Building Linux and OpenBSD Firewalls

Wes Sonnenreich, Tom Yates

A step-by-step guide to bulding a commercial-grade firewall with open source software

It’s now more important than ever before to protect your data and computers from people trying to hack into your network. Without the proper security, the wrong person can gain access to your system and read critical documents, change data, delete items, and much worse. With this book, you’ll quickly learn how to protect your network from such attacks as you build a Linux or OpenBSD firewall. From determining how much security you’ll need to configuring the firewall and monitoring your system, authors Tom Yates and Wes Sonnenreich clearly guide you through all the necessary steps to improve your security.

They show you how to:

  • Build Linux and OpenBSD firewalls that meet your security needs
  • Choose the appropriate hardware for each operating system and put the machine together
  • Configure a firewall that allows network services such as email, newsgroups, and Internet and intranet access
  • Monitor and update your system to close any holes in security
  • Detect intruders and restore your network security

The companion Web site at features:

  • Updates for the most recent releases of OpenBSD and Red Hat
  • Useful scripts and tools
  • Sample firewall configurations
  • Additional online resources

WES SONNENREICH is CTO of //pharmatrak, an Internet marketing data service for the pharmaceutical industry. Wes is also President of the Sonnenreich Corporation, Inc., an Internet solutions consulting company. Clients include Infoseek and the Boston Medical Center. He is the author of several books, including Web Guide to Search Engines (Wiley) with Tim Macinta.

TOM YATES, ten years a Unix hacker, believes passionately in comprehensible computing through open source-based technology. He is CTO of Gatekeeper Technology Ltd, specialists in open source network and security solutions in Cambridge, UK.

Table of Contents

  • The ABCs of Network Security.
  • Fundamental Internet Security Issues.
  • How Secure Should Your Network Be?
  • Choosing an OS: Linux versus OpenBSD.
  • Getting the Right Hardware.
  • Installing Linux.
  • Configuring the Firewall under Linux.
  • Installing OpenBSD.
  • Configuring the Firewall under OpenBSD.
  • Tuning Your Firewall.
  • Intrusion Detection and Response.
  • Loose Notes.
  • Index.

Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Wiley Computer Books

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List Price: $44.99
384 Pages
Published: 2/2/2000
Medium: Paper
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