The default logins are noted in the pfSense documentation as well as numerous locations on the pfSense website however I am noting here for our own benefit. We try to remember so many default logins that we sometimes forget the easiest ones including the fact that pfSense uses a different username as default for SSH and for the pfSense admin GUI. So to make it easiest to find I have noted them below.
Recently received a 1U IPSU NetGate ALIX Single to perform some testing with pfSense on this type of platform. I was looking for a way to track the device and hoping to use DMI information so needed to first install dmidecode. Anyhow ran into a couple issues which are noted below along with resolutions for those issues.
Earlier while troubleshooting a possible issue with VMWare Player on Ubuntu Linux I needed to sniff broadcast traffic. The goal was to see if there were multiple MAC addresses sending out broadcast traffic after VMWare Player was installed on Ubuntu even without a VM actually running. Below is a quick example of how to sniff Ethernet broadcast and multicast traffic using tcpdump.
If you are not hip to pfSense I suggest you check it out. It is an open source firewall that is making waves in InfoSec. The pfSense guys have a great howto for configuring IPSec VPN on the pfSense firewall as well as making connections via a freeware Windows IPSec VPN client called Shrew Soft which can be read by clicking here. The only item lacking in the article is a recommendation for a Mac OSX client as well as configuration tips for a Mac OSX client which is the sole point of this article. Below is information about where to download a freeware Mac OSX IPSec VPN client and then the necessary configuration to make a connection to the suggested settings noted in the howto of the pfSense web site.
Earlier I wanted to see if any PPTP clients were connected to an internal network through a pfSense firewall but wasn’t sure best way to do it. Turns out that outside of the pfSense command line I am not sure there is a best way so below I describe how to check for PPTP connected clients via the pfSense CLI as we as numerous way to check for connected clients via the pfSense web interface.