Security: NFS or Samba?

marcus lists at
Thu Oct 12 02:54:48 BST 2006

On Wednesday 11 October 2006 09:50, Billy Pollifrone wrote:
> I assume the DSL router has a firewall enabled, so unless you give
> access to the outside world to use, the NFS share, then you don't
> have a problem.

Yes, the DSL router's firewall is enabled.

Does this mean I don't need to set any firewall rules on the PC hosting 
the NFS shares? I guess I would allow NFS (and NIS?) access in the 
local zone?

> The bigger concern is to limit the wifi, which you 
> seem to have covered. I go further and limit my wifi access by
> hardware address as well myself.

Do you mean the MAC address?
I did enable that and added the laptop to the list. However, I read on 
some other Linux forum (old thread) that it's easy to find the MAC 
addresses being used and then spoof them, i.e. an outsider can 
broadcast a valid MAC address.
Any more info on that?


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