How To Install FireStarter in Debian

A High-Level Graphical Interface Iptables Firewall For Linux Systems - FireStarter

Firestarter is an Open Source and easily used firewall application which aims to merge with impressive features and serves both system administrators and desktop users.

 

Features

  •  Excellent Linux kernel tuning features add protection from broadcasting, flooding, and spoofing
  •  Internet connection Support sharing with DHCP service for the clients
  •  Open and close ports with a few clicks
  •  An event monitor module which shows real-time intrusion attempts
  •  Suitable for servers, desktops and gateways usage
  •  A setup wizard which walks you through setting up firewall on your computer for the first time
  •  Friendly graphical interface
  •  Open Source application

 

Installation of FireStarter

 

On Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint

First edit /etc/apt/source.list . Add following line and save.

“deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian wheezy main “

 

Update the apt.

root@linuxhelp:~# apt-get update
Get:1 http://security.debian.org jessie/updates InRelease [63.1 kB]
Get:2 http://ftp.debian.org jessie-updates InRelease [142 kB]                  
Ign http://ftp.de.debian.org wheezy InRelease                                  
Ign http://mirrors.linode.com jessie InRelease                                 
Get:3 http://ftp.de.debian.org wheezy Release.gpg [2,373 B]                    
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Hit http://mirrors.linode.com jessie/non-free Translation-en                   
Hit http://httpredir.debian.org jessie/main Translation-en                     
Hit http://httpredir.debian.org jessie/non-free Translation-en     

 

Run the following command to install firestarter on Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint system.

root@linuxhelp:~# apt-get install firestarter
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  menu
Suggested packages:
  dhcp3-server menu-l10n
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.
.
Setting up firestarter (1.0.3-11) ...
Processing triggers for systemd (215-17+deb8u3) ...
Processing triggers for menu (2.1.47) ...   

 

To Configure And Use

After installation is completed, use the following command to launch the Firestarter firewall.

root@linuxhelp:~# firestarter

 

Or go to application search panel, type firestarter and select it.

Now the Fire Starter firewall wizard will be opened, to set up the firewall

 

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In detected devices list, Choose your Internet connected network device and press the Forward button.

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Select “Start firewall now” and click the Save button to start the firewall.

 

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The three pages of the FireStarter firewall are as follows:

Status, Events and Policy.

The first page is the status page, which gives the information about the firewall status, events, network status, and active connections.

 

The status of the firewall

  • Active status that means it is enabled and working
  • Locked status that means that nothing is permitted inside the firewall
  • Disabled status that means the firewall has been ceased and all connections are accepted

The shortcuts used for changing the status of the FireStarter firewall are,

CTRL+P, to stop the firewall
CTRL+S, to start the firewall

 

The two parts are :

  • Outbound traffic policy
  • Inbound traffic policy

To permit connections from a host, go to the Policy page and from the drop down menu, choose Inbound Traffic Policy.

 

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Under Allow Connections From Host, Right Click and specify the IP, hostname or network.

 

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Right Click under Allow Service Port and enter your service name to allow service for others in your machine.

 

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FireStarter


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