On Thu, 19 May 2011 16:36:04 +0000, linux ftw1 wrote:
> First off How do you disable IPV6 access on all connections used on the
> pc-is there a way to test for ipv6 connectivity?
Go to a terminal prompt and type “/sbin/ifconfig”. If you don’t see ipv6
information listed on your external interfaces (you may see it on the
loopback, I don’t recall offhand and I haven’t disabled it yet). There’s
a setting in the network configuration to disable it; a reboot is
recommended after disabling it to remove the kernel module IIRC (though
that can probably be done without a reboot).
> Secondly how secure is a default opensuse 11.04 machine out of the box?
> should i be making some changes to the default configuration?
By default, all inbound connections are blocked with a few exceptions.
Go into YaST and select the firewall configuration to see what ports are
open. It’s pretty straightforward.
BTW, I’m assuming you mean 11.4 - there is no version “11.04” for
openSUSE - the version numbers are all xx.x in format.
> Thirdly what does the default firewall settings do? on my network i use
> my wpa2 psk aes connection via my local wireless network-in the event
> that some can hack into my wireless would the opensuse firewall prevent
> direct access to my pc from a attacker on the same wireless subnet?
Any inbound connection is blocked other than for the ports that are
If someone hacked into your wpa2-encrypted network, I’d be concerned that
the key isn’t strong enough. IIRC, wpa2 is not yet broken, or if it is,
it’s brute-force and generally a brute-force attack will succeed quickly
if you haven’t chosen a strong enough key.
> Fourthly when does opensuse 11.04 go out of date? in a year from now?
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