> From: Donncha O Caoimh [mailto:donncha.ocaoimh at tradesignals.com]
> Yup, it's a lot more than just a static firewall.
> If you use the "atcp" option it listens in on a selected
> number of ports
> (widely dispersed and you can change them yourself) and if anyone
> connects to them their IP address is effectively blocked from your
> machine. You can't get to them, and they can't get to you! Of
> course, if
> a service is running on one of the ports it's ignored.
I seem to remember reading about implementing this using ipchains and a
script tailing the packet log. Prolly less hassle to just install
>> Portsentry is smart enough to handle different protocols
> (http/ftp/telnet etc..) and works very well here in work and at home.
Er, "handle" how?
> Oh yeah, don't block ident. ftp servers, Exchange and IIS send ident
> requests back to you and might not allow access if it's blocked.
Well, the only thing I have found that blocks access when I have ident set
to DENY is a certain IRC server, which I don't use much anymore. I don't
see why ANY server should need to know my local username.
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