I feel a little bit confused on which direction I should be going, hence
I need some advice, pointers and clarification on establishing a
firewall. I am setting up a LAN of 10 PC's. The LAN will have access to
the internet via cable modem. This is what I thought of doing.
A) Setting up a 486/Pentium MMX as the firewall / router.
B) Use either of the following
1) Phoenix adaptive firewall ( I could only found it for SuSE 6.3 which
probably will not work with SuSE 7.0)
2) Sinus firewall
3) T.REx Open Source proxy firewall
1) What could be my concerns regarding security, if I am running a stock
SuSE pre compiled Kernel. What specific things I should be looking to
enable / disable ? As far as I understand, if using a pre compiled stock
SuSE kernel ,my option of using SINUS firewall is out of the choices.
Hence I thought of using T.Rex if using stock kernel.
2) I thought of recompiling the kernel with the SuSE default config
options, so I can get Sinus back into choices for proxy firewalls ( yet
by doing this most probably Suse Installation support will not be very
helping since I am not using the SUSE pre compiled kernel. Result
questionable SuSE support availability)
3) Recompiling the after patching it with openwall security patch ( The
question is SuSE kernel is pre 2.2.17 so which patch I use; 2.2.16 or
2.2.17) and then make the choice for the proxy firewall.
Could some one please kindly help me with a road to choose and if
possible pros and cons of the my choices and/or proxy firewalls I have
found (any other suggestion is more than welcomed)
Thanks in advance
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