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Re: IPS vs. Firewalls (why vs. ?)
From: Gabriele Buratti <gabriele.buratti () netasq com>
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2006 06:34:56 +0100
Dave Piscitello wrote:
> If you take issue with this, consider
> that some companies who bash proxies as being performance inhibitors
> bolt SSL VPNs onto their firewalls.
Yep ! You still need proxies to do this SSL stuff as long as to hook an
antivirus for example.
Remember the old networking rule "switch when you can, route when you
must" ? In this field could be read as "analize on-the-fly when you can,
rewrite with a proxy when you must".
This is something more than "cutting the corners" this is using the best
tool available for each job.
> Marcus J. Ranum wrote:
> The fundamental issue always boils down to whether your product
> inherently implements default permit or default deny; what it
> does with the stuff that it will, inevitably, encounter that is
> outside of its knowledgebase.
You have to use both approaches here: let's say our knowledgebase is the
definition of http protocol as it should be. So, if you find malformed
http (=non compliant) you drop it. What if you find some instant
messaging traffic (you don't want in your network) that is http compliant ?