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Building Internet Firewallsby D Brent Chapman
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More than a million systems are now connected to the Internet, and something like 15 million people in 100 countries on all seven continents use Internet services. More than 100 million email messages are exchanged each day, along with countless files, documents, and audio and video images.
Everyone is jumping on the Internet bandwagon. Once a haven for academicians and scientists, the Net is now reaching large and small businesses, government at all levels, school children, and senior citizens. The commercial world is rushing headlong into doing business on the Internet, barely pausing while technologies and policies catch up with their desire to go online. But, too few of the seekers after Internet wisdom and riches consider whether their businesses will be safe on the Net.
What kinds of security risks are posed by the Internet? Some risks have been around since the early days of networking — password attacks (guessing them or cracking them via password dictionaries and cracking programs), denial of service, and exploiting known security holes. Some risks are newer and even more dangerous — packet sniffers, IP (Internet Protocol) forgery, and various types of hijacking attacks.
Firewalls are a very effective way to protect your system from these Internet security threats. Firewalls in computer networks keep damage on one part of the network (e.g., eavesdropping, a worm program, file damage) from spreading to the rest of the network. Without firewalls, network security problems can rage out of control, dragging more and more systems down.
What is a firewall? It's a hardware and/or software solution that restricts access from your internal network to the Internet — and vice versa. A firewall may also be used to separate two or more parts of your local network (for example, protecting finance from R&D). The firewall is installed at the perimeter of the network, ordinarily where it connects to the Internet. You can think of a firewall as a checkpoint; all traffic, incoming and outgoing, is stopped at this point. Because it is, the firewall can make sure that it is acceptable. "Acceptable" means that whatever is passing through — email, file transfers, remote logins, NFS mounts, etc. — conforms to the security policy of the site.
Building Internet Firewalls is a practical guide to building firewalls on the Internet. If your site is connected to the Internet, or if you're considering getting connected, you need this book. It describes a variety of firewall approaches and architectures and discusses how you can build packet filtering and proxying solutions at your site. It also contains a full discussion of how to configure Internet services (e.g., FTP, SMTP, Telnet) to work with a firewall. The book also includes a complete list of resources, including the location of many publicly available firewall construction tools.
The book is divided into four parts:
Part I discusses Internet threats, the benefits of firewalls, overall security strategies, and a summary of Internet services and their security risks.
Part II describes possible firewall designs and general terms and concepts, how to protect the bastion host in your firewall configuration, how to build proxying and packet filtering firewalls, and how to configure Internet services to operate with a firewall.
Part III describes how to maintain a firewall, develop a security policy, and respond to a security incident.
Part IV contains appendices consisting of a resource summary, a directory of how to find firewall toolkits and other security-related tools, and a detailed summary providing TCP/IP background information.
Although businesses are rushing to get connected to the Internet, the security risks have never been greater. Firewalls are an effective way to protect your system from Internet security threats. This practical guide to building firewalls on the Internet describes a variety of firewall approaches and architecture and discusses how to configure Internet services to work with a firewall.
Everyone's jumping on the Internet bandwagon today, but with the explosive growth of the Internet has come a corresponding explosion in attacks on connected computer systems. These range from familiar attacks (e.g., cracking passwords and exploiting security holes in operating systems) to newer and more technically sophisticated ones (e.g., forging IP source addresses, packet sniffing, and hijacking terminal or login sessions). How can you protect your site from these threats? How can you help your users get what they need from the World Wide Web and other Internet services, while protecting your systems and networks from compromise? Internet firewalls are currently the most effective defense. Building Internet Firewalls is a practical guide to designing, building, and maintaining firewalls. It isn't a theoretical tome on security concepts; it's a down-to-earth, highly detailed handbook for real-life system administrators, and managers - and for anyone who wants to learn what firewalls can (and cannot) do to make a site secure. If you're planning to build your own firewall, this book will tell your how to do it. If you're planning to buy one, this book will give you the background information you need to understand the protocols, technologies, and features of the products you'll be considering.
More than a million systems are now connected to the Internet, andsomething like 15 million people in 100 countries on all sevencontinents use Internet services.More than 100 million email messagesare exchanged each day, along with countless files, documents, and audioand video images.Although businesses are rushing headlong to getconnected to the Internet, the security risks have never been greater.Some of these risks have been around since the early days of networking — password attacks (guessing them or cracking them via password dictionariesand cracking programs), denial of service, and exploiting known securityholes.Some risks are newer and even more dangerous — packet sniffers, IP (Internet Protocol) forgery, and various types of hijacking.Firewallsare a very effective way to protect your system from these Internetsecurity threats. "Building Internet Firewalls is a practical guide to buildingfirewalls on the Internet.If your site is connected to the Internet, or if you're considering getting connected, you need this book.Itdescribes a variety of firewall approaches and architectures and discusses how you can build packet filtering and proxying solutions atyour site.It also contains a full discussion of how to configure Internetservices (e.g., FTP, SMTP, Telnet) to work with a firewall, as well as acomplete list of resources, including the location of many publiclyavailable firewall construction tools.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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