[lug] Firewall != Linux, Was -> Broadband
wallen at boulder.nist.gov
Tue Aug 1 16:31:51 MDT 2000
On Tue, 1 Aug 2000, Chris M wrote:
> > And why was that so? Because of a glitch/bug in the Linux code?
> A security hole. wu-ftpd, sendmail, etc. A modem connected to the computer
> in one case. Or a simple DoS, any number of things. I mean the sky is truly
> the limit with so many knobs to turn and lock down.
> If Linux worked great as a firewall
> and I was sure I wouldn't get calls in the middle of the night, I'd install
> So let's admit Linux isn't as good as a commercial firewall then, because
> the incidence of trouble (where trouble == firewall compromise) is far lower
> for commercial products since they do eliminate a large component of
> failure: human judgment and training.
OK, I think I've pulled out the important parts of your position. Namely,
Linux has too many options so that the configuration isn't exactly
trivial. If I've missed something let me know.
(wallen at boulder.nist.gov)
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