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The Book of PF, 2nd Edition: Unlock the Potential of OpenBSD's Packet Filtering System--New from No Starch Press

November 18, 2010

The Book of PF, Second Edition
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San Francisco, CA, November 18, 2010—Today's system administrators face increasing challenges in their quest for network security. PF is the OpenBSD project's answer to these challenges, offering *BSD system administrators a system for filtering TCP/IP traffic with both Network Address Translation and IPv6 support. However, like most professional firewall software, it takes a bit of know-how to unlock PF's full potential

The acclaimed first edition of The Book of PF was hailed by InfoWorld as "a must-have reference for BSD users" and anyone who deals with firewalls, traffic management or load balancing. This eagerly anticipated second edition (No Starch Press, November 2010, 216 pp., $29.95, ISBN 9781593272746) has been completely updated and revised to cover the new syntax introduced in OpenBSD 4.7. New additions include coverage of CARP load balancing, expanded coverage of traffic shaping, and logging and monitoring. Published to coincide with the release of OpenBSD 4.8, the book also includes extensive support for using PF with FreeBSD and NetBSD.

A product of Peter N.M. Hansteen's extensive knowledge and his experience teaching best practices, The Book of PF tackles a broad range of topics, including how to:

  • Create rule sets for all kinds of network traffic, whether it's crossing a simple LAN, hiding behind NAT, traversing DMZs, or spanning bridges or wider networks
  • Create wireless networks with access points, and lock them down with authpf and special access restrictions
  • Maximize flexibility and service availability via CARP, relayd, and redirection
  • Create adaptive firewalls to proactively defend against would-be attackers and spammers
  • Implement traffic shaping and queues with ALTQ (priq, cbq, or hfsc) to keep networks responsive
  • Master traffic logs with monitoring and visualization tools (including NetFlow)

The Book of PF is for BSD enthusiasts and network admins at any level of expertise. With more and more services placing high demands on bandwidth and increasing hostility coming from the Internet at-large, one can never be too skilled with PF.

For more information or to request a review copy of The Book of PF, 2nd Edition, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (nostarchpr@oreilly.com, +1.415.863.9900, x300), or visit www.nostarch.com.

About the Author
Peter N.M. Hansteen is a consultant, writer, and sysadmin based in Bergen, Norway. A longtime Freenix advocate, Hansteen is a frequent lecturer on OpenBSD and FreeBSD topics, an occasional contributor to BSD Magazine, and one of the original members of the RFC 1149 implementation team. He writes a frequently slashdotted blog (http://bsdly.blogspot.com/) and is the author of the highly regarded PF tutorial (http://home.nuug.no/~peter/pf/).

Additional Resources
Chapter 4: "Wireless Networks Made Easy" (PDF)
Table of Contents
Detailed Table of Contents (PDF)
Index (PDF)
Catalog Page and Sample Pages

Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred The Book of PF, 2nd Edition
by Peter N.M. Hansteen
November 2010, 216 pp
ISBN 9781593272746, $29.95 USD
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