Most major Linux distributions, SuSE ones included, feature some user interface for firewall configuration. There's nothing wrong with them but I couldn't get quite the configuration I wanted and chose to create configurations manually. The iptables man pages are really a documentation of syntactical detail of the iptables command line and don't provide guidance on composition of a firewall from a series of rules. There's a lot of scattered information about iptables that can be found using your favourite search engine but none of it quite taught me what I needed to know. In the end I figured out what I needed using a Vmware virtual machine running SuSE Linux Pro 10.0. The following is offered as documentation of simple firewall configuration using iptables. Verifying that the resultant firewall adequately secures the relevant hosts is left as an exercise for the reader.
Firewalls are used to protect your network from the outside world. Using a Linux firewall, you can do a lot more than just filtering packets. This book shows you how to implement Linux firewalls and Quality of Service using practical examples from very small to very large networks.
After giving us a background of network security, the book moves on to explain the basic technologies we will work with, namely netfilter, iproute2, NAT and l7-filter. These form the crux of building Linux firewalls and QOS. The later part of the book covers 5 real-world networks for which we design the security policies, build the firewall, setup the script, and verify our installation.
Providing only necessary theoretical background, the book takes a practical approach, presenting case studies and plenty of illustrative examples.
All ports were open to the world and practically every application had holes in it. It was like the Wild West. Eventually application security became a big deal as more serious issues were uncovered and more commerce depended upon secure platforms. Network security was next on the scene. It made sense to build a single choke point for all security needs. It was slick because it could see all the packets in transit to and from your servers, and turn off all access to anything that had a known hole in it. Those were the good times. Times have since changed.
Network routing and switching giant Cisco Systems has issued an alert for a potentially serious security flaw affecting multiple firewall products, warning that the bug could cause passwords to be changed without any user interaction.