5.1. Loading up the rc.firewall ruleset

Step One: run the correct firewall for your machine via command "/etc/rc.d/rc.firewall-[iptables / ipchains /ipfwadm]". For example, Linux 2.6 users would run "/etc/rc.d/rc.firewall-iptables"

Does it load with some strange errors? Here are some exmaples and help to fix them:

  • Problem #1:

    ip_tables, Using /lib/modules/2.4.2-2/kernel/net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_tables.o
    /lib/modules/2.4.2-2/kernel/net/ipv4/netfilter/ip_tables.o: init_module: Device
    or resource busy
    Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including
    invalid IO or IRQ parameters

    Run the command "/sbin/lsmod" and make sure the module "ipchains.o" is NOT installed. If it is installed, your machine (most likely Redhat-7.x based) is probably trying to load an IPCHAINS ruleset which is incompatible with IPTABLES.

    To disable this from happening in the future, run the command:

       chkconfig --level=2345 ipchains off

    To remove the "ipchains" module without rebooting, run the command:

       /sbin/rmmod ipchains
    and the re-try to load the rc.firewall-* ruleset.

  • Problem #2:

        Creating a DROP chain..
        iptables v1.2.3: log-level `info' ambiguous

    Your version of IPTABLES it too old. You need to upgrade it with a newer version via an updated RPM, DEB, or via compiling up the source. You can get an updated version from your Linux distribution manufacturer or from the NetFilter WWW site. This is all covered in the Section 2.6 section.

  • Problem #3:

        No such file: 

    Did you copy this rc.firewall-* file from a DOS machine? Load the rc.firewall-* file in a binary editor such as ViM (vim -b /etc/rc.d/rc.firewall-*) and make sure that every line is NOT finished with a ^M.

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