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iptables -F block all ports

Today i run iptables -F on a server, that blocked access to all ports. This was a Plesk server with firewall enabled through Plesk control panel.

This is because default policy is set to DROP all connections.

Before you run

iptables -F

Make sure default policy is set to allow. if it is set to DROP as shown below, you won’t be able to connect to server once firewall rules are flushed.

[root@u18953237 ~]# iptables -L -n | grep policy
Chain INPUT (policy DROP)
Chain FORWARD (policy DROP)
Chain OUTPUT (policy DROP)
[root@u18953237 ~]# 

See iptables


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