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Junos Enterprise Routing, 2nd Edition by Harry Reynolds, Peter Southwick, Doug Marschke

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Layer 3 Services

The Junos Layer 3 services include stateful firewall, NAT, IDS, and IPSec tunnels. We will cover the details of the services here and the configuration later in this appendix.

Note

On the ASP or Multiservices-100 PIC, you must choose to enable either Layer 2 or Layer 3 services; the ASM on the M7i and the J-series router support both Layer 2 and Layer 3 concurrently.

Stateful Firewall

Usually when certain traffic needs to be blocked on a router, a simple stateless packet filter is applied to an interface. On a Juniper router, these are called firewall filters (other vendors call these access lists). Regardless of the name, all stateless filters function in the same manner—they look at a packet and operate on a series of match rules. If the packet matches a rule, it can be either accepted or discarded.

The important point about a packet filter is that it works on a packet-by-packet basis and does not associate a packet with a traffic flow or stream. In other words, it does not maintain any connection state. This type of filter will work in many situations when applications are using well-known port numbers or TCP applications, where the initiator is always in the same direction. Stateless packet filters become more difficult when the application uses random port numbers—TCP initiators are not always the same—or when UDP input and output flows need to be associated with each other. For example, if a Domain Name System (DNS) server was located outside your network, you ...

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