Is firewall needed if SSM's network rules are enabled?

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by bellgamin, Dec 3, 2006.

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  1. bellgamin
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    bellgamin Very Frequent Poster

    I have a NAT router for incoming. I am using Kerio 2.1.5 for outgoing.

    If I enable System Safety Monitor's network rules module, do I need Kerio any more?

    In other words, will using SSM's network rules module provide outgoing protection which is approximately equivalent to that provided by Kerio 2.1.5?
  2. cprtech
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    cprtech Registered Member

    Personally, I still adhere to the concept of a HIPS doing the job of a HIPS and a firewall doing the job of a firewall, so I keep SSM's network module disabled. I just feel that a firewall, including Kerio 2.1.5, does a better - more thorough - job of controlling outbound network communications. Besides, Kerio has no appreciable impact on mosy systems' performance.
  3. farmerlee
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    farmerlee Registered Member

    Nah i'd say you don't really need kerio 2.1.5 anymore. Your router takes care of inbound connections and ssm takes care of outbound connections.
  4. Paranoid2000
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    Paranoid2000 Registered Member

    This has been raised before - if you only want basic yes/no network access then SSM's firewall feature should suffice. However it is not (yet) adequate for handling limited access (i.e. restrictions by address or port) since you only have trusted/untrusted zones which are applied to all applications.
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