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How to create persistent iptables rule to allow ssh to a specified address on Ubuntu 12.04?

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Greetings,

I am working iptables on Ubuntu 12.04. I would like to configure the iptables rules so that ssh is only allowed from one specific address.  When I enter the following, it works:

sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -s a.b.c.d --dport ssh -j ACCEPT

With that rule in place I can establish an ssh connectin from the specified address.

Now I want to make the rule persistent, so that it still works after a reboot. I add this line to the /etc/rc.local file:

/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -s a.b.c.d --dport ssh -j ACCEPT


Then I reboot and it does not work. Can anyone tell me why this does not work and what  I must do to make the rule persistent?
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You need to have a package called iptables-persistent to accomplish this.

AFTER you add the rule that works:
sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -s a.b.c.d --dport ssh -j ACCEPT


Install the package: sudo apt-get install iptables-persistent
Start the service: sudo service iptables-persistent start

And now the iptables will remain intact after reboot.
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by:comfortjeanius
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During installation of the iptables-persistent, you will prompted whether you want to save current iptables rules or not.

This package will make Ubuntu’s iptables rules persistent by storing iptables rules in:

   
/etc/iptables/rules.v4 for IPv4 rules
   
/etc/iptables/rules.v6 for IPv6 rules

Any of those rules will be reloaded to current iptables rules during restart. You can save your current iptables rules manually by using the following command:

iptables-save > /etc/iptables/rules.v4

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or

iptables-save > /etc/iptables/rules.v6

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by:bradber
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Thanks to both of you for your helpful comments. I ended up solving the problem by using the same ACCEPT rule that I originally tried, but moving it to the top of the rc.local file.

However, I think the iptables-persistent package looks useful and plan to explore that option in the future. Your help is appreciated!
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