Beta-testing TinyWall

Discussion in 'other firewalls' started by ultim, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. g17

    g17 Registered Member

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    Hello guys, new member here with a tinywall 2.1.8 problem in need of a fix (running on Win10 latest)

    I have been getting intermittent crashes on boot, the program stops (but can be restarted successfully always). I did a search and found some similar posts but no answer. Sorry if this has been resolved before.

    I have the full logs from the event viewer and the errorlog from /ProgramData/tinywall and can post them if need be.

    From the error log:

    ------- 08/27/2017 15:53:34 -------
    System.IO.FileNotFoundException: The system cannot find the file specified. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070002)
    at NetFwTypeLib.INetFwRules.Remove(String Name)
    at PKSoft.WindowsFirewall.Rules.RemoveItem(Int32 index)
    at PKSoft.TinyWallService.MergeActiveRulesIntoWinFirewall(Rules FwRules)
    at PKSoft.TinyWallService.ReapplySettings(Rules FwRules)
    at PKSoft.TinyWallService.ProcessCmd(Message req)
    at PKSoft.TinyWallService.FirewallWorkerMethod()
    at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state)
    at System.Threading.ThreadHelper.ThreadStart()


    ------- 08/30/2017 17:34:40 -------
    System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
    at PKSoft.TinyWallService.WFEventWatcher_EventRecordWritten(Object sender, EventRecordWrittenEventArgs e)
    at System.Diagnostics.Eventing.Reader.EventLogWatcher.IssueCallback(EventRecordWrittenEventArgs eventArgs)
    at System.Diagnostics.Eventing.Reader.EventLogWatcher.HandleEventsRequestCompletion()
    at System.Diagnostics.Eventing.Reader.EventLogWatcher.RequestEvents()
    at System.Diagnostics.Eventing.Reader.EventLogWatcher.SubscribedEventsAvailableCallback(Object state, Boolean timedOut)
    at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.RunInternal(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    at System.Threading.ExecutionContext.Run(ExecutionContext executionContext, ContextCallback callback, Object state, Boolean preserveSyncCtx)
    at System.Threading._ThreadPoolWaitOrTimerCallback.PerformWaitOrTimerCallback(Object state, Boolean timedOut)

    The event viewer log has similar language in it about the crash error.

    Application: TinyWall.exe Framework Version: v4.0.30319 Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.
    Description:
    Faulting application name: TinyWall.exe, version: 2.1.8.0, time stamp: 0x56e1e785
    Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 10.0.14393.1532, time stamp: 0x5965ac8c
    Exception code: 0xe0434352
    Fault offset: 0x0000000000033c58
    Faulting process id: 0x1074
    Faulting application start time: 0x01d315f780cded9d
    Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\TinyWall\TinyWall.exe
    Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\System32\KERNELBASE.dll


    Is this a known error with a fix? Thanks all.
     
  2. Soft Micro Apple

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    Do you have Hyper-V installed as a feature?
    Try uninstalling HyperV then reinstalling Tinywall

    I posted here:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...-a4ce-455d-83c1-f832878ac8b7?tm=1511372962986
     
  3. g17

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I wasn't sure but after checking Hyper-V is not on my system.

    Have not seen this crash for awhile now, seems to be around windows update timing. I do not have the creators update yet, dreading all that I will need to fix after that one hits.
     
  4. Herberta

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    I cant make Windows Subsystem for Linux work with tinywall. Anyone had luck with this?
     
  5. imuade

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    This guy has just released a modified version of TinyWall installer that works on the upcoming Spring Creators Update https://fdossena.com/?p=w10debotnet/index_1803.frag
    Just scroll down almost to the end, under the section:
    "RECOMMENDED: USE A FIREWALL!".
     
  6. Herberta

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    3rd party modified installer? Feels a bit fishy....

    Is tinywall dead then?

     
  7. imuade

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    Well, if tinywall were open source, I could understand... but since it's not, I admit it looks a bit weird...
    I checked the modified file on virustotal and other websites, but nothing wrong was found.
    I think he just removed the digital signature because it was expired, but I'm not sure if it works on a clean installation with secure boot enabled.

    Unfortunately tinywall is dead indeed, the last update was 2 years ago... the developer said he was going to make a new version, but then he didn't
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2018
  8. lard

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    Does this mean that Tinywall is no longer safe to use? I admit the lack of updates for the past few years addressing any vulnerabilities is a cause for concern but if it's only a frontend for Windows built-in one and as long as that is updated, it should be OK?

    I like the simplicity of Tinywall. I looked up Binisoft WFC and the 15 minutes how-to guide put me off. Is there another firewall like Tinywall but updated regularly?
     
  9. imuade

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    The only option it's Simplewall https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/simplewall-firewall.389491/page-12
     
  10. Djigi

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    Maybe you can try Comodo Firewall with all other stuff turn off and only use Firewall options set to "Safe Mode".

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  11. lard

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    Thanks for the recommends. I have a slow CPU Celeron N2840 2GB RAM and needed something lightweight and resource sparring so Tinywall fitted that purpose for many years. I'm a bit of a dinosaur so I'd rather stick with that if there are no known exploitable vulnerabilities or issues.
     
  12. imuade

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    Comodo Firewall in Safe Mode will allow any "safe" outgoing connection, while blocking any incoming connection.
    And without HIPS it doesn't have any self-defense, so it won't add anything to what Windows Firewall can do (except the notification for connection attempt of unknown apps).
    I personally use Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, I block any incoming and outgoing connection and I have made an handful of rules to allow specific apps to connect to internet.
    I have also set up a bat file to restore my rules at every boot, so that any rules not created by me will be deleted
     
  13. Djigi

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    For less know user the best settings (without any question from Comodo) is to put it on "Safe Mode" and on the second option select "Do not show popups alerts" select "Block Requests".

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    If he want to have control what is go out/inside then select "Custom Mode" - it is for more Advanced user

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  14. Rasheed187

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    If you download TinyWall from trusted sources I guess it's still safe. And believe me, WFC is very simple to operate, no need to read the "how to" guide for basic usage.
     
  15. Bertazzone

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    Has anyone tried this? On a VM maybe? The website and the guy behind it look legit. He's on GitHub - if that means anything. I miss my TinyWall!:(
     
  16. imuade

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    I haven't installed it, but I wrote a mail to the guy and he explained me that he just removed the expired signature and then repacked it.
    If you download the file and use 7zip to check its content, you can see that's true
     
  17. Bertazzone

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    I have my TinyWall back again! Seems to work just fine. :)
     
  18. imuade

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    Good news :thumb:
    Did you download the original installer or the modified one?
    Are you on Win10 April update?
     
  19. Bertazzone

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    Modified, on 1803. :thumb:
     
  20. imuade

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    Great, thanks :thumb:
    I'll give it a try when I have some time for testing :)
     
  21. imuade

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    I can confirm, the modified installer is working smoothly on Win10 1803 :thumb:
     
  22. Bertazzone

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    :thumb:
     
  23. luxi

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    If you get a Package Installer error when trying to install, simply set the system time to 2016-03-11.
     
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