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Cloudflare integration¤

fds is capable of working with FirewallD and Cloudflare at the same time.

This means that blocking IP address or networks propagates to both FirewallD and Cloudflare, thus allowing you to prevent more malicious connections.

The Cloudflare firewall allows only blocking single IP addresses and specific network ranges. fds will automatically convert and chunk networks to appropriate subnets for Cloudflare.

So with fds you can easily block, e.g. on Cloudflare. It is smart enough to chunk that to multiple /24 networks. You cannot easily do that with Cloudflare's own interface!

Enable Cloudflare integration¤

To set up fds to use Cloudflare integration, all you need is a Cloudflare token.

Log in to your Cloudflare account, then proceed to API Tokens page. In "Permissions" section, ensure "Account", "Account Firewall Access" permission, set to "Edit". By default, fds adds blocks to all accounts it has access to via the token created. So if you have multiple accounts, and you want fds to operate only on specific one, choose the desired account in the "Account" section.


Above: Creating Cloudflare token for fds

Once the token is created, copy it to clipboard, then run in your Terminal: fds config. Paste it in the token when prompted. Done. Cloudflare integration is enabled.

Now, any time you run fds block, the blocking will be done in both FirewallD and in Cloudflare. Specifically, the blocks in Cloudflare are added under Firewall->Tools under every domain in the account.

The same applies to blocking countries. The only gotcha there is that Free Cloudflare accounts are not eligible for country blocking as is. fds detects a free account and adds Captcha challenge for blocked countries, to at least somehow circumvent the free account's limitations.