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Mastering pfSense - Second Edition

By : David Zientara
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Mastering pfSense - Second Edition

By: David Zientara

Overview of this book

pfSense has the same reliability and stability as even the most popular commercial firewall offerings on the market – but, like the very best open-source software, it doesn’t limit you. You’re in control – you can exploit and customize pfSense around your security needs. Mastering pfSense - Second Edition, covers features that have long been part of pfSense such as captive portal, VLANs, traffic shaping, VPNs, load balancing, Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP), multi-WAN, and routing. It also covers features that have been added with the release of 2.4, such as support for ZFS partitions and OpenVPN 2.4. This book takes into account the fact that, in order to support increased cryptographic loads, pfSense version 2.5 will require a CPU that supports AES-NI. The second edition of this book places more of an emphasis on the practical side of utilizing pfSense than the previous edition, and, as a result, more examples are provided which show in step-by-step fashion how to implement many features.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Important packages

Since the publication of the first edition of this book, several new packages have been added. The most notable of these new packages are as follows:

  • acme: A package which automates the process of generating Let's Encrypt certificates. The goal of Let's Encrypt is to encrypt the web by making it easier to obtain SSL certificates. acme stands for Automated Certificate Management Environment.
  • frr: The FRR routing daemon for BGP, OSPF, and OSPF6. This package is intended to supersede Quagga OSPF, although the latter has not been removed from the package list or deprecated. It is not compatible with OpenBGPD or Quagga OSPF.
  • lldpd: Provides support for the Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), which is specified in IEEE 802.1ab. It also provides support for several proprietary protocols, such as Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP), Extreme Discovery Protocol...