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quick_firewall (5) Versions 0.1.4

Installs/Configures quick_firewall

cookbook 'quick_firewall', '~> 0.1.4', :supermarket
cookbook 'quick_firewall', '~> 0.1.4'
knife supermarket install quick_firewall
knife supermarket download quick_firewall
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quick_firewall cookbook

This cookbook is intended to configure basic firewall settings that are commonly used.
The modules make use of firewalld or ufw to set the rules.

PLEASE NOTE - The resource/providers in this cookbook are under development.


  • Chef Infra Client 15.5+
depends 'quick_firewall'

Supported firewalls and platforms

  • UFW - Ubuntu, Debian
  • FirewallD - Red Hat & CentOS >= 7.0

Tested on:

  • Ubuntu 22.04 with ufw
  • CentOS 7 with firewalld
  • CentOS 8 with firewalld
  • Oracle 9 with firewalld


This cookbook comes with four resources:
- firewall_install
- firewall_open_port
- firewall_open_service
- firewall_zone


  • default['quick_firewall']['open_ssh'] = true, set true to open port 22 for SSH when the default recipe runs
  • default['quick_firewall']['open_http'] = false, set true to open port 80 for http when the default recipe runs
  • default['quick_firewall']['open_https'] = false, set true to open port 443 for https when the default recipe runs



To install and enable the firewall use the firewall_install resource.

firewall_install 'default' do
action :install

This would keep the ssh port 22 open as an default action.
To preven this set
default['quick_firewall']['open_ssh'] = false

Oppening a port

The most basic way to open port 80 would be

firewall_open_port '80' do
port 80
protocol 'tcp'
action :create

Resource Definition:

firewall_open_port 'name' do
port Integer
protocol String
source String
zone TrueClass, FalseClass
action Symbol

* port is the port that is required to be open
* protocol is the protocol that the port uses, generally, tcp or udp
* source An IP or a subnet from where the request will be allowed. Debian family only will be ignored in RHEL.
* zone The firewall zone to use. Note RHEL Family only, will be ignored in Debian

Oppening a service

Thoug we recommend to use the firewall_open_port resource, services can be oppened by this resource.
Example to open https.

firewall_open_service 'https' do
service_name 'https'
ufw_port_track '443'
action :create

Resource Definition:

firewall_open_service 'name' do
service_name String
zone String
action Symbol

* service_name is the service that is required to be open. Example ssh, https, ldap etc
* ufw_port_track (Debian ONLY) Ignored in RHEL, is the port of the corresponding service. 22 for SSH etc.
* zone The firewall zone to use. Note RHEL Family only, will be ignored in Debian

Creating a firewalld zone

This resource will create a firewall zone in the RedHat Family.
Example 1

firewall_zone 'xyz-private' do
source ''
action :create

Example 2

firewall_zone 'xyz-private' do
interface 'eth-2'
action :create

Resource Definition:

firewall_zone 'name' do
name String
source String
interface String
action Symbol

* name is the name of the zone to create
* source is the source ip or network
* interface if required, create the zone for a specific interfce.

Advanced Firewall

This cookbook takes the path where it relies more on the existing cli firewall tools firewall-cmd and ufw so that it can be adapted rapidly with latest os releases though compromising on granular controls but usefull enough for most basic scenarios.

For an advanced firewall configuration, please have a look at the firewall cookbook by sous-chef.


The cookbook comes as is without any warranty.

Dependent cookbooks

This cookbook has no specified dependencies.

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quick_firewall CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the quick_firewall cookbook.


Initial release.

  • change 0
  • change 1

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