I am trying to set up an IP6tables firewall on Linux and I basically want to start copying my IPv4 configuration.

One of my rules simply accepts all traffic to the localhost subnet:

iptables -A INPUT -s -j ACCEPT

I am a little puzzled though what the equivalent for IPv6 is. Is it as simple as:

ip6tables -A INPUT -s ::/128 -m comment --comment localhost -j ACCEPT

Many sources on internet explain, but I am specifically looking for the equivalent and I haven't been able to find confirmation yet.

BTW I would expect the ip6tables -vnL counters to increment when I issue:

telnet -6 localhost 22

But that doesn't happen.

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    Another option would be to allow all traffic on the localhost interface via -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT which could then be duplicated in both the iptables and ip6tables rules. – thrig Nov 24 '15 at 20:30
  • @thrig: Good point, I'll try that one. – jippie Nov 24 '15 at 21:15

From Wikipedia:

IPv4 network standards reserve the entire address block for loopback purposes. That means any packet sent to one of those 16,777,214 addresses ( through will be looped back. IPv6 has just a single address, ::1.

So for IPv6 its just ::1 or ::1/128.

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