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Desktop firewall

Hi all,

I'm using the Sid desktop and would like to suggest the inclusion of a
firewall in Desktop task on tasksel.
A firewall does not guarantee security but it is in most environments
the first line of defense against network based attacks.

Which firewall can we use?
I suggest Firestarter[1].
Firestarter is an Open Source visual firewall program. The software
aims to combine ease of use with powerful features, therefore serving
both Linux desktop users and system administrators.
I use this for 4 years and think very easy for novice users.

Firestarter features:

   * Package stable on Debian[2]
   * Open Source software, available free of charge
   * User friendly, easy to use, graphical interface
   * A wizard walks you through setting up your firewall on your first time
   * Suitable for use on desktops, servers and gateways
   * Real-time firewall event monitor shows intrusion attempts as they happen
   * Enables Internet connection sharing, optionally with DHCP
service for the clients
   * Allows you to define both inbound and outbound access policy
   * Open or stealth ports, shaping your firewalling with just a few
mouse clicks
   * Enable port forwarding for your local network in just seconds
   * Option to whitelist or blacklist traffic
   * Real time firewall events view
   * View active network connections, including any traffic routed
through the firewall
   * Advanced Linux kernel tuning features provide protection from
flooding, broadcasting and spoofing
   * Support for tuning ICMP parameters to stop Denial of Service (DoS) attacks
   * Support for tuning ToS parameters to improve services for
connected client computers
   * Ability to hook up user defined scripts or rulesets before or
after firewall activation
   * Supports Linux Kernels 2.4 and 2.6
   * Translations available for many languages (38 languages)


[1] http://www.fs-security.com/
[2] http://packages.debian.org/stable/admin/firestarter

Andre Luiz Rodrigues Ferreira (si0ux) <andrelrf@gmail.com>
Orlandia - SP - Brazil

"Unix is user friendly... It's just selective about who its friends are."

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