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Date: Sun Jun 16 2002 - 22:14:02 CDT
I have done it very successfully. With my setup I am
using SuSE Firewall2 and Squid Proxy server. I currently
have it setup as a caching proxy and am planning to end
the caching and start using it as a plain pass through proxy.
I did not have to worry about NAT. DHCP is supposed to
be very easy to setup now (since the breakup of ATT and
home). I previously had to setup the machine name to be
passed to their DHCP server. But this supposedly is not
The Firewall2 sample files should get you through its
setup very well. You do not need a heck of a lot setup
in there as I remember (other than most of the default
settings which shut most everything down). I am running
some services for external consumption so my settings are
different from what you are looking for.
Give it a try. I think you will find that it is a very
good, pleasant learning experience. I was able to do
most everything from the documents and did not have to
fall back to the list for help. But, you can always post
to the list. A better list than the security list would
be the plain SuSE English list. It has a great bunch of
guys on it. I am off that list now since I do not have
time to go through the vlume of mail it generates.
> Hello everyone, as usual there are newbie's and alas I am one of those so please
> be patient while I learn.
> I am interested in stetting up a fire wall for my house network. There are 6
> machines in total all running from a Linksys cable modem router that attaches to
> atthome cable modem. Below is a diagram and I assume that the firewall would
> go where the Linksys router is (since it forgets its config and requires a reset
> and re-config once every 2 weeks)
> box1 box2 box3 box4 box5
> \ \ | / /
> \ \ | [HUB]
> \ \ | |
> | linksys router |
> [cable modem]
> So I am wondering can and should I use SuSE 7.3 with a minimal install and very
> few services running including firewall2 (?), NAT, and DHCP. I do not need to > access the machine remotely but I would like to packet filter except for basic
> web use including SSL and ftp and tftp. Games are not much of a concern. I
> have read a great deal about how a firewall should work "in theory" but I lack
> the practice of building one. I understand the basics of the rule sets but I do
> not want to leave something open of undone.
> Basically if anyone has done this for home use I would love to know how it works
> for you and if I should even peruse it at all or if I should use a different OS
> like OpenBSD or such.
> I hope that this post is warranted upon this newsgroup if it is not please let
> me know.
> Sincerely, Ash
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