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Open Source FW recommendation

Posted on 2004-10-14
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Hi,

I am looking for an open source FW with IDS support built in. Will be installed on a Solaris 9 machine. Would be nice to have the options to add other modules (load balancing for example)- but not a must. The main criterion is that it should be recommended by actual users for-
1. Performance and reliability.
2. Ease if use.


Thank you
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Tim Holman earned 270 total points
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iptables and snort.
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Are there any features that iptables does not have, which would be helpful for protecting a popular web server?
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Not really.  I would also take a look at Smoothwall:

http://www.smoothwall.org/

It's more like an iptables 'GUI'.

To protect a web server, you need a firewall that blocks everything bar port 80, and statefully inspects the port 80 session.  ALL firewalls do this.

To extend your depth of protection, you'll need to add patch management, anti-virus and host IPS to ensure your web server remains protected.

For free, your enterprise options are limited.  You usually need to pay for stuff like load balancing.
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Problem solved. Thanks.
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