does (can?) freebsd-pf 'support' OSX?
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Mon Sep 20 14:06:25 PDT 2004
i've a couple of old macs i'd like to turn into useful gateway/firewall boxes.
they're running MacOSX 10.3.5 just fine.
but, with OSX, i'm stuck with ipfw -- v1, no less!
if my goal is a decent firewall, i understand my options to be pf & iptables.
to get to either, i can, of course, fight to get the openbsd, netbsd, freebsd, YelloDogLinux and/or Debian ports running on the box ... but given the h/w upgrades i have (ATA card, CPU upgrade) it doesn't look good.
soooooo, my QUESTION to y'all:
as OSX "shares" underpinnings with FreeBSD -- some go so far as to say "built on", but i get lost in the Mach vs FreeBSD core discussions -- I'm wondering if it's (a) currently possible, or (b) what would it take to get the freebsd-pf port up/running on OSX?
is is a forgone conclusion that pf is/must be built in to the kernel? or can it be built as an extension to OSX?
i simply am too green to know/understand the answer at this point, and would appreciate any/all pointers/comments/etc. =)
fwiw, i've raised this issue on the Darwin kernel & developer lists a number of times over the past months-n-years to no avail ...
the best i ever got was a "we're looking at firewalls" from someone, and the leaning, at that time, was towards ipfw2.
bottom line? how can i get pf running on OSX?
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