[How To] Save and auto load rules of iptables (Lazymode)

At first, it’s a good idea to have some iptables rules to save and then reload. For example, let’s create following rules:

$ sudo -E -s
# iptables -F
# iptables -X
# iptables -P OUTPUT ACCEPT
# iptables -A INPUT -m conntrack --ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
# iptables -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
# iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 80 -j REJECT
# iptables -P INPUT DROP
# exit

Save (Make sure that these rules are not dangerous for your computer configuration)

$ sudo iptables-save

Become root

$ sudo -E –s

Saving the rules and setting up their auto load.

# echo "#! /sbin/iptables-restore" > /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables-rules
# iptables-save >> /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables-rules
# chmod +x /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables-rules

Please check that the file is created and made executable.

# ls -lA /etc/network/if-up.d/ipt*

It should looks like:

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 1214 2018-06-10 19:08 /etc/network/if-up.d/iptables-rules

Reboot computer

$ sudo reboot

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