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Old 02-23-2009, 07:47 AM   #1
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: northern michigan usa
Distribution: Debian Squeeze, Whezzy, Jessie
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bastille error os not supported debian 5.0

Well the serenity in my world didn't last long, what 2 days?

Still building a new firewall and of course I have run into another problem, two actually. I installed arno's firewall scripts to help me with iptables and all seams to be working fine but there are some of the more advanced options that I would like to give further concideration to. Like using a list of mac address at the firewall level to restrict/grant access to diffrent parts of my network as it is developed. The problem is that the info that came with arno's dosen't say much about this and I wanted to look over his faq page to see what other info I could get. The problem is that his site seams to be down. Not a big issue, I am not expecting to take this system live for some time yet. I have a lot of work yet to do to it. So I moved on to the next step, more hardening, and installed bastille.

That created a bigger problem for me. Bastille has the interactive mode that you run to configure the system but when I run it it complains about my os Debian 5.0 not being supported. It seams that it does not like it even though it was installed from the Lenny repos. I have yet to find any workaround for this. I have tried passing Debian4.0 to bastille on the command line but it does not like that either. I installed from the debian repositories and unless I enable the experimental sources I have the most up todate version installed. Google has not even hinted at a fix or workaround, and I only found one post where someone else has run into this, but no answer. Any ideas?

On another note I see that bastille wants to setup a firewall too. If I allow it to is it going to break the one setup by the Arno-scripts?

I have also not been able to get bastille to run in normal mode, but I may not be entering the commands right.


With fresh eyes this morning it occurs to me that I could change the /etc/debian_version file to contain 4.0 instead of 5.0 and that may allow bastille to run. Question; would that be a wise choice?

Oh, and Arno's site is back up this morning.

In checking further into bastille I discovered a bug listed for this problem, but no solution yet.

Any ideas?

Thank you all so kindly
Old 02-23-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
Registered: Mar 2004
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I could change the /etc/debian_version file to contain 4.0 instead of 5.0
I went ahead and did it and everything seams to be fine. The box did a successfull reboot. I guess only time will tell if there are other unintented consequences.


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