Configuration and Implementation Issues for a Firewall System Running on a Mobile Handset

Martinsen, Pal-Erik (2005) Configuration and Implementation Issues for a Firewall System Running on a Mobile Handset. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Any device connected to the Internet needs to be protected. Using a firewall as a first line of defence is a very common way to provide protection. A firewall can be set up to protect an entire network or just a single host. As it is becoming more and more popular to connect mobile phones and other hand held devices to the

Internet, the big question is;"how to protect those devices from the perils of the Internet?" This work investigates issues with the implementation of a firewall system for protecting mobile devices. Firewall administration is an error prone and difficult task. Setting up a correctly configured firewall in a network setting is a difficult task for a network administrator. To enable an ordinary mobile phone user to set up a firewall configuration to protect his mobile phone it is

important to have a system that is easy to understand and warns the user of possible mistakes. Generic algorithms for firewall rule-set sorting and anomaly discovery are presented. This ensures that the rule-set is error free and safe to use. This is a vital part of any firewall system. The prototype developed can be used to find errors in existing firewall rule-sets. The rule-set can be in either a native firewall configuration format (currently only IPF is supported) or in a generic XML format. This generic XML format was developed as a part of this research project. Further a new graphical visualization concept that allows the end user to configure an advanced firewall configuration from a device with a small screen and limited input possibilities is presented.

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ID Code: 16095
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Clark, Andrew & Looi, Mark
Keywords: Firewall, rule-set, sorting, anomaly detection, visualization, mobile handset
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Department: Faculty of Information Technology
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Pal-Erik Martinsen
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:56
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:43

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