F21 System Wide Change: Workstation: Disable firewall

Christian Schaller cschalle at redhat.com
Tue Apr 15 14:28:06 UTC 2014

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Reindl Harald" <h.reindl at thelounge.net>
> To: devel at lists.fedoraproject.org
> Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:40:20 AM
> Subject: Re: F21 System Wide Change: Workstation: Disable firewall
> Am 15.04.2014 11:32, schrieb drago01:
> > On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM, Reindl Harald <h.reindl at thelounge.net>
> > wrote:

> allow any random application to open a unprivlieged
> port which is reachable from outside is dangerous
We already allow that and have for a long while. Any application bothering to support the firewalld dbus interface can open any port 
they wish to.

There was a long thread about this on the desktop mailing list, and I was not in the 'disable the firewall' camp in that discussion,
but nobody in that thread or here have articulated how the firewall exactly enhance security in the situation where we at the 
same time need to allow each user to have any port they desire opened for traffic to make sure things like DLNA or Chromecast works.

The thread discussing this ended up with mostly being a discussion if the firewall would be a useful way to help users from accidentally 
oversharing on a public network. Which is important and something we want to work on, but a lot less so than security issues.


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