Firewalld is a progressive daemon to handle firewall with support for networks zones. In the earlier version, RHEL & CentOS 6 we have been applying iptables as a daemon for packet filtering framework.

Traffic from a specific IP address in private network or traffic from a specific private network can hold through firewalld, to a specific port or service on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS server.

The most relevant way to solve this is by using a firewalld zone. So, you need to generate a new zone that will hold the new configurations.


Open Port for Specific IP Address in Firewalld


First create an appropriate zone name (in our case, we have used MariaDB-access to provide access to the MySQL database server)

# firewall-cmd --new-zone=mariadb_access --permanent

Next, reload the firewalld settings to apply the new switch. If you jump this step, you may get an error when you try to use the new zone name. This time around, the new zone should appear in the list of zones.

firewall-cmd --reload
# firewall-cmd --get-zones

Next, add the source IP address ( and the port (3306) you want to open on the local server as shown. Then reload the firewalld settings to employ the new changes.

# firewall-cmd --zone=mariadb-access --add-source= --permanent
# firewall-cmd --zone=mariadb-access --add-port=3306/tcp --permanent
# firewall-cmd --reload

Alternatively, you can allow traffic from the whole network ( to a service or port.

# firewall-cmd --zone=mariadb-access --add-source= --permanent
# firewall-cmd --zone=mariadb-access --add-port=3306/tcp --permanent
# firewall-cmd --reload

To confirm that the new zone has the needed settings as added above, verify its details with the following command:

# firewall-cmd --zone=mariadb-access --list-all


Remove Port and Zone from Firewalld


You can remove the source IP address or network as shown.

# firewall-cmd --zone=mariadb-access --remove-source= --permanent
# firewall-cmd --reload


To exclude the port from the zone, issue the following command, and reload the firewalld settings:

# firewall-cmd --zone=mariadb-access --remove-port=3306/tcp --permanent
# firewall-cmd --reload


To remove the zone, run the following command, and reload the firewalld settings:

# firewall-cmd --permanent --delete-zone=mariadb_access
# firewall-cmd --reload


Last but not list, you can also practice firewalld rich rules. Here is an example:

# firewall-cmd --permanent –zone=mariadb-access --add-rich-rule='rule family="ipv4" source address="" port protocol="tcp" port="3306" accept'



That’s it! We hope the above solutions worked for you.

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