Building a CD Bootable Firewall

    Date06 Mar 2002
    CategoryFirewalls
    6668
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    This document covers the basic steps I took in building a bootable CD containing a live FreeBSD filesystem with a couple of security features enabled and configured. With this CD, it is possible to transform a PC from a mediocre workstation into a VPN Gateway or firewall or both without touching the hard drive. . . . This document covers the basic steps I took in building a bootable CD containing a live FreeBSD filesystem with a couple of security features enabled and configured. With this CD, it is possible to transform a PC from a mediocre workstation into a VPN Gateway or firewall or both without touching the hard drive.

    Why would you want to do this? Read on.

    I was working on building VPN Gateways at various remote locations across the globe. I had already convinced the powers that be in our company that FreeBSD was the way to go and that IPSEC was the standard we should settle on. Did I mention firewall?

    The challenge I had was that these gateways would be installed at small locations (4 to 10 person offices) without super duper IT professionals and that most of them were across the globe in Germany.

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