How to Configure Your Firewall for cPanel Services in WHM

How to Configure Your Firewall for cPanel Services in WHM


cPanel & WHM installs and manages many different services on your system. Most of these services require an external connection in order to function properly. Because of this, your firewall must allow cPanel & WHM to open the ports on which these services run. This document lists the ports that cPanel & WHM uses, and which services use each of these ports, to allow you to better configure your firewall.


  • We strongly recommend that you only open ports for services that you use.
  • So that you do not lock yourself out of your server, make certain to include a way to log back in to your server when you work with firewall rules. Always maintain console access to your server.



We strongly recommend that you use the SSL version of each service whenever possible.

  • The use of non-SSL services could allow attackers to intercept sensitive information (for example, login credentials).
  • Ensure that valid SSL certificates exist for your services in WHM’s Manage Service SSL Certificates interface (Home >> Service Configuration >> Manage Service SSL Certificates).
20FTPWe recommend that you use SFTP via SSH, because it is more secure than FTP.
26SMTPcPanel & WHM only uses this port if you specify it in WHM’s Service Manager interface (Home >> Service Configuration >> Service Manager).
53bindcPanel & WHM only uses this port if you run a public DNS server.
443httpsWHM’s Manage AutoSSL feature (Home >> SSL/TLS >> Manage AutoSSL) requires outbound access to the store.cpanel.netserver.
783Apache SpamAssassin™
2703RazorRazor is a collaborative spam-tracking database.
2077WebDAVcPanel’s Web Disk interface (Home >> Files >> Web Disk) uses this port.
2078WebDAV SSLcPanel’s Web Disk interface (Home >> Files >> Web Disk) uses this port.
2079CalDAV and CardDAVcPanel’s Calendars and Contacts interface (Home >> Email >> Calendars and Contacts) uses this port.
2080CalDAV and CardDAV (SSL)cPanel’s Calendars and Contacts interface (Home >> Email >> Calendars and Contacts) uses this port.
2083cPanel SSL
2089cPanel Licensing


You must open this port in order to contact the cPanel license servers.

2096Webmail SSL
3306MySQL®MySQL uses this port for remote database connections.

Example configurations

The following examples illustrate how to add rules with CSF, APF, and the iptables application.


  • We do not recommend that you use these examples. Instead, make certain that your firewall rules match the way in which you use cPanel & WHM’s services.
  • CentOS 7, CloudLinux™ 7, and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7 servers have additional requirements.


ConfigServer provides the free WHM plugin CSF, which allows you to modify your iptables rules within WHM. It is a stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall, login, and intrusion detection mechanism, and general security application for Linux servers.

To install CSF, run the following commands as the root user:

tar -xzf csf.tgz 
cd csf & ./

To configure CSF, use WHM’s ConfigServer & Firewall interface (Home >> Plugins >> ConfigServer & Firewall).



APF acts as a frontend for the iptables application, and allows you to open or close ports without the use of the iptables syntax.

The following example includes two rules to add to the /etc/apf/conf.apf file to allow HTTP and HTTPS access to your system:

# Common ingress (inbound) TCP ports
IG_TCP_CPORTS="80,443″# Common egress (outbound) TCP ports


While CSF and APF are easy to use, the iptables application offers more customization options for your packet filtering rules. The iptables application requires that you understand the TCP/IP stack.

The following example includes iptables rules for HTTP traffic on port 80:


This example assumes that you have a DMZ set up on eth0 for and a broadcast IP address of

$IPTABLES -A FORWARD -p TCP -i -o eth0 -d -dport 80 -j allowed
$IPTABLES -A FORWARD -p ICMP -i -o eth0 -d -j icmp_packets

CentOS 7, CloudLinux 7, and RHEL 7 firewall management

Servers that run the CentOS 7, CloudLinux 7, and RHEL 7 operating systems require that you use the firewalld daemon.

  • While you can use the iptables command for temporary firewall rules, we recommend that you only use the firewall utilities on CentOS 7, CloudLinux 7, and RHEL 7 servers.

cPanel & WHM version 11.50 and later also includes the cpanel service, which manages all of the rules in the /etc/firewalld/services/cpanel.xml file. This allows TCP access for the server’s ports.

To add these rules automatically, perform the following steps:

  1. Run the yum install firewalld command to ensure that your system has firewalld installed.
  2. Run the systemctl start firewalld.service command to start the firewalld service.
  3. Run the /scripts/configure_firewall_for_cpanel script.

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