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Old 09-09-2007, 05:55 PM   #1
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Using Linux to build a complete internet solution?


OK, so I have a system ready to go running Ubuntu. what I could do with is s system that can do the following....

1. Firewall

A secure firewall solution that I can remotely update and configure.

2. Switch

the ability to handle multiple PCs in my home without "Another" box of tricks when I have a perfectly good box that *SHOULD* do the job already

3. Content filtering

I want the ability to filter out suspect websites and content for my kids, as all three will eventually want internet access for school and leisure activities.

So the first question I have is, What Distro and packages should I be looking at? I know there are specific distros that act as firewalls such as Devil-linux and smoothwall, but I dont know enough about Linux to set up internet sharing for multiple NICs and high security firewalls and content filtering in one distro.

Do you? bear in mind my experience with Linux is limited (I can Install it)
 
Old 09-09-2007, 07:17 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by digideus View Post
OK, so I have a system ready to go running Ubuntu. what I could do with is s system that can do the following....

1. Firewall

A secure firewall solution that I can remotely update and configure.
You can ... just bear in mind that that approach (remote admin)
introduces a potential security hole. Whichever method you
choose, make sure it's VERY hard to break.


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Originally Posted by digideus View Post
2. Switch

the ability to handle multiple PCs in my home without "Another" box of tricks when I have a perfectly good box that *SHOULD* do the job already
Ummm ... not sure I follow: what I'd be doing is to
give the internet box two interfaces, one internal,
one external, and have the home switch dangling off
the internal one. W/o that (just using a router on
the same subnet) the others can always by-pass the
server ...

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Originally Posted by digideus View Post
3. Content filtering

I want the ability to filter out suspect websites and content for my kids, as all three will eventually want internet access for school and leisure activities.

So the first question I have is, What Distro and packages should I be looking at? I know there are specific distros that act as firewalls such as Devil-linux and smoothwall, but I dont know enough about Linux to set up internet sharing for multiple NICs and high security firewalls and content filtering in one distro.

Do you? bear in mind my experience with Linux is limited (I can Install it)
Use Squid & DansGuardian to do the filtering. Ubuntu will be
fine if you're comfortable with it. And w/o two NICs it won't
be possible to secure the network w/o major involvement of
locking the clients down individually as well (always a good
idea - 100% required if your proxy only uses one NIC).



Cheers,
Tink

Last edited by Tinkster; 09-09-2007 at 07:21 PM.
 
  


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