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pradeepraja 03-25-2008 04:38 AM

mac address authentication
i am trying to configure suse linux 10.0 in my home as a firewall ,and i am having netgear router. i am having 2 netwok cards. and i gave 2 ipaddress for each . and my problem is i want to do mac address authentication for hosts . can i do it.


MS3FGX 03-25-2008 08:59 AM

Do you mean MAC reservations for DHCP, or actually firewalling based on MAC addresses?

salasi 03-25-2008 03:47 PM

I think he means 'can I only allow hosts with known MAC adresses', which isn't really MAC Address authentication, but can be done. (Quite easily, but a bit painfully if your list of allowed MAC addresses keeps changing.)

The trouble is he is probably using SuSE firewall 2 and that, or more exactly YAST's configuration of that, probably doesn't easily allow this (could be wrong here...I've never thought of trying anything this hard core with it).

So, if that is what you want (whitelisting of MAC Addresses), it seems to me that you have some alternatives:

i) hack the underlying scripts and hope YAST doesn't 'notice'. My guess is that YAST will notice and replace your hacked version with its 'clean' version. The extremist will then get his or her own back on YAST by using iptable-save and iptables-restore from a script that executes on boot _after_ YAST has done its business... Fun, but ugly.

ii) Ignore YAST, and go direct to the metal with Iptables. After all, YAST and the SuSE scripts are only trying to make things easier for you (and failing in this case). You could even let Yast run once, capture its iptables set-up with iptables-save, disable the SuSE firewall and hack what you've got from yast, running iptables-restore on every boot.

iii) Find some other firewall config tool that is more co-operative. Given that most of them are targetted at being 'easy config tools for iptables' whether you'll find one that is 'hard' enough to do this is unknown to me, but if you think that its worth it, don't let me put you off.

So, I think the answer is 'Yes, you can' or at least 'Yes, someone could', but whether, and maybe why, you want to is a mystery to me.

pradeepraja 04-07-2008 07:52 AM

installing in sata hd
can i install linux in sata hd .coz i tried but failed . but i can install in ide harddrive.

MS3FGX 04-07-2008 10:25 AM

You should really make new topics when you want to ask new questions.

But yes, of course you can use SATA drives under Linux.

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