If you’ve ever used pfSense, you know how great it is. It’s jam-packed with features, its reliability is unparalleled, and it brings an advanced business-class firewall to us lowly home owners in need of something more than what a consumer router can provide. With that though, sometimes you run into issues you typically wouldn’t find in run-of-the-mill Best Buy routers.
One of these is DNS rebinding protection that’s enabled by default. In itself, DNS rebinding protection is a good thing to have enabled. This prevents an attacker from using your public IP address from within the LAN to gain access to your router configuration page through a malicious browser script, even if you have public-side access turned off.
It’s great that pfSense protects you from a DNS rebinding attack, but it’s also easier to log in using a domain name than it is typing the IP address of the device you want to access. Luckily, pfSense allows you to add an exception for just this scenario.
The first thing you want to do is type your pfSense installation’s IP address into your web browser (this is the last time you’ll have to do this!). Once you log in, follow the slideshow below:
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I love pfSense. I love the capabilities it provides for my home network. I love not having to reset my router because it’s not working right (wish I could say thing about my Netgear Nighthawk wireless router !). If you’re intimidated by pfSense because it looks like it might be hard to configure- don’t be! Sometimes small annoyances like this warning can pop up, but they’re usually easy to fix if you know where to look.