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Old 07-10-2001, 04:16 PM   #1
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Stripped Firewall


I am in the process of building a firewall. I do not need access to this machine...and it will do nothing but be a firewall/Router runnign IP Masq. It will log to a remote machine. Do you guys think it is a good idea to go through and remove all the stuff like compilers (gcc, etc) and the shells /sbin/sh, bsh, ksh, csh. It seems to me that if I did this, breaking into the box would do nothing....because it would have no way to do anything other than route packets.... I want to harden this thing as muchg as possible..I mean NO access to the actual system....I want it to be nothing but a means to send my cable modem to the other machines. I'm tlakin kill everything thats not ABSOLUTELY neccesary for it to route packets. what would I have to leave? exactly what programs do I need?



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Old 07-10-2001, 09:35 PM   #2
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I agree such a box should be stripped of unnecessary accounts, services, binaries, dev tools etc etc. But have u looked at LRP the Linux Router Project? They provide sources to build & configure one. Could be a good starting point/blueprint on how to handle this me thinks.

I was playing way time ago with GNATBox which ran off a floppy, now Im wondering if theres a distro thatll run a router/fw off a cdr. If logging goes to a remote u wouldnt need an HD, but maybe thats another way for me to say Im braindead by now :-]
 
  


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