Policy CombinerΒΆ

A large organization will have multiple policy sources, perhaps in different regions or of different types. Before you can write tests and reason about the overall flows, these must be combined into a single rule set.

A complicating factor is that, depending on how flows are routed between particular address spaces, they may flow through an arbitrary set of firewalls. For example, traffic from San Francisco to New York may flow through the Colorado and Chicago firewalls, while traffic from Iowa city only flows through the Chicago firewall.

To accomplish this, the policy combiner requires you to separate IP addresses into “address spaces”, then define the sources defining the rules between these spaces.

For example:

    type: combine
    output: enterprise.json
    require: [fw.dca, fw.lax, fw.ord]
        dca: [,]
        # all traffic to or from dca passes through its firewall
        'dca <-> *': fw.dca
        # similarly for the other sites
        'ord <-> *': fw.ord
        'lax <-> *': fw.lax
        # traffic from dca to lax passes through ord too, but not the
        # reverse
        'dca -> lax': fw.ord
        # and all external traffic is via lax (and ord for dca)
        'dca <-> unmanaged': [fw1.ord, fw1.lax]
        'ord <-> unmanaged': fw1.lax

If (as in this example) the address spaces do not cover the entirety of IPv4, then an address space named unmanaged is automatically created to cover the remainder.

The routes mapping defines the set of rule sources applied between pairs of IP spaces. The * wildcard matches all address spaces (including unmanaged). The <-> symbol is equivalent to listing two routes, one in each direction. Where multiple routes match, all named rule sources are applied.