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Subject[RFC<g>]: Secure Gateway/Proxy/Firewall Distribution

Hi, I'm looking into putting together a new distribution for easilly
building a gateway/firewall machine, small, fast, and _secure_. Currently
the distributions install all manner of things, and usually lack somewhat
in security.

I envision a _small_ distribution that should install to < 100Mb and will
provide proxys for normal things (ie, web, ftp, telnet, ping(?), etc),
obviously this would not actually have forwarding enabled in the kernel,
and I'm undecided on weither module support is prudent. This will not
include a compiler, and will not accept normal telnet login, management
would be more sensible to done via either the local console port, or ssh,
kerbros, ssl telnet, or even ipsec tunnelling. It would include form of
packet sucker that could listen on many 'standard' ports on the outside
interface and try to detect DOS attacks. Also it would include a simple,
secure mta that can pass traffic onto a internal mailhost for the domain
and would provide smart relaying for the internal mailhost -> the
internet.

Anyhows, if your interested in being involved please email me privately
and if there is a good amount of interest I can provide a maillist to
discuss it further instead of clogging up these lists.

I am very welcome to general suggestions also, so please, send me your
comments.

Thank you,

Patrick Jordan-Smith | . o O ( Seagirt ) O o . | patrick@seagirt.co.nz

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