On Mon, 26 Jun 2000, Smelly Pooh wrote:
> To get a rise out of you paul
fyi i'm still sitting.
[snip discussion of static vs statefull firewalling]
> The 2 free firewall packages I know of that keep state are ipfw (for
> FreeBSD) and ipfilter (which is surprisingly portable for a packet
> filter, runs on *BSD, solaris, irix, hpux and even Linux, although
> from what I hear the Linux version only works with older kernels).
> Commercial packages like Firewall-1 also keep state.
the one thing you left out:
stateful firewalling by it's very nature needs a lot more resources
compared to static rule fw, esp wrt to memory. so the linux view is
probably: 'doesn't belong in kernel -> belongs in user space' ie a
alternatively: run a linux firewall with ipchains + application proxies
such as squid, caching nameserver, etc.. with the applications configured
with proper ACL's. (yes they'll still show up in SYN/FIN scans, but so
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