Re: [SLUG] weird web site viewer

From: steve szmidt (
Date: Sun Apr 23 2006 - 15:08:08 EDT

On Sunday 23 April 2006 14:46, Eben King wrote:

> > While we're at it, why don't we set up a dedicated firewall
> Heh. I had a spare 486 that I slapped a couple ISA NICs in and called it a
> router. Ran 2.2 w/ iptables very well. It logged by sending messages to
> syslogd over the LAN. Quite handy having your firewall logs on your own
> machine.

: ) Here I was thinking you were not going to do anything in depth. Well done!
Though it would be a good idea if you also updated to the latest kernel. Big
difference on 2.2 and 2.6. Several big security updates besides performance.

Though I only use OpenBSD on dedicated firewalls. More flexible and more
secure. You get a minimalistic setup that fits on 500MB and 48MB RAM. In over
8 years they have only had one remote hole on a default install. Takes 10
minutes to install. Well documented.

> > a deny by default policy, ...
> Didn't have that...

It's a lot easier to open a few ports than closing almost all...

If you are creating filters by hand and get confused with IN and OUT it's
really easy. Think of a box with a hole on each side. IN means into the box,
OUT means out of the box. It does not matter which NIC.


Steve Szmidt

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