Transparent Squid Proxy

Over the holidays, I had a user experience and attempted browser hijacking.  It appeared to have bypassed my squid proxy.   My updated configuration now sends all web access via squid.  The old firewall rules, that allowed direct access to the Internet, have been replaced with a transparent Squid proxy.  This runs on my existing Squid […]

Implementing IPv6 6to4 on OpenWRT

As the IPv4 addresses begins to run out I finally invested the time to investigate and implement IPV6. As my ISP has not yet announced availability of IPV6 addresses I chose to implement a 6to4 tunnel. This is simple to implement, and currently well supported. My external firewall is an ASUS wireless router running OpenWRT.  […]

Firewalling Google Chat and Skype

To enable for Internet chat I set up Google Chat and Skype.  My firewall rules have been extremely restrictive with only known and approved services allowed to connect.  Google Chat installed with no noticeable impact to the firewall. Things did not go so well with Skype. The installation of Skype resulted in lots of warnings […]

Monitoring with Munin

Munin is a system monitoring program designed to capture and graph performance statistics with minimal configuration. It is significantly easier to configure than MRTG and has a wide variety of plugins.  The Ubuntu (Debian) installer will setup a reasonable configuration on installation.  It requires one server, and a client daemon on all monitored servers including […]

OpenWRT and Ubuntu dnmasq setup

Now I have replaced my old firewall with OpenWRT, I needed to enhance the configuration of dnsmasq to support the network.  The old Ubunutu based firewall was already running dnsmasq, as does the DNS server on the LAN. I run a mixed network with wired and wireless clients on separate address ranges. DHCP services are […]

OpenWRT syslog-ng Installation

When I went to process my remote firewall log output from OpenWRT, I noticed that the entries were truncated.  A quick check with tcpdump indicated that the syslog packets were truncated to 256 characters.  As syslogd and klogd are both provided by BusyBox, I decided to replace them both.  The obvious solution was to replace […]