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RE: Microsoft to ship new versions with firewall enabled
From: Drew Weaver <drew.weaver () thenap com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 13:35:09 -0400

John Neiberger wrote:

Hmm...I didn't even know XP had a built-in firewall.  Any bets on how
long it is before other companies with software firewall products bring
suit against Microsoft for bundling a firewall in the OS?

No clue, but I can tell you how long it will last before ISP helpdesks
disable the firewall.

About 30 seconds, for my customers.  In fact, when you configure a dialup
connection, the firewall *is* enabled by default, until walk them through
turning it off?  Why?  Because after anywhere from 2 days to 2 months,
suddenly things just stop working...usually POP3, but often SMTP, HTTP or
HTTPS.  Like many things MS, it's broken.


Is that what causes the random stoppage? I never thought of that, why would
it prevent outgoing connections on only some ports though. Seems fishy,
thanks for the tip though :-)

BTW: I've seen this too.

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