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fireBwall modular firewall
« on: March 26, 2012, 12:29:50 AM »
Found this new modular firewall just browsing around. It seems very interesting
http://firebwall.com/index.php

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fireBwall is a personal Windows firewall which allows for modular network access. This makes fireBwall more like a network swiss army knife than just your usual firewall. Modules can be developed in any language supporting .NET 2.0. We have many modules already built in, so new users can see the potential of what we can do. In case you didn't notice, fireBwall is a free firewall, and in our opinion, could be the best firewall. Microsoft Windows Security could be on par with some of the more hardened *nixes.

Here is a topic at wilders discussing it.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 01:02:53 AM »
Found this new modular firewall just browsing around. It seems very interesting
http://firebwall.com/index.php

Here is a topic at wilders discussing it.

I was looking at this earlier today, it does look interesting but it's still quite raw. There's no IPv6 support and the interface leaves a lot to be desired. The idea of plug-ins is interesting. I just hope they've got some quality control.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012, 01:51:23 AM »
It still seems to be in a very early state. They only have 2 developers that i know of so idk how extensive quality control is.

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fireBwall started out with just me(Brian W.) aggrivated that no free effective solution to ARP Poisoning existed. I starting looking into ways to ways to implement my own and found myself building a firewall. For this came the idea to allow developers to write their own parts of the firewall, allowing for modules to control the network traffic. After a while, I realized I could not do any of this in a short amount of time, so I sought out more developers. I found Bryan A. on reddit, and he has become a great member of the fireBwall team. We are looking for more developers, because there is always more to do. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us. A friend of ours in IRC did most of the graphics for us, thanks Broly.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012, 02:45:20 PM »
Hey,

This is Brian from the fireBwall development team.  We are going to release version 0.3.10.0 soon, which has been very heavily tested.  As for IPv6 support, we have it in the code, we just haven't added it to processing yet.  Reading this made me think is about time to add it.

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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2012, 06:27:57 PM »
Hey,

This is Brian from the fireBwall development team.  We are going to release version 0.3.10.0 soon, which has been very heavily tested.  As for IPv6 support, we have it in the code, we just haven't added it to processing yet.  Reading this made me think is about time to add it.

Thanks,
Brian

Thanks for the update Brian. Do you have any plans to revamp the interface? I'd also be interested in the timeline for IPv6.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2012, 06:50:58 PM »
The interface is kind of on the back burner for things to update.  We care far more about functionality than how pretty it is, but understand that at some point, we will have to make it attractive without slowing it down.  We have plans for changing the taskbar functionality, but that's not what I think you mean.  Since reading this today, I have already put in all the code for IPv6.  We are going to test it do death, just like everything in the upcoming 0.3.10.0 release.  I say it should be out by the end of the week.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2012, 01:15:28 PM »
Hi Brian, welcome to the forums!
An interesting project... specially on the v6 side, guess I'll have to load it on a VM sometime soon.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2012, 01:38:02 PM »
Well our testing is going surprisingly well.  Although we'll setup some full local IPv6 networks for when we go into the more advanced IPv6 protection, like protecting against NDP Poisoning.  We are also considering implementing some other IPv6 security features, but we haven't decided on everything yet.  For the release, which looks like it will be out tonight, allows for IPv6 integration into basic features, like the BasicFirewall. 
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2012, 07:57:22 PM »
fireBwall 0.3.10.0 is out!
Supports IPv6 as well as many other changes!
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2012, 08:03:19 PM »
fireBwall 0.3.10.0 is out!
Supports IPv6 as well as many other changes!
fireBwall 0.3.10.0

Thanks for the update :) I shall look forward to investigating the new features.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2012, 02:28:12 PM »
Made a little demo video, let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzItC1ZbEbA
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2012, 05:26:46 AM »
Is this for XP too? I dont see the system requirements on the website.

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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2012, 11:24:55 AM »
It does work with XP, and we plan to keep it that way.
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2012, 05:20:40 PM »
Hey,
Made a new module today that caches your DNS replies, so just in case there is downtime for the DNS servers, you can use cached results.   It is not at version 1.0 yet, but it will suffice for this weekend until I have time to make it more advanced.

http://code.google.com/p/firebwall/downloads/detail?name=DNSCache.dll&can=2&q=
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Re: fireBwall modular firewall
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2012, 08:43:32 PM »
I've not had a chance to properly get to know firebwall yet but here's a ccouple of quick observations;

Windows firewall remains on
Doesn't register in Security Centre
No ICMP types/Codes for IPv6

With regard to IPv6, I couldn't see anything obvious to identify it's availability for filtering?

Quick question. I see you're also developing a version for linux. With that in mind, how do you see the future direction of the Windows version. Will you, for example, add application filtering, or will you be adding more iptables like features?
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