Shoreline Firewall

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This is an Open Source, iptables-based firewall designed for Linux operating systems

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  • The compiler failed to parse the construct +[n] where n is an integer (e.g., +bad[2]).
  • Orion Paplawski has provided a patch that adds 'ko.xz' to the default MODULE_SUFFIX setting. This change deals with recent Fedora releases where the module names now end with ".ko.xz". In addition to Orion's patch, the sample configurations have been modified to specify MODULE_SUFFIX="ko ko.xz".
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Thomas M. Eastep
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Shoreline Firewall - The help message of the Shoreline Firewall application, as viewed from the Linux Terminal
Shoreline Firewall, more commonly known as "Shorewall," is an open source, free and high-level command-line firewall, router or gateway software for configuring Netfilter via entries in a set of configuration files. Keep in mind that Shorewall is not designed to act as a daemon, as it can only be used to configure Netfilter.

Features at a glance

Key features include stateful packet filtering, supports an unlimited number of network interfaces, allows users to partition their network into zones, allows multiple zones per interface and multiple interfaces per zone, supports overlapping and nested zones, masquerading/SNAT, port forwarding (DNAT), one-to-one NAT, proxy ARP, and NETMAP.

Additionally, the software supports centralized firewall administration, features a web-based user interface via the powerful Webmin software, offers flexible address routing and management capabilities, traffic accounting, operational support, status monitoring, bridge/firewall support, as well as comprehensive documentation.

Supports many virtualization solutions

Shoreline Firewall also supports blacklisting of individual IP addresses, operational support, VPN support, Media Access Control (MAC) address verification, support for IPSEC, IPIP, OpenVPN, and GRE tunnels, and supports a wide range of virtualization solutions, including the popular VirtualBox, Xen, KVM, OpenVZ, LXC and Linux-Vserver.

Supports IPv4 and IPv6

Both IPv6 and IPv4 network protocols are supported by Shorewall, which can be downloaded from Softpedia in two editions, one for the IPv4 Internet protocol and another one for IPv6, as universal tarballs, running on both 64-bit and 32-bit hardware platforms. In addition, the program comes with a vast amount of informational commands.

Most GNU/Linux distros are supported

The application is officially supported on a wide range of GNU/Linux platforms, including Debian, openSUSE, Trustix, TurboLinux, SuSE Enterprise Linux Desktop, SuSE Enterprise Linux Server, Linux PPC, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Arch Linux, Slackware, LEAF/Bering, and any other RPM- or DEB-based operating system.

Shoreline Firewall was reviewed by , last updated on April 13th, 2015

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