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Building Linux and OpenBSD Firewalls Paperback – February 2, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0471353669 ISBN-10: 0471353663 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471353663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471353669
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Building Linux and OpenBSD Firewalls tackles considerably more than its title implies. For one thing, it's an introductory Internet security text that explains some of the methods attackers employ and how security strategies (including firewalls) can help thwart them.

Some of this coverage is very basic indeed ("What's an IP address?" and "What's a good Password" are two elementary sidebars), but that's in keeping with this series, which is intended for managers and others somewhat removed from detail work as well as for technicians. Still, the differences between OpenBSD and Linux boil down to a couple of key features, and you'll find yourself halfway through this book before you get to any how-to material on configuring a firewall. The configuration information is easy to follow: the authors explain which options to choose in the operating systems' respective installation routines and outline some supplementary procedures to follow afterward.

This book deserves kudos for treating OpenBSD with the same respect most books lavish over the trendier Linux, and the odds are good you'll learn a lot about it. You'll find the general security material valuable as well, particularly if you're new to the security game and need a primer on firewalls, demilitarized zones (DMZs), and the vulnerabilities of particular protocols and services. Still, this isn't the best practical guide around. Look at Linux Firewalls for detailed information on configuring IP chains under Linux, Maximum Linux Security for an all-purpose take on that system's security characteristics, and Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker for further comprehensive security coverage. --David Wall

Topics covered: Internet security background, fundamentals of firewall design and security policy, the relative merits of OpenBSD and Linux, and the configuration of bare-metal machines as firewalls under both operating systems. The authors use Red Hat Linux 6 and OpenBSD 2.5.

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"This is an excellently written and organized examination of existing security perceptions and procedures."--System Administration magazine

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It was one of the very best technical books I have ever read.
Bill Sterzenbach
Chapter 10 discusses tuning the firewall, showing BOTH Linux and OpenBSD setups, which is a nice touch.
Michael Pohoreski
It is written in a *very* practical/easy-to-stroll-thru fashion and with a nice & funny style.
Saad Kadhi

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book very helpful and was able to set up a working OpenBSD firewall using it. I did have to consult the OpenBSD FAQs and other material on the Web, however.
The only quibble I have with this book is its presumed target audience. The intro says "Knowledge of Unix is not assumed," but I would recommend that you not even consider starting a firewall building project unless you have good knowledge of UNIX, networking, and basic system administration. If you're picking up this book with that background, though, you will find it a very detailed and helpful guide to setting up your firewall.
By the way, the book is geared towards OpenBSD 2.5 but the website has a lot of good updated information on the latest release, 2.7. Plus it has a bunch more examples beyond what is in the book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2000
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A very good introduction to OpenBSD and Linux security issues. Assumes very little knowledge, so newbies will learn much, but not at the expense of more complex topics. Authors, IMHO, view OpenBSD as the platform of choice for running your firewall, but also give you a top to bottom installation/configuration guide for Linux as well. Funny asides and conversational tone make this book an easy read, for the most part, and much more readable than many other computer books I've read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
As an funny and well-written introduction to firewalls and why they are necessary, as well as a paen to OpenBSD, this book is excellent. As a guide to building one's own using OpenBSD, there are better methods and more up to date instructions on the web. The book's companion website is a mess and has been under construction for months.
Two things are particularly out of date. First, it seems that more effective OpenBSD firewalls are configured as "bridges." This configuration is not mentioned in the book. Second, the book discusses a version of OpenBSD that is several generations old, one that was apparently arranged differently on the distribution CD. Moreover, the key piece of OpenBSD for constructing a firewall, according to instructions in the book, ipf, is apparently going to be removed from future distributions because of licensing problems. (I believe it has already been removed from the lastest OpenBSD distributions on the OpenBSD website but may remain on the 2.9 distribution CD.) Figuring out how to install and configure the latest version of ipfilter will send you on one of those time-consuming webquests. There's no help in the book,
If the website were functional and updated the book, the book's other content (primarily background but useful background), might make this book worthwhile. As things stand now, it is better avoided. (Try a Yahoo! search instead.)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pohoreski on August 27, 2000
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This book starts off discussing why we need firewalls, along with a good recap on how TCP/IP works. (Even showing how Ping of Death, and TearDrop work!) The real meat doesn't start until Chapters 6 & 7, installing/configuring Linux, and Chapters 8 & 9 installing/configuring OpenBSD. Chapter 10 discusses tuning the firewall, showing BOTH Linux and OpenBSD setups, which is a nice touch.
Pros: a) Theory _AND_ Implementation in the same book! b) NOT a dry read. Just the right mix of a little humor. c) Covers both Linux and BSD, nice if you want to switch or are interested in seeing how the "other" OS does things.
Cons: a) A little superfluous at times, the information probably could be condensed a little. b) For Linux, David Ranch's online "Trinity OS" security guide is more resourceful. "Linux Firewalls" by Robert L. Ziegler continues where this book leaves off. I would love to see a "BSD Firewalls" which continues in the same tradition.
Summary: "Building Firewalls for dummies" would sum up this book quite well. A GREAT intro for step-by-step firewall setup.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
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I found the book very informative and easy to understand. They actually wrote it to teach rather than blow their own technical horn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Saad Kadhi on November 7, 2000
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This book is Gold for any security professional and network administrators (even with a poor background on the subject). It is written in a *very* practical/easy-to-stroll-thru fashion and with a nice & funny style.
It also brings to the attention of the public an amazing OS (thx Theo!): OpenBSD and shows you how to install it from scratch & configure IPFilter, the firewall piece that comes with OpenBSD. The Linux part is also very interesting. There is also a companion Website that contains updates and tons of useful info/scripts ...
If you are onto some serious security stuff, buy an OpenBSD CD and get the book. Otherwise stick with Linux and get the book anyways.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jose' on March 14, 2000
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Geared towards the first time Linux user, this book covers all aspects of setting up a Linux firewall. This is the book to get if you just got a broadband connection and are thinking about using that old Pentium or 486 as a firewall, and have not put Linux on a machine before. At this writing (03/2000) the companion website is not up, so you will have to follow up with Ziegler's book (5 stars, but geared towards a more knowledgeable user) to tighten things down.
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