Quwery about firewall software

Gene Heskett gheskett at wdtv.com
Sat Nov 14 11:39:53 UTC 2015


On Saturday 14 November 2015 05:56:55 Bret Busby wrote:

> On 14/11/2015, Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:
>
>
> <snip>
>
> > A common, $70 USD router with enough reflashable memory that you can
> > reflash it to DD-WRT makes an ideal firewall. I have a Netgear
> > WNA3500-something here, protecting my 5 machine home network.
>
> Our modem/router incorporates a firewall, which I had enabled, but,
> from many years ago, back, when I believe the 80486 was the latest
> whizzbang new CPU, I have been using a firewall/gateway computer for
> our LAN - it may have been from before DSL, when we were on dialup. We
> had started with an IPchains or IPtables (I am not sure which of those
> two, came first) firewall, that was provided to us by a friend in a
> local Linux User Group, and then, when I found Firestarter, we
> conerted to that. But then, firestarter ran out of support, but, our
> old firwall/gateway computer has been idling away, providing us with
> its level of protection, with all of the other protections that we
> have had, including the modem/router inbvuilt firewall.
>
> > It has
> > just sat there and ran for several years now, drawing about 5% of
> > the power an old wintel box drew for several years prior to it.  Its
> > programmed to forward one port to this machine, which is how you can
> > see the web page in my sig.
> >
> > When looking at routers, it must be reflashable, and must have 4
> > megs of flash, with 8 megs being even better.
> >
> > Network access for my home network machines is utterly transparent,
> > but no one has come in to do any dirty work in a decade or more. 
> > I'm probably foolish, but I haven't worried about the black hats in
> > years.
> >
> >> -- <you are missing a space between the second dash and the \l here
> >> to
> >
> >  make that into a legit sig separator.
>
> In this application, with the MTA (?) that I am using; the gmail thing
> has its own signature file, and I have just checked, and, in that, the
> line with the hyphens, is not present, so I have inserted a blank line
> into my signature stored in gmail, to see what effect that has. It
> would not take effect in this message, but, in the next message that I
> send, after this message.

What you need is "\r-- \r" or "\l-- \l" where the r is a return, and the 
l is a linefeed. *nix boxes use the \l when you hit the ENTER key.  
Without the quotes of course.

> --
> Bret Busby
> Armadale
> West Australia
>
> ..............
>
> "So once you do know what the question actually is,
>  you'll know what the answer means."
> - Deep Thought,
>  Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
>  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
>  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
>  written by Douglas Adams,
>  published by Pan Books, 1992
>
> ....................................................


Cheers, Gene Heskett
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