RE: Home Security.

From: Eric Schneider (
Date: 05/03/02

Date: Fri, 3 May 2002 13:05:17 -0400
From: "Eric Schneider" <>
To: <>

Pretty good how to guide for setting up a linux firewall:


-----Original Message-----
From: Pearson, Andrew []
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2002 5:34 AM
To: ''
Subject: RE: Home Security.

Thanks guys for your very helpful comments back!

Well, I've decided to go with what you guys have said, and i'm going to
use my Linux box as my firewall / router instead of my MS products...
It's kind of diving in at the deep-end for me regarding linux though!
but what the heck, gotta learn sometime...

Where whould be a good place to go to get some good documents on these
subjects though? i.e. connecting linux & MS, setting linux as a
firewall, setting it up as a router....

in regards to getting an IDS, I take it that most people are suggesting
that snort is the best one to have, yes? why is it prefered over others?

well, once again, thanks for your help!



-----Original Message-----
From: Pearson, Andrew
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2002 04:08
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
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...