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How do I configure my firewall to allow SSH traffic for new the Remote Console / Recovery Console?

I installed the new droplet-agent on my CentOS 7 droplet, but attempts to connect using the Droplet Console timed out.

I reasoned it was my firewall (iptables) setup. When I disabled iptables, the Console connected, using IP address 198.211.111.194. ARIN shows that CIDR 198.211.96.0/19 belongs to Digital Ocean, so that makes sense.

How do I configure iptables to safely allow only legitimate SSH traffic for the Droplet Console?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi @aknash,

Well, I’ll recommend allowing only IP addresses that are needed and only on PORTS that are meant to be used by such IPs.

To allow incoming SSH connections from a specific IP address or subnet, specify the source. For example, if you want to allow the entire 198.211.96.0/19 subnet, run these commands:

sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -s 198.211.96.0/19 --dport 22 -m conntrack --ctstate NEW,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
sudo iptables -A OUTPUT -p tcp --sport 22 -m conntrack --ctstate ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT

The second command, which allows the outgoing traffic of established SSH connections, is only necessary if the OUTPUT policy is not set to ACCEPT.