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Re: Re[2]: Firewall in an internet-caffe

I'd like to second the suggestion of using NAT for the windows clients, and
the shell accounts etc.

So my preference would be to use the 32 IP's addresses for the DMZ, I'd run
a squid proxy, and have browsers use it, which will conserve your bandwidth,
and offer faster access when pages are revisited.  How cleanly you can
seperate the functions  depends on what hardware you have available, there's
a trade off between rack space, hardware cost, and security.  So you might
like to take a look at something like Smoothwall, which can do firewalling
on older legacy hardware and has good support for things like IPSEC, routing
and packet filtering (plus IIRC incoming dial up), see www.smoothwall.org.
Then you can use your better server for web proxy, SMTP and POP/IMAP

For shell access I'd suggest rather than allowing telnet, to use OpenSSH and
distribute the client putty to windows users.  You may need to make some
kind of 'virtual server' type environment, depending on what you're offering
to your customers.

It's not really clear to me what you are protecting, it seems just an email
and DNS server with proxy cache, no web server, or exported services, so the
firewall and NAT solves most of the problems protecting the Windows boxes.
So I suspect you can afford to be relatively relaxed, rather than go for top
security levels.  Assuming you use one box for firewall, one as server for
DNS/SMTP/WWW proxy (which could be run with 2 NICs with routing turned off),
then you are only left with the problem of the shell accounts.  This should
really be on a seperate machine, a play pen box, which is not trusted,
depending on what you're offering it might be best to segregate that one
completely by splitting the DMZ.  In that case for the main firewall/router
you'll appreciate a 4 port NIC, Dlink make a good one that is good value and
is supported with Linux.


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