USENIX Tenth System Administration Conference (LISA
Centralized Administration of Distributed Firewalls
Mark Miller & Joe Morris
Allowing the connection of various networks to one's internal
network while keeping the internal network protected from
unauthorized access is key to success in this information age.
Firewall systems are currently the best known way of achieving this
objective. Management of these firewalls in a secure, consistent
and reliable manner is a strategy that is imperative to the
successful interconnection of diverse networks. This paper
describes the technical implementation of a paradigm enabling the
administration of distributed firewall systems from a centralized
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