Server going slow after IPTables configuration? Try this
Recently I've started the migration of my company's servers to a new provider. After checking that the OS installed on the -now- old servers was Ubuntu 8.04 (holy shit), I decided to make a fresh install of CentOS 6.3, cleaning up all the servers contents and setting up everything from scratch.
After setting my iptables rules (INPUT whitelisted, OUTPUT accept all) I noticed a big delay on every connection made to my server. After checking a lot of things, these two solved the issue:
Enable unilimited traffic on your loopback interface
iptables -A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT iptables -A OUTPUT -o lo -j ACCEPT
Enable traffic for connections started by your server
iptables -A INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
Hope this solves your issue as it did with mine.