Here is my environment.

  • AsusWRT-Merlin FW 380.67 on Asus RT-AC88U
  • OpenVPN Client setup on my router using AirVPN
  • OpenVPN Server enabled with on my router
  • Internal home LAN with 192.168.x.x/24
  • I have a FreeNAS server running multiple jails - = Transmission going through the OpenVPN client out to the internet

I'm having issues accessing only the Transmission jail at on my home internal LAN when I VPN in. This is happening because under the 'OpenVPN Clients' tab in the router page, under 'Redirect Internet Traffic' option, I'm using 'Policy Rules Strict' setting. Using the strict option increases security but requires a rule to be used that specifically targets the tunnel's interface to allow traffic to be forwarded. When I change it to just 'Policy Rules', I can ping and reach the Transmission server but I want the increased security. Please help me write this rule. Here is Merlin's explanation from his changelog for 380.66 (12-May-2017),

NEW: Added new Internet redirection mode to OpenVPN clients called "Policy Rule (Strict)". The difference from the existing "Policy Rule" mode is that in strict mode, only rules that specifically target the tunnel's interface will be used. This ensures that you don't leak traffic through global or other tunnel routes, however it also means any static route you might have defined at the WAN level will not be copied either.​

This brings me to iptables. Here is my nat-start script. My goal is to have a semi simple script with some security while allowing me to access the Trasmission IP. You'll see from my script that I tried different lines and when they didn't work, I just commented them out.


iptables -I FORWARD -i br0 -o tun11 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I FORWARD -i tun11 -o br0 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I FORWARD -i br0 -o vlan1 -j DROP
#iptables -I INPUT -i tun11 -j REJECT
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o tun11 -j MASQUERADE
#iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -o tun21 -j MASQUERADE

iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -i tun11 -p tcp --dport xxxxx-j DNAT --to-destination
iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -i tun11 -p udp --dport xxxxx-j DNAT --to-destination
iptables -I FORWARD -i tun11 -p udp -d --dport xxxxx--state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
iptables -I FORWARD -i tun11 -p tcp -d --dport xxxxx--state RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT

Any help is very much appreciated.

  • Well I was able to get some clarity on this straight from the source RMerlin, "(Policy Rules Strict) change is done at a lower level than iptables - right at the kernel's routing table level, so working around it might be complicated". With this in mind, unless someone really experienced with this tries to figure a way to add a route, accessing devices using strict mode will be a problem. – Digital Aug 16 '17 at 17:45

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