Question Firewall and NTP - help me read this rule

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Question Firewall and NTP - help me read this rule

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I've enabled the NTP service on the router so that certain devices can use it.

Is this rule needed and is it allowing outside sources into the network?
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fredbert

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Personally I don't run the NTP service on the router but on both my NAS (which sync to Internet NTP). I then direct SRM to use the backup NAS as its NTP server. If the Internet goes down and I need to reboot the router (which is more often the case when trying to troubleshoot or refresh after an outage) it will have a NTP service available. If I recall right, using 2-step verification can be time dependant and my SRM admin uses 2-step.

Your firewall rule is set to allow any device, LAN or Internet, to access your router for NTP, so I'd delete it. Likewise the disabled rule below it ... I would restrict web access to the SRM to local devices only. You can run VPN Plus and allow users to first authenticate using that and then they can using the SRM LAN IP to access the web portal.
 
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Thank you, I didn't think it should be there but was confused when enabling the service it was suggested. The rule below is disabled as well. Thank you,
 

fredbert

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I saw the second rule was disabled, but mentioned it just in case you were thinking to enable it :)
 
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It was but saw that I didn't need it. Thank you though. I know these rules are basic in comparison to other firewalls but it's very interesting learning process. Especially when it comes to making sure that the outside can't reach certain devices.
 

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