How To Make Linux More Secure Using Firewall – The Firestarter Firewall

linux logoThe Linux operating system is gaining more and more popularity day by day. The popularity of its stability and security. Linux systems are considered more secure and actually they are. Security is provided at each and every level. The security level but still can be breached. To make it more secure a firewall is required.

A firewall can help you to stop incoming attacks, allow only certain type of traffic to pass through or even block some websites.

Firestarter is nice firewall. It is available for almost all Linux distributions. The main features firestarter firewall security are:-

1.) Internet Sharing.
2.)Gui Support.
3.)Can act as DHCP server.
4.)Blacklist or whitelist traffic
5.)Real time traffic monitoring.

Now How to Setup Firestarter firewall on your ubuntu linix to make it more secure

Step1.) Type the following command in the terminal.

sudo apt-get install firestarter

Step2.)Now navigate to the menu Applications->Internet-> Firestarter

Step3.) A wizard like this appears.

How To Make Linux More Secure Using Firewall - The Firestarter Firewall

Step4.) Select the interface on which you want to enable the firewall

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Step5.)Now you can enable the internet sharing if you have two network cards. One is for receiving internet connection and other for sharing the internet connection.

 How To Make Linux More Secure Using Firewall - The Firestarter Firewall

Note:- You can also use this as a DHCP server for your system but you need to install DHCP server first.

sudo apt-get install dhcpd

Step6.) Now click on the events tab and you see all the events or established session. There is a session that is displayed in red. The sessions displayed in red means a critical event. In my case it was a ssh connection

 How To Make Linux More Secure Using Firewall - The Firestarter Firewall

Step7.) Now you can make your linux more secure using the firestarter traffic control policy.

The traffic control policy can be defined as permissive or restrictive. Permissive means allowing all connections except the connections which are blacklister. Restrictive policy means blocking all connections except the ones mentioned.

These policies can be applied on all outbound and inbound traffic

eg.

In this i am blocking connections to helium host.

 How To Make Linux More Secure Using Firewall - The Firestarter Firewall

we can also define so that only few services are blocked eg Our host cannot make a connection to helium for http traffic.

Hope you have understood the basics of firewall and how to use the firestarter firewall. This is just an intro there are lot more things that can be done to make your linux more secure.

Akash Deep Singh

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