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Setting up secure windows xp network
From: "SML" <sml () ukf net>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 15:20:43 +0100

I'd like to thank everyone for their input.
I've tried several different configurations over past several days. I didn't
like ICS with Windows own firewall. So I went to ZoneAlarm Pro, but found
out that I couldn't set my internet connected network card to be in the
Internet Zone, the NAT wouldn't work. The only way it would if it was placed
in the Medium Zone. I wonder how secure it is this way? Am I too paranoid?
:) Then I learned about Kerio WinRoute Firewall which in fact consist of NAT
and Firewall all in one.
Can anyone share their thoughts about it. I mean how good or bad it is in
all aspects.
I'm going to try the trial version today.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lachlan McGill [mailto:Lachlan.McGill () au logical com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 4:30 AM
To: 'SML'; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Setting up secure windows xp network

As a very simple method, you can try just blocking ports on the network card
level in its TCP/IP properties. This is very simple and also not necessarily
the most secure.

You should be able to get some success with third party apps such as
Nortons, Mcafee and Zone Alarm. Its just a matter of configuring them
properly to suit your setup.

-----Original Message-----
From: SML [mailto:sml () ukf net]
Sent: Friday, 23 May 2003 12:57 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com

Hello list.
I'm in the process of securing Windows xp prof network, consisting of 5
We use "workgroup" configuration.
Also the computers are conected to internet through windows 2000 gateway
computer with 2 network cards, where one card connects to ADSL router. NAT
software is in place on the gateway.
I'd much appreciate if somebody could point me to the internet recourses, or
give advise on how to make the most of windows own security features,
policies etc. Also what software firewall could we use on the gateway, since
after trying norton and mcaffe firewals, we couldn't access the intrenet.


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