Uncomplicated Firewall (ufw) — The Uncomplicated Firewall (ufw, and gufw - a Graphical User Interface version of the same) is a frontend for iptables and is particularly well-suited for host-based firewalls. Ufw provides a framework for managing netfilter, as well as a command-line interface for manipulating the firewall.
Uncomplicated Firewall can be easily installed by typing this command into the terminal as a super user:
# apt-get install ufw
However, simply installing the firewall will not turn it on automatically, nor it will have any rule set by default.
Firstly, the firewall must be enabled by typing:
# ufw enable
Note: it may be disabled the same way, by replacing enable with disable.
Secondly, defaults must be set up. For normal users the following defaults will do just fine.
# ufw default deny incoming # ufw default allow outgoing
Next, it is recommended to verify that the firewall is enabled by typing:
# ufw status verbose
Note: With this command you will also be able to see all of the defaults and rules which you have applied.
Allowing rules is quite simple from the command line, and it is sometimes necessary. For example, by default ufw denies all of the incoming connections, which will make it a problem if you are using SSH. Therefore, you must create a rule which allows SSH connections, by typing:
# ufw allow ssh
Other rules may be added in the same way by simply specifying a name of the program (Deluge, Transmission). Ufw comes with preloaded defaults for some commonly used programs, and they are automatically activated when you make a rule by specifying the name of the program.
Port ranges may also be specified, a simple example for tcp would be:
# ufw allow 1000:2000/tcp
and for udp:
# ufw allow 1000:2000/udp
An IP address may also be used:
# ufw allow from 111.222.333.444
Rules may be deleted with the following command:
# ufw delete allow ssh
If you do not want to manage your firewall through the command line there is a graphical user interface available for ufw called gufw. You may install it through your preferred package manager by searching for gufw or you may execute the following command in the terminal:
# apt-get install gufw