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Configuring the Mandriva firewall

Posted 04-04-2007 at 12:26 AM by ernie

Mandriva includes a firewall. To configure it, open MCC (System > Configuration > Configure your computer in the menu system).

Select Security in the Category list (left).

Select Set up a personal firewall in order to protect the computer and the network in the main pane.

The first screen lists services you may want to make available to other computers under special circumstances (e.g.: it is used as a server; it will share files or print services with Windows computers on a LAN). Clear the Everything (no firewall) check box to enable the firewall. Some packages may need to be installed so allow it. If this computer is NOT used as a server, or is NOT on a LAN, do not check mark any service in the list!

Click OK (bottom left).

The second screen lists activities which can be monitored by the firewall. Any service(s) check marked in the first screen should be listed here as well as Use Interactive firewall and Port scan detection. Check mark any activity you want to monitor. You should check mark all listed items, but at least interactive firewall and Port scan detection.

Click OK (bottom left).

The third screen lists network interfaces that can be protected by the firewall. There will be one network interface listed for each network card installed on the computer. Check mark the interfaces you want to protect.

Click OK (bottom left).

That's it. The firewall is configured. Close MCC.
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