Firewalld, NetworkManager, and OpenStack

These are my notes on making OpenStack play well with firewalld and NetworkManager.


By default, NetworkManager attempts to start a DHCP client on every new available interface. Since booting a single instance in OpenStack can result in the creation of several virtual interfaces, this results in a lot of:

May 19 11:58:24 pk115wp-lkellogg NetworkManager[1357]: <info>
  Activation (qvb512640bd-ee) starting connection 'Wired connection 2'

You can disable this behavior by adding the following to /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf:


From NetworkManager.conf(5):

Comma-separated list of devices for which NetworkManager shouldn't create default wired connection (Auto eth0). By default, NetworkManager creates a temporary wired connection for any Ethernet device that is managed and doesn't have a connection configured. List a device in this option to inhibit creating the default connection for the device. May have the special value * to apply to all devices.


FirewallD is the firewall manager recently introduced in Fedora (and soon to be appearing in RHEL 7).

I start by creating a new zone named openstack by creating the file /etc/firewalld/zones/openstack.xml with the following content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <description>For OpenStack services</description>

After populating this file, you need to run firewall-cmd --reload to make the zone available. Note that if you're already running OpenStack this will hose any rules set up by Neutron or Nova, so you'll probably want to restart those services:

# openstack-service restart nova neutron

I then add br-ex to this zone, where br-ex is the OVS bridge my OpenStack environment uses for external connectivity:

# echo ZONE=openstack >> /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-br-ex

I run a dnsmasq instance on my laptop to which I expect OpenStack instances to connect, so I need to add the dns service to this zone:

# firewall-cmd --zone openstack --add-service dns
# firewall-cmd --zone openstack --add-service dns --permanent

I'm running firewall-cmd twice here: the first time modifies the currently running configuration, while the second makes the change persistent across reboots.

On my laptop, I handle external connectivity through NAT rather than placing floating ips on a "real" network. To make this work, I add my ethernet and wireless interfaces to the external zone, which already has ip masquerading enabled, by adding a ZONE directive to the appropriate interface configuration file:

# echo ZONE=external >> /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-em1

After a reboot, things look like this:

# firewall-cmd --get-active-zones
  interfaces: br-ex
  interfaces: em1
  interfaces: int-br-ex phy-br-ex qvb58cc67ca-06 qvo58cc67ca-06
# firewall-cmd --zone openstack --list-services