I have FW-1 running on a Sparc 20, and have been
happy with it. I haven't used the NT version, but i barely touches
the CPU on the Sparc, so that doesn't seem to be a limiting factor
with this product. I might recommend gobs of RAM, though.
In terms of security, the product (if configured to do so)
protects the host, so likely the standard OS lockdowns
are not as needed. This means the FW1 will protect
a unix machine from the known, gaping holes in unix.
It also means that it will likely protect the (probably
existant) unknown, gaping holes in NT. Of course,
this is all dependant on how you implement it. If you
purposely leave services open for your self, you take
a chance on leaving them open for others.
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From: bh @ stargame.org @ smtp
Date: 09/20/96 12:08:24 PM
Subject: UNIX vs. NT
I have a question for everybody. The institution I work for is planning
on getting some firewalls. We have been very impressed with Firewall-1
and will probably get that one. I love UNIX but several people over here
would prefer to get the NT version. We have a T-1 link into our network.
Now are there any hard facts on the performance of the NT version vs. the
UNIX version. Can NT on a dual Pentium type machine keep up with this
type of data stream? What about security issues for NT? Personally, I
am more comfortable security wise with UNIX, but have no facts.
Any facts and information or articles to look up would be appreciated.