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Building Virtual Pentesting Labs for Advanced Penetration Testing by Kevin Cardwell

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Configuring firewall architectures

We have configured the one rule in our Smoothwall firewall, and this has been the only filtering we have configured. While we would love to test from an external location and not have any filtering in place which would effectively give us a flat network, in reality, this will rarely be the case. Therefore, we want a minimal set of filters set in our architecture that will resemble something that we may see in typical network architecture. There is an important point to make here: if we run into a well-configured layered and protected architecture, we will only get through on the ports that they have to allow to ingress to their services. This is the reality of testing; a well-configured architecture will not ...

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