we want to block. In this case I am setting the name of the address object as the country I am blocking. After creating the country object, I will create an address group call “Country blocks” add this to my firewall policy. That way in the future if I want to block Ireland, I can just add that object in the group and I am done.

Creating the address object for “China”. First go to “Policy & Objects” and create a new object.

create address

Next we will fill in the needed info, and change the address type to “Geography”.


Now lets great that group, and add the “China” object to it.


Awesome, now just one more step – creating the firewall policy to block this address group.


Press OK, move this policy to the top of all WAN-LAN or your interfaces policies. This way it gets hit before anything else.

There are more ways than 1 to do this. when allowing traffic into your VIP or policy you could instead specify only the allowed countries.