When to use –socket-exists with iptables?

Pal Szasz asked:

I’m learning iptables and I have a hard time understanding when to use the “–socket-exists” option of the “owner” matcher. Could you explain what is the practical benefit of this option (with an example, if possible)?

My answer:


You would use --socket-exists to determine that a packet originated locally on the system, where outgoing packets are associated with a socket, instead of a forwarded packet that originated from another system, which has no associated socket.


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