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Protecting internal server from internal clients

Hi friends,

A PIX 515E with 7.0(5) has been installed, interfaces being 1 Inside + 1 outside.

My question is if clients and server are connected to inside interface, how do I protect the internal server from attacks by internal clients?

Do i need to place the server in the DMZ? Since I dont have enough physical interfaces, can I create a DMZ by creating a logical interface / VLAN?

The clients, server and inside interface of a firewall are connected to a single Catalyst 2950 switch running IOS.

The client and server are in the same IP subnet as well.

Thanks a lot

Gautam

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Re: Protecting internal server from internal clients

If both are one the same physical interface you cannot protect your inside server without placing it at least on a VLAN. The traffic goes directly from the client to the server without beeing inspected by the Firewall.

Note that a VLAN is not as save as a physical interface,it is possible to craft packets or to sniff VLANs, but is still better to have VLANs than no control at all.

sincerely

Patrick

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Re: Protecting internal server from internal clients

A better option would be to purchase a single interface FastEthernet card for your DMZ. Then you can do everything as stated above without the slight security issues posed by the crafted packets....

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