I have just installed Webmin on a Ubuntu server. According to the docs you need to open up port 10000 (which is what Webmin runs on), with this:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 10000 -j ACCEPT

It then says you need to apply the firewall configuration with:

/etc/init.d/iptables restart

However, this command doesn't work for me. Is there a different command that saves the changes on Ubuntu?


Your iptables rule is active once you execute it. Issuing a restart merely restores your iptables config to however it was last saved. There is no need to do the restart.

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    and it will go away on the next reboot – Arthur Ulfeldt Nov 4 '10 at 23:48

there is a package that contains a system service to restore

sudo apt-get install iptables-persistent

put rules in /etc/iptables/rules.

one way to do this is:

sudo bash -c "iptables-save > /etc/iptables/rules"

On many Linux distributions, you can save changes made to iptables config by:

service iptables save

or alternately

/etc/init.d/iptables save

But this doesn't activate changes, it merely makes them permanent. The moment you executed the iptables command, the change was active. This command makes changes in real time.

  • there is no such service in the current version of Ubuntu 10.04 – Arthur Ulfeldt Nov 4 '10 at 23:46

will save rules in a plain text file, and usually restored on system sturup by the init.d script. see iptables.conf e iptables man for details

  • these commands dont exist. – Arthur Ulfeldt Nov 4 '10 at 23:45
  • Simply forgotten a dash. Fixed – drAlberT Nov 5 '10 at 11:18

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