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Alternative Firmware for Wireless APs: Thibor




Alternative Firmware for Wireless APs: Thibor
Alternative Firmware for Wireless APs: Thibor



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=== CONTENTS ==================================================
IN FOCUS: Alternative Firmware for Wireless APs: Thibor

NEWS AND FEATURES
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   - PhishTank Aims to Blow Scammers Out of the Water
   - BartPE
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=== IN FOCUS: Alternative Firmware for Wireless APs: Thibor ===   by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net

So far, I've told you about three alternative firmware packages for 
wireless access points (APs): DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and Talisman. If you 
missed those stories, you can read them at our Web site at their 
respective URLs: 
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Continuing this series, this week, I give you a peek into Thibor. 
Unlike the previously discussed firmware, Thibor is designed 
specifically for the Linksys WRT54G, WRT54GL, WRT54GS, and WRTSL54GS 
routers. 

Like the other firmware packages, Thibor is based on the open source 
code published by Linksys. Thibor is actually a continuation of the 
firmware package HyperWRT, which started in 2004 and was, as far as I 
know, maintained until early 2005. When HyperWRT development apparently 
ceased, two other developers picked up the ball to continue independent 
development of HyperWRT forks. Eventually the two packages were merged 
into what became known as Thibor. 

Like DD-WRT, OpenWRT, and Talisman, Thibor includes enhancements to the 
core features available in the Linksys firmware. These include 
enhancements to the Quality of Service (QoS) traffic shaping, port 
forwarding, and port triggering subsystems, as well as access 
restrictions including the blocking of specific services. 

Added features include static DHCP leasing, a port redirector, a site 
survey tool, support for DDNS including the ZoneEdit tool, and Wake-on-
LAN capability. In terms of security, Thibor also includes the Dropbear 
Secure Shell (SSH) server and client as well as enhanced filtering that 
can block potentially unwanted content, such as Java applets, ActiveX 
controls, cookies, and P2P software such as BitTorrent, Kazaa, WinMX, 
Direct Connect (DC), and Gnucleus.

As you might expect, Thibor supports PPTP for VPNs and Wired Equivalent 
Privacy (WEP), Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), and WPA2 for communication 
encryption, and even supports a number of file systems including NTFS, 
FAT, FAT32, ReiserFS, Ext2, and Ext3. 

In the previous articles of this series, I said that the firmware 
packages include ipchains firewall software. However, reader Bonno 
Bloksma wrote to correct me. Iptables is a much improved successor to 
ipchains. The firmware packages I've mentioned to date, including 
Thibor, use iptables. Thanks, Bonno, for pointing out that mistake. 

Thibor not only includes iptables but can also be made to use Firewall 
Builder. Firewall Builder is a GUI-based tool that's designed to make 
creating iptable firewall policies easier. Firewall Builder creates a 
script that you copy to the router. The script then configures iptables 
with the behavior that you've defined. At the Firewall Builder site (at 
the URL below), you can also see some screenshots of the tool in 
action. 
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Like DD-WRT and Talisman, Thibor (at the first URL below) includes an 
easy-to-use GUI. Although HyperWRT isn't being maintained anymore, the 
Web site (at the second URL below)is still active and has a Web-based 
forum where people can openly discuss problems, request features, and 
get help using the Thibor firmware. 
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