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Firewall Tutorials – how to setup everyone’s favorite excuse for things not working!

Firewall TutorialsWe’ve all been there, something is broken and you’ve gone through everything you can think of, checked all the configs, installed and reinstalled, googled and binged and it just wont work.. and then it dawns on you.. maybe it’s the firewall? Well of course it is, it (almost) always is! So in the (probably futile) hope of heading off future firewall blaming, here’s a collection of handy firewall tutorial guides for various platforms…

Linux/Unix Firewalls

IPTables

On pretty much every Linux box these days you will find iptables installed by default but it’s not exactly user friendly when it comes to configuring, however it is certainly worth learning the basics before heading for the easy(ish) front-ends mentioned further down this page. So here are some general iptables guides for you to wrap your brain around:
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From the CentOS wiki we have this very useful getting started guide.

If Ubuntu is more to your liking, they too have an excellent ‘how to‘ guide for iptables.

If you still need more then you can find a load of useful iptables examples on nixCraft.

Besides the vanilla iptables there are a number of scripts/addons out there which provide a simpler interface and/or extend the functionality or at the very least simplify the creation of much more advanced iptables configurations.

CSF – A Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall, Login/Intrusion Detection and Security application for Linux servers.

CSF is popular with cPanel servers (and other web based server management panels) but certainly doesn’t require one and it does quite a lot of useful stuff besides just creating iptables rules.

How To Install and Configure Config Server Firewall (CSF) on Ubuntu

Basic CentOS / RedHat 6 Server Hardening / csf install / epel install
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Firestarter – a graphical interface for quickly configuring firewall rules and settings. No longer in active development but still a fully functional graphical interface to make your iptables life easier.

Firestarter from the Ubuntu wiki.

A Quick Tutorial from the official site.

UFW – Uncomplicated Firewall is the default firewall configuration tool for Ubuntu which is designed to make working with iptables simpler, even on the command line. For those who prefer a graphical interface there is also Gufw.

UFW Guide

How to Install and Configure UFW – An Un-complicated FireWall in Debian/Ubuntu

Shorewall – a gateway/firewall configuration tool for GNU/Linux.

Configure Firewall Using Shorewall Under RHEL / CentOS

How to Shorewall on Debian

pfSense – an open source firewall/router computer software distribution based on FreeBSD. pfSense is generally installed on a full computer to make a dedicated firewall device. It comes with a web interface and all the features you’d expect from a firewall device.

Getting Started

Building a pfSense Firewall

pfSense on Reddit – yes it even has its very own subreddit.
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Windows Firewalls

Windows Firewall from start to finish

How to Install Comodo Firewall

Getting started survival guide for Comodo Free Internet Security Premium Version

The Complete Guide To Set Up and Use ZoneAlarm Firewall On Your PC

Hopefully you will find the above guides useful and no longer have to blame the firewall when things go wrong. (blame SELinux instead 😉 )