IPFire – firewall distribution

IPFire is a Linux distribution which comes with a versatile and state of the art firewall engine that makes even the most complex setups easy to administer. It can be maintained via an intuitive web interface. The distribution also offers selected server daemons and can easily be expanded to a SOHO server.

IPFire is ready for high performance networks and running evenly well on embedded hardware. It is designed for high security. It is hardened to protect itself from attacks from the network.

IPFire is set up easily in less than half an hour but also comes with expert features that are needed in professional networks.

Features include:

  • Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall, which is built on top of netfilter (the Linux packet filtering framework).
  • Proxy server with content filter and caching functionality for updates (i.e. Microsoft Windows updates and anti-virus).
  • Intrusion detection system (Snort) with intrusion prevention guardian.
  • VPN via IPsec and OpenVPN.
  • DHCP server.
  • Caching name server.
  • Time server.
  • Wake-on-LAN (WOL).
  • Dynamic DNS.
  • Quality of Service.
  • Outgoing firewall.
  • System monitoring and log analysis.
  • Custom package manager called Pakfire and the system can be expanded with various add-ons.


Working state:Active
Init Software:-
Package Management:Pakfire
Release Model:Fixed
Platforms:armv6l, x86_64
This article is part of our Big List of Active Linux Distros which is currently under development.

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