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Saturday, October 23, 2004

.Net[DotNet]Foundry's First Official Meeting

Day before yesterday, 21st of OCT 2004 we (I and Danish Sami) were having our very first official meeting of INETA under NetFoundry. It was really a good discussion and we came across many good questios. We planned how can we progress faster and faster and build up a good community. In that meeting my area was about Windows Security, I better say WinXP security where I have higlighted the features of XP SP2. There was a question where I couldn't convince him, but today in the morning I emailed to one of Microsoft's MVP and got the answer. Here is the reply of my email.

adnanrafik@yahoo.com wrote:>
Mail from MVP Jubo Security Blog:> > Sender: Adnan Rafik> Email: adnanrafik@yahoo.com>
IP Address: x.x.x.x>
I was doing discussion with one of my very good friend and he asked me a question about XP SP2 built-in firewall.> If we enable the firewall it'll do the port filtering and block the pop-up and un-wanted application. But shall is scans the packet which are open. Let say if msn port 1863 is open to communicate on the Internet then anyuser can send the malicious code through that port. So how this firewall gonna protect me on opened ports.

> > Regards> Adnan Rafik>


Hello Adnan,
The Windows firewall in SP2 will not block any popups. The firewall only blocks unwanted/malicious data from the outside/the Internet. It will not check for any outgoing data from maicious software that are already installed on the computer.

Here are some very good websites that give you more information aboutSP2 and Windows firewall:"Windows XP Service Pack 2"http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sp2/default.mspx
"Understanding Windows Firewall"http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/security/internet/sp2_wfintro.mspx
The firewall is sufficient for most 'home users' but if you want a firewall that checks for outgoing data too then I'd suggest you take a look at ZoneAlarm:http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jspand/or Sygate:http://www.sygate.com/

There are other firewalls out there but these two are the most well known firewalls and you can configure them as you wish.
Greetigns from Holland.. Jurren
-- Jurren Bouman


Blogger Danish Sami said...

Really it was a nice meeting. We two converse a lot from all aspects of windows security provided by Microsoft in XP SP2. The XP SP2 is a lot in its enitrety, but what if it starts scanning the outbound data.

I MS must include the features like the Zonealarm and Sygate to make sure users are safe from the internal attacks.

-Danish Sami, et.al. 12:17 24/10/2004

12:23 PM  
Blogger U.G. Leader Mr. A said...

Yes, Dan! Microsoft must be doing something. They are in the market and they know about their competitor. I'm sure Microsoft must be realeasing to scan the outgoing traffic too becase these days they are very serious about SecurITy.

3:03 PM  

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