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Selecting A Kernel

To create a filtering firewall, you don't need any special software. Linux will do. At the time of this writing I'm using RedHat 6.1.

The built in Linux firewall have changed several times. If you are using an old Linux kernel (1.0.x or older) geta new copy. These older used ipfwadm from and is no longer supported.

If you are using 2.2.13 or newer you will be using ipchaining as developed by

If you are using the newer 2.4 kernel there is a new firewall utility with more features. I will write about this soon.

Last Update: 2010-12-16