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Old 07-28-2005, 07:41 AM   #1
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Fedora Firewall?


Hello,

I am currently using Suse 9.2, which has the built in Suse Firewall, I am thinking of installing Fedora too, does that have a built in firewall too, also, is it as easy to setup?

If not, what are peoples experience with running firestarter or kmyfirewall on fedora?

Im really looking for something that works well but is as easy to setup and use as zonealarm for windows.

Thanks
 
Old 07-28-2005, 02:38 PM   #2
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Fedora does have a firewall built into it, it is called "IPTables", and can, as far as I am aware, only be modified from the command line.

Although it is not particularly user-friendly, and takes a bit of getting used to, it is very powerful.

If your looking for something that is more like ZoneAlarm, I would suggest removing 'iptables' from the init.d and using Firestarter (because it uses a GUI it is much easier to use).

There are many advantages and drawbacks of this, I would recommend reading this. It outlines some of these issues.

Cheers,
 
Old 07-28-2005, 02:38 PM   #3
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if it runs linux, it has a firewall. it's virtually impossible to NOT have a firewall in it... i guess you're more concerned about a user-friendly GUI to controll it with? yep... it's in their control panel thing.

as above please note that firestarter and kmyfirewall (my??? erughhhh) are NOT firewalls. they are simply GUI wrappers to configure the netfilter rules that already exist in your system.
 
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Originally posted by rizhun
Fedora does have a firewall built into it, it is called "IPTables", and can, as far as I am aware, only be modified from the command line.

Although it is not particularly user-friendly, and takes a bit of getting used to, it is very powerful.

If your looking for something that is more like ZoneAlarm, I would suggest removing 'iptables' from the init.d and using Firestarter.

There are many advantages and drawbacks of this, I would recommend reading this. It outlines some of these issues.

Cheers,
Erm.. can i step in and say that that is really not right... iptables is what the UI of your choice will actually use. that IS the firewall command. do NOT uninstall it.

Last edited by acid_kewpie; 07-28-2005 at 02:43 PM.
 
Old 07-28-2005, 08:25 PM   #5
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> as above please note that firestarter and kmyfirewall (my??? erughhhh) are NOT firewalls. they
> are simply GUI wrappers to configure the netfilter rules that already exist in your system.
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> Erm.. can i step in and say that that is really not right... iptables is what the UI of your choice
> will actually use. that IS the firewall command. do NOT uninstall it.

Just to make it crystal clear, as I understand it, the GUI firewall tools are just front-ends for iptables, which itself is written to call the netfilter API which is built into the kernel. More here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iptables
 
  


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