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    Hardware vs. Linux Firewalls ?

    Hi everyone,

    I have been scouring the net and reading books about networking, firewalls, and security in general. I have developed some views on the subject, but I would like to know from the folks here:

    In your experience have you found Linux firewalls, e.g. IPTables, to be as reliable as hardware firewalls? If so, do you believe it is necessary to run the Linux firewall on a separate box or can it be on the same box as a web server as long as that box is hardened.

    Thanks in advance!

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    It depends on what you want to do and what's running behind it. But yes you can build your own box to work as a firewall and it can be faster and more versatile than a hardware one anyway and also a lot cheaper. What you can get away with really depends on it's purpose. A separate box is usually optimal, but it just depends.
    Robert McGregor
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    It'll be easier to upgrade, and you'll actually know what software/firmware it's running. And iptables has most features you'll need.

    However, my BSD friends would argue that you should use OpenBSD.

    I would also recommend using two different machines if you can.
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