#StackBounty: #kernel #ssh #18.04 #firewall #ufw UFW Allows 22 for IPv4 and IPv6 but SSH Disconnects When Enabling

Bounty: 50

sudo ufw disable followed by sudo ufw enable kicks me out of SSH

DMESG reports

[UFW BLOCK] IN=eth0 OUT= MAC=30:........ SRC=192.168.1.me DST=192.168.1.server LEN=52 TOS=0x00 PREC=0x00 TTL=128 ID=15776 DF PROTO=TCP SPT=55640 DPT=22 WINDOW=253 RES=0x00 ACK URGP=0

I can log back in without having to change rules via the console (UFW still enabled).

This started after upgrading Xenial (16.04) from kernel 4.4 to 4.15 (HWE). Upgrading to 18.04.1 did not solve the issue.


  • iptables v1.6.1
  • ufw 0.35
  • 4.15.0-29-generic #31-Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS

UFW status verbose is (some rules were omitted, but they are all ALLOW)

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

To                         Action      From
--                         ------      ----
22                         ALLOW IN    Anywhere
22 (v6)                    ALLOW IN    Anywhere (v6)

Why is this happening, or at least, how to revert to the expected behavior?

I looked at this answer, and I am not sure it applies, but here’s /etc/ufw/before.rules

# rules.before
# Rules that should be run before the ufw command line added rules. Custom
# rules should be added to one of these chains:
#   ufw-before-input
#   ufw-before-output
#   ufw-before-forward

# Don't delete these required lines, otherwise there will be errors
:ufw-before-input - [0:0]
:ufw-before-output - [0:0]
:ufw-before-forward - [0:0]
:ufw-not-local - [0:0]
# End required lines

# allow all on loopback
-A ufw-before-input -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-output -o lo -j ACCEPT

# quickly process packets for which we already have a connection
-A ufw-before-input -m conntrack --ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-output -m conntrack --ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-forward -m conntrack --ctstate RELATED,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT

# drop INVALID packets (logs these in loglevel medium and higher)
-A ufw-before-input -m conntrack --ctstate INVALID -j ufw-logging-deny
-A ufw-before-input -m conntrack --ctstate INVALID -j DROP

# ok icmp codes for INPUT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type destination-unreachable -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type source-quench -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type time-exceeded -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type parameter-problem -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-input -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j ACCEPT

# ok icmp code for FORWARD
-A ufw-before-forward -p icmp --icmp-type destination-unreachable -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-forward -p icmp --icmp-type source-quench -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-forward -p icmp --icmp-type time-exceeded -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-forward -p icmp --icmp-type parameter-problem -j ACCEPT
-A ufw-before-forward -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j ACCEPT

# allow dhcp client to work
-A ufw-before-input -p udp --sport 67 --dport 68 -j ACCEPT

# ufw-not-local
-A ufw-before-input -j ufw-not-local

-A ufw-not-local -m addrtype --dst-type LOCAL -j RETURN

-A ufw-not-local -m addrtype --dst-type MULTICAST -j RETURN

-A ufw-not-local -m addrtype --dst-type BROADCAST -j RETURN

# all other non-local packets are dropped
-A ufw-not-local -m limit --limit 3/min --limit-burst 10 -j ufw-logging-deny
-A ufw-not-local -j DROP

# allow MULTICAST mDNS for service discovery (be sure the MULTICAST line above
# is uncommented)
-A ufw-before-input -p udp -d --dport 5353 -j ACCEPT

# allow MULTICAST UPnP for service discovery (be sure the MULTICAST line above
# is uncommented)
-A ufw-before-input -p udp -d --dport 1900 -j ACCEPT

# don't delete the 'COMMIT' line or these rules won't be processed

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