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Traffic Baseline. Apps/OS.

Rant.

Many “NGFW” creations looks into the application-stack “layer 8”. I am however pondering over, since many seems to also identify the underlying OS (for enabling better and easier rule-sets per device category for example) – why not also provide a baseline for that specific OS – what to expect and also identify the normally permitted traffic – and the underlying connectionpoints for those. With this reasoning, one could filter out lots of garbage traffic that otherwise needs to be looked at with all the possible UTM-profiles.

This would be something we all could benefit from, make easier exclusions on per OS-basis etc. If we learn what normal is, we do not have to look at it all the time – only in a fully forensic perspective would it be needed – to fully determine a timeline etc.

Presenting the PiWall and the PiES.

It has been a bumpy ride for the PiWall setup.
Memory-cards dying all over the place kinda killed the first PiWall and a few of the PiES.
The first incarnation of the PiWall held a bridge feature with wireless included with WPA2. Sadly due to stability issues with previous power supply I had to ditch it before – I might rebuild it again now that I have a new fancy supply attached.
I did also loose my nifty compiled squid proxy that made updating less costing bandwith wise (it has to be slim in space, power and bandwith – it´s raspberry pi´s! ).
However, now they are finally in order, and ready to perform all the fun stuff I want.

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The main layout goes as follows;
All PiES uses rasbian as base – some the full featured version, and some the lite release. Hardware wise they are Raspberry Pi B, B+ and raspberry pi 2´s.

Top – PiWall – simple firewall gateway with NAT. Uses NTOP for enjoyment over the webs. Featureset includes Gateway (NAT), DHCP,DNS. Will include Squid against attached usb stick on Pi-Blue.
Pi-Blue – the blue cable – for the Pi with the touchscreen that is attatched to the side. Graphs realtime with iftop. Will serve usb stick over NFS for additional r/w features (ie, squid).
Pi-Orange – Master node and will be used as controller for all. Any actions onwards will be directed from this baby.
Pi-Purple – Slave node.
Pi-Yellow – Slave node.
Pi-Green – slave node.
pies-switch – a “smart” netgear switch with a webinterface
On the side – One to many USB “psu”. Makes it easier..

Next step will be to re-compile glusterFS – I had it partially working until two SD-cards died…

I will try to in the future add Partial PXE-boot-like enviroment. Meaning that only data on the SD-card locally will be the needed boot-part – the rest will not reside on it, making the setup more durable and totally minimizing writes to the SD-cards.

How things progress on a private LAN.

Found an old image from back in the day that I uploaded to a site ratemynetworkdiagram.com.
(image created with SmartDraw trial version (“Ancient”) )

Old network layout

Now, one might argue that my drawing skills was better back then, but newer the less, the function of the network
still remains the same.

The introduction of a income did dramatically increase the “umpf” of the layout, and so did a move. It’s gone through several
changes over time, and a more up to date sketch will take some time, since I have to dumb down the layout to the old sketch’s version ;).

Still, it’s fun to see that things do progress over a span of 10 years..

Don’t worry – I’ll do a continuation of this one with a current image (some day..) :).