Services on the firewall

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Wed Apr 14 17:47:24 BST 2004

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On Wed, Apr 14, 2004 at 04:11:08PM +0100, John Murphy wrote:
> I know it's wrong but what are the real dangers in running say
> sendmail, ftpd, bind, boa (http) and squid perhaps, on the same
> device as ipf etc?
> This is just for a home LAN gateway on a Soekris 4801 hopefully.
> There will be some server side filtering at the ISP.

It's only "wrong" because running all of those other applications
opens up a range of possible ways that an attacker could try and
penetrate your machine.  If you were trying to build a firewall
protecting the assets of a company worth millions, then it would be
daft to run a whole load of other services on the packet-filtering
box, for the sake of saving a few thousand for another server or two.

However, as this is just your home LAN, you presumably have a lot less
to lose, and you need to make your security measures cost-effectively.
It's a trade off, and you'll have to decide if "affordable" is "good

You'll find having all of the servers on your firewall box will
complicate your firewall rulesets quite a bit -- especially if you're
running it as a NAT gateway as well.  Even so, you should be able to
write an effective ruleset without too much trouble.



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