[nycbug-talk] building home firewalls out of soekris boxen

nikolai nikolai at fetissov.org
Mon Feb 4 17:07:57 EST 2008

> Howdy,
> Anyone local here spend much time *still* with Soekris boxes? I'm
thinking of building a new firewall or two for the home, I'd like to try
something OTHER than OpenWRT (since I already have a nice wireless
gateway, thankyouverymuch...) and the little boxes just ... appeal to me.
> Comments? Praises? Brickbats?
> Either post here, or send to me & I'll summarize back.

My net4801 access point is running aging OpenBSD-4.2 GENERIC snap.
Instead of playing with flashboot/flashdist, I mess with
mount points at install vs runtime, then build devices
in a separate prototype dir. After that the flash card is
read-only, everything else is on mfs. And, of course, I had
the card partitioned at some point.


  /dev/wd0a / ffs ro 1 1
  /dev/wd0b none swap sw 0 0
  /dev/wd0g /home ffs ro,nodev,nosuid 1 2
  /dev/wd0d /usr ffs ro,nodev 1 2
  swap /tmp mfs rw,nodev,nosuid,-s=16386 0 0
  swap /var mfs rw,nodev,nosuid,-P=/dev/wd0e 0 0
  swap /dev mfs rw,noexec,nosuid,-P=/proto/dev  0 0

The box runs everything default + dhcpd on wireless
interface + simple forwarding bind. No problems.


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