Re: Firewall? Antivirus?

From: Mujin (
Date: 04/30/04

Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 17:58:22 -0500

On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 17:27:02 GMT, Juha Laiho <>

>Mujin <> said:
>>I'm in the process of setting up an old laptop with a linux
>>distribution, but since I plan on using it as a mobile computer
>>(obviously) I want to ensure a reasonable level of security. There
>>seems to be plenty of software available for servers, but I'm having a
>>little trouble coming up with antivirus and firewall software for
>>personal computers. Any suggestions?
>Antivirus: the server antivirus suites tend to be for scanning files for
>viruses targeting Microsoft OSes; there doesn't seem to be that much
>viral code for Linux in the wild.
>As for firewall for a mobile device, implementing one should mostly be
>easier than implementing one for a server: for a mobile device I wouldn't
>expect a need for accepting traffic initiated from outside the machine,
>so the only packets that need to get in are packets in response for
>something sent by the laptop. As long as the Linux distribution is recent
>enough to have iptables-based firewalling functionality (instead of
>ipchains), implementing this kind of firewall is extremely easy just
>with the iptables base tools (so no need for any separate firewall-
>builder software).

I see. The manual I picked up didn't say anything about this, so I
guess it's time to go to the library.

"What harm would it do, if a man told a good strong lie for the
sake of the good and for the Christian church...a lie out of
necessity,  a useful lie, a helpful lie, such lies would not be
against God,  he would accept them." 
--Martin Luther  [1483 - 1546]

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