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Re: firewall for my laptop ?

On December 28, 2003 07:55 pm, Daniel Pittman wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Dec 2003, Derek Broughton wrote:
> > For instance, I completely trust everything on my SOHO network, but
> > don't trust my connection to the internet. I don't trust anything but
> > my desktop machine on the client's network, but I _do_ trust their own
> > internet firewall. So it's often important to be able to detect
> > details of the connection.
> While I agree with this, I don't think that the best location to perform
> this detection is as part of the firewall package itself.

Right, but some of the firewall builders one might find adequate for a 
fixed-location system don't very well react to having an interface (or even 
different network interfaces) that may come up with different IPs depending 
where you are.  So I think the choice of a firewall package for a laptop is 
slightly more limited than for a desktop machine.
> Firehol adds a lot of custom commands to bash, making firewall setup
> trivial, but is still a shell script under it all. So, you can use that
> to conditionally execute firewall code.
> Thanks for the feedback, though, and I will try to remember your point
> about complexity of rule setup in future.
And I will check out firehol :-)  I'm using Guarddog these days, and it's 
working fairly well, but it's the first package I've found adequate for my 

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