My server's clock is wrong because the firewall doesn't permit ntp traffic. What are the iptables rules required to allow the ntp client to get out and back?
Any suggestions how to implement those rules on Ubuntu also appreciated.
"out and back" implies you are an NTP client and want to talk to a server i'd imagine by default you can do this; if you haven't set up a firewall to block everything, and have iptables set up at all, you'll have a "allow related/established" rule which means replies to outgoing requests are allowed automatically
in any case, NTP is UDP port 123, so, assuming you are a CLIENT and want to access NTP servers you'd do:
iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --dport 123 -j ACCEPT iptables -A INPUT -p udp --sport 123 -j ACCEPT
these will append the rules to the end of your OUTPUT and INPUT chains
Assuming you want to be a server, you'd do
iptables -A INPUT -p udp --dport 123 -j ACCEPT iptables -A OUTPUT -p udp --sport 123 -j ACCEPT
I have a script which implements all my firewall rules, and I call it from /etc/rc.local which runs on startup on my machine (ubuntu 8.04 LTS)
EDIT: You've clarified that this is because you are a client. In ubuntu's default configuration, you shouldn't have to alter any firewall settings to do this. What firewall configuration have you done? If nothing, I'm inclinced to believe that this isn't a firewall issue.