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POLL RESULTS: Do you use a firewall on dedicated Linux / BSD box?

In last months reader poll I asked about Firewall on dedicated UNIX / Linux box.

Poll Result: Do you use a firewall on dedicated Linux / BSD box?

Do we really need a firewall?

Personally, I install firewall on all boxes to filter out unwanted junk and IPs; even if box is only running public service such as a web server. The overall idea is to limit access and reduce liability on my part if serer got rooted (read as compromised). Remember, bad boys never play by the rules.

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  • Deven Patakar September 21, 2008, 1:08 pm

    My question is , should we use simple iptables scripts to protect linux servers or should use full fledged linux firewalls (shorewall, ipcop etc). Please suject on it

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