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Re: running cfengine across firewall

From: Mark . Burgess
Subject: Re: running cfengine across firewall
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 08:21:14 +0100 (MET)

I understand the argument, but you don't need to expose your
internal machines to anything other than 1 IP adress on the outside.
(Just for the record) That is a very small risk.


On  1 Feb, Tim Nelson wrote:
> On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 address@hidden wrote:
>> I know that many folks think like this -- is it safe to open
>> your firewall? But do you have any reason that your firewall
>> software has any fewer bugs than cfengine might have? ;)
>       No; probably more.
>> Ask youself *why* you don't want to open your firewall.
>       It's all a matter of exposure.  The firewall in this case was a 
> Smoothwall (Linux firewall) machine (slightly modified).  IIRC, it had no 
> open ports, so the only vulnerabilities in it, if I understand, would be 
> TCP/IP attacks (or possibly iptables) on Linux.  And if they allow 
> compromise, I'm in big trouble :).
>       OTOH, if I port-forward the cfservd port (since the network behind 
> was NATed), then the exposure is the same as I originally had, *except* 
> that I also have to worry about cfservd (and bugs in the port-forwarding 
> mechanism).  If there's a cfservd hole, sure I have to rebuild some 
> external machines, but I can just rebuild the config from the internal 
> one.
>       The question is whether I think that there's more risk from 
> allowing access to the internal cfservd, or from the danger of updates not 
> getting pushed through properly.  The external cfengine machines, though, 
> could still get their config from the external cfengine server.
>       I agree, usually pull is better, but I prefer push going from a 
> (supposedly) higher security zone to a lower security zone.
>       :)

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