Firewalls protect your computer against access from unauthorized sources and shield certain services from the Internet. Mandriva Linux includes a firewall which you can configure through the Mandriva Linux Control Center.
The Mandriva firewall is an interactive firewall, unlike the firewall included with many other Linux distribution’s. Mandriva’s firewall alerts you when someone tries to access blocked services from the Internet or performs a port scan on your computer. If you’d rather not see these alerts, you can disable them in the configuration dialog of the firewall.
Accessing Firewall Configuration
Click the star-shaped icon at the bottom-left corner of the Mandriva Linux desktop, click “Tools," click “System Tools" and click “Configure Your Computer."
- Type your root password into the password prompt dialog box which appears and press “Enter."
- Click “Security" at the left side of the Mandriva Linux Control Center window.
- Click the “Set Up Your Personal Firewall" icon.
Viewing the Interactive Firewall Log
You can view the interactive firewall’s log and manage the blacklist and whitelist by right-clicking the network icon on the panel at the bottom-right corner of the Mandriva desktop and clicking “Interactive Firewall." View the log, blacklist or whitelist by clicking the tabs at the top of the window. If you want to blacklist or whitelist a type of traffic in the log, click the item in the log and click the “Blacklist" or “Whitelist" button. Remove items from the blacklist or whitelist by clicking the item and clicking the “Remove from Blacklist" or “Remove from Whitelist" buttons.
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