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After reading allot of threads here.. I have realized that:
Iptables and FIREWALLS are alternatives to each other... am I right?
If yes, then please let me know some basic rules to be set on FireStater, which i have installed recently.. At this moment I have all things enabled.. iptables, which i have never edited any thing.. Fedora default firewall enabled with beginners setup.. and firestater blank..
Now could anyone tell me please please what's the best option for me..
What should I keep on my pc in order to be safe?
Fedora Default firewall?
please give me some suggestion for your choice with the safest conifguration..
I am Connected to LAN SERVER and My Old PC using xp is connected to me and i am sharing my connection through firestater, with two LAN cards on my Linux box.
It would be convenient for me to stay with firestater.. any generous help is always appreciated ..
no, you've misread. ALL "firewalls" are actually configurations of the Linux NetFilter subsystem. *EVERYTHING* comes back to that. iptables is a command line tool to manipulate this subsystem and Firestarter is a tool to simplify and automate the iptables commands that are run. so iptables is 1 level up, firestarter and the fedora firewall tool are 2 levels up.
if you run "iptables -L" you'll see the contents of the netfilter tables. if you are running two systems you'll probably see their own relevant tables in there, happily contradicting each other.
Last edited by acid_kewpie; 12-03-2008 at 12:21 PM.
Linux's packet filtering is done by Netfilter. The command-line tool we use to configure Netfilter is iptables. There are GUI front-ends to iptables, such as Firestarter, Guarddog, etc. EDIT: Sorry, just realized acid_kewpie had already explained it.