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3.8.2. Basic Firewall Configuration

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.

3.8.2.1. Firewall Administration Tool

During the Firewall Configuration screen of the Fedora installation, you were given the option to enable a basic firewall as well as to allow specific devices, incoming services, and ports.
After installation, you can change this preference by using the Firewall Administration Tool.
To start this application, use the following command:
[root@myServer ~] # system-config-firewall
Firewall Administration Tool
Security Level Configuration
Figure 3.10. Firewall Administration Tool

Note

The Firewall Administration Tool only configures a basic firewall. If the system needs more complex rules, refer to Section 3.9, “IPTables” for details on configuring specific iptables rules.