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 Post subject: Exemptions Bug in SP2?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:13 am 
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Has anyone else noticed this problem with SP2?

According to the microsoft website (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=842242), unallowing an exemption in Windows Firewall is as simple as unchecking a box. However, I've attempted this with several programs and it doesn't seem to have any affect. They're still allowed to receive incoming connections without prompting me to re-allow it. Am I missing something, or is this an unoticed bug?

You can read more about it at my samll, generic blog

http://home.hawaii.rr.com/fof

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 12:17 pm 
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See, the whole point of using exceptions shoots yourself in the foot. Any decent firewall will be able to open a port, but still be able to scan that port for unauthorized traffic. Even then, if you have basic knowledge of TCP/IP you can use IP Filtering to block outbound ports for known trojans and the such.

I don't know why Microsoft just doesn't license the IPTables technology - the same tech used in just about every Linux distro, and so solid that you can even use it as a stand alone firewall.

http://www.iptables.org/


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