Useful ‘FirewallD’ Rules to Configure and Manage Firewall in Linux
Firewalld provides a way to configure dynamic firewall rules in Linux that can be applied instantly, without the need of firewall restart and also it support D-BUS and zone concepts which makes configuration easy.
Firewalld replaced old Fedora’s firewall (Fedora 18 onwards) mechanism, RHEL/CentOS 7 and other latest distributions rely on this new mechanism. One of the biggest motive of introducing new firewall system is that the old firewall needs a restart after making each change, thus breaking all active connections. As said above, that the latest firewalld supports dynamic zones which is useful in configuring different set of zones and rules for your office or home network via a command line or using a GUI method.
Initially, firewalld concept looks very difficult to configure, but services and zones makes it easier by keeping both together as covered in this article.
In our earlier article, where we have seen how to play with firewalld and its zones, now here, in this article, we will see some useful firewalld rules to configure your current Linux systems using command line way.
All the examples covered in this article are practically tested on CentOS 7 distribution, and also works on RHEL and Fedora distributions.
Before implementing firewalld rules, make sure to first check whether firewalld service enabled and running.
# systemctl status firewalld
The above picture shows that firewalld is active and running. Now it’s time to check all the active zones and active services.
# firewall-cmd --get-active-zones # firewall-cmd --get-services
If incase, you’re not familiar with command line, you can also manage firewalld from the GUI, for this you need to have GUI package installed on the system, if not install it using the following command.
# yum install firewalld firewall-config
As said above, this article is specially written for command line lovers and all the examples, which we’re going to cover are based on command line only, no GUI way..sorry…..
Before moving further, first make sure to confirm on which public zone you’re going to configure Linux firewall and list all active services, ports, rich rules for public zone using following command.
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --list-all
In the above picture, there isn’t any active rules are added yet, let’s see how to add, remove and modify rules in the remaining part of this article….
1. Adding and Removing Ports in Firewalld
To open any port for public zone, use the following command. For example, the following command will open port 80 for public zone.
# firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=80/tcp
Similarly, to remove added port, just use the ‘–remove‘ option with firewalld command as shown below.
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --remove-port=80/tcp
After adding or removing specific ports, make sure to confirm whether the port is added or removed by using ‘–list-ports‘ option.
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --list-ports
2. Adding and Removing Services in Firewalld
By default firewalld comes with pre-defined services, if you want to add a list of specific services, you need to create a new xml file with all services included in the file or else you can also define or remove each service manually by running following commands.
For example, the following commands will help you to add or remove specific services, like we did for FTP here in this example.
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-service=ftp # firewall-cmd --zone=public --remove-service=ftp # firewall-cmd --zone=public --list-services
3. Block Incoming and Outgoing Packets (Panic Mode)
If you wish to block any incoming or outgoing connections, you need to use a ‘panic-on‘ mode to block such requests. For example, the following rule will drop any existing established connection on the system.
# firewall-cmd --panic-on
After enabling panic mode, try to ping any domain (say google.com) and check whether the panic mode is ON using ‘–query-panic‘ option as listed below.
# ping google.com -c 1 # firewall-cmd --query-panic
Do you see in the above picture, the panic query says “Unknown host google.com“. Now try to disable the panic mode and then once again ping and check.
# firewall-cmd --query-panic # firewall-cmd --panic-off # ping google.com -c 1
Now this time, there will be a ping request from google.com..