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Network Security with pfSense

By : Manuj Aggarwal
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Network Security with pfSense

By: Manuj Aggarwal

Overview of this book

While connected to the internet, you’re a potential target for an array of cyber threats, such as hackers, keyloggers, and Trojans that attack through unpatched security holes. A firewall works as a barrier (or ‘shield’) between your computer and cyberspace. pfSense is highly versatile firewall software. With thousands of enterprises using pfSense, it is fast becoming the world's most trusted open source network security solution. Network Security with pfSense begins with an introduction to pfSense, where you will gain an understanding of what pfSense is, its key features, and advantages. Next, you will learn how to configure pfSense as a firewall and create and manage firewall rules. As you make your way through the chapters, you will test pfSense for failover and load balancing across multiple wide area network (WAN) connections. You will then configure pfSense with OpenVPN for secure remote connectivity and implement IPsec VPN tunnels with pfSense. In the concluding chapters, you’ll understand how to configure and integrate pfSense as a Squid proxy server. By the end of this book, you will be able to leverage the power of pfSense to build a secure network.
Table of Contents (7 chapters)

Configuring IPsec tunnel

Now that you're familiar with the IPsec concepts, let's go ahead and implement a new IPsec tunnel in the pfSense server:

  1. Login to pfSense by inputting credentials and go to the pfSense dashboard.
  2. Now, let's go ahead and configure a new IPsec tunnel. Let's click VPN on the top toolbar, and click IPsec.

As you will see, right now there are no IPsec VPN tunnels configured here:

For this example, let's assume that this particular instance of pfSense is installed in Site A.

  1. Under the Tunnels tab, click the Add P1 button. P1 here refers to Phase 1. Ensure that the Disabled checkbox is not checked, otherwise the IPsec tunnel will not be enabled:

pfSense will suggest default values for most of these settings related to IPsec. The Internet Protocol for this IPsec tunnel is IPv4, which is what you want. The Interface is WAN1, which...