03-09-2016 | Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
Here's a small bash script that removes all
iptables rules and sets up a default ACCEPT ALL state. Before the reset, it creates a backup of the current rules. I use this often to troubleshoot servers with networking issues. If you just blindly do an
iptables -F you might lock yourself out of a server since the INPUT policy might be DROP.
Save the script to something like
iptables-reset.sh and run it:
#!/bin/bash set -x # Echo set -e # Stop on error set -o noclobber # Dont overwrite files with redirection iptables-save > iptables.$(date +%s) echo "iptables saves to iptables.$(date +%s)" iptables -P INPUT ACCEPT iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT iptables -P OUTPUT ACCEPT iptables -F iptables -X iptables -t nat -F iptables -t nat -X iptables -t mangle -F iptables -t mangle -X iptables -P INPUT ACCEPT iptables -P FORWARD ACCEPT iptables -P OUTPUT ACCEPT echo done
It will not only save the current rules, but it will also echo out all the commands so you can see what happened in your terminal history.