How do I test iptables based script remotely over ssh session? How do I avoid lock outs?
iptables do not have pf like testing option. However, you can use a shell script and cron combo or just use the following syntax:
# /sbin/service iptables restart; sleep 20; /sbin/service iptables stop &
This way you can recover from bad syntax error. If you have your own script:
# /path/to/your.script.sh; sleep 20; /sbin/service iptables stop &
Above will allow you to test changes for a while and then turn off firewall completely. You will be able to login again using ssh after 20 seconds if locked out.