Managing firewalls with iptables

In this chapter, we will begin to configure services that require communication between hosts over the network. Most Linux distributions will default to running a host-based firewall, iptables. If you want your hosts to communicate with each other, you have two options: turn off iptables or configure iptables to allow the communication.

I prefer to leave iptables turned on and configure access. Keeping iptables is just another layer on your defense across the network. iptables isn't a magic bullet that will make your system secure, but it will block access to services you didn't intend to expose to the network.

Configuring iptables properly is a complicated task, which requires deep knowledge of networking. The ...

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