iptables and combining additional rule sources

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 18:28:21 EDT 2020

Hi Everyone,

We are having trouble with our MediaWiki installation on a low-end VM.
The VM is servicing a lot of spam traffic, and it is driving cpu usage
up to about 80%. The 404's appear to be more expensive then the 200's.
GoDaddy wrote to us and told us they were going to suspend our service
if we don't get cpu usage down.

I experimented with several Apache and MediaWiki plugins and I have a
design I like. The plugin scans the URL, detects the problematic URLs,
and sends the ip address to a privileged out-of-proc proxy to update
iptables. The proxy is privileged and can update iptables rules. It
also maintains a database to remove the host after 45 days.

The problem I am having is, adding the new information to the existing
iptables rules in /etc/sysconfig/iptables. I want to write my rules to
a separate file and then tell /etc/sysconfig/iptables to include it at
the correct position.

I read the iptables(8), iptables-save(8) and iptables-restore(8) man
pages, but I don't see how to combine the different sources.

How do I tell iptables to include a second external source at a
specific location?

# iptables --version
iptables v1.4.21

Thanks in advance.


Here is an example of /etc/sysconfig/iptables with the position I want
to insert the MediaWiki ban rules.

# cat /etc/sysconfig/iptables
:PREROUTING ACCEPT [4276:232374]
:OUTPUT ACCEPT [270:136514]

:OUTPUT ACCEPT [269:205262]

-A INPUT -p icmp -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT

### I want to insert rules here ###
*include my-mediawiki-rules

### Back to normal rules ###
-A INPUT -p tcp -m state --state NEW -m tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp -m state --state NEW -m tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp -m state --state NEW -m tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT

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