Adding 7G WAF Firewall for NGINX to CloudPanel

The 7G WAF firewall by Jeff Starr at Perishable Press is a great addition for server level WAF protection, here is a guide on how to add it to CloudPanel‘s NGINX stack.

Download the 7G WAF NGNIX version

Download the 7G WAF or from the origin page here.
Extract the archive and find the 2 files:


Install to CloudPanel

SSH into your CloudPanel instance as root and navigate to the NGINX conf directory and add the two 7G files:

cd /etc/nginx/conf.d 

Directory structure ends up like the below:

root@oram1:/etc/nginx/conf.d# ls -lah
total 24K
drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4.0K Jul  6 14:44 .
drwx------ 12 root root 4.0K Jul  1 12:45 ..
-rw-rw-r--  1 root root 1.4K Jul  6 14:44 7g.conf
-rw-rw-r--  1 root root 8.3K Jul  6 14:43 7g-firewall.conf

Include 7g-firewall.conf to NGINX

Next is to include the 7g-firewall.conf into the main nginx.conf, open the nginx.conf file.

Make a back up first:

cp /etc/nginx/nginx.conf /etc/nginx/nginx.conf.bak

Then edit the file:

nano /etc/nginx/nginx.conf

Add in the http block before the closing bracket at end of file:

    # 7G WAF

    include /etc/nginx/conf.d/7g-firewall.conf;

Save and close your file – check your syntax:

nginx -t

Install to specific websites in CloudPanel

Now the main 7G WAF is in place we can now add the 7g.conf file to specific websites which you can do via CloudPanel > Sites > Manage > Vhost

If desired make a copy/paste of the Vhost as a back up.

( You can also do this via the command line to the correct Vhost file at /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ )

Add to the server block:

include /etc/nginx/conf.d/7g.conf;
7g Waf Cloudpanel

Save the file, CloudPanel will check for any syntax errors and not allow you to save until fixed.

Cloudpanel Restart Nginx

Restart NGINX either via CloudPanel or command line.

systemctl restart nginx

Test 7G Firewall

On a site you have enabled the 7G firewall test by going to:

Nginx 403 Forbidden

And you should see a 403 NGINX error.

That’s it – 7G WAF, up and running.