[Centos] OT: firewalls

William Warren hescominsoon at emmanuelcomputerconsulting.com
Tue Sep 7 17:05:22 UTC 2004

I use Astaro version 4/5.  I am reverted back to V4 as V5 is 
still a beta release as far as i am concerned.  V5 is a RAM 
pig..you can get your licenses reverted back to v4(if you did not 
archive your license file) and that is what i would do..:)  I 
have also deployed smoothwall at a client's location and it is 
very quick..of course it is only a firewall/proxy and does not do 
a/v or spam protection.  The community around smoothie is quite 
active and there are tons of add-ons for it.


donavan nelson wrote:

> What is everyone using for a firewall?
> I'm currently using www.astaro.com but their recent releases have soured 
> me on ASL as a practical solution on my hardware (1.2MHz Athlon, 30G, 
> and 256M).  I only have 4 computers going through the firewall wall but 
> it's consistently at 50% cpu load.  There is very little network traffic 
> (<10k bits per second on the wan connection, < 40k bits per second 
> between other internal lans (I have 4 internal lans and a wan))
> Basically I'm using it for:
> packet filtering,
> masq,
> port forwarding,
> IDS,
> dns proxy (only if my internal DNS servers have failed)
> smtp proxy
> smtp virus protection
> smtp spam protection
> http proxy (caching)
> http virus protection
> http url monitoring (via Cobain)
> the firewall also monitors a bunch of statistics, etc.
> I'm looking for something that is installed, configured and runs.  I 
> don't want to be tweaking this parameter of postfix, that parameter of 
> the smtp virus protection, etc.  I want something that just works that I 
> don't need to play with except for new rules, etc.
> I'll pay a reasonable price for a package that I can test to verify 
> suitable performance (I'm not a commercial operation, this is just for 
> my toys).
> At the moment, I'm looking at Gibraltar.  But the community seems 
> small.  I haven't downloaded it yet but I'm considering it an option for 
> this round of firewall evaluation.  Any other suggestions for inclusion?
> BTW, anything like smoothwall that allows wide open outbound connections 
> and doesn't support a box with 5 network cards off the CD is not a 
> viable candidate.
> Thanks much all,
> .dn
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Isa 54:17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; 
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou 
shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, 
and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

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