[IOML] RE: IOM Digest, Vol 16, Issue 5

Simon Slaytor sslaytor at iom.com
Sun Jun 13 20:35:39 BST 2004

My Thoughts exactly, carp is very useful and have a number of resilient
Firewalls using it all hosted on OpenBSD.

Where OpenBSD falls down is support for hardware other than x86, yes =
there but it's neither as expansive as NetBSD or as straightforward as

There's an updated port of PF for FreeBSD (From OpenBSD 3.5 I believe) =
I've had working. My preferred Firewall / IPsec endpoint etc. etc. would =
FreeBSD but at present CARP doesn=92t want to work, leaving a big hole =
resiliency that can be offered using this OS.

Just goes to show no one *ix can cover all the bases.

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Date: Sat, 12 Jun 2004 11:44:34 +0000 (UTC)
From: Dylan Smith <dyls at alioth.net>
Subject: Re: [IOML] Re: IOM Digest, Vol 16, Issue 3
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On Sat, 12 Jun 2004, Simon Slaytor wrote:

> Now all I need is for the guys who develop iptables/netfilter to
> support 'true' stateful' inspection and I'd be as happy as a pig in
> muck, either that or someone write a driver for the connexant card so
> that I can run it under NetBSD, that way I could use PF and feel =
> secure.

Probably heresy to mention this on the LUG ML, but there is a *BSD =
(userspace, I think) for the Alcatel stingray USB modem. It's the same
driver essentially as what is used to run the modem under Linux (I use =
userspace one as it means one less thing to remember after kernel

Personally, I use OpenBSD for my low-cost firewalling - with OpenBSD
you've now got CARP and pfsync which means you can have failover
capabilities by using more than one OpenBSD system. It also supports
pfauth, so you can have different rules for different users (as well as
having authentication in the first place). Probably overkill for most =
setups though, where iptables is usually good enough.

Dylan Smith, Port St Mary, Isle of Man    | Code fast, crash young and
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