I personaly avoid using GUI's simply because they never help me learn anything!
Iptables can get quite messy, I've created a set of rules for our company's firewall which is 4 pages long. It certainly took a while, but I tell you I have a much better understanding of IP Tables now!
We will also be covering IP Tables in great detail, once the new TCP section is complete.
i was wondering if you could provide me on where to start out in learning iptables. you see i was assigned by my company to set up a firewall and i would like to take advantage of the ip tables and how they are implemneted over the network. what distro is best for making a firewall and setting up ip tables. your help would be highly appreciated.
Hey jhun! I am not an iptables guru in any case, but I think I can answer your question about where to start looking
In the official site,
, aside from official HOWTOs there are also many 3rd party tutorials. IMHO the most complete is the
of Oskar Andreasson. Still, it's the only one I've read (in the most part ) along with the official HOWTOs so I may be wrong.
In any case, I find the syntax of openbsd's PF more easy to remember and I think it will help you get in the spirit faster. So you may want to check out the PF manual too at the official site,
Concerning the distro choise, it really doesn't matter, but you will propably not want an over-bloated distribituon for a firewall, so slackware is your way!
PS. Even if you did, slackware would be your way again!
thanks for the info and the links. i would check them out and woulr try to play with them :wink:
by the way, ive downloaded both ipcop and smoothwall. they provide a web gui interface for administering the firewall but basically i find them with the same concept and feel. my question is are these enough to hold a corporate type of network? what i mean is that are these good enough for a network firewall or is setting up a box with serious ip table config the best way to go. many thanks again.