desktop OpenBSD pf.conf

I have an OpenBSD 4.9/i386 desktop sitting naked on the Internet, and found people poking at my TCP ports. While PF is enabled by default, it’s configured to permit everything except remote X11. I need a policy that will block incoming traffic from everywhere except a few key IP addresses, while allowing me to make any outbound connections I desire.

set skip on lo
pass proto icmp
pass from $mgmt to self
pass from self to any
block in on ! lo0 proto tcp to port 6000:6010

Disabling ICMP globally is a bad idea. Lots of stuff will break. I could specify permitted ICMP types, but that would be a lot of work and probably break my connectivity to random in a really obscure but educational manner.

I retained the X11 block, even for those known-good addresses, because if I’m trying to open an X11 connection to my home desktop without forwarding it over SSH, I am clearly solving the wrong problem.

If I permit password-based SSH connections from “known good” hosts, such as my house and the office, then if one of those machines is penetrated, the intruder will be able to get into my machine. I protect my desktop by requiring SSH public key auth, even from trusted IP addresses. An intruder could be savvy enough to hijack my agent forwarding, but in that case it’s someone specifically targeting me.

The current PF syntax is as close to painless as a firewall can be.

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