Linux Firewall

Forum: water cooler
Topic: Linux Firewall
started by: AwPhuch

Posted by AwPhuch on June 07 2004,19:22
[shameless plug]< SmoothWall Express >[/shameless plug]

You dont need to know linux to install or configure/run, will work on the most crappiest of hardware (486 up), outstanding community support, incredibly secure, fast, stable, FREE!!!!


Posted by ke4nt1 on June 18 2004,05:10
For several years now, I have run both my networks behind
the Freesco package.  Runs on a 386 with as little as 8 megs.
Case/P-Supply, 2 nics,  mboard/ memory, floppy drive, and your in business.
If you have PCI nics, they configure themselves.
Usually setup to run off a FLOPPY.
Needs NO HD ever, and no monitor or keyboard except when installing.
Quiet, compact, and if trouble strikes, simply REBOOT.
Remote administration and service thru webmin-type interface.
Works with dialups, DSL, isdn, etc...easy to configure
Can use up to 3 nics for in/out/DMZ for your other servers
Can use up to 2 modems for dial-IN and dial-OUT capability
Print server, time server, web server, router, firewall,
DNS caching server, DHCP server, gateway, MP3 server,

I run my system off a p100, 200mb HD, and 32 megs ram.
Screaming fast!
Leaves room for lots of stats and plugins, such as:
Logging / reporting
EDNA  - http mp3 server,
thttpd - http web server
darkstat - network traffic graphic reporting
Midnight Commander for file management
Paranoid Firewall - passes NMAP stealth scan on all ports!
Hundreds of others plugins at < >

Give it a try, then go to and port scan your new doorstop.
Or use NMAP from another location, you'll be pleased !

A wonderful project for "Atticware"


Posted by AwPhuch on June 22 2004,01:03
Freesco is fine and dandy..but a bit overwhelming for Linux newbies

SmoothWall Express is an open source firewall distribution based on the GNU/Linux operating system. Linux is the ideal choice for security systems; it is well proven, secure, highly configurable and freely††† available as open source code. SmoothWall includes a hardened subset of the GNU/Linux operating system, so there is no separate OS to install. Designed for ease of use, SmoothWall is configured via a web-based GUI, and requires absolutely no knowledge of Linux to install or use.

SmoothWall is designed to be a firewall appliance only...thus it becomes a firewall/router with immense capabilties, plus you dont have to know Linux to install it...


Posted by AwPhuch on July 28 2004,20:04
hehe....dont let threads get older than 30 days or they slip behind the curtain of default thread sorting!!!

***bump my own thread****

HOW RUDE! hehe


Posted by <--iNT13--> on Aug. 01 2004,02:01
The Smoothwall project forked... Smoothwall is still a slick little firewall with Webmin style interface, but the Open Source fork (IpCOP) is much more configurable, though neither is as quick at packet filtering as Astaro.
All are good, and show the strength of Linux in leveraging new life from old hardware.

Posted by ripcrd6 on Aug. 06 2004,15:23
I used to use Freesco and it was quite  cool for a floppy firewall, but after I lost the third power supply in my old Pentium 66 w/ 24MB Ram and I couldn't get the next version of Freesco to work for me I looked around and found IPCop.   WOW!!! I read about it's rift and fork from Smoothwall and understood their frustrations.  I read deeply about it and liked their firm foundations and goals.  It's been running my broadband connection for about a year or almost 1 1/2 yrs now.  I've used the 1.3.0 stable since it came out last April.  It's easy to patch, easy to maintain and has lots of features.   Now I run on a P-166 w/ 64MB ram and a 2GB drive and it's overkill.  I just need to pull out an old ISA 10 Mb NIC and replace it w/ a 100Mb so that I have 2 100Mb in there.  I also just put in a UPS so the firewall doesn't go down when the power flickers.

I figured out my powersupply problem.  I had the box too close to the ceiling in my basement and it was overheating.

Posted by Zucca on Feb. 15 2007,18:45
Ok. Is there just a simple way to block ips? Incoming AND outgoing connections.
Posted by humpty on Feb. 15 2007,19:39
hey dudes, any mydsl extensions for these ?
Posted by Zucca on Feb. 15 2007,22:00
Yes please. =)
Posted by jd38011 on Feb. 27 2007,06:51
[LegitimateBump]Smoothwall or iptables.dsl and rc.firewall.dsl ?[/LegitimateBump] :laugh:
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