Mediatomb and iptables

Just a couple of tips on allowing access to mediatomb (or any other upnp server) with kernel packet filtering enabled via the iptables command.

The main thing to do is to allow clients access over the IGMP protocol.

iptables -I INPUT -p igmp -j ACCEPT

In /etc/sysconfig/iptables this would look like this:

:OUTPUT ACCEPT [907:110531]
-A INPUT -p igmp -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT

You will also have to open up upnp server’s listen ports. This is usually TCP port 49152 and udp port 1900 (discovery) at a minimum.

iptables -I INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 49152 -j ACCEPT
iptables -I INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 1900 -j ACCEPT

To make this persistent, insert the following lines in the iptables file:

-A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 49152 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p udp -m udp --dport 1900 -j ACCEPT
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