Set UFW Loopback Traffic


Configure the loopback interface to accept traffic. Configure all other interfaces to deny traffic to the loopback network.


Loopback traffic is generated between processes on machine and is typically critical to operation of the system. The loopback interface is the only place that loopback network traffic should be seen, all other interfaces should ignore traffic on this network as an anti-spoofing measure.


Shell script

The following script can be run on the host to remediate the issue.


# Remediation is applicable only in certain platforms
if [ ! -f /.dockerenv ] && [ ! -f /run/.containerenv ] && { dpkg-query --show --showformat='${db:Status-Status}\n' 'ufw' 2>/dev/null | grep -q installed; }; then

ufw allow in on lo
ufw allow out on lo
ufw deny in from
ufw deny in from ::1

    >&2 echo 'Remediation is not applicable, nothing was done'


Changing firewall settings while connected over network can result in being locked out of the system.