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Re: Need Help Building Linux Based Firewall
From: phani () myrealbox com
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 09:23:13 +0530

On Wed, Nov 27, 2002 at 10:24:54AM +0800, Khuzairi Yahaya wrote:
hi,

Dear Tech Gurus,

I was given the responsibility to setup a Linux Based Firewall.  I am
looking at either Redhat, Mandrake and Suse
on intel platform and Sparc based.

I need your opinion on the following:
1.  Which OS is considered the best suited for a firewall?
If you are running the firewall on a separate box then you can try and look at se SE Linux. Even a locked down BSD is 
good (I dont hv much knowledge of BSD so i cannot comment on the same)
2.  What are the application/software required to be installed?
Again, if you are running a separate box as the firewall , then *no* app shld be installed except for the firewall. 
3.  What security conserns/issues I need to address?
That depends on your company's security policy.
4.  Should I use multiple processors?
Usually not needed for a firewall, but if you hv em then heck y not ;)
5.  Any website for reference?
google for linux firewalling . there are lots of materials out there for the design of firewalls and rule sets

hth
phani



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