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Linux as protection..how hard?

Discussion in 'Linux & Open Source' started by smoove, 18 Jan 2006.

  1. smoove

    Soldato

    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

    Posts: 5,390

    I've been fiddling with ubuntu for the last couple of days now, managed to get the net running on it, but I was wondering how hard it would be, to setup linux to act as my main firewall, virus scanner, & spyware scanner for my Xp WiFI laptop and XP desktop?

    Also, are there any Linux software virus scanners, that can scan for windows related virus? Thanks.
     
  2. Berserker

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 4 Nov 2002

    Posts: 15,441

    Location: West Berkshire

    There are dedicated distros designed for use as firewalls etc. Not sure what the latest and greatest versions are though.

    Clamav can do virus scanning, but there are other (possibly better) options.
     
  3. smoove

    Soldato

    Joined: 15 Dec 2002

    Posts: 5,390

    How hard are the detected distros? I dont mind using Ubuntu as I can still use the OS easily, could I use Ubuntu as a firewall?
     
  4. dunc

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Oct 2003

    Posts: 2,755

    Location: Selma, Alabama

    I setup firewall boxes using ubuntu and it works fine.

    Setup includes:
    Shorewall
    Squid
    Squidguard
    Snort
    Portsentry
    Dansguardian (for schools etc)
    Webmin
    logwatch
    P3scan (e-mail proxy with virus spam scanner support)
    Clamav
    Spamassasin.
    SSH

    All are in the repositories and install through Synaptic

    Dunc