Server Firewall Configuration

Server Firewall Configuration

There are two ways in which you can think about server firewall security. The easy way or the hard way. The easy way would be to start thinking before something bad has happened to your server. We are sure that you can figure out on you own what the hard way would be.

In order to get the security of your server up, you should start with setting up the firewall.

Simple firewall for Linux (Ubuntu)

sudo apt-get install ufw

Now that this is set up, you can start most simple settings. Please remember to enable ssh any time – you don’t want to be locked from your own server.

sudo ufw default deny incoming
sudo ufw logging on
sudo ufw allow 80/tcp
sudo ufw allow 443/tcp
sudo ufw allow 22/tcp
sudo ufw enable

Some of the ports include open ports for email senders.

After this basic setup is set. Restart ufw.

sudo ufw disable
sudo ufw enable
sudo ufw status verbose

Additional elements to check:

netstat -nputw c  - monitor current connections. high Send-Q implies your     server is being misused. 
git clone
./lynis audit system -Q                      - Check for security vulnerabilities. 

For information wget:

wget supports HTTP, HTTPS, and FTP, so by default that's 80, 443, 20, and 21 (all TCP).


apt can use HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, RSH, and SSH, so that's 80, 443, 20, 21, 514, and 22 (also all TCP)