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Old 05-21-2013, 07:42 AM   #1
NugentS
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Question Frontend Firewall GUI


Guys,

Many years ago I successfully used FirewallBuilder at a client site and it worked beautifully. Linux was used as a front end firewall with Checkpoint at the rear and as the GUI is similar it worked beautifully.

Today, it seems the FirewallBuilder is no longer under development. I can confirm that it still seems to work on Wheezy Debian but I suspect that I shouldn't be doing so!!

Is there a replacement for FirewallBuilder that works in a similar manner and on uptodate kernels?as well as older stuff?

I should perhaps add that the particular system I have in mind now as a target for a firewall is a headless Raspberry PI that is remote to me and that I am looking for a remote IPTables management GUI that will upload the ruleset to the headless device

Regards

Sean

N.B. I am not a Linux Expert - just someone trying to muddle through and who does NOT want to learn IPTables. I did a search on this topic and the last I found was 2006

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:09 PM   #2
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Take a look at gufw. It's in the Wheezy repos.

I just switched to it after learning that Firestarter is a dead project; it seems to be very easy to use.
 
Old 05-22-2013, 04:45 AM   #3
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Isn't this run on the linux box its protecting? ie no remote GUI?

My headless box - I have no GUI. I suppose I could set up VNC or similar - but I was trying to avoid that for several reasons:
1. Lazy - also I really don't want a GUI
2. Security - its another open port as an attack vector

The second is more important than the first

Sean
 
Old 05-22-2013, 10:06 PM   #4
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Yes, gufw is a GUI app.

On my Slackware boxes, I use an rc.firewall script that I downloaded a long time ago and configured to meet my needs. Sadly, it longer seems to be available on the web.

I hunted around a bit and found this, which appears to be a script, rather than a GUI.

The Debian wiki lists several firewall frontends, some of which appear to be command line based.

Sorry I missed the bit about it being a headless machine.

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