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  Avoiding Trojans and Rootkits
Subject:   Dubious advice, scaremongering and oversimplification
Date:   2003-03-11 06:00:55
From:   anonymous2
The criteria for choosing a firewall given in this article are dubious at best. What matters is that you know what's going on and what a firewall-product/setup does, not what feels easy and cozy. Unconditionally recommending running some free personal firewall on a windows box is irresponsible. The implication that any system that ran without _any_ sort of firewall is probably infected and systems that did are probably safe is hair-raising. You don't do anyone a favour by oversimplifying things. Try harder to educate your readers.
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  • Dubious advice, scaremongering and oversimplification
    2003-12-09 16:56:05  mojogeek [View]

    ...and you don't even have the cohunes to use a real username. If you read her article carefully, she is not, as you say, "unconditionally recommending running some free personal firewall." Her criteria is ROOTKITS, nothing dubious that I see.

    Very simply she states "If you're intimidated at the prospect of learning the syntax of ipf or ipfw, invest in an inexpensive, preconfigured hardware firewall. If you're already running a free firewall on your Windows system (and you should be), place your FreeBSD system behind it until you're ready..." The only "implication" I read here is that she is stating an obvious for any system admin running a windows box-that you SHOULD be using a firewall on it, not that you should be using a free firewall!!

    You don't do anyone any favour here by stating the obvious- your simple inability to read clearly. Try harder to educate yourself next time.
    • Dubious advice, scaremongering and oversimplification
      2003-12-11 09:46:31  anonymous2 [View]

      im with the granda poster

      you shouldnt lower the task of firewall security.
      pretending that the audience target of this articles is windows users who happen want to and give a try to freebsd is not right. I understand Dru position here, trying to get to a more wider audience and not be too much techinicall about some subjects.

      But freebsd boxes should be protected by some kind of firewall (period). If you happen not to know what a firewall is, dont use freebsd. Its impossible and not eligeble to be comprimissed using a freebsd box by the simple fact that you are not behind a fw or using a lowcrap setuped firewall that even a syn flood cant deter.
      Isnt the awareness of security but the feeling you arent doing whatever you can to avoid it that should oblige everyone to take action.
      Learn iptables, learn ipfw, or ipfilter whatever but dont use a point and click fwall since the diference between that and nothing is NULL.