Fedora/Centos Logging the iptables to /var/log/iptables.log

Recently my VPS got hacked and had to learn iptables to drop all outgoing traffic.
Everything seems to work, yeah google is your friend. But there was a problem.
In my fedora the iptables dropped packets logging did not appears to /var/log/messages
nor to /var/log/iptables.log.. strange.

Okay i started to dig why the log was not showed out. I know i am using rsyslog,
so i came out with this setting,

1. Create a file
    # touch /etc/rsyslog.d/iptables.conf
    # touch /var/log/iptables.log
2. Insert this into the config file
    :msg, startswith, "iptables:" /var/log/iptables.log
  & ~ Well this rules is not working, since the rsyslog format is to add timestamp
    at every beginning line of log. So modified it slightly with "contains" keyword.
   :msg, contains, "iptables:" /var/log/iptables.log
  & ~
3. restart the service
    # service  rsyslog restart

Now i can see all the log of dropped packets at /var/log/iptables.log

GNU/Linux  rocks!


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