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Command line functions

Check Point commands generally come under cp (general), fw (firewall), and fwm (management).

cphaprob stat List cluster status
cphaprob -a if List status of interfaces
cphaprob syncstat shows the sync status
cphaprob list Shows a status in list form
cphastart/stop Stops clustering on the specfic node
cp_conf sic SIC stuff
cpconfig config util
cplic print prints the license
cprestart Restarts all Check Point Services
cpstart Starts all Check Point Services
cpstop Stops all Check Point Services
cpstop -fwflag -proc Stops all checkpoint Services but keeps policy active in kernel
cpwd_admin list List checkpoint processes
cplic print Print all the licensing information.
cpstat -f all polsrv Show VPN Policy Server Stats
cpstat Shows the status of the firewall
fw tab -t sam_blocked_ips Block IPS via SmartTracker
fw tab -t connections -s Show connection stats
fw tab -t connections -f Show connections with IP instead of HEX
fw tab -t fwx_alloc -f Show fwx_alloc with IP instead of HEX
fw tab -t peers_count -s Shows VPN stats
fw tab -t userc_users -s Shows VPN stats
fw checklic Check license details
fw ctl get int [global kernel parameter] Shows the current value of a global kernel parameter
fw ctl set int [global kernel parameter] [value] Sets the current value of a global keneral parameter. Only Temp ; Cleared after reboot.
fw ctl arp Shows arp table
fw ctl install Install hosts internal interfaces
fw ctl ip_forwarding Control IP forwarding
fw ctl pstat System Resource stats
fw ctl uninstall Uninstall hosts internal interfaces
fw exportlog .o Export current log file to ascii file
fw fetch Fetch security policy and install
fw fetch localhost Installs (on gateway) the last installed policy.
fw hastat Shows Cluster statistics
fw lichosts Display protected hosts
fw log -f Tail the current log file
fw log -s -e Retrieve logs between times
fw logswitch Rotate current log file
fw lslogs Display remote machine log-file list
fw monitor Packet sniffer
fw printlic -p Print current Firewall modules
fw printlic Print current license details
fw putkey Install authenication key onto host
fw stat -l Long stat list, shows which policies are installed
fw stat -s Short stat list, shows which policies are installed
fw unloadlocal Unload policy
fw ver -k Returns version, patch info and Kernal info
fwstart Starts the firewall
fwstop Stop the firewall
fwm lock_admin -v View locked admin accounts
fwm dbexport -f user.txt used to export users , can also use dbimport
fwm_start starts the management processes
fwm -p Print a list of Admin users
fwm -a Adds an Admin
fwm -r Delete an administrator
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mdsenv [cma name] Sets the mds environment
mcd Changes your directory to that of the environment.
mds_setup To setup MDS Servers
mdsconfig Alternative to cpconfig for MDS servers
mdsstat To see the processes status
mdsstart_customer [cma name] To start cma
mdsstop_customer [cma name] To stop cma
cma_migrate To migrate an Smart center server to CMA
cmamigrate_assist If you don’t want to go through the pain of tar/zip/ftp and if you wish to enable FTP on Smart center server
vpn tu VPN utility, allows you to rekey vpn
vpn ipafile_check ipassignment.conf detail? Verifies the ipassignment.conf file
dtps lic show desktop policy license status
cpstat -f all polsrv show status of the dtps
vpn shell /tunnels/delete/IKE/peer/[peer ip] delete IKE SA
vpn shell /tunnels/delete/IPsec/peer/[peer ip] delete Phase 2 SA
vpn shell /show/tunnels/ike/peer/[peer ip] show IKE SA
vpn shell /show/tunnels/ipsec/peer/[peer ip] show Phase 2 SA
vpn shell show interface detailed [VTI name] show VTI detail
fw ctl zdebug drop shows dropped packets in realtime / gives reason for drop
router Enters router mode for use on Secure Platform Pro for advanced routing options
patch add cd Allows you to mount an iso and upgrade your checkpoint software (SPLAT Only)
backup Allows you to preform a system operating system backup
restore Allows you to restore your backup
snapshot Performs a system backup which includes all Check Point binaries. Note : This issues a cpstop.
SPLAT Commands
clock display date and time on firewall
cpconfig change SIC, licenses and more
cphaprob ldstat display sync serialization statistics
cphaprob stat list the state of the high availability cluster members. Should show active and standby devices.
cphaprob syncstat display sync transport layer statistics
cphastop stop a cluster member from passing traffic. Stops synchronization. (emergency only)
cplic print license information
cpstart start all checkpoint services
cpstat fw show policy name, policy install time and interface table
cpstat ha high availability state
cpstat os -f all checkpoint interface table, routing table, version, memory status, cpu load, disk space
cpstat os -f cpu checkpoint cpu status
cpstat os -f routing checkpoint routing table
cpstop stop all checkpoint services
cpwd_admin monitor_list list processes actively monitored. Firewall should contain cpd and vpnd.
expert change from the initial administrator privilege to advanced privilege
find / -type f -size 10240k -exec ls -la {} \; Search for files larger than 10Mb
fw ctl iflist show interface names
fw ctl pstat show control kernel memory and connections
fw exportlog -o export the current log file to ascii
fw fetch get the policy from the firewall manager (use this only if there are problems on the firewall)
fw log show the content of the connections log
fw log -b <MMM DD, YYYY HH:MM:SS> <MMM DD, YYYY HH:MM:SS> search the current log for activity between specific times, egfw log -b “Jul 23, 2009 15:01:30″ “Jul 23,2009 15:15:00″
fw log -c drop search for dropped packets in the active log; also can use accept or reject to search
fw log -f tail the current log
fwm logexport -i <log name> -o <output name> export an old log file on the firewall manager
fw logswitch rotate logs
fw lslogs list firewall logs
fw stat firewall status, should contain the name of the policy and the relevant interfaces, i.e. Standard_5_1_1_1_1 [>eth4] [<eth4] [<eth5] [>eth0.900] [<eth0.900]
fw stat -l show which policy is associated with which interface and package drop, accept and reject
fw tab displays firewall tables
fw tab -s -t connections number of connections in state table
fw tab -t xlate -x clear all translated entries (emergency only)
fw unloadlocal clear local firewall policy (emergency only)
fw ver firewall version
fwm lock_admin -h unlock a user account after repeated failed log in attempts
fwm ver firewall manager version (on SmartCenter)
ifconfig -a list all interfaces
log list list the names of the logs
log show <list #> display a specific log, ‘log show 33′ will display “Can’t find my SIC name in registry” if there are communication problems
netstat -an | more check what ports are in use or listening
netstat -rn routing table
passwd change the current user’s password
ps -ef list running processes
sysconfig configure date/time, network, dns, ntp
upgrade_import run ‘/opt/CPsuite-R65/fw1/bin/upgrade_tools/upgrade_import’ after a system upgrade to import the old license and system information.
hwclock show the hardware clock. If the hardware and operating system clocks are off by more than a minute, sync the hardware clock to the OS with “hwclock –systohc”
fw fetch Manually grab the policy from the mgmt server at
fw log -f Shows you realtime logs on the firewall – will likely crash your terminal
vsx get [vsys name/id] get the current context
vsx set [vsys name/id] set your context
vsenv [VSname | VSID] Applies only to VSX versions R75.40VS and above.
Sets current context to the specified Virtual System by name or ID
vsx stat Displays VSX status information
-v (verbose) -l (list) VSID (specified Virtual System)
vsx unloadall Uninstalls security policy from all the Virtual Devices at once.
vsx mstat Displays Nstatus of memory Resource Control for the specified Virtual System by ID.
vsx mstat -vs VSID1 VSID2 VSID3 VSID4-VSID6 …
fw -vs [vsys id] getifs show the interfaces for a virtual device
fw vsx stat -l shows a list of the virtual devices and installed policies
fw vsx stat -v shows a list of the virtual devices and installed policies (verbose)
reset_gw resets the gateway, clearing all previous virtual devices and settings
Show VSX Internal Communication Network (only VSX R65, R67, R68) In export mode execute:
export SHOW_REAL_IP=1
ifconfig IF_NAME
ifconfig -a -z all

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Check Point FW Monitor

FW monitor is a great tool for troubleshooting traffic flow issues with your checkpoint. It works by using 4 inspection points,

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  • fw monitor -e “accept dport=6000;”
  • fw monitor -m iO -e ‘accept dport=80;’
  • fw monitor -e ‘accept dport;’ -o ping.cap

For a further detailed description please see the following link

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Check Point Logging Troubleshooting

Below are some basic guidelines for troubleshooting Check Point Logging issues.

Note : This guide does not cover issues with any OPSEC LEA based issues.
Note : The FWD (Firewall Daemon) is responsible for sending and receiving the Check Point Logs on port tcp/257.

Are the logs being sent to the manager ?

Ok, so first of all are the logs being sent to the Smart Centre Manager or the necessary Log Manager ? We can check this by confirming whether the gateway is sending the log packets via the FW Log port tcp/257 upon the gateway and the manager. To do this use either or both of the following commands,

  • netstat -an | grep 257 – This will show the state of the TCP sockets.
  • tcpdump -ni [interface name] port 257 – This will show a packet capture of the FW Log packets on the subsequent interface.

If the gateway is not sending the logs then this can be down to one of the following issues,

  • SIC is not established.
  • The Logging configuration for the Gateway is not configured correctly.
  • The SmartCentre/Log Manager is not listening on port tcp/257.
  • There is an issue with FWD on the gateway. In some instances you may need to restart FWD via a cpstart. Though the root cause could be down to a number of factors.

The SmartCentre / Log Manager is not receiving the logs

If the gateway is sending the logs but the SmartCentre / Log Manager is not receiving them then either a device between the 2 nodes is blocking the packets or there is a routing issue.

Log Files Corrupted

If the log files are corrupted you should expect to see no logs within the SmartView Tracker. If this is the case you will need to action the following steps :

  • Close the Log Viewer/SmartView Tracker and Policy Editor/SmartDashboard.
  • Execute the fwstop or cpstop command (depending on the version) from the command line.
  • Remove all files starting with fw.log and fw.logptr from the $FWDIR\log directory.
  • Execute the fwstart or cpstart (depending on the version) command.

Full details can be found at Check Points KB within Solution ID sk6432.

Only some of the logs are not being displayed

If only some of the logs are not being displayed then this could point to an issue with the trust between the manager and the gateway. To confirm the issue you will need to debug FWD using the following steps.

root@cp-mgnt# fw debug fwd on TDERROR_ALL_ALL=5
root@cp-mgnt# tail -f $FWDIR/log/fwd.elg
root@cp-mgnt# tail -f $FWDIR/log/fwd.elg  | grep -i "Certificate is revoked" 
root@cp-mgnt# fw debug fwd off

Within these steps we first enable the debug. Then we run a live tail on the log file. And then we run a grep on the live tail for a specific error. The live tail allows us to view the end of the log file in real time. We finally turn off the debug.

Below shows an example of an error with the SIC trust between the Gateway and Manager obtained from the $FWDIR/log/fwd.elg,

[FWD 2177 1]@cp-mgnt[22 Jan 14:47:32] fwCert_ValCerts: Certificate is revoked. \
[FWD 2177 1]@cp-mgnt[22 Jan 14:47:41] fwCert_ValCerts: Certificate is revoked. \

Logging issues VSX gateways.

In some scenarios when logs are not being sent to CMA/SmartCenter you can restart the cplogd process. You can do this with kill -15 <pid cplogd> When this is done, check if there are no processes left that use tcp/257, this can be done with the command lsof -i:257. If there are still processes using tcp/257 kill these processes. Finally when this is done, restart cplogd with the following command: cplogd -vsx &

[Expert@gateway:0]# ps -axuw | grep cplogd
root     10973  1.6  0.1 131604 18016 pts/1    Sl   10:56   0:40 cplogd -vsx
root     15640  0.0  0.0   1816   548 pts/1    R+   11:38   0:00 grep cplogd
[Expert@gateway:0]# kill -15 10973
[Expert@gateway:0]# lsof -i:257
[Expert@gateway:0]# kill -15 (processes visual after lsof command)
[Expert@gateway:0]# cplogd -vsx &

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