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Re: Default firewall in etch

On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 09:40:42AM -0500, celejar wrote:
> On 1/31/07, Marc D Ronell <mronell@alumni.upenn.edu> wrote:
> >
> >Hi,
> >
> >What is Etch using as its default firewall?  How do I change that
> >firewall's settings?
> As others have pointed out, no firewall is configured by default.
> Iptables is the kernel code that provides packet filtering but isn't
> in and of itself a firewall; all firewall packages in linux, AFAIK,
> are programs / scripts that create iptable rule sets for you. As you

AIUI, iptables *is* the firewall. Shorewall provides scripts which create
rules. Not sure what Guarddog/Smoothwall etc do but I'm guessing they do
much the same thing.

So a firewall is a "set of rules + iptables"? When is a firewall not a
firewall? :-) Or are we "splitting hairs"?

Don't forget to check that your /etc/apt/sources.lst entries point to 
etch and not testing, otherwise you may end up with a broken system once
etch goes stable.

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