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Old 01-18-2002, 05:24 PM   #1
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Firewall: hardware or software

Hi there,

I'm looking into installing Mandrake on my computer, which is currently running win2000 (would be a dual boot system). For win2000 I am thinking about buying a Netgear router/firewall. Does Mandrake/linux offer a low overhead secure software firewall, which would make a hardware firewall redundant and not very usefull? If I can stay away from hardware, I can save $140 (cdn).

Old 01-19-2002, 07:10 PM   #2
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On mandrakes website there is a link to Bastille. 1.5M file D/L and install. Xcellent firewall. have had it scanned and it works great!!!!!!
Old 01-19-2002, 09:39 PM   #3
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Re: Yes

Originally posted by LinuzRulz
On mandrakes website there is a link to Bastille. 1.5M file D/L and install. Xcellent firewall. have had it scanned and it works great!!!!!!
Is Bastille a whole new firewall implementation, or does it need iptables (or ipchains for older kernels) to be compiled into the kernel, which makes Bastille simply a front-end to iptables (granted a convenient one at that if you don't know enough about tcp/ip to be able to construct your own firewall rulesets).
Old 01-19-2002, 11:49 PM   #4
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bastille is a front end and it can either use ipchains or iptables.
it is fairly intelligent and can configure nat , logging and there are also modules to secure the local environment like who is allowed to log in , run cron , sendmail etc.
It's extremely useful if you want a fast and easy firewall config.
you can add additional rules later.
did i mention it was easy to use and setup?

regards penseur2
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what about your w2k setup? if you still need to use it on the internet, you should firewall it too. if you have a dedicated computer for the firewall that can run linux, then you're all set. if not, i would recomend a h/w firewall (router). in windows, i find, a s/w firewall is SERIOUSLY slow... on my cable connection in windows, a s/w firewall slows me to about 10% of what i get without it. i have noticed no measurable throughput slowdown now that i use a dedicated linux box as firewall and router. a Linksys router (or whatever) would probably be just as efficient.
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thanks for the info guys.



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