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pfSense Captive Portal Edit

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imagespfSense: Captive Portal Logo Edit

(-Webadmin-) This article was copied from another blog - Disclosure: I am not connected with pfSense/BSD Perimeter LLC in any business manner, I am just a user. I created this feature focus for my own reasons but decided to publish it anyway. The real push for this article to me is how to control the jpg format on the public portal page. See the last part of this article to disclose the "File" area and how to manipulate your public portal page with your business artwork. 


For the uninitiated pfSense is a standalone firewall/router the is based on FreeBSD which is designed for use on standard PC hardware. It uses the OpenBSD Packet Filter (hence the pf) for the firewall as well as advanced features such as hardware redundancy via CARP, VPN and load balancing. However I will be talking about an interesting feature called the captive portal on pfSense 2.x. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2011 21:36

Wireless Setup - Office Lan with PFSense

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Wireless-Internet-SecurityQuick Wireless Guide using PFSense

-webadmin- Credit for this article goes to Sloan Miller - article link here...

The guide will take you through the setup of the pfSense firewall with one WAN interface, one LAN interface and one Opt1-WiFi Interface. Skip to the wireless section near the end if your already setup on pfSense.

This guide was written for Linksys, Netgear, and D-link users with no firewall or router experience. No experience is needed with FreeBSD or GNU/Linux to install and run pfSense. When you are finished, management of pfSense will be from a web interface just like any of the SOHO firewall/router appliances.

pfSense is a web-based firewall project that is similar, in terms of functionality, to the software in firewall appliances sold by Linksys, Netgear and D-Link. pfSense covers all the basic requirements offered by those appliances but offers so much more—in fact, it is really in a class by itself since it would be very difficult to find a commercial alternative that would provide what pfSense has to offer (or, anything cheaper than $2,000–$5,000).

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2011 12:32

PFSense IDS Firewall Security

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SmallNetBuilder Web - Build an IDS Firewall - PFSense

-webadmin- Small Net Builder Web - Auther Greg Noel

Hear that sound? That is someone rattling your doorknob. If they are able to break in, they will ransack your home, rifle through your private papers, correspondence, bank statements, photos, and if lucky they’ll find your club memberships and credit cards - your identity. They may even plant listening devices. If you lived in a bad neighborhood, you’d put in high quality locks and maybe an alarm system. The problem is, on the net, everywhere is a bad neighborhood.

What stands between you and this happening on the internet is generally your router, which is designed more as a doorway than a lock. Consumer grade firewalls, either software or hardware, can act as a lock or gatekeeper. But to truly turn back the faceless attacks (even if they would just find pictures of your kids), you need a dynamic firewall with intrusion detection; the kind of 1U firewall server appliances usually found only in corporate data centers (read: expensive). Devices that generally start at about $3K; a Cisco PIX firewall starts at nine.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 05:15

PFSense Solution? - Millions of Home routers at Risk

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Millions of Home Routers at Risk?

LAS VEGAS -- According to new research delivered today here at the Black Hat security conference, millions of home routers may have a serious security flaw.

In his presentation at Black Hat, security researcher Craig Heffner detailed how an external attacker could gain full control of a user's router and use that to gain access to the internal local area network (LAN). Though the implications are ominous, Heffner, also detailed a variety of steps users can take to protect themselves.

"The question is not how to hack the routers, that's easy," Heffner said. "The question is how to get access when you're not on the local LAN."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 22:15

Working LCD - X700 Watchguard! - PFSense 2.0

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 Working LCD on Watchguard X700 with PFSense 2.0!

Edit: This only works correctly under 2.0. To use this file for 1.2.3 you need to add a sym link manually see

Here's something that works!  Roll Eyes
At least it did with yesterdays build (pfSense-2.0-BETA5-1g-i386-20110209-1815) on a completely clean install.
Download the attachment to this message. Rename it lcdd4.tar (remove the .png).
Upload it to your firebox via Diagnostics\Command Prompt\Upload in the web interface. This will put the file in \tmp. Then open a command prompt via serial or shh and:
Code: (after you copy the file to the /tmp dir complete the commands in red)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 22:16