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Building Firewalls with iptables, Part 1
Netfilter/iptables is included with the 2.4/2.5 Linux kernel for firewall, network address translation (NAT), and packet mangling functions. Netfilter works inside the kernel, while iptables is the table structure for the user-defined rulesets. Netfilter/iptables is the descendant of our old friends ipchains and ipwadfm (IP firewall administration); for simplicity, let's call it iptables from this point forward.
Some other excellent uses for iptables are for building firewalls for individual Unix/Linux/BSD workstations and also for building firewalls for subnets to protect other platforms. It's free, so why not construct layers of defenses? Depending solely on a gateway firewall is not enough.
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