Linux firewall-related /proc entries

Tuesday, 15 July 2003, 7:41 AM EST

Most people, when creating a Linux firewall, concentrate soley on manipulating kernel network filters: the rulesets you create using userspace tools such as iptables (2.4 kernels,) ipchains (2.2 kernels,) or even ipfwadm (2.0 kernels).

However there are kernel variables -- independent of any kernel filtering rules -- that affect how the kernel handles network packets. This article will discuss these variables and the effect they have on the network security of your Linux host or firewall.

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