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Firewall for Linux.

Postby iironjade on Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:31 pm

I've been using Mint for a few months without a firewall and haven't had any problems as yet. Is it actually necessary to use a firewall at all or have I just been lucky? I don't trust the GRC Shields Up scan data because the results for my Windows Vista laptop and my Linux Laptop seem to be identical. The former has security coming out of its ears and the latter none at all.
I've also read that Linux has a firewall built in but I don't know how true that is. :?
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Re: Firewall for Linux.

Postby 900i on Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:21 am

Iptables is the name of the Linux firewall, it's built into the kernel. If you want to tweak it use Firestarter of Guardog which are Guis that enable you to add your own rules. Alternatively find a howto that explains manipulating iptables directly.
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Re: Firewall for Linux.

Postby iironjade on Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:09 am

Thanks. I think I'll leave well enough alone. :)
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Re: Firewall for Linux.

Postby exploder on Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:26 am

Here is some information that applies to LinuxMint.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=694198
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Re: Firewall for Linux.

Postby iironjade on Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:45 am

Very informative. Even more reasons to use Linux. :)
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