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Blocking FORWARD on iptables except port 80

I got a subnet that is protected by a computer that acts as a firewall. The rules I want this firewall to have are: Deny all INPUT iptables -A INPUT -j DROP Allow all OUTPUT iptables -A OUTPUT -j ...
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How to best manage multiple applications using the internet with Firewall

Im not new too Linux (Ubuntu 14.x) however I must admit that I have never bothered with a Firewall until now. Im currently using Ubuntu's inbuilt firewall (UFW) with a graphical plugin (GUFW), which I ...
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Creating a port snooper/sniffer [on hold]

Is it possible to create a program, that monitors a traffic to a specific port, be it reserved or used defined? This is because I want to create a system that traps the attacker in a honeypot. That ...
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Does a Web Application Firewall only protect OSI layer 7?

Does a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that is protecting application layer 7, as well protect other layers of the The Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model?
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Firewall configuration [migrated]

ALL, I used to be a happy user of ZoneAlarm. However recently I needed to open a port on one of my machine (Windows 8.1, port 1433 for SQL Server) and I found out that this is apparently an ...
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Using both a firewall and vpn on android [migrated]

Is there a way to use both a firewall and a vpn app on android. I have tried allowing the vpn through the firewall but one invaraibly goes off when I start the other. Is there some way around this -- ...
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How to view which ports are opened on firewall?

I have a perimeter modem that should have a firewall, but the admin portal does not display much useful info on what settings it has and whether it is on or not. How would you get a list of open ...
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Security Best Practices - firewall Outgoing traffic vs incoming [closed]

For a PC that only needs basic internet access, for web browsers and updates, generally speaking, is there any need for incoming ports to be opened on the pc's firewall? If outgoing port filtering is ...
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How to pass website firewall, in PHP? [closed]

Recently, I have posted a question, (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37494896/how-to-save-file-from-url-to-web-server-by-php). And, there is an answer in question. In this answer, he said: "So the ...
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Dedicated OS vs Debian for SOHO Firewall? [closed]

I want to set up a firewall for a small office. I have a server on which I can install an OS of my choice. I was thinking of trying pfSense but ran into some testing problems and tried IPFIre (Linux ...
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Network configuration: Preventing my computer being used as a proxy?

I recently installed an extension for Chrome called Hola (skip to next paragraph if you know it). It calls itself a VPN, but is basically a proxy pool AFAIK. You can choose a country from a list in a ...
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How does firewall differentiate between browsing and downloading?

The firewall installed at my college's router allows me to surf the internet but never allows me to download any package that has a size more than 100mb. I wonder how exactly does it differentiate ...
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Is it practical to pre-blacklist certain GeoIP regions?

In recent events, a server I've been managing with has been under a few attacks, a risk you take when hosting a web-server. The firewall has been set up properly to only allow connections through the ...
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Does altering the routing table to my hub defeat the purpose of a VPN?

I am running a VPN on my server with openvpn. When running openvpn I have a shell script that runs afterwards: ip rule add from 192.168.0.19 table 128 ip route add table 128 to 192.168.0.0/24 dev ...
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Packet Filter with Access Control List

http://i66.tinypic.com/29p50zp.png Can anyone explain how to read and understand row 1,2 and 3? My understanding for row 1 is : If any inside packets want to go to outside via any source port to ...
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Is it safe to not update Windows if you dont accept any incoming connections?

I see this guy shared his thought: How to be safe even without most updated Windows updates So he claims that as long as you do not accept any incoming connections and just use sandbox of Chrome, ...
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Cisco ASA Access List Summary / Visualisation Tool

I have a Cisco ASA firewall config with about 50 interfaces and approximately 4000 rules. I am trying to find a tool that can sort this into an easier to consume list or even a visualisation of the ...
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How does PeerBlock generate range descriptions?

How does PeerBlock generate the range that it displays? I thought it was through some DNS lookup, but when I do the lookup I get LeaseWeb Content Delivery Network for the attached screenshot. Instead ...
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Why does our network firewall drop netbios-ns packets?

In our local domain environment, we use Sophos UTM to protect our network. When I check the firewall logs, I can see that a huge number of packets dropped by the firewall are netbios-ns (UDP 137) ...
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Is QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections) safe to allow through firewall?

Our firewall currently blocks QUIC (UDP 443) traffic which seems to be enabled by default in Google Chrome. Is it safe to allow QUIC or should I wait until it is implemented in all the major browsers? ...
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Raspberry Pi IDS/FireWall - Should I? [closed]

I was excited to setup an IDS/FireWall with my new Raspberry Pi on a standard home network. Reading threats to SSH and Linux, now I am not so sure. Setup by an experienced amateur I'm now concerned ...
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Would a DMZ be safe to use with a software firewall for home networking?

If I set up a Windows 10 PC with a software firewall (TinyWall, which is a front end for Windows Firewall) and blocked all traffic except for a few applications and ports I would be using (Minecraft ...
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How can the nmap tool be used to evade a firewall/IDS?

Some techniques are used to secure the operating system against network attacks e.g.: firewalls, antivirus software, an IDS like SNORT, etc. To take advantage of the nmap tool, is it possible to ...
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Can firewalls decrypt SSL packets?

I was wondering if the firewall has the ability to decrypt the SSL traffic. If so, the network admin is able to read the data in clear text at transit.
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Multiple instances of programs allowed in Windows Firewall

I am new to Windows Firewall. While allowing a program through Windows Firewall, I found multiple entries present for Firefox and Java. Why is that?
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DDoS Solution for request floods [duplicate]

What are the mitigations to protect from ddos? Is using firewall like cloudflare would help or not? My use case is just want to make sure that no one is sending flood of requests i.e. thousands per ...
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Modifying shell code to bypass Windows Firewall

As part of my OSCP's training, I'm supposed to get a shell on a Win7 machine using browser's exploit (MS12-037) with Windows firewall on. I have an idea but I'm having hard time applying it. What I'...
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Is there a difference in security between an IP address white list and a domain white list with TLS?

It seems to me that an IP address white list relies on easily spoofed information, while a domain white list, if it forces TLS, at least, relies on the validity of the certificate systems. I may be ...
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How does a malicious user connect to a private network?

I have followed these instructions for setting up a couple of servers to have private networking. It ends by saying "It is important to secure your private networking interface the same way you would ...
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Question about IPv6, NAT, firewall, port forwarding, upnp and security

In the next months/years my ISP might give me IPv6 for my home connection. But what are the security implications? Will local network servers/embedded devices be accessible from the whole internet? ...
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Firewalled bots in UDP p2p botnets?

One thing that I don't understand about peer to peer botnets, is how a bot stays connected to the network considering the protocol used is UDP. Since the UDP is connectionless, and the bot is behind ...
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Counting on firewalls only : sound security strategy to prevent intrusion?

I had this discussion with a friend of mine who is a windows sysadmin. He said to me that for his company's IT security, he is doing only updates on the windows server. But except these system ...
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What are the security implications of autorun and external drives?

I have some questions about the security implications of accessing internal and external storage since I cant find any more information on it from what I've read. I have read about a variety of ...
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How to block I2P and Freenet to my network?

I am trying to find a way to block I2P and Freenet darknets in a corporate network. Does anyone know a way to block them (on firewall)? Do I need to close particular ports or block entry nodes (like ...
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Why do ALGs restrict traffic on a given TCP port based on the protocol?

My understanding is that application level gateways restrict the traffic they proxy based on port and protocol - say HTTP over port 80 or MQTT over port 1883. Both types of traffic are using TCP as ...
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Zero-day malware protection [closed]

What is the best approach in defending your company against zero-day malware? Is there a firewall/system to do that? Is it good to run every file in a sandbox and to track activity of the sandbox?
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Protection against file distributed malware

Let's say I have one server called A which host an upload website which is connected at the network connection B. Let's say one of my clients uploads multiple .rar files of 1 MB (that contains malware ...
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Better alternative to WAF path whitelisting?

We are managing a WAF which is being used by some applications. Recently I tried to use a Valid URL module to white list all the APIs and static resources of an application. Although from the security ...
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Best appraoch to test inhouse firewall effectiveness

We have Fortigate 100D that has antivirus profiles enabled like SMPT, POP3 and IMAP. How one could make sure that the antivirus is working as expected ? For instance it seems that Fortigate has ...
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Why can't nmap identify the danted(socks5) service on non-standard port?

I'm testing nmap's abilities, I started a socks5 proxy server with danted, and started it on port 10090 I tried the following command, and expect it to tell me port 10090 runs a socks server, nmap ...
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Using nmap to bypass a firewall and perform OS fingerprinting

How can I use nmap to perform operating system detection on a system which has all of its ports filtered by a firewall? Is there a way to bypass it? I have tried: syn scan, xmas scan, fragment scan,...
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Setup a private VPN for family in China?

I have family in China. During the past weeks their internet connection was severely limited. VPNs such as Astrill and similar weren't working anymore. Is it possible to setup my own VPN (or ...
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If a firewall deletes DOS packets before they reach the designated application. Is it then possible to break trough the firewall with a DDOS attack?

My Question is that if a Firewall blocks for example a DOS attack of UDP packets. Is it then possible to "break" or take up the capacity of a server by sending enough packets trough a DDOS attack? or ...
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What is the difference between single hardware firewall and router?

With some googling, I learnt that routers contain hardware firewall. But I saw in many pictures that firewall and router devices are apart as follows: I know that there are a lot of firewall ...
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NetScaler config rule sample for cross site scripting attacks

I am trying to create rules to block requests to pages where XSS vulnerabilities have been detected. Lets say the /contact_us page is vulnerable to XSS, how can I block traffic trying to reach that ...
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Shared Office Network Security - VPNs, Firewalls, and systems

First, let me premise this post with the fact that I am completely new to network security. I have done a fair bit of reading up, but I am certainly by no means a professional. If anything I say here ...
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Deep Packet Inspection: Any real world examples of threat mitigation via DPI? [closed]

So I understand conceptually how DPI works, but I'm a little skeptical regarding the actual benefits of this technology. Considering the possible risks associated with deploying DPI, i.e., decrypting ...
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VPN and traffic filtering

VPN server assigns to the client public ip address and doesn't offer NAT function. In this case, can firewall on the client side to filter (inspect) VPN traffic (L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, SSTP, OpenVPN)? I ...
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Running windows in virtual machine, should I bother with security?

I'm running Windows in a virtual machine on my mac (via Parallels). Should I bother installing antivirus, firewall and using other conventional wisdom practices (like don't open unknown .exe etc)? I ...
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Using Two Different Brands of Security Tools To Block Backdoors

There's this idea of using 2 brands of firewalls both inline that is usually brought up: {Internet}<-->FW(A)<-->FW(B)<-->{Internal Network} Or using 2 algorithms: {Plain ...