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Re: Firewall - Very limited Access - suggestions



On Sat, May 29, 2004 at 06:26:08PM -0400, Kevin F. Berrien wrote:
> I did check Firestart out yesterday on the old box which will serve as 
> the firewall.  Found it someone odd, in that when I'd activate the 
> firewall it didn't look as if iptables was running.  Also, it didn't 
> look granualar enough (from my quick overview) for what I want to do, 
> very specific rules.  Perhaps I'm wrong.  If you use Firestarter, do you 
> think it's detailed enough for my needs (see below).

Hi, Kevin. GUI front ends to netfilter/iptables such as Firestarter,
GuardDog, Shorewall, etc. should all be considered as learning tools. They
will allow you to have a decent firewall in place while you roll up your
sleeves and do your homework on how iptables works. There is *no*
substitute for writing your own iptables rules. It really is not all that
hard to learn the syntax either. I use Firestarter on my LAN boxes but use
a hand-written iptables script for my border firewall. I want to ensure
that I know every in and out of that script.  

--
Jack Bowling
mailto: jbinpg shaw ca



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