Observing fwsnort in Action

Illustrating fwsnort operations with specific example attacks is a practical way to see how fwsnort functions and how to put it to good use. In this section we'll cover a set of attacks derived from the Snort ruleset, and we'll see how fwsnort detects and (optionally) reacts to these attacks. By default, a policy built by fwsnort behaves like an intrusion detection system in the sense that attacks are only logged via the LOG target; no attempt is made to drop packets, reset TCP connections, or generate ICMP error code packets. However, we can quickly turn this passive stance into an active one by using the --ipt-reject or --ipt-drop command-line arguments to fwsnort, as we'll see in the following examples.

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