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Would it be worth it to disable Fedora's firewall?

asked 2013-08-11 06:18:30 -0500

ultrasonicmadness gravatar image

The other day, I asked a question regarding Fedora's Draconian firewall (https : //ask . fedoraproject . org/question/29782/fedoras-firewall-is-slowing-networking-with-the-realtek-rtl8187/) and I was advised to disable the firewall altogether. I would use the comments feature for asking this but, according to the FAQ, I don't have enough karma points to do this.

Would I still get reasonable security out of Fedora with the firewall turned off? I am talking about the kind of security needed to perform online transactions without someone spying on me.

Thanks for any help/advice,

UltrasonicMadness

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answered 2013-08-11 06:32:57 -0500

updated 2013-08-11 06:36:08 -0500

I wouldn't advised you to do that. No firewall means that you're unprotected from undesired attacks.

From our excellent documentation:

Just as a firewall in a building attempts to prevent a fire from spreading, a computer firewall attempts to prevent malicious software from spreading to your computer. It also helps to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your computer. In a default Fedora installation, a firewall exists between your computer or network and any untrusted networks, for example the Internet. It determines which services on your computer remote users can access. A properly configured firewall can greatly increase the security of your system. It is recommended that you configure a firewall for any Fedora system with an Internet connection.

Do read a little more if you're interested in security:

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answered 2013-08-12 17:10:56 -0500

ultrasonicmadness gravatar image

I have fixed the problem by adding my network connection to the firewall's 'trusted' zone in the KDE Control Module. Please let me know if this is a terrible idea.

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That's effectively the same thing as turning off the firewall. The firewall isn't your primary line of defense against the kind of phishing attacks you describe, but it can contribute as a secondary line of defence in that case.

AdamW gravatar imageAdamW ( 2013-08-13 00:50:41 -0500 )edit

It's my home Wi-Fi and I'm using a desktop. Don't most of these attacks happen on public Wi-Fi networks?

ultrasonicmadness gravatar imageultrasonicmadness ( 2013-08-13 05:21:50 -0500 )edit

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