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Why do I get a "Another Firewall Active" message when using Docker with SuSEfirewall2 ?

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3)


While attempting to start SuSEfirewall2 in YaST after starting Docker an error is received: Another Firewall Is Active


Reboot and then restart the service one more time so that the Docker service is no longer trying to work with iptables natively and starts working through it with SuSEfirewall2.


Docker on SLES 12 SP2 and SP3 modifies iptables in order to allow networking into and out of containers. If SuSEfirewall2 is started from the beginning, Docker will modify iptables with SuSEfirewall2. If it is not started, Docker will modify iptables directly.

If SuSEfirewall2 is started after Docker, then an error is received in YaST that, another firewall (iptables) is active. If SuSEfirewall2 is started anyway, the Docker containers may lose inbound and outbound connectivity as those rules are no longer available.

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  • Document ID:7022442
  • Creation Date: 08-Dec-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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