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I have set up a LINUX box as a firewall with IP-masquerading. I think I got it all set up correctly after a multitude of trials, but I still have a question. I have a PPP connection to the ISP and an ethernet internal network.

The masquerading HOWTO lists specific commands for setting up the masquerading:

ipfwadm -F -p deny
ipfwadm -F -a m -S XXX.XXX.XXX.0/24 -D 0.0.0.0/0

with an optional -V YYY.YYY.YYY.YYY or -W ifname as options.

When I test it without the options, everything works fine and I can access the internet and newsgroups from any PC on the internal net.

When I specify the -V option with the internal IP address of the LINUX box, I cannot get out. The same applies, when I use the -W option with eth0 as the ifname. If I specify -W ppp0, then everything is fine again.

Is there a security hole, or is this OK?

Again, the ppp0 is the external connection of the firewall, the eth0 is the internal connection.

Michael Bode
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This looks to be ok by me - I don't feel there is a security hole here. I would also set up tcpd and the /etc/hosts.allow and the /etc/hosts.deny files ( do a man on tcpd) to deny access to services as well,

Regards,

Jason
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