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Old 01-05-2005, 01:28 AM   #1
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newbie security question..

Trying to put the question in the proper place on the forum, apologies if I am in the wrong place here. I inadvertenly put most of this question in a reply to replies of another question I posted. Did not mean to double post!!!!

System is Mandrake 10.0
Single user box

I had asked a few questions a couple of days ago on the forum and dang, the responses are very quick! Also you all treat newbies nicely, so hoping that I have not used up my quota of nice I had another question.

The question is with the firewall that ships with Mandrake which is shorewall. The reason I am a little stuck on the firewall is in Windows I had ZoneALarm which gave adequate protection, well that and being behind a router helped too! The Linux box will also be behind a router. WIth shorewall on a single user machine, plus being behind a router is that sufficient? Also does it (shorewall) have a GUI or table or layout to see what ports are blocked, what programs were blocked, or not blocked. If so, where would I find that? Sorry to be a pain but the reference manual from mandrake is not really full of security information. Last question is what is one of the better Anti Virus programs out there for Linux, I was thinking of using Fprot AV as it is free and they provide free updates but I am open to suggestions. ( Yes, Linux is hard to infect, but as I don't know much [yet] about this O/S I am being a bit paranoid)

Thanks again,

Old 01-05-2005, 03:14 AM   #2
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k, i'm not as paranoid about my security, but just to put your mind at ease about virii infecting your linux box...

"There are about 60,000 viruses known for Windows, 40 or so for the Macintosh, about 5 for commercial Unix versions, and perhaps 40 for Linux. Most of the Windows viruses are not important, but many hundreds have caused widespread damage. Two or three of the Macintosh viruses were widespread enough to be of importance. None of the Unix or Linux viruses became widespread - most were confined to the laboratory." - Dr. Nic Peeling and Dr Julian Satchell if you want to read the full article.
Old 01-05-2005, 03:14 AM   #3
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hi there

all the settings for shorewall are in the /etc/shorewall directory
pretty easy config with the examples in these files
and shorewall is enough for ur linux machine

also if u want a gui for shorewall then visit and install webmin and then u can get gui for many appllictions apart from shorewall


Last edited by masand; 01-05-2005 at 03:16 AM.
Old 01-05-2005, 03:55 AM   #4
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My reccomendation would be to download and install GuardDog. It is a very easy to use GUI frontend for iptables, and far surpasses shorewall in capabilities.


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