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A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network (which could be just one machine).  Firewalls can be implemented in only hardware or software, or a combination of both.  Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets.  All messages entering or leaving the intranet pass through the firewall, which examines each message and allows, proxys, or denies the traffic based on specified security criteria.
 
A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network (which could be just one machine).  Firewalls can be implemented in only hardware or software, or a combination of both.  Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets.  All messages entering or leaving the intranet pass through the firewall, which examines each message and allows, proxys, or denies the traffic based on specified security criteria.
  
The firewalls listed in this article are overwhelmingly based on the [[iptables]] program. Consider configuring the iptables process yourself according to its wiki page (listed below) to keep to the [[The Arch Way]].
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The firewalls listed in this article are overwhelmingly based on the [[iptables]] program. Consider configuring the iptables process yourself according to its wiki page (listed below) to keep to the [[Arch_Linux#Principles|"The Arch Way"]].
  
There are many posts on the forums about different firewall apps and scripts so here they all are condensed into one page - please add your comments about each firewall, especially ease of use and a security check at [https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 Shields Up].
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There are many posts on the forums about different firewall apps and scripts so here they all are condensed into one page - please add your comments about each firewall, especially ease of use and a security check at [http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 Shields Up].
  
 
{{Note|Checks at Shields Up are only a valid measure of your router should you have one in the LAN.  To accurately evaluate a software firewall, one needs to directly connect the box to the cable modem.}}
 
{{Note|Checks at Shields Up are only a valid measure of your router should you have one in the LAN.  To accurately evaluate a software firewall, one needs to directly connect the box to the cable modem.}}
  
==Firewall Guides & Tutorials==
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== Firewall guides and tutorials ==
:* [[Simple Stateful Firewall]]: Setting up a comprehensive firewall with iptables.
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:* [[Uncomplicated Firewall]], the wiki page for the simple iptables frontend, '''ufw''', provides a nice tutorial for a basic configuration.
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* [[Simple stateful firewall]] - Setting up a comprehensive firewall with [[iptables]].
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* [[Uncomplicated Firewall]] - the wiki page for the simple [[iptables]] frontend, {{Pkg|ufw}}, provides a nice tutorial for a basic configuration.
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* [[Router]] Setup Guide - A tutorial for turning a computer into an [[Wikipedia:Router (computing)|internet gateway/router]]. It focuses on [[security]] and configuring your gateway to have as few insecure holes to the internet as possible.
  
:* [[Router]] Setup Guide. A tutorial for turning a computer into an internet gateway/router. It focuses on security and configuring your gateway to have as few insecure holes to the internet as possible.
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==== External firewall tutorials ====
  
====External Firewall Tutorials====
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* http://www.frozentux.net/documents/iptables-tutorial/ A complete and simple tutorial to [[iptables]].
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* http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/docs/HOWTO/other-formats/html_single/IP-Masquerade-HOWTO.html Masq is a form of Network Address Translation or NAT that allows internally networked computers that do not have one or more registered Internet IP addresses to have the ability to communicate to the Internet via your Linux boxes single Internet IP address.
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* http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Masquerading-Simple-HOWTO/ Masquerading, [[Wikipedia:Proxy server#Transparent proxy|transparent proxying]], [[Wikipedia:Port forwarding|port forwarding]], and other forms of [[Wikipedia:Network address translation|Network Address Translations]] with the 2.4 Linux Kernels.
  
:* http://www.frozentux.net/documents/iptables-tutorial/ A complete and simple tutorial to iptables
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== iptables ==
  
:* http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Masquerading-Simple-HOWTO/IP Masq is a form of Network Address Translation or NAT that allows internally networked computers that do not have one or more registered Internet IP addresses to have the ability to communicate to the Internet via your Linux boxes single Internet IP address.
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The Linux kernel includes [[iptables]] as a built-in firewall solution. Configuration may be managed directly through the userspace utilities or by installing one of several GUI configuration tools.
  
:* http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Masquerading-Simple-HOWTO/ Masquerading, transparent proxying, port forwarding, and other forms of Network Address Translations with the 2.4 Linux Kernels.
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=== Console frontends ===
  
==iptables front-ends==
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* {{App|Arno's firewall|Secure firewall for both single and multi-homed machines. Very easy to configure, handy to manage and highly customizable. Supports: NAT and SNAT, port forwarding, ADSL ethernet modems with both static and dynamically assigned IPs, MAC address filtering, stealth port scan detection, DMZ and DMZ-2-LAN forwarding, protection against SYN/ICMP flooding, extensive user definable logging with rate limiting to prevent log flooding, all IP protocols and VPNs such as IPsec, plugin support to add extra features.|http://rocky.eld.leidenuniv.nl/|{{AUR|arno-iptables-firewall}}}}
===iptables===
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* {{App|ferm|Tool to maintain complex firewalls, without having the trouble to rewrite the complex rules over and over again. It allows the entire firewall rule set to be stored in a separate file, and to be loaded with one command. The firewall configuration resembles structured programming-like language, which can contain levels and lists.|http://ferm.foo-projects.org/|{{Pkg|ferm}}}}
* {{App|[[Iptables]]|A powerful firewall built into the Linux kernel that is part of the [[Wikipedia:Netfilter|Netfilter]] project. Most firewalls, as described in this section below, are usually just front-ends.|http://www.netfilter.org/projects/iptables/index.html|{{Pkg|iptables}}}}
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* {{App|Firehol|Language to express firewalling rules, not just a script that produces some kind of a firewall. It makes building even sophisticated firewalls easy - the way you want it.|http://firehol.sourceforge.net/|{{AUR|firehol}}}}
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* {{App|Firetable|Firewall with "human readable" syntax.|http://projects.leisink.net/Firetable|{{AUR|firetable}}}}
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* {{App|[[Shorewall]]|High-level tool for configuring Netfilter. You describe your firewall/gateway requirements using entries in a set of configuration files.|http://www.shorewall.net/|{{Pkg|shorewall}}}}
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* {{App|[[ufw]]|Simple front-end for iptables.|https://launchpad.net/ufw|{{Pkg|ufw}}}}
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* {{App|[[PeerGuardian Linux]]|Privacy oriented firewall application. It blocks connections to and from hosts specified in huge block lists (thousands or millions of IP ranges).|http://sourceforge.net/projects/peerguardian/|{{AUR|pgl-cli}}}}
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* {{App|Vuurmuur|Powerful firewall manager. It has a simple and easy to learn configuration that allows both simple and complex configurations. The configuration can be fully configured through an {{Pkg|ncurses}} GUI, which allows secure remote administration through SSH or on the console. Vuurmuur supports traffic shaping, has powerful monitoring features, which allow the administrator to look at the logs, connections and bandwidth usage in realtime.|http://www.vuurmuur.org/|{{AUR|vuurmuur}}}}
  
Also see the man pages: ({{Ic|man iptables}}) – http://unixhelp.ed.ac.uk/CGI/man-cgi?iptables+8
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=== Graphic frontends ===
  
===Arno's Firewall===
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* {{App|Firestarter|Good GUI for iptables writen on GTK2, it has the ability to use both white and black lists for regulating traffic, it is very simple and easy to use, with good documentation available on their website.|http://www.fs-security.com/|{{AUR|Firestarter}}}}
[http://rocky.eld.leidenuniv.nl/ Arno's IPTABLES Firewall Script] is a secure firewall for both single and multi-homed machines.
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* {{App|Firewall Builder|GUI firewall configuration and management tool that supports iptables (netfilter), ipfilter, pf, ipfw, Cisco PIX (FWSM, ASA) and Cisco routers extended access lists. The program runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Windows and Mac OS X and can manage both local and remote firewalls.|http://www.fwbuilder.org/|{{Pkg|fwbuilder}}}}
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* {{App|firewalld|Daemon and graphical interface for configuring network and firewall zones as well as setting up and configuring firewall rules.|https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FirewallD|{{Pkg|firewalld}}}}
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* {{App|[[Uncomplicated_Firewall#Gufw|Gufw]]|GTK-based front-end to {{Pkg|ufw}} which happens to be a CLI front-end to iptables (gufw->ufw->iptables), is super easy and super simple to use.|http://gufw.org/|{{Pkg|gufw}}}}
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* {{App|KMyFirewall|KDE3 GUI for iptables. Firewall editing capabilities are simple enough to use to be suitable for beginners, but also allow for sophisticated tweaking of the firewall settings.|http://kmyfirewall.sourceforge.net/|{{AUR|kmyfirewall}}{{Broken package link|{{aur-mirror|kmyfirewall}}}}}}
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* {{App|[[PeerGuardian Linux]]|Privacy oriented firewall application. It blocks connections to and from hosts specified in huge block lists (thousands or millions of IP ranges).|http://sourceforge.net/projects/peerguardian/|{{AUR|pgl}}}}
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* {{App|[[Uncomplicated_Firewall#kcm-ufw|kcm-ufw]]|KDE alternative to Gufw.|http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=137789|{{AUR|kcm-ufw}}}}
  
The script:
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== nftables ==
*EASY to configure and highly customizable
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*daemon script included
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*a filter script that makes your firewall log more readable
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Supports:
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[[nftables]] is a netfilter project that aims to replace the existing ip-, ip6-, arp-, and ebtables framework. It is supposed to replace iptables one day.
*NAT and SNAT
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*port forwarding
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*ADSL ethernet modems with both static and dynamically assigned IPs
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*MAC address filtering
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*stealth port scan detection
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*DMZ and DMZ-2-LAN forwarding
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*protection against SYN/ICMP flooding
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*extensive user definable logging with rate limiting to prevent log flooding
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*all IP protocols and VPNs such as IPsec
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*plugin support to add extra features.
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===ferm===
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== Other ==
[http://ferm.foo-projects.org/ ferm] (which stands for "For Easy Rule Making") is a tool to maintain complex firewalls, without having the trouble to rewrite the complex rules over and over again. ferm allows the entire firewall rule set to be stored in a separate file, and to be loaded with one command. The firewall configuration resembles structured programming-like language, which can contain levels and lists.
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===Firehol===
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* {{App|[[Wikipedia:EtherApe|EtherApe]]|Graphical network monitor for various OSI layers and protocols.|http://etherape.sourceforge.net/|{{Pkg|etherape}}}}
[http://firehol.sourceforge.net/ FireHOL] is a language to express firewalling rules, not just a script that produces some kind of a firewall. It makes building even sophisticated firewalls easy - the way you want it. The result is actually iptables rules.
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* {{App|[[Fail2ban]]|Bans IPs after too many failed authentification attempts against common daemons.|http://www.fail2ban.org/|{{Pkg|fail2ban}}}}
  
{{Pkg|firehol}} is available in the [[Official Repositories|official repositories]].
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== See Also ==
 
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===Firetable===
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[http://projects.leisink.net/firetable Firetable] is an iptables-based firewall with "human readable" syntax.
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{{AUR|firetable}} is available in the [[Arch User Repository|AUR]].
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===Shorewall===
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[http://www.shorewall.net/ The Shoreline Firewall], more commonly known as "Shorewall", is high-level tool for configuring Netfilter. You describe your firewall/gateway requirements using entries in a set of configuration files. Shorewall reads those configuration files and with the help of the iptables utility, Shorewall configures Netfilter to match your requirements. Shorewall can be used on a dedicated firewall system, a multi-function gateway/router/server or on a standalone GNU/Linux system. Shorewall does not use Netfilter's ipchains compatibility mode and can thus take advantage of Netfilter's connection state tracking capabilities.
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{{Pkg|shorewall}} is available in the [[Official Repositories|official repositories]].
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===ufw===
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ufw (uncomplicated firewall) is a simple front-end for iptables and is available in the [[Official Repositories|official repositories]].
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See [[Uncomplicated Firewall]] for more information.
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===Vuurmuur===
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[http://www.vuurmuur.org/ Vuurmuur] Vuurmuur is a powerful firewall manager built on top of iptables. It has a simple and easy to learn configuration that allows both simple and complex configurations. The configuration can be fully configured through an {{Pkg|ncurses}} GUI, which allows secure remote administration through SSH or on the console. Vuurmuur supports traffic shaping, has powerful monitoring features, which allow the administrator to look at the logs, connections and bandwidth usage in realtime.
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{{AUR|Vuurmuur}} is available in the [[Arch User Repository|AUR]].
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==iptables GUIs==
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===Firestarter===
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[http://www.fs-security.com/ Firestarter] is a good GUI for iptables writen on GTK2, it has the ability to use both white and black lists for regulating traffic, it is very simple and easy to use, with good documentation available on their website.
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{{AUR|Firestarter}} has [[GNOME]] dependencies and is available in the [[Arch User Repository|AUR]].
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===Guarddog===
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[http://www.simonzone.com/software/guarddog/ Guarddog] is a really easy to use GUI for configuring iptables. After setting up a basic desktop configuration it passes all Shields Up tests perfectly.
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{{AUR|Guarddog}} requires {{Pkg|kdelibs3}} and is available in the [[AUR]] repository.
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To have the firewall settings applied at boot-up you must run {{ic|/etc/rc.firewall}} from inside {{ic|/etc/rc.local}} or something similar.
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===Uncomplicated Firewall (ufw) Frontends===
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[[Uncomplicated_Firewall#Gufw|Gufw]], a GTK-based front-end to {{Pkg|ufw}} which happens to be a CLI front-end to iptables (gufw->ufw->iptables), is super easy and super simple to use.
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{{Note|Gufw is perhaps the simplest replacement for tcp_wrappers, which was [https://www.archlinux.org/news/dropping-tcp_wrappers-support/ discontinued recently]}}
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[[Uncomplicated_Firewall#kcm-ufw|kcm-ufw]] is a KDE alternative to Gufw.
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See [[Uncomplicated_Firewall#GUI_frontends|Uncomplicated Firewall]] for more info.
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===KMyFirewall===
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[http://kmyfirewall.sourceforge.net/ KMyFirewall] is KDE3 GUI for iptables.
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Firewall editing capabilities are simple enough to use to be suitable for beginners, but also allow for sophisticated tweaking of the firewall settings.
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{{AUR|KMyFirewall}} requires {{Pkg|kdelibs3}} and is available in the [[Arch User Repository|AUR]].
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==Firewall Builder==
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[http://www.fwbuilder.org/ Firewall Builder] is "a GUI firewall configuration and management tool that supports iptables (netfilter), ipfilter, pf, ipfw, Cisco PIX (FWSM, ASA) and Cisco routers extended access lists. [...] The program runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Windows and Mac OS X and can manage both local and remote firewalls." Source: http://www.fwbuilder.org/
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{{Pkg|fwbuilder}} is available in the [[Official Repositories|official repositories]].
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==Other==
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* {{App|[[Wikipedia:EtherApe|EtherApe]]|A graphical network monitor for various OSI layers and protocols.|http://etherape.sourceforge.net/|{{Pkg|etherape}}}}
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* {{App|[[Fail2ban]]|Bans IPs after too many failed authentification attempts against common daemons.|http://www.fail2ban.org/|{{Pkg|fail2ban}}}}
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==See Also==
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* http://wiki.debian.org/Firewalls - Debian Wiki's list of firewalls
Debian Wiki's list of Firewalls:
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http://wiki.debian.org/Firewalls
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Latest revision as of 07:45, 7 June 2016

A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network (which could be just one machine). Firewalls can be implemented in only hardware or software, or a combination of both. Firewalls are frequently used to prevent unauthorized Internet users from accessing private networks connected to the Internet, especially intranets. All messages entering or leaving the intranet pass through the firewall, which examines each message and allows, proxys, or denies the traffic based on specified security criteria.

The firewalls listed in this article are overwhelmingly based on the iptables program. Consider configuring the iptables process yourself according to its wiki page (listed below) to keep to the "The Arch Way".

There are many posts on the forums about different firewall apps and scripts so here they all are condensed into one page - please add your comments about each firewall, especially ease of use and a security check at Shields Up.

Note: Checks at Shields Up are only a valid measure of your router should you have one in the LAN. To accurately evaluate a software firewall, one needs to directly connect the box to the cable modem.

Firewall guides and tutorials

External firewall tutorials

iptables

The Linux kernel includes iptables as a built-in firewall solution. Configuration may be managed directly through the userspace utilities or by installing one of several GUI configuration tools.

Console frontends

  • Arno's firewall — Secure firewall for both single and multi-homed machines. Very easy to configure, handy to manage and highly customizable. Supports: NAT and SNAT, port forwarding, ADSL ethernet modems with both static and dynamically assigned IPs, MAC address filtering, stealth port scan detection, DMZ and DMZ-2-LAN forwarding, protection against SYN/ICMP flooding, extensive user definable logging with rate limiting to prevent log flooding, all IP protocols and VPNs such as IPsec, plugin support to add extra features.
http://rocky.eld.leidenuniv.nl/ || arno-iptables-firewallAUR
  • ferm — Tool to maintain complex firewalls, without having the trouble to rewrite the complex rules over and over again. It allows the entire firewall rule set to be stored in a separate file, and to be loaded with one command. The firewall configuration resembles structured programming-like language, which can contain levels and lists.
http://ferm.foo-projects.org/ || ferm
  • Firehol — Language to express firewalling rules, not just a script that produces some kind of a firewall. It makes building even sophisticated firewalls easy - the way you want it.
http://firehol.sourceforge.net/ || fireholAUR
  • Firetable — Firewall with "human readable" syntax.
http://projects.leisink.net/Firetable || firetableAUR
  • Shorewall — High-level tool for configuring Netfilter. You describe your firewall/gateway requirements using entries in a set of configuration files.
http://www.shorewall.net/ || shorewall
  • ufw — Simple front-end for iptables.
https://launchpad.net/ufw || ufw
  • PeerGuardian Linux — Privacy oriented firewall application. It blocks connections to and from hosts specified in huge block lists (thousands or millions of IP ranges).
http://sourceforge.net/projects/peerguardian/ || pgl-cliAUR
  • Vuurmuur — Powerful firewall manager. It has a simple and easy to learn configuration that allows both simple and complex configurations. The configuration can be fully configured through an ncurses GUI, which allows secure remote administration through SSH or on the console. Vuurmuur supports traffic shaping, has powerful monitoring features, which allow the administrator to look at the logs, connections and bandwidth usage in realtime.
http://www.vuurmuur.org/ || vuurmuurAUR

Graphic frontends

  • Firestarter — Good GUI for iptables writen on GTK2, it has the ability to use both white and black lists for regulating traffic, it is very simple and easy to use, with good documentation available on their website.
http://www.fs-security.com/ || FirestarterAUR
  • Firewall Builder — GUI firewall configuration and management tool that supports iptables (netfilter), ipfilter, pf, ipfw, Cisco PIX (FWSM, ASA) and Cisco routers extended access lists. The program runs on Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Windows and Mac OS X and can manage both local and remote firewalls.
http://www.fwbuilder.org/ || fwbuilder
  • firewalld — Daemon and graphical interface for configuring network and firewall zones as well as setting up and configuring firewall rules.
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FirewallD || firewalld
  • Gufw — GTK-based front-end to ufw which happens to be a CLI front-end to iptables (gufw->ufw->iptables), is super easy and super simple to use.
http://gufw.org/ || gufw
  • KMyFirewall — KDE3 GUI for iptables. Firewall editing capabilities are simple enough to use to be suitable for beginners, but also allow for sophisticated tweaking of the firewall settings.
http://kmyfirewall.sourceforge.net/ || kmyfirewallAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror]
  • PeerGuardian Linux — Privacy oriented firewall application. It blocks connections to and from hosts specified in huge block lists (thousands or millions of IP ranges).
http://sourceforge.net/projects/peerguardian/ || pglAUR
  • kcm-ufw — KDE alternative to Gufw.
http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=137789 || kcm-ufwAUR

nftables

nftables is a netfilter project that aims to replace the existing ip-, ip6-, arp-, and ebtables framework. It is supposed to replace iptables one day.

Other

  • EtherApe — Graphical network monitor for various OSI layers and protocols.
http://etherape.sourceforge.net/ || etherape
  • Fail2ban — Bans IPs after too many failed authentification attempts against common daemons.
http://www.fail2ban.org/ || fail2ban

See Also