RE: Home Security.

From: Faulconer, Steven M. (
Date: 05/01/02

From: "Faulconer, Steven M." <>
To: "''" <>
Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 11:45:42 -0700 

You might want to look at something like OpenBSD for your Firewall. Its
pretty secure, and pretty simple to use. Also, any Unix-based OS will handle
routing out of the box. I think Windows offers something, but I'm not very
familiary with Windows.

For the Virus software, I've got Norton installed on Windows 2000 server at
my house, and it works fine. Perhaps its an incompatibility problem?

For futher security, it depends. You could increase the host-based security
of your systems with things like tcp_wrappers, you can also used secure
communication software to talk between your hosts, like ssh, scp, sftp. This
ties into your remote access. Exceed 7.1 I believe supports SSH for access,
so it could be acceptable, but there are some free software packages for
windows to do the same.

Hope that helps some.


-----Original Message-----
From: Pearson, Andrew []
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 11:08 AM
To: ''
Subject: Home Security.

Hi everyone,

I've been reading this mailing-list for a while now, and it seems that you
guys are probably the best group to ask in regards to security, so I thought
that i'd fire a few at you...
O.k., basically I'm trying to set up a good, secure home network which is
connected to the Internet via an ADSL line. At the moment i've got a machine
that will be my firewall, a machine that will act as my DHCP / DNS /
VPN...... server and finally another machine that can be only used as a
client with Linux on it..


INTERNET ----------------ADSL Modem------Firewall
Linux Client.
My questions are these:
1) What is the best operating system / firewall software combination to use
on the firewall machine? (I think i'd prefer to use a MS product though)
2) My ADSL line which connects to the firewall uses USB, so is it still a
router? since it doesn't have 2 NIC's.....
3) Obviously, my firewall machine will have to act as a router, so what is
the best software to use to achieve this?
3) I've got Win 2000 Server as my server machine, but I can't seem to
Install any Anti-Viral software or Firewall software... Is this just my
machine, or is it a problem with Win 2000?
4) If I want to make my network secure, is there any other products I should
invest in, besides Anti-Virus and Firewall software?
5) Lastly, what would I need (besides telnet) to use to access my Linux box
from the server securely? (If the server is an MS-OS) would Exceed do it?

Well, That's enough questions!

Thanks for your help in Advance...