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I am brand spanking new to Linux and was basically thrown into this due to a firewall going down and not being put up by the person working on it in a timely manner. I am working as a volunteer net admin for a local school, and recently put up an IPCop firewall/Gateway for their network. In doing this, the person who maintains the web page can no longer do this through the firewall. He is very inexperienced, and only knows how to use Frontpage. There are many other issues that take this much deeper, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with IPCop and configuring it so that it would work with an active FTP program such as Frontpage.
I know moving to a new html editor would probably be best, but I'm trying to do this with no current budget, a 4 week or so backlog of web updates that need to be made, and a person who is very inexperienced in Linux (me) and a person who barely knows how to use frontpage.
Any advice in this direction would be appreciated.
Well where IS this guy? coming in from the internet, and ipcop is internet facing? you should be able to just open up port 21 inbound and forward it on to whatever machine you need to provide access to. I'd certianly try to take steps to make this more secure of course... only allow a single ip address to get it - let's hope he has a staticish ip address from wherever he's coming from, but other than that there isn't a huge amount more you can do for the firewall. make sure whatever is listening on the web server itself... IIS? will only accept a single username log in, and again only from one IP.
Let me clarify some on this. The website is hosted offsite at another location. (We do not have an internet connection which we can host an internal webserver at this time) The person who does the website editing does it from behind the firewall (ie from inside the school) through Frontpage. The web server is hosted by the former net admin of the school (who was also a volunteer) and I am unsure of all of the logistics of the host server. I do know that with the previous firewall (based on mandrake) Frontpage worked fine. With the switch to IPCop, it will not work at all.
In short, the problem is going out of the firewall, not coming in.