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Re: Newbie friendly security and firewall docs (cookbook?)

Dominic Walden wrote:
Richard Owlett <rowlett@cloud85.net> writes:

I'm looking for a reference document that wouldn't scare my
friend off Debian and also give me the required information to:
    1. close the maximum number of ports.
       I see him using browser, email, ftp file downloading.
       I don't see him being a server. All incoming packets should
be to
       fulfill a previous outgoing request - [correctly phrased?].

Totally not self-promotion or anything - ;) - but to achieve what you
need I have a firewall script and some explanation on my site
(drw.ninth.su/gnu.html). It is based on what you'll find in the Securing
Debian Manual (which is well worth a read if you feel up to it).

Let me know if you have any questions.


I don't think giving a useful answer to a publicly asked question is "self promotion".

I have a minor problem with the page. It states "... updated to use the newer init system used now on Debian." Newer than what? Is this referring to a Debian release later than Lenny or is it requiring systemd? All I essentially know about init systems is that people either love or hate systemd. Will your script run on Squeeze and Wheezy?

A more heavily commented commented version might be a suitable instructional tool for newbies.

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