Long ago I created some prerouting rules in my iptables. I have a script in ~/myuser/Downlaods, owned by root

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT  --to-port 8069
iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 443 -j REDIRECT  --to-port 8070

I have commented out these lines and renamed the file and changed ownership to a non-root user.

I think I must have added it to some other script (rc.local, systemd,etc...) because after I clear the iptables, save them and reboot, the rules come back.

I have tried:

$ sudo iptables -t nat -D PREROUTING 2
$ sudo iptables -t nat -D PREROUTING 1
$ sudo iptables-save

And this works temporarily. At this point the iptables are all empty. Then I reboot:

$ sudo reboot

After the reboot I get: $ sudo iptables -L -n -t nat

target    prot opt source    destination
REDIRECT  tcp  --   tcp dpt:80 redir ports 8069
REDIRECT  tcp  --   tcp dpt:443 redir ports 8070

The other chains are empty.

I set systemd log level to DEBUG in the config file, and while there are thousands of lines for the boot, I don't see anything (mainly using grep) that refers to iptables or PREROUTING.

I'm running Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS.

I ran $ sudo grep -rnw 'etc/init.d/' -e 'PREROUTING' and it didn't return any results.

I ran $ sudo grep -rnw 'etc/init.d/' -e '8069' and it didn't return any results.

/etc/rc.local does not exist, so it's not running from there.

Where else can I look for this?

  • Install netfilter-persistent then remove those rules and run sudo dpkg-reconfigure iptables-persistent Dec 4, 2018 at 20:52
  • @GeorgeUdosen that worked. Thanks. If you put that in as an answer, I'll accept it.
    – m_watchorn
    Dec 4, 2018 at 21:03
  • Ok I have posted an answer! Dec 4, 2018 at 21:16

1 Answer 1


To fix your situation install netfilter-persistent and then proceed to remove those rules again with your previous commands.

Now to get iptables to reload and be duly informed of the new state of iptables rules you either do:

sudo iptables-save > /etc/iptables/rules.v4
sudo ip6tables-save > /etc/iptables/rules.v6 # for ipv6


sudo dpkg-reconfigure iptables-persistent

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