Written by ester4 the 18 Jul 11 at 03:22.
Category: Internet & Networking.
Status: Won't implement
There are no Firewall Log File Viewers that display the name of the application that is connecting or attempting to connect to the internet in the Log File.
The ability to create a Log File that keeps track of what applications connect to the internet can have many privacy and security uses in addition to giving users more control over and understanding of applications' internet connection behavior. Personally, I like to utilize Outbound Filtering in my firewall. When the firewall log records a blocked outgoing internet connection attempt, I want to know not only what IP addresses and port numbers were involved but also what application initiated the attempt. Presently, there is no software that can record such a log file in Ubuntu.
Yeah, the firewall logging process should add the application name. I think the superuser.com link you posted sums it up. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that would find this useful. Programming this myself is unfortunately over my head, so I'll have to wait and see if someone else is motivated enough to do it and make it available to all users :)
I don't understand how the log viewer would figure out what the application was. I don't understand what you mean?
I was thinking of it a long time ago, why Ubuntu havn't user friendly traffic control system (like windows border systems), which will build iptables rules on wizard dialog right in the moment wen application is trying to use network.
Linux is such useful in network but havn't such easy and light application. Wireshark and nethogs combined with iptables may be the basis for that application.