vmware.vmware_rest.appliance_networking_firewall_inbound module – Set the ordered list of firewall rules to allow or deny traffic from one or more incoming IP addresses

Note

This module is part of the vmware.vmware_rest collection (version 2.1.5).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install vmware.vmware_rest.

To use it in a playbook, specify: vmware.vmware_rest.appliance_networking_firewall_inbound.

New in version 2.0.0: of vmware.vmware_rest

Synopsis

  • Set the ordered list of firewall rules to allow or deny traffic from one or more incoming IP addresses. This overwrites the existing firewall rules and creates a new rule list. Within the list of traffic rules, rules are processed in order of appearance, from top to bottom. For example, the list of rules can be as follows: <table> <tr> <th>Address</th><th>Prefix</th><th>Interface Name</th><th>Policy</th> </tr> <tr> <td>10.112.0.1</td><td>0</td><td>*</td><td>REJECT</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10.112.0.1</td><td>0</td><td>nic0</td><td>ACCEPT</td> </tr> </table> In the above example, the first rule drops all packets originating from 10.112.0.1 and<br> the second rule accepts all packets originating from 10.112.0.1 only on nic0. In effect, the second rule is always ignored which is not desired, hence the order has to be swapped. When a connection matches a firewall rule, further processing for the connection stops, and the appliance ignores any additional firewall rules you have set.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • vSphere 7.0.2 or greater

  • python >= 3.6

  • aiohttp

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

rules

list / elements=dictionary / required

List of address-based firewall rules. This parameter is mandatory.

Valid attributes are:

  • address (str): IPv4 or IPv6 address. ([‘set’])

    This key is required with [‘set’].

  • prefix (int): CIDR prefix used to mask address. For example, an IPv4 prefix of 24 ignores the low-order 8 bits of address. ([‘set’])

    This key is required with [‘set’].

  • policy (str): policy Defines firewall rule policies. ([‘set’])

    This key is required with [‘set’].

    • Accepted values:

      • ACCEPT

      • IGNORE

      • REJECT

      • RETURN

  • interface_name (str): The interface to which this rule applies. An empty string indicates that the rule applies to all interfaces. ([‘set’])

session_timeout

float

added in 2.1.0 of vmware.vmware_rest

Timeout settings for client session.

The maximal number of seconds for the whole operation including connection establishment, request sending and response.

The default value is 300s.

state

string

Choices:

  • set ← (default)

vcenter_hostname

string / required

The hostname or IP address of the vSphere vCenter

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_HOST will be used instead.

vcenter_password

string / required

The vSphere vCenter password

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_PASSWORD will be used instead.

vcenter_rest_log_file

string

You can use this optional parameter to set the location of a log file.

This file will be used to record the HTTP REST interaction.

The file will be stored on the host that run the module.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of

environment variable VMWARE_REST_LOG_FILE will be used instead.

vcenter_username

string / required

The vSphere vCenter username

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_USER will be used instead.

vcenter_validate_certs

boolean

Allows connection when SSL certificates are not valid. Set to false when certificates are not trusted.

If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable VMWARE_VALIDATE_CERTS will be used instead.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

Notes

Note

  • Tested on vSphere 7.0.2

Examples

- name: Ensure the rules parameter is mandatory
  vmware.vmware_rest.appliance_networking_firewall_inbound:
  register: result
  failed_when:
  - not(result.failed)
  - result.msg == 'missing required arguments: rules'

- name: Set a firewall rule
  vmware.vmware_rest.appliance_networking_firewall_inbound:
    rules:
    - address: 1.2.3.4
      prefix: 32
      policy: ACCEPT
  register: result

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key

Description

failed_when_result

integer

Ensure the rules parameter is mandatory

Returned: On success

Sample: 0

msg

string

Ensure the rules parameter is mandatory

Returned: On success

Sample: “missing required arguments: rules”

Authors

  • Ansible Cloud Team (@ansible-collections)