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asked 2015-03-06 18:57:46 -0500

markito3 gravatar image

In the old days it was called "iptables" if memory serves. I suspect it is something different now. I want to see (a) is my firewall running (b) what if anything is being blocked. Don't know how to do either.

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Thanks for those suggestions.

I am still confused about zones, interfaces, etc., but that probably my problem.

Perhaps I should just state what I am trying to do: 1) I have a wireless router, configured to forward port 80 to my desktop machine. 2) I am running httpd on the desktop, listening on port 80. 3) I want to make sure that my firewall is not standing in the way.

I suppose I could just drop the firewall altogether, but I am not even sure how to do that.

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answered 2015-03-07 06:42:27 -0500

mclmmc gravatar image

now is called: firewalld

(read the documentation at official site)

with systemctl you can see its status (enabled/disable/running)

firewall-cmd cli command

firewall-cmd --zone=home --list-services
firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=public --add-port=514/udp

firewall-config graphic tool

firewall-offline-cmd cli command to use when firewalld isn't running

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answered 2015-03-07 06:25:52 -0500

osfriese gravatar image

iptables is still in use. You can use

sudo iptables -L

to see your firewall status. The difference today is that firewalld is used to set up iptables. You can configure your firewall with


For further information have a look at Using Firewalls

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answered 2015-03-07 03:40:21 -0500

Glenn gravatar image

To try to answer part "a" of your question...

To see if your firewall is running execute the following command in a terminal.

systemctl status firewalld.service

You should see something like this:

โ— firewalld.service - firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/firewalld.service; enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2015-03-05 06:07:15 EST; 1 day 22h ago
 Main PID: 550 (firewalld)
   CGroup: /system.slice/firewalld.service
           โ””โ”€550 /usr/bin/python -Es /usr/sbin/firewalld --nofork --nopid
Mar 05 06:07:14 phenom systemd[1]: Starting firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon...
Mar 05 06:07:15 phenom systemd[1]: Started firewalld - dynamic firewall daemon.

Notice that the output includes the words "active" and "enabled". My firewall is up and running.

There is also the firewall-cmd command. To get the state of firewalld execute in a terminal the following:

firewall-cmd --state

My firewall is shown as "running".

Have a look here. There is a lot of useful information there.

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answered 2015-03-13 08:55:02 -0500

darakus gravatar image

I think most of your problems will be solved by reading the Using Firewalls link that osfriese posted.

I just wanted to add that there is a gui configuration tool that has been helpful for me working with the firewall on a desktop system in the past. It's fairly straightforward and available in the Software, its called....Firewall.

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answered 2015-03-12 20:02:48 -0500

markito3 gravatar image

Dropped my firewall on my desktop:

systemctl stop firewalld

That allowed remote connections to the webserver. Probably will explore a more focused relaxation of the firewall, but for now problem solved.

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