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This is my first time setting up an Ubuntu Server (14.04 LTS) and I am having trouble configuring the firewall (UFW).

I only need ssh and http, so I am doing this:

sudo ufw disable

sudo ufw reset
sudo ufw default deny incoming
sudo ufw default allow outgoing

sudo ufw allow 22/tcp
sudo ufw allow 80/tcp

sudo ufw enable
sudo reboot

But I can still connect to databases on other ports of this machine. Any idea about what am I doing wrong?

EDIT: these databases are on Docker containers. Could this be related? is it overriding my ufw config?

EDIT2: output of sudo ufw status verbose

Status: active
Logging: on (low)
Default: deny (incoming), allow (outgoing), deny (routed)
New profiles: skip

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
22/tcp                     ALLOW IN    Anywhere
80/tcp                     ALLOW IN    Anywhere
22/tcp (v6)                ALLOW IN    Anywhere (v6)
80/tcp (v6)                ALLOW IN    Anywhere (v6)

The problem was using the -p flag on containers.

It turns out that Docker makes changes directly on your iptables, which are not shown with ufw status.

Possible solutions are:

  1. Stop using the -p flag. Use docker linking or docker networksinstead.

  2. Bind containers locally so they are not exposed outside your machine:

    docker run -p ...

  3. If you insist on using the -p flag, tell docker not to touch your iptables by disabling them in /etc/docker/daemon.json and restarting:

    { "iptables" : false }

I recommend option 1 or 2. Beware that option 3 has side-effects, like containers becoming unable to connect to the internet.

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