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Old 04-07-2007, 07:48 AM   #1
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firestarter and http


I've got dialup, and I've started using firestarter. I'm trying to settup the inbound traffic part. Some explanation: I have my mail 'allowed'. It says something like this for the protocol, port, and server name.
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Pop2 109 pop.<providername>.net
It works. For http, I have the same kind of information, but the server name says 'everyone'.
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HTTP 80 everyone
Should I have a special server for http, or since I dial-up to my provider, and it's http, is 'everyone' appropriate? Any advice would be apreciated. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-08-2007, 11:24 AM   #2
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I may be misunderstanding your post, but why do you need the inbound ports open for pop and http? Are you running a mail server and a web server?
 
Old 04-08-2007, 11:35 AM   #3
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No, unless I'm doing something wrong, I'm just trying to limit traffic only from the mail server where I get my mail. I'm interested in finding out if I have to take some kind of special precautions for http... I guess not. I went to http://www.grc.com and they said my computer was open to http traffic. Maybe that's normal. Is it?

EDIT: I've got other things I allow too, like messenger service and an irc server. But I'm trying to find out the specific server for each of those, so I can limit those things -- so that only the things I want are allowed by the firewall.

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Old 04-08-2007, 11:55 AM   #4
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You don't need those inbound ports open unless you are running a mail or web server. If you want to limit traffic to just the server that you get your mail from, you would want to set an outbound traffic policy.
 
Old 04-08-2007, 12:29 PM   #5
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Don't I want to allow packets to leave the computer freely, but prohibit packets from coming into my computer from sources other than the ones I specfify? Don't I want to allow outbound traffic, and restrict (but not in all cases) inbound traffic?

Don't the servers I put in firestarter in the 'inbound traffic' screen specify servers I want connections with? It seems to work (mostly) now, unless I'm doing something really wrong...?
 
Old 04-08-2007, 01:35 PM   #6
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You have the right idea, but I think you are confused on the whole inbound/outbound concept. I would recommend checking out the following link for more information.

Firestarter Documentation
 
  


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