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Re: First Steps.

On 7 September 2011 00:16, Jonathan Plews <jon@ts-tech.co.uk> wrote:
Quoting Heddle Weaver <weaver2world@gmail.com>:


Taking first steps in the security world.

O.K., I've been away for a few days.

You can turn any old Linux box into a firewall with a config file, but that's just because Linux is cool like that.

iptables (the binary) is pretty nasty, as long as you know it's there and can read man pages I'd leave it at that. (opinions will vary on this)

Start off with something like Shorewall and get a basic router going, most packages you install will have examples to hack at. Add more interfaces, second WAN connection, wireless cards etc...

So far, I've just got a laptop, PC and a router for access.
There's a firewall on the router, but I thought I'd try apf-firewall on the laptop and PC before I tried to build, just to get to know the basics.
I was looking at Shorewall for that, because it's one you've got to know what you're doing to configure it, apparently.
I think I need that middle step to graduate to that, however, if only for the confidence.
Regards and thanks,

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, 
by the wise as false,
and by the rulers as useful.

— Lucius Annæus Seneca.

Terrorism, the new religion.

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