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Linux IPTables: How to Add Firewall Rules (With Allow SSH Example)

Feb 16, 2011, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])


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"This article explains how to add iptables firewall rules using the "iptables -A" (append) command.

""-A" is for append. If it makes it easier for you to remember "-A" as add-rule (instead of append-rule), it is OK. But, keep in mind that "-A" adds the rule at the end of the chain.

"Again, it is very important to remember that -A adds the rule at the end.

"Typically the last rule will be to drop all packets. If you already have a rule to drop all packets, and if you try to use "-A" from the command-line to create new rule, you will end-up adding the new rule after the current "drop all packets" rule, which will make your new rule pretty much useless."

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