Re: [fw-wiz] A fun smackdown...
From: Chuck Swiger (chuck_at_codefab.com)
To: "Paul D. Robertson" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 18:32:11 -0400
On May 19, 2005, at 5:45 PM, Paul D. Robertson wrote:
>> Paul, why *don't* people run their firewalls with a single "deny all"
> Actually, thinking about it, because it's cheaper to just not connect
> systems that don't need the risk, and you lose the risk of
> errors in the firewall, configuration errors, and it then takes
> presence to bridge the gap, reducing the rate of attack (which is
> extremely low anyway.)
Right, that's better: there's no need to use a firewall at all for a
truely standalone system, those can be set up and updated via CD,
without being networked at all.
You only need a firewall when you need to permit some kinds of network
> Now I've got one for you; Why do some people run firewalls with a
> "allow all" rule, and what can you do to make that less risky than the
> "deny all" example?
A firewall with allow-all is simply a router.
I've disabled the firewall on my Linksys BEFS81 broadband router I use
at home because the FreeBSD box set up as my DMZ host is set up as a
honeytrap. A BSD network stack seems to time out TCP connections after
about 10 minutes, if no traffic goes by, but you can get a Windows worm
stuck for days if you reply using a 0 window size.
I suspect that using greylisting, honeytraps, teergrubes, and similiar
techniques can do a lot to help slow down the spread rates of malware
and spam. That's one way of making an "allow all" rule less risky than
the "deny all" rule might be. Of course, you have to make sure your
honeytrap software is up to the task, which is not as easy as it might
Has anyone else tried setting up several honeytraps across their
address space? Have you noticed a difference in connection rates
between IP addresses at the far ends of your IP range, compared with
honeytrap IP's in the middle?
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