IPFire is a Linux distribution, which focuses on ease of equipment, easy operation, and high level of security. It is an intuitive web-based interface for operational management, the interface for the novice and experienced system administrator to provide a lot of intuitive configuration options. IPFire is maintained by a group of developers who are concerned about security and frequently update the product to keep it safe. IPFire comes with a custom package manager called Pakfire, which can also be extended with a variety of attachments.
IPFire 2.25 – Core Update 148 is available for testing.
As we have already pre-announced some time ago this side-project inside the IPFire Project is finally ready for prime time.
It comes with a new implementation to build, organise and access a highly optimised database packages with loads of helpful data for our firewall engines, as well as our analytics to analyse where attacks against the firewall are originating from.
With it, IPFire can block attackers from certain countries, or do the opposite – only permit access to certain servers from certain places. Combining rules with the rate-limiting feature allows to limit connections from certain locations which is very helpful for DoS attacks.
No new features have been added, but those that we had have been massively improved. The database is now being updated once a week which makes it more accurate and we no longer require complicated scripts to convert it into different formats to be used in different parts of the operating system.
Instead the database can be opened and ready extremely quickly which allows access in realtime making pages on the web user interface load significantly faster.