Which One?

Alexander Dalloz ad+lists at uni-x.org
Thu Jan 6 18:38:28 UTC 2005

Am Do, den 06.01.2005 schrieb David Cary Hart um 16:30:

> On Thu, 2005-01-06 at 10:08 -0500, Gene Poole wrote:
> > I intend to run Core 3 and I need to know what firewall is suggested.  I
> > currently use a modified TrinityOS, but I haven't seen anything about it
> > and the 2.6 kernel.
> > 
> > Is there a consensus about what firewall to use?

As Ralf said, there is no consensus.

> Actually, IMO, there is only one firewall  - IPTables. Shorewall, et al
> are really IPTables "configurators" and front ends. 

While I totally agree with your last sentence, the first one is at least
misleading. iptables is no firewall. iptables is just a frontend which
can control the way the packet filter in the 2.4 and 2.6 Linux kernels -
called netfilter - behaves.

I would say neither Shorewall et al nor Linux with iptables are
firewalls - but you are able to build one up by using these tools. Or
would you call a hammer, nails and a bunch of wood a house? ;)


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