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RE: Watchguard Firebox firewalls
From: "Chris Berry" <compjma () hotmail com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 11:16:51 -0800

From: "CHRIS GRABENSTEIN" <LFGRABC () LF VCCS EDU>
I manage two Firebox 1000s.  I'm not particularly impressed with it (the
rules aren't granular enough for my tastes), but that's what my boss bought.
It can detect port scans/ping scans/etc. and dynamically block IPs.  It has
some built-in proxies to strip out some less-desirable content.

It gets the job done, but maybe not as well as other products can. I watched the console port once a long while back and it's just a Linux box in a bright red case. I believe it was running a 2.0 kernel. It may have been 2.2, but
I don't think so.

Smoothwall (smoothwall.org) looks very nice and is free, but I've only toyed
with it a little.  Does anyone know how well it's suited for a production
network?

I use IPCOP which is a fork of smoothwall, and it works great for us.

Chris Berry
compjma () hotmail com
Systems Administrator
JM Associates

"Live dangerously, overclock your servers."

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