Some Things that Shorewall Does Not Do

Tom Eastep

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This article applies to Shorewall 3.0 and later. If you are running a version of Shorewall earlier than Shorewall 3.0.0 then please see the documentation for that release

Shorewall Does not:

  • Act as a “Personal Firewall” that allows Internet access control by application. If that's what you are looking for, try TuxGuardian.

  • Work with an Operating System other than Linux (version >= 2.4.0)

  • Act as a Proxy (although it can be used with a separate proxy such as Squid or Socks).

  • Do content filtering:

  • Configure/manage Network Devices (your Distribution includes tools for that).

In Addition:

  • Shorewall generally does not contain any support for Netfilter xtables-addons features -- Shorewall only supports features from released kernels except in unusual cases.