Updated: 2021/Apr/14

PFLOG(4)                     Device Drivers Manual                    PFLOG(4)

     pflog - packet filter logging interface

     pseudo-device pflog

     The NetBSD version of PF is obsolete, and its use is strongly
     discouraged.  Use npf(7) instead.

     The pflog interface is a pseudo-device which makes visible all packets
     logged by the packet filter, pf(4).  Logged packets can easily be
     monitored in real time by invoking tcpdump(8) on the pflog interface, or
     stored to disk using pflogd(8).

     The pflog0 interface is created automatically at boot if both pf(4) and
     pflogd(8) are enabled; further instances can be created using

     Each packet retrieved on this interface has a header associated with it
     of length PFLOG_HDRLEN.  This header documents the address family,
     interface name, rule number, reason, action, and direction of the packet
     that was logged.  This structure, defined in <net/if_pflog.h> looks like

           struct pfloghdr {
                   u_int8_t        length;
                   sa_family_t     af;
                   u_int8_t        action;
                   u_int8_t        reason;
                   char            ifname[IFNAMSIZ];
                   char            ruleset[PF_RULESET_NAME_SIZE];
                   u_int32_t       rulenr;
                   u_int32_t       subrulenr;
                   uid_t           uid;
                   pid_t           pid;
                   uid_t           rule_uid;
                   pid_t           rule_pid;
                   u_int8_t        dir;
                   u_int8_t        pad[3];

     Create a pflog interface and monitor all packets logged on it:

           # ifconfig pflog1 up
           # tcpdump -n -e -ttt -i pflog1

     inet(4), inet6(4), netintro(4), pf(4), ifconfig(8), pflogd(8), tcpdump(8)

     The pflog device first appeared in OpenBSD 3.0.

NetBSD 9.99                     August 17, 2018                    NetBSD 9.99