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September 30, 2010

Uncomplicated Firewall for Linux

One thing I really dislike about setting up a new dedicated Linux box from scratch is installing and setting up a software firewall. It's always a year or two between times that I'm setting up a new machine, the details have faded and software changed so I'm not 100% up to speed. I've shot myself in the foot one too many times setting things up and locking myself out of a box and had to get the operations folks at the data center to revert.

Sometimes I opt for a web-based administrator that makes the setup a bit more simple, but the machine overhead and security implications of having a web-based admin tool for one small thing makes it feel overly lopsided. I prefer a leaner server.

Enter Uncomplicated Firewall, a tool that makes it pretty darn easy to throw rules into the iptables ruleset and start/stop it.

This is on the two dedicated servers I recently leased with Ubuntu 8, not sure how available it is across systems.

Posted by mike at September 30, 2010 10:29 AM