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Remove Duplicate IPTables Rules

Submitted by on September 24, 2014 – 6:26 pm 4 Comments

Duplicate entries may appear in your iptables configuration due to parallel efforts of various network security-related applications that may be running on your server. In most cases, having duplicate iptables rules is no big deal, but sometimes they may become an annoyance. Here’s a list of commands you can run on your RHEL/CentOS system to de-dupe your iptables configuration.

/sbin/service iptables save
/sbin/iptables-save | awk '/^COMMIT$/ { delete x; }; !x[$0]++' > /tmp/iptables.conf
/sbin/iptables -F
/sbin/iptables-restore < /tmp/iptables.conf
/sbin/service iptables save
/sbin/service iptables restart
if [ -f /tmp/iptables.conf ] ; then /bin/rm -f /tmp/iptables.conf ; fi


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