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Firewall on Demand


Firewall on Demand applies via NETCONF, flow rules to a network device. These rules are then propagated via e-bgp to peering routers. Each user is authenticated against shibboleth. Authorization is performed via a combination of a Shibboleth attribute and the peer network address range that the user originates from. FoD is meant to operate over this architecture:

   +-----------+          +------------+        +------------+
   |   FoD     | NETCONF  | flowspec   | ebgp   |   router   |
   | web app   +----------> device     +-------->            |
   +-----------+          +------+-----+        +------------+
                                 | ebgp
                          |   router   |
                          |            |

NETCONF is chosen as the mgmt protocol to apply rules to a single flowspec capable device. Rules are then propagated via igbp to all flowspec capable routers. Of course FoD could apply rules directly (via NETCONF always) to a router and then ibgp would do the rest. In GRNET's case the flowspec capable device is an EX4200.

Attention: Make sure your FoD server has SSH access to your flowspec device.


You can find detailed documentation including installation / configuration examples at Flowspy documentation.

Installation Considerations

If you are upgrading from a previous version bear in mind the changes introduced in Django 1.4.

Rest Api

FoD provides a rest api. It uses token as authentication method. For usage instructions & examples check the documentation.


A user can belong to more than one Peer without any limitations. FoD UI polls the server to dynamically update the dashboard and the "Live Status" about the Routes they are aware of. In addition, the polling implementation fetches information for every Peer the user is associated with. Thus, if a user belongs to many Peers too many AJAX calls will be sent to the backend which may result in a non responsive state. It is recommended to keep the peers associated with any user under 5.


You can contact us directly at dev{at}noc[dot]grnet(.)gr

Copyright and license

Copyright © 2010-2017 Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET S.A.)

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see