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Configuring IPCop Firewalls by James Eaton-Lee, Barrie Dempster

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Firewalls

In this chapter, we will introduce some firewalling and networking concepts in enough detail to provide a refresher to those who've encountered them already, but in as minimal a fashion as possible, since understanding networking concepts is not the focus of this book. We feel that some of these concepts are important, and that a broader picture of how these technologies are used and where they come from serves to better our understanding of the way in which IT works—however, for the reader who is challenged for time, we have tried, wherever possible, to provide italicized summaries of the knowledge that we feel is important to have about these concepts.

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