I’m in the process of rebuilding my home network, splitting the network into separate VLANs. My Ubuntu server is connected to a trunk port on my switch, and I need to create virtual interfaces to allow it to access all of the VLANs I’ve set up. It turns out this is fairly straightforward.

First we install the vlan and add the 8021q kernel module.

sudo apt-get install vlan
sudo modprobe 8021q

Next we can create the virtual interfaces, in my case they will share the enp1s0 interface:

sudo vconfig add enp1s0 10
sudo vconfig add enp1s0 20
sudo vconfig add enp1s0 30
sudo vconfig add enp1s0 40

Since I’m using DHCP for everything I set up /etc/network/interfaces as follows. You could alternatively set your virtual interfaces as static and manually configure the IP, netmask, gateway etc.

# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

source /etc/network/interfaces.d/*

# The loopback network interface
auto lo
iface lo inet loopback

# The primary network interface
auto enp1s0
iface enp1s0 inet dhcp

auto enp1s0.10
iface enp1s0.10 inet dhcp
	vlan-raw-device enp1s0

auto enp1s0.20
iface enp1s0.20 inet dhcp
	vlan-raw-device enp1s0

auto enp1s0.30
iface enp1s0.30 inet dhcp
	vlan-raw-device enp1s0

auto enp1s0.40
iface enp1s0.40 inet dhcp
	vlan-raw-device enp1s0

We can now bring these interfaces up, and they should be reachable from their respective VLANs:

sudo ifup enp1s0.10
sudo ifup enp1s0.20
sudo ifup enp1s0.30
sudo ifup enp1s0.40

One issue I ran into was that I couldn’t access the virtual interfaces from other VLANs. For example a client on VLAN10 could ping this server on it’s VLAN10 address, but not on VLAN20. To get around this we need to change the Reverse Path Filtering setting in /etc/sysctl.d/10-network-security.conf.

The 3 values that can be set for the key rp_filter are:
0: No source address validation is performed and any packet is forwarded to the destination network
1: Strict Mode as defined in RFC 3074. Each incoming packet to a router is tested against the routing table and if the interface that the packet is received on is not the best return path for the packet then the packet is dropped.
2: Loose mode as defines in RFC 3074 Loose Reverse Path. Each incoming packet is tested against the route table and the packet is dropped if the source address is not routable through any interface. The allows for asymmetric routing where the return path may not be the same as the source path

In my case I want incoming packets on the VLAN interfaces to be able to route to other VLANS, so we can set this to 2.

# Turn on Source Address Verification in all interfaces to
# prevent some spoofing attacks.

# Turn on SYN-flood protections.  Starting with 2.6.26, there is no loss
# of TCP functionality/features under normal conditions.  When flood
# protections kick in under high unanswered-SYN load, the system
# should remain more stable, with a trade off of some loss of TCP
# functionality/features (e.g. TCP Window scaling).

After restarting the networking service sudo service networking restart the server is now reachable on all interfaces.

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Tom Henderson