Best firewall gateway version of Linux ?
simon at sibern.com.au
Tue Feb 12 13:37:03 EST 2002
I use IPCop and find it really good. There was one minor configuration
issue that took 2 minutes to fix and it has been rock solid since.
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On 12/02/02, 10:36:11 AM, Michael James <michael at james.st> wrote regarding
Re: Best firewall gateway version of Linux ?:
> A couple of friends want to surf their Transact line from both a Mac and
a PC. it would be handy but not nessessary to connect both at the same
> I plugged everything, Mac, PC, settop box, and printer into a hub.
> Each could connect but not simultaneously.
> Now I CAN connect twice through the same VDSL modem.
> >From a Redhat and a Suse box simultaneously.
> This only works to Netspeed, Webone won't wear it.
> Differences are they have the settop box,
> I have the Marconi FLX modem.
> Also they are using the transact supplied software,
> I'm using roaring penguin and smpppd.
> Originally I thought a linux connection server would be overkill
> but it would also provide firewalling (and printer sharing).
> BUT it would have to really be stable, setup and forget. For years.
> They don't want the hassle, I don't want the work.
> So, in the fast-moving world of Linux,
> (150Meg of patches since Suse7.3 came out)
> can a box firewall itself well enough to survive unpatched.
> Using ipchains it's easy to setup a firewall
> that allows only outgoing connections.
> Suse with reiserfs seems pretty immune to power-cycling,
> (which is how they would fix any hangups).
> And the new Suse firewall has options to protect itself from attacks
> even from the interior network.
> Smoothwall and gibraltar are also attractive,
> just a CD, no writeable media.
> Power-cycling puts them into a known state.
> User upgradeable, just insert the new CD.
> Is linux ready to power the maintenance-free black-box internet
> A right not exercised is a privilege
> a privilege not exercised is illegal.
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