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Which apps do I need to install for firewall in ubuntu w/Gnome desktop and is there open source virus software available ( firestarter, firewall builder, firewall configuration )?
Edited by Fuego - 3/21/11 at 4:59pm
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I believe Ubuntu comes with a firewall that's disabled. See instructions here: https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/serverg.../firewall.html

As far as OSS anti-viruses, the only one I know of is ClamAV. There are some others that are not OSS but still free like Panda and AVG. You really don't need one though unless maybe you're dual booting with Windows and want to make sure nothing crosses over.
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Thx for the link and your help
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iptables comes with ubuntu
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yeah you might want to consider a AV in linux, if you share partitions with windows or on a home network shared with windows machines.

the chances of you coming across a made for your distro virus/malware/spyware, that infects your linux itself is slim, but the chances of downloading a infected file onto a shared ntfs partition, and then using that file in windows can be high...so its always a good idea to at least scan shared partitions.

clamAV is one of the more "popular" ones, i believe it is still command line. AVG came out with a linux client, but i'm not sure if they still offer it. i'm sure there are many others, but i typically use my windows install to scan the shared partitions, its just makes sense to tie up that computing time...
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Just use UFW. It's installed and a very easy way to manage ip tables.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TFB View Post
Just use UFW. It's installed and a very easy way to manage ip tables.
TFB is right on this one. UFW is what ships with Ubuntu, however its just a command line wrapper for iptables. It works, but doesnt provide you with all the functionality that using iptables directly does.
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Also, if you want a graphical front-end to UFW, then install gufw.
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